Let’s face it, Singapore is a lucky country located in a convenient location that sees it being the main point of call for UK, European and Asia-Pacific countries, Singapore has grown into a beautiful metropolis and unlike other Asian countries – their first language is English, so what isn’t there to love?
Well, for starters don’t go there for the beaches, although they have a warm climate and a warm ocean – Singapore is one of the busiest ports in the world, so there is rubbish in the ocean, leave the beach swimming to other countries.
Another issue is the price of goods if you are thinking that Singapore will be cheap for electronics and clothing – think again the costs are comparable to western countries. There are some things however that Singapore does right and these relate specifically to the areas of transportation.
Singapore is a clean country as a result they discourage the use of cars by adding high taxes to the purchase price. For comparison purposes a brand new Suzuki Swift in Australia will set you back about $19,500, a new Suzuki Swift in Germany will set you back 12,900 euros and a new Suzuki Swift in Singapore will set you back $86,000 – yes you read this right!
As a result Singapore’s transport system is fantastic, the taxis and public transport systems works so well that you often don’t need a car to get around. Being a small country too it doesn’t take that long to travel via bus or train. In Singapore, taxis are great, an average trip will cost you about $10, this is because things like petrol are heavily subsidised for taxi cabs – meaning you get a cost effective fare.
Singapore is a service orientated country. As a result Singapore offers a range of various service levels depending on your financial status, we however found that the best service we received was from the hawker mall center rather than at a five star restaurant such at Raffles Hotel. The reason why: nothing beats receiving service from someone who actually loves what they do!
Next stop London town!
Until next time,
Cents and Sensibility
Julia Taine, Executive Director of Vent2Me, is a marketing problem solver and mentor. A mover and a shaker, Julia sees a niche in an industry, and takes it, by making it her own. Julia started Vent2Me, because people she knew were struggling with their online presence and their digital strategies. Julia knew she could help these people, and so here she is today.