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Old 12-17-2003, 02:43 PM   #1
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how many of you have been to Singapore?

tell me about it.
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Old 12-17-2003, 02:48 PM   #2
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I went there in a dream once... and I woke up with a smile on my face.

This is one of those stories where you have to make an intellectual, or rather, juvenile leap.

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this is why you deserve yeoman of the year, dear yertle.

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"I wouldn't have thought of that."
"You've obviously never been to Singapore."

Name the film....
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^^^^ LoL!! "Pirates of the Caribbean!" I love that movie


EDIT: Sorry yertle, but I haven't been to Singapore Why do you ask? I know someone who used to live there, though
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because I live there and I'd like to find out what the general tourist's impression is.

I never ever got that joke. However I had to laugh along with the rest of the cinema hall to avoid looking silly. care to explain it, anyone?
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Old 12-17-2003, 08:29 PM   #7
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Unfortunately there's a large stigma about drugs and prostitution (general frivolity) that pervades... a lot of jokes and movies seem to play on that, even though the foundations of the assumptions are terribly ill-placed.

On behalf of the world, I apologize.

Justice!

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terrific , although very warm , but nice , clean , very modern , and those freakin hotels , it's like one big zoo tv , and kfc's all over the place
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I didn't think anyone in the theatre was supposed to really understand the Jack Sparrow joke.
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Don't they "cane" you for spitting on the sidewalk there?
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My general impression of Singapore is that it's a land of many yertles.
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Turtle, dear turtle. I only know people who have done stopovers at Changi. Also what might be urban legends. Like it being illegal to walk down the street eating, that you have to stand by a vending machine to consume food etc. Littering is also illegal (like it is anywhere but for some reason it is highlighted in the 'possible myths' of Singapore) but is actually upheld as a crime. You have one of the lowest crime rates, it is extremely clean, you have compulsory curfews etc etc etc....How wrong/right are these?
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well, flogging is reserved usually for rapists, molesters or vandals. if you spit in the street, that's a fine, although i've seen many people do it.

it is not illegal to walk down the street eating.

we have a low crime rate, but that hasn't stopped the police from putting out a LOW CRIME MEANS NO CRIME advert.

littering is a crime, because quite frankly it's not right. punishments are fine and corrective work order, which means you wear a yellow jersey and clean up a public area for a few hours.

as far as i know it is not an offence to not stand by a vending machine to eat.

clean depends on where you go. generally the touristy areas = clean. in residential areas there's a 'cleanest estate' competition which i think is paying off well.

compulsory curfews were only enforced in the 1960s due to rioting, there aren't any now so there is no need for any. however, certain people during the sars outbreak were ordered to quarantine themselves at home for 10 days to prevent it's spread.
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Old 12-19-2003, 07:18 AM   #14
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It sounds so ordered and calm.

Why are the military armed to the eyeballs in your airports? Is a machine gun necessary to control drug trafficking and illegal visa hoppers?

Sorry for my ignorance. I am genuinely interested though.
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Old 12-19-2003, 07:21 AM   #15
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never been to the airport much (despite the fact I don't live too far from it), but I guess we don't like to take chances with security
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