Car Culture Singapore

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Having a car in Singapore might not be what you think and although we are not discouraging you, we just want you to be sure what you are getting yourself into. If you’ve been a fan of cars growing up or if you are just trying to purchase a car to make your life more convenient, there are a few things you need to know.

Sadly unlike other countries, Singapore is not that big which means it does not have that much land which means it does not have that much roads which means, well, you guessed it, it cannot have that much cars. The traffic in Singapore is becoming a big deal and although the public transportations are working just fine, owning a private vehicle may still be something you want to have.

Here are a few things you may want to know and Singapore driving.

1. Left side driving. Due to Singapore’s history with the British, driving on the left side has become their norm and although it might not seem like a big thing, if you are used to right side driving, this could be a problem for you.

2. Car ownership rate 12-100. This means that about 1 in 8 people have cars which is not that bad but considering the rate of how population is increasing, this could be a problem as traffic would get worse than it already is.

3. License policies. Singaporeans tend to be very strict when it comes to their license. In fact, one of the requirements is to take a 50 question test in 50 minutes and you are only allowed to get 5 mistakes. Not too bad but it might be a bit harsh don’t you think? The good thing about Singapore is that there is no need to renew your license and this allows you to drive without much worries about dealing with your license unless of course you commit certain violations.

4. Buying a car. The most dreadful part of having a car is buying one. The lifespan of your ownership when it comes to having a car in Singapore is ten years. This means that if your car has exceeded that amount of time, you won’t be able to drive it anymore.

Although owning a car in Singapore may be a bit difficult, if you really want to own your vehicle, you definitely should. Cars in Singapore aren’t a bad thing, just make sure that you are a responsible driver.

Best Taxi Booking Apps to Use in Singapore

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Need a cab to take you and your kids to a summer class or on your playdate? No need to worry. With these five taxi booking application, you no longer need to call for one through your phone, or wave your arms to flag it down on the side of the road. All you’ve got to do is state your location and your taxi will come zooming straight to your place and to your destination.


  1. Comfort and Citycab. This app started the taxi booking craze in Singapore when it was first launched on app stores. Unlike other booking apps, Comfort and Citycab doesn’t require you to be a registered user to book a cab. Although it’s capable of tracking your current location through GPS, it may be better to manually enter your address to allow drivers to get a more accurate direction.
  1. Easy Taxi. Easy Taxi is one of the most popular booking apps in Singapore, as it books cabs fast and easy. Just by clicking the ‘Call Taxi’ button, your app will automatically detect your location and call the nearest taxi in your area. Once your booking has been confirmed, you’ll be able to view some of the important taxi information including the taxi model, car plate number and the driver’s phone number. Aside from that, Easy Taxi also lets you know how far the taxi you booked is from your current location.


  1. Grab Taxi. Created by a MyTeksi, this app connects you to almost all taxi drivers in Singapore. It automatically detects your current location and shows an estimate of the fare you’ll be paying once you get to your destination. Once you click the ‘Book Now’ button, the app will then contact the drivers near your location until one of them accepts your taxi booking.
  1. Taxi Monger. Unlike other taxi booking apps, Taxi Monger is still on a small scale number and are only available in specific parts in Singapore. It shares similar mechanics with other available taxi booking apps, but what sets it apart is you get to pre-book your taxi for a specific time and date. Also, you can use this app to book a ride from Singapore to some selected areas in Malaysia.
  1. SMRT. Similar with Comfort and Citycab, SMRT is also among the first companies to launch a taxi booking app in the Little Red Dot. You can start booking a taxi by manually entering your location or allowing the GPS to detect your whereabouts. Also, you get to specify the type of cab that you need. Be it a 4- or 7-seater, or a limo cab.

Taxi booking apps has really been a great help in making our cab commutes easier and faster. So download and install any of these apps now and make going around Singapore more enjoyable and a lot easier for you.


Introducing the EVA Taxi  

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We are aware that we have limited fuel resources. Knowing this, we have to utilize our resources well before things go south. With this being said, scientists are looking for ways to sustain things. We have to look forward to the future brightly because in terms of transport, electric cars hold much potential. In fact, many people see electric cars the future of transport.


Singaporeans welcome the idea of electric cars in the future but there are many issues behind it. Electric cars have limitations but if these limitations are addressed, things will be better. One limitation is the frequency of charging it and the inadequate infrastructure to support it. These things are just temporary because scientists and experts are finding ways to materialize this.

As a start, taxi industry here in Singapore thought about utilizing electric cars. On April 24, 2015, it unveiled a car named EVA. EVA is the pioneering electric car to be designed, developed and produced locally. EVA is the partnership of Technische Universitat Munchen and Nanyang Technological University. Here are other things that we need to know about EVA:


  • Background: EVA was developed not out of whim. Industry leaders and stakeholders studied the market by using observational analysis when it comes to the behaviour of consumers here. Taxis spend more hours on the road compared to traditional cars. With this, developers designed EVA to be efficient and sturdy.
  • Charging: Taxi drivers consider charging as a problem. It was at first but developers found a way to cover at least 200 km with just fifteen minutes of charging. Studies revealed that (on ordinary days) a taxi can cover at least 520 km. This means that taxis need only at least three charges per day.
  • Other challenges: Aside from charging, there are other challenges. There’s the high electricity currents and heat. Developers claimed that they already managed to get the solution for this. Engineers working with them designed thermal management that can extend the lifespan of the battery cells.
  • Features: EVA is made of carbon fibre. It has a maximum speed of one hundred eleven kilometres per hour. Drivers need not fret because once the infrastructures are present and readily available, upon contact, EVA will charge automatically. EVA offers air conditioning system and climate controls. Let it be said that in-car entertainment is also included.

