Nothing’s Perfect: Singapore’s Flaws

As much as you want to, you want to live in a perfect society but you know that it is near to impossible. You know that there is no such thing as Utopia or perfect society. No matter how developed and progressive a society is, there are still flaws. Singapore is not an exemption. Though it offers a lot of chances and opportunities for citizens and migrants, Singapore is not perfect.

There are people that never consider living in Singapore. You need to respect them for that. What are the things that they dislike about Singapore? Here’s a look:

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Full of rules

Implementing rules is necessary to discipline the society but there are times that too much may cause restlessness. Citizens and tourists will feel afraid to go out for the fear of committing something or if they go out, they will constantly look at their backs. That is plain tiring.

Singapore is dubbed as the “fine city” because there is a penalty for a single act that the government see harmful.

Architectural Uniformity

For others, architectural uniformity is a good feature but to some, it is not appealing.

Language

Many Singaporeans combine English and Singapore languages (Chinese, Malays and Tami). They refer it as “Singlish”. If you get stuck in this conversation, you will find it hard to decipher the words. Misunderstanding will happen.

Escalating cost of living

Singapore is famous for its standards or cost of living. In fact it is one of the expensive places to stay in Asia. The goods, services, transportation, food, fuel, houses are increasing every day.

Despite the flaws, Singapore is a place that offers many opportunities. If you set your heart to love it, it will grow on you.

Beerfest Asia 2013

You are looking for something every day. You just want to feel alive and gay but you don’t know what to consider. Good news for beer enthusiasts in Asia, Singapore will be having its 5th edition Beerfest Asia 2013. Get ready for the party and the overflowing beer.  Here’s what you need to know about the event:

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Highlights

Beerfest Asia is an annual event for beer enthusiasts in Singapore and the neighbouring region. The 5th edition will showcase different selection of beers and other beverage. This event will surely be “heaven on earth” for beer and beverage enthusiasts. The event is prepared by Beerfest Pte Ltd. Beer and beverage enthusiasts should expect more than 300 types of beers from around the world with live performances and comedy club.

Not only that, the fest will also conduct tasting training and beer or beverage sale. In fact, if you are inspired to make your own beer, you can purchase a kit and home brew your own beer. You can also see and experience an actual brewing or process in their Craft Beer Experience section where brewers can walk you through the actual brewing process.

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Where: The Beerfest will be held at Marina bay Street Circuit. The setting is perfect because you can see the F1 tracks and the Singapore Flyer.

Restrictions: The fest is for people 18 years older. It is strictly R18.

Tickets: You should buy tickets soon before it is too late. For 1-day standard pass on June 13 or June 15, it will cost you S$30.00. For a standard pass on June 14 or June 15, it will cost you S$40.00. For four-day pass, you will pay S$80.00. VIP pass on June 13 or June 16 will costs S$130.00 and VIP pass on June 14 or June 15 costs S$180.00. Festival + Comedy combo on June 13 or June 16 costs S$40.00 and Festival and Comedy combo on June 14 or June 15 costs S$50.00.

Adults Need Vaccines Too

When we talk about vaccines, we normally think of it as something only for babies and children. But that is not exactly right as adults should also be vaccinated against various diseases.

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State of Vaccination

In most developed countries, including Singapore and the U.S., free vaccination is provided by the state to babies and young children. That is all well as vaccines are proven to be an effective protection from common illnesses, such as influenza. However, not only children need vaccines – adults need them too.

Why Adults Need Vaccines

Some of our citizens – youth, adults and the elderly – have not been vaccinated when they were young. This makes them more susceptible to diseases that could have been prevented if only free vaccination is available to them. In some cases, adults may not be able to afford the current fee for vaccination, which ranges from $30 to more than $200. This is an often overlooked hindrance for these people from attaining optimum health.

Known Consequences

In the U.S., it was estimated that 3,000 to 50,000 people annually suffer from viral diseases because they have not been vaccinated. The same thing happens in Singapore. Here, despite widespread promotion of vaccines, a recent study found that 600 people still contracted a type influenza that should have been prevented by a vaccine. This makes it clear that adults need vaccines too.

Incorporate to MediSave

A simple way to make free vaccination available to everyone is by incorporating it to our current MediSave as provided by the healthcare system. In particular, we should vaccinate children and adults alike for viral diseases like influenza, different forms of hepatitis, and pneumonia (the third leading cause of death in the country).

By providing vaccines to adults, we won’t only be saving more lives, we can actually also save resources as this will reduce the need for hospital care.

Visit S.E.A Aquarium

Are you bored? Got nothing to do? Well it is time to visit S.E.A (South East Asia) Aquarium. It features marine life. The aquarium is the main attraction of the Marine Life Park. The park seeks to raise awareness on the ocean’s ecosystems to better understand, appreciate and protect them. Here are the things you need to know about S.E.A Aquarium:

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Exhibits

You will be fascinated. S.E.A Aquarium showcases 10 habitats with more than 800 species. The 10 habitats include Strait of Karimata and Java Sea, Strait of Malacca & Andaman Sea, Bay of Bengal & Laccadive Sea, Open Ocean, Arabian Gulf and Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Ocean Journey, East Africa, South China Sea and Shark Seas.

The S.E.A Aquarium provides suites. You will surely enjoy the accommodation because the floor-to-ceiling windows will show you the Open Ocean habitat. It is costly though. You have to spend $3000 a night.

Getting there

S.E.A Aquarium is located at 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa. Resorts World Sentosa is near the Central Business District. You can take a bus, car, taxi or MRT. If you want to take the taxi, just hail for the available one. If you use your car, find a parking area near the aquarium. Shuttle buses are also available within the Resorts World Sentosa. If you choose to take the MRT, make sure to stop at the Waterfront Station.

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Admission charges

The pay varies depending on the pass. For 1 day pass, children and seniors are expected to pay S$20. For the annual pass, they need to pay S$58. For adults, 1 day pass will cost S$29 and annual pass is S$88. If you purchase the pass, you are entitled to an entry to The Maritime Experiential Museum.

Operating hours

S.E.A Aquarium is open daily from 10am to 7pm.

How Much Will It Cost You To Live In Singapore?

Many people are thinking twice about relocating to Singapore because of the cost of living. You should not think that way because as long as there is an opportunity to work, you will never run out of money. Basic necessities like food, transportation and clothing are quite affordable in Singapore since the government is monitoring it. What will cost you is the housing, car, school fees and other allowances. But if you manage your resources well, you will find that living in Singapore can be comfortable.

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Costs of living are divided into:

Accommodation

You can choose between condominiums, private apartments, flats and apartments. The cost is relative to different features like nearness to the city, facilities, furnishings, etc.

Food

Food is not that expensive in Singapore but then again that depends on how extravagant you are. You can choose to dine out or just eat in the house.

Health care

Singapore’s health care is ranked one of the best. If you have health insurance, there are no problems but if you don’t have one, better start saving for it so when the time comes, you will not worry for the mounting medical bills.

Utilities

Utilities include electricity, internet and water bill, gas, mobile phone subscriptions, channel subscriptions, etc. you pay every month.

Education

You have the chance to send your child to public or private institutions. Either way, you will be assured that your child will learn from the best. Local government schools and international schools in Singapore are renowned locally and internationally because of its curriculum and standards.

Taxes

Singapore is famous for expats because of the low income tax rates. The government is doing this to encourage tax savings from taxpayers.

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous includes electronics and appliances that you might purchase. This is not a big issue since there are electronics and appliances that are inexpensive. Aside from that, prices of newspapers, cigarettes, concert, movie passes are relatively cheap.

Car Engine Types

In spite of the numerous types of cars available in the market today, most cars still use the same types of engines. The car engines over the past centuries have been developed and refined to cope up with the modernization of the cars and improve our way of driving. Here are the most basic types of engines that have been long used by most automobiles.

Internal Combustion Engine

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This is the type of engine that most modern automobile use. Internal combustion engine uses fuel, such as gasoline, in creating power strokes that starts the vehicle when ignited. The engine basically creates a series of small explosions and transmits the power to the shaft through the transmission. Internal combustion engines are also known as four-stroke engines. The four strokes are: intake stroke, compression stroke, combustion stroke and exhaust stroke.

Diesel Engine

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A type of internal combustion engine that uses diesel instead of gasoline. Diesel fuel is said to be more purified than petroleum. Some even come from animal fats and vegetable oils. Diesel engines kindle the fuel by combining it with hot air instead with spark plug, which is commonly used in gasoline engines. This type of engine emits lesser carbon and is more efficient than any other comparable engines.

Rotary Engines

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This is another form of combustion engine developed in 20th century as an alternative to piston engine. Rotary engines use rotating plates, instead of the up-down motion, to seal off portions of the engine. This engine has the same volume with piston engine but with lesser weight. Rotary engines are not as common as the first two engines, but are still used on Mazda’s series of sports car.

March Blooms At Home

Now that the days are getting longer and hotter, it is best to keep your home cool by adding indoor plants and blooms. It will not only add ventilation to the house, it will also add beauty and colour to every corner of your home. Here are some of the finest indoor flowers you can have this summer season.

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Peace Lilies – Peace lilies are the best indoor plant to have during summer seasons. This plant is often seen at offices and homes. The glossy white leaves make it a unique indoor plant and can give added light to the room.

African Violets – African violets are small and come in different variety of colours and forms. However, keeping this plant indoors needs extra care in watering it and keeping it in humid and bright area is required. If well-cared, you can expect the plant to bring life and colour to your home all year round.

Bromeliads – Bromeliads are one of the most decorative and colourful plant to have in an indoor setting, but can be hard to bring into bloom. Fortunately, new breeds of bromeliads are available in nurseries that only take weeks to fully bloom.

Hibiscus – Hibiscus is known for the wonders it brings to the hair. Aside from that, this flower is available in different bright colours, which will surely add life to your home. When having it indoors, remember that the plant needs warmth and light. With this, taking care of your hibiscus plant won’t be as hard during summer seasons.