Spicy Friday Story : Chalo Singapore # 1

From now on I will bring a new story for you every Friday. I have travelled to so many countries and I want to share that experience with all of you.

As I have lived many years of my life in Singapore I would like to start from Singapore. But before sharing all my experiences regarding tourist places, lifestyle, food choices and everything I would like to give you a short introduction to this country.

In 1819, British statesman Stamford Raffles negotiated a treaty whereby Johor allowed the British to locate a trading port on the island, leading to the establishment of the crown colony of Singapore in 1819. During World War II, Singapore was conquered and occupied by the Japanese Empire from 1942 to 1945.

When the war ended, Singapore reverted to British control, with increasing levels of self-government being granted, culminating in Singapore merger with the federation of Malaysia in 1963.

However, social unrest and disputes, between Singapore and Malaysia ruling parties resulted in  Singapore’s expulsion from Malaysia. Singapore became an independent republic on 9th August 1965

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore is a sovereign island city-state in maritime Southeast Asia.

Collyer Quay, 1900. National Archive Singapore

Singapore 1900s

in the mid-1990s, Singapore had a weird reputation. On the one hand, it was a dream country for Western expatriates: developed, modern, clean, peaceful, English-speaking, with great housing and plenty of international restaurants—if you were living there for work, you were likely making serious bank. On the other, it was boring and repressive.

20 years later, however, tourism became a big business in Singapore.

Singapore has never tried to be something it’s not. It’s 278 square miles of shopping, eating, and relaxing place. The rest of Asia (and the world) have evolved in ways that make Singapore—respectable, comfy, colourful, tasty Singapore—stand out like it never used to.

Over 50 per cent of this island city is comprising of greenery, Singapore has some amazing tropical wilderness and nature-oriented attractions to be enjoyed by visitors. 

So we will visit one place every Friday from now on.

Coming up next Friday … 

Let us explore and enjoy Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island

Published by Anita Vij

A caring mother of 2. A loving wife. An aspiring individual who wishes to share her life-long learnings with the rest of the world.

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