A city state that takes care of every need
When thinking about Singapore, the main assets instantly coming to mind are those of enormous progress, long-term prosperity, high efficiency in all perceivable divisions, safety, discipline, a reliable work place and a good income for every citizen, handsome, well-educated people communicating in excellent English, a luxury-hotel scape, advanced meeting venues, an award-winning airline, an ever increasing traffic volume rigorously tidied up simply by means of an alternating calendar, a sensational food platter of untold diversity, Singapore Sling, the bar at the Raffles, Singa, the Lion guarding over the harbour, a mainly fenceless zoo, relentless sunshine, giant concrete trees versus tropical lushness, shopping opportunities galore and adamant cleanliness:
No garbage littering public areas and no cigarette butts deposited anywhere else but in designated ashtrays. And definitely no pale chewing gums glueing soles to tarmac and, thus, no tedious elastic threads spun by the thousands by victims desperately trying to loosen the gummy grip. Those who do not comply with the rules are in for a hefty fine – which is fine, considering. Just envisage other cities all over the world whose streets are blotched with the unsightly polka-dots a half-digested, cohesive polymer mass leaves on communal surfaces. The irony being, that chewing gum munched 5,000 years ago was actually made from a tar the barks of certain trees emit.
For 2012, Singapore again announces record-breaking figures
14,5 million international visitors flooded into the city. This ten percent increase reflects the popularity the destination enjoys amongst the travelling world community – but also emphasises the effects of the free zone agreement signed by and with the most relevant markets. More than 130 international organisations, the World Bank included, have established themselves on the global platform the Lion City provides.
This is how Singapore is designed to perform: like clockwork. But who would have reckoned that the city state could also readily display an extraordinary sense of humour, given the chance?
Take the World Toilet Day for an example and read this entertaining interview published by Time Out Singapore. It was conducted by Ben Lim. Via the link below, goodmeetings.com is happy to share this most amusing piece of journalism with you.
Quote Time out Singapore:
The world can thank Singapore for the birth of World Toilet Day, which started as a personal calling for local citizen Jack Sim, the founder of the Restroom Association of Singapore and World Toilet Organization. This year, it became the first major resolution from Singapore to be adopted by the UN, establishing 19 Nov as International World Toilet