Though we are not an automotive manufacturing country, we can be a leader in electro mobility by developing EVA. This technology will benefit the economy in the long run. Let us welcome EVA with open arms. She will be a big help.


Public Holidays in Singapore

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Singapore may not be the country with the highest number of holidays but Singaporeans are happy with whatever holiday we can get. So, which country or countries have the most days off work? Well, travel search website Wego has identified such countries. According to their review, India has the most holidays with 21 days marked on their calendar.


But Singapore isn’t doing so badly with 11 holidays marked on the calendar. Make sure to mark these dates so you know when you could next take a day off work. In this article, you will know the major holidays and when they are celebrated this 2015. So, here are major holidays worth mentioning:

  • New Year’s Day: New Year’s Day was already celebrated on January 1.
  • Chinese New Year: Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 19–20. Many people from here and neighbouring places look forward to the celebration because of all its activities and festivities.
  • Good Friday: Good Friday will be commemorated on April 3. It will fall on a Friday, which means we’ll get to have a long weekend.
  • Labour Day: Labour Day will be celebrated on May 1. The labour force will surely commemorate this day.
  • Vesak Day: The most awaited Vesak Day will take place on June 1.


  • Hari Raya Puasa: The Hari Raya Puasa for Muslims will be commemorated on July 17.
  • National Day: This year, the island-nation will celebrate its golden year. The Government has prepared many activities that will make everyone proud of our history and heritage. Many people are anticipating the celebration, with some making preparations as early as last year. As a matter of fact, the committees assigned for the celebration are expecting many visitors from abroad.
  • Hari Raya Haji: Hari Raya Haji will be on September 24.
  • Deepavali: Deepavali will be on November 10.
  • Christmas Day: Christmas Day will always be on the 25th of December.

The list of holidays was issued by the Ministry of Manpower. You have to know though that the dates mentioned above are subject to change without prior notice so it is important that you keep posted. Note also that there are companies that need to operate regardless of holidays. When you are asked to work, just know that under the Employment Act you are entitled to an extra day’s salary.

For more information of the provisions under the Act, you can refer to the Ministry of Manpower or simply ask your Human Resource Officer.

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Mandai Makeover

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Families are fond of zoos and parks. When families get a chance to bond, zoos and parks are their first consideration. Singapore Tourism Board (STB), know this for a fact so they are thinking about revamping and expanding Mandai – the zoo precinct here. STB will partner with the Temasek Holdings in this project. Temasek Holdings is the major shareholder and the operator of Wildlife Reserves Singapore.


On January 14, 2015, the Ministry of Trade and Industry released that the partnership between STB and the Temasek Holdings will grasp the government’s vision for the Mandai precinct to be a truly world-class attraction. It is expected that the project will be completed by the end of 2020. The overhaul made many happy and excited.

Details about the development are still being ironed. As of the moment, it would benefit if you can get the whole picture of the Mandai precinct. Not all are familiar about the precinct. Here are some places included in the Mandai precinct:


  • Former Mandai Orchid Garden: Former Mandai Orchid Garden is within the precinct. The Orchid Garden is within an agricultural land. This only means that there is plenty of space for development.
  • Night Safari: Night Safari is famous not only here but around the world. The Night Safari is surrounded with other parks like Singapore Zoo and River Safari.
  • River Safari: River Safari is also a famous tourist spot here. It is also surrounded with other parks like the Night Safari and the Singapore Zoo.
  • Singapore Zoo: The Zoo is one of the best here in Asia without a doubt. STB will make it better by revamping it. The Zoo is surrounded with parks like Night Safari and River Safari.
  • Executive Golf Course: For people who want to have a good time by playing golf, they can go to the Executive Golf Course. The Golf Course is surrounded with other sports and recreation establishments.

According to reports, there will be a fifth zoo that will join the current zoos like the River Safari, Bird Park, Night Safari and the Singapore Zoo. There are also other ideas apart from revamping the zoos. News say there will be a jungle-adventure theme park, suspension bridges and tree canopies that visitors can enjoy.

That should paint a picture of the Mandai precinct. If you are excited, you have to tune up and see what the future holds. In the meantime, you only need to wait with enthusiasm and positivity.


What Happens During Rush Hour

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One of the most modern traffic signalization systems is Singapore. Here, the traffic status is only light up to moderate. However, it will sometimes experience heavy traffic most especially during peak hours.


Most of the vehicles in the country are buses, cars and taxis. These are among the most common ways of transportation in the nation. On the other hand, there are also commuters who are riding their bicycle, motorcycle or scooter to avoid heavy traffic during peak hours.

Aside from the fact that people in the country are much disciplined, drivers are not a fan of violating laws in the road because fines are too expensive. Also, the punishment is very strict. Since there are a lot of vehicles travelling around the astounding country of lion city, there is really a big possibility of traffic to take place. Here are some of the reasons why traffic congestion happen during peak hours:


  • Number of vehicles – As said, there are a lot of automobiles in the country and when is clogged in one street, there a strong chance of heavy traffic to occur.
  • Cars that are travelling during rush hours – Did you know the number of vehicles in the road during rush hour is two times more than the normal hours.  This is because almost all workers in the country have the same work schedule. Hence, resulting to a heavy traffic. Here in the country, peak hours start during 7a.m. until a.m. and 7p.m-8p.m.


Singapore: Home of the Largest Fountain in the World

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Singapore is known for its tantalizing Merlion view and a lot of astonishing landmarks such as the Singapore National Museum, Sentosa Beach, Jurong Nature Park and many more. Actually, when it is your first visit in the city, you will never realize the place is nature-friendly because there are a lot of tall buildings.


Almost all things that you will see in Singapore have something significant. From the food they eat, the things they do, the restaurants they visit, the hotel they stay and everything that you might think. Even their sports, clothes and laws have something to do to describe the country.

In fact, the famous Singapore chewing gum law is one that makes the country popular. As said, shopping malls are included on the list of the most essential landmarks in Singapore. Suntec City is one of the largest malls in the city and what’s more? This is the place where the largest fountain in the world can be found.


In 1998, Suntec City’s Fountain of Wealth was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Record to set the record for the biggest fountain in the entire planet. Aside that the mall houses the largest fountain, it also houses the different office district. As a matter of fact, it was created in accordance to some Feng Shui main beliefs.

Suntec city has 300 retail stores and more than 100 stalls that are scattered around the 4-storey mall. In fact, it is divided into 4 areas. These include the Fountain Terrace, the Tropics, the Galleria, Entertainment Centre and many more.


History of Queenstown

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The town was once a huge swampy valley that has a canal running through it in a southeastern course.. The village situated within the district was also referred to by this name. Before 1942, the region was populated by hundreds of individuals living in attap roofed huts, growing vegetables, tending to fruits and raising livestock such as pigs and chicken. A British military camp named Buller Camp was also set up in the area which was subsequently cleared in 1953 to make way for the new housing estate. The country’s Housing Committee emphasized the problem of insufficient housing in the country in 1947.


The town was then selected by Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) as a location for housing development because of its closeness to the first productive public and residential housing arrangement located in Tiong Bahru. Fabrication of the district’s first estate, the Princess Margaret Estate, was started on July 1952. By late 1953, an initial set of 3 room flats units were ready for settlement. By 1956, construction on the Princess Margaret Estate (which was subsequently contracted to Princess Estate) already completed more than 1,000 flat units that is made up of one, two or three roomed units and around 68 promenade houses.

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The region gradually developed into a self sustaining and autonomous community. A number of the amenities and facilities included the Swimming and Sports Complex and the Town Centre. Construction of the Sports Complex was completed in August 1970. The Town Centre was totally completed in 1969 and had 3 cinemas and an assortment of outlets and shops such as a fresh food market, an emporium, a bowling alley, a maternity and child health hub and a nightclub and restaurant.

The success of the new town resulted in the development of two neighbouring districts (the Holland Village and the Buona Vista Estate) in the 1970s. Nonetheless, by the 1980s, the region had become an “old” estate with a higher ratio of senior citizens living in the region than elsewhere in the country, and a continuing migration of the younger generation into other new HBD (Housing Development Board) towns.



Facilities and amenities in Novena

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Novena is a residential district in the country that is situated within the Central Region. The district is under the Novena Planning Area (an urban development planning zone) which in turn is under the management of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).


Housing in Novena has a tendency to be quite high-priced due to its first-rate facilities and location. The area has no Housing Development Board (HDB) buildings; instead it is composed of condos and personal lodgings. There are a number of condominiums in the districts, such as Thomson Euro-Asia, Lion Towers and Birmingham Mansions. Up-to-date condominiums include establishments such as Novellis, Strata, Soleil at Sinaran, Novena Suites and a five-star hotel situated across Tan Tock Seng Hospital.


These apartment houses usually border the principal schools within the district such as Balestier Hill Secondary School situated at Novena Rise along with St. Joseph’s Institution Junior (was once referred to as St. Michael’s School) situated at Essex Road and San Yu Adventist School located on the angle between Chancery Lane and Thomson Road. The district is joined with downtown Singapore via buses, taxis and MRT. Novena does not have any bus junctions.

Found in the center of the district is the Novena Medical Center which is situated at floors 8 to 11 o Square 2 (shopping mall) and the Novena Square Shopping Mall located straight above the MRT Station. Adjacent to the latter is Velocity, a sports-themed shopping mall. Another shopping hub in the district is the United Square Shopping Mall, which centers on children. Novena is known to house a number of outlets for international brands such as Spinelli, Harvey Norman and Starbucks.