Singapore is the face of urban efficiency, it is the story of a nation that has got through with punctuality, discipline and dedication. Yet, there is more to the region than the clustered, clean image that seems devoid of open spaces or any outlets for nature. There is a mingling of many cultures here, the distinctive quality of a thriving metropolis that attracts people from all over the world for employment, residence and tourism. Just like Mumbai in India, Singapore is a product of land reclamation.
The first people who settled here did so somewhere around the 2nd century. Courtesy the British and the East India Company, the foundation for the Singapore of today was laid way back in 1819. The country was freed from external control by the British in 1824. Post-World War II, the brief Japanese occupation of the city also ended. In 1963, Singapore was declared independent from UK rule and a part of Malaysia. The nation broke away from Malaysia in 1965 and has only thrived since then.
The four major languages spoken here as a result of cultural assimilation and immigration are - Mandarin, Malay, English and Tamil. Eating out in Singapore is a major pastime, the food variety is also the result of multiculturalism. Chinese and Malay cuisine have undergone urban changes to suit the fast-paced lifestyle.
The climate in this city resembles that of a rainforest. There is no pattern to the seasons, humidity is high and rainfall is heavy and plentiful. Almost 34% of the population are Buddhists, 18% are Christians; about 14% are Muslims and about 5% follow Hinduism. A sizeable 16% of the population follow no religion.
Singapore is the face of urban efficiency, it is the story of a nation that has got through with punctuality, discipline and dedication. Yet, there is more to the region than the clustered, clean i...