Land of Sand?? Never heard that one.
Most people i know (being Australian) see Singapore as a place of transit and if they ever get out of Changi airport it's only for a few hours or 1 day in which they vaguely make a tour of Raffles and maybe Orchard street then go away with a poor view of the city. Yes they fine you for jaywalking and yes it's much cleaner than the rest of Asia - that doesn't mean it's completely void of character so get over it
Having said that, here are some of my favourite things to do in Singapore:
- Throw a peanut over your shoulder at the Raffles bar. Order a singapore sling if you like your drinks pink
- Walk diagonally across the road from the Raffles Hotel to the old nunnery of Chjimes. Lovely artsy boutiquey shopping centre now, pretty at night with all the fairy lights out and some ok eating
- The singapore zoo - especially early in the morning to have breakfast with the orangutans or at night for the twilight tour
- The bird park. Unless chickens give you the heebie jeebies
- The botanic gardens - amazingly extensive and a lot more chilled and relaxed than the rest of the city
- Arab street, but don't expect to find ANY silver jewellry!
- Look out for the bouganvillea draped off the pedestrian walkways bridging the road to and from the airport - a lovely way to enter a new city
- Say 'la' at the end of every sentence - even though you probably sound like a tosser to all the locals
Yes you'll find a lot of fashion but only if you're Asian sized. It's only really a bargain if you're there for the July sales as far as I'm concerned. From what I've heard electronics are comparable to the rest of Asia now - it used to have a fair reputation for cheap stuff but now it's just reasonable.