A steamy stopover in Singapore
Trip Start May 01, 2008
43Trip End Jun 24, 2009
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Arrived at Singapore about 8.30am and took a taxi to the Link Hotel on Tiong Bahru St
Eventually separated H from the camera gear (with the exception of one new super duper camera which was apparently loads cheaper here than at home) then we walked to the Botanic Gardens and through them to the National Orchid Garden which was absolutely fantastic with a variety of orchids and gingers planted en masse in an area of one hectare! They now have over 1000 species and 2,000 hybrids in the Gardens' collection, with about 600 species and hybrids on display. Fantastic, much better than shopping!!!!
Feet really feeling the heat and all those kilometres we must have walked, so back to the hotel for a clean up and rest, then off to Chinatown where the whole place was lit up for the mid Autumn festival. Lots of street stalls, markets, food and music.
The next morning the Straits Times announced that the population of Singapore was just under 5 million with 3,733,900 residents and non residents 1,253,700, and there are now more females than males here
The taxi driver on the way to the airport was a fount of knowledge, and told us among other things,
- that traffic jams are considered a sign that the economy is going well;
- that a good condo will rent for about $4,000SD a month (a bit less than the Aussi dollar)
- only about 30% of Singaporeans pay income tax...you only pay if you earn over $40,000 a year, and then it is 20-30%, and company tax is 17.5%;
- National Service is compulsory for all boys for 2 years after college before university.
- Golf is very expensive and to join Tanah Merah golf club will set you back about $200,000 annually. Others are $25-35,000 a year. It costs $250-300 just to play a round!