Let’s start the series for my Singapore trip, since today is Singapore National Day.
You see, when we touched down KL after Jakarta trip on last year, we felt like we’re in a better place cause traffic jam in KL is nothing if compare to Jakarta and the highway is slightly cleaner and less dust. So, KL wins!
Then after Singapore trip, KL becomes.. well, an ugly duckling to me. Singapore is like a swan. Hehe. But, shouldn’t even compare them cause KL is a city while Singapore is a country -tiny, yes but has so much to offer.
Here’s what I, as a tourist, love from Singapore:
- Efficient & effective public transportation
- Taxi by meter
- Clean lovely Chinatown
- Tourist Tax Refund
Need I say more? No chewing gum, no smoke/awful cigarette smell at tourist place, the trees are in green color not dusty green, a heaven for a clean-freak like me. Even the infrastructure is so clean, neat and organize. Being tiny is great, you get to plan and organize everything accordingly. The same goes to tiny house (apt) #offtopic
Always heard how fast and on-time the bus and MRT in Singapore are, proven to be true. The MRT is faster than KTM/LRT in KL, escalators at the MRT station are very fast as well, no wasting time. The passengers also walk faster. I’m all about moving fast, so this is super great.
Best of all, the whole island as a country is connected by public transport (bus and MRT). No car? No problemo at all, as long as that you can walk. Many of the train stations are connecting to another train line, so effective. Going to the tourist places is not a problem at all.
Yes, no haggling with the taxi driver, how awesome eh? Save my breath and mood a lot. In KL, 7 out of 10 times you’ll need to bargain with the taxi driver and their fave lame excuse for asking ridiculous high price -> traffic jam!
Although the souvenirs are nothing to shout for, but the place is clean and nice. Compare it to KL’s Chinatown, quite dirty and the highlight is on the imitation branded bags/watches where people bargains like no tomorrow. Sellers are like gangsters. -__-”
Lost control during Singapore Great Sale? Bought lots of *cough* fishnet tops, shoes, shirts, etc? No worry, tourists get to claim the refund of their shopping sprees for the 7% GST. Awesome eh? Of course there is some terms and conditions, but still awesome.
All the good words about Singapore; cleanliness, safety, great public transport, etc are proven to be true.
One thing I haven’t experienced is the fast internet connection. Scratch that, hubby just reminded me in a funny yet awkward way that I did experience the Singapore’s internet line way back in 2007, long story bout that
Anyway, it’s a dream place to live, when I’m young of course (doesn’t see it as a great place to retire), if not because of the high living cost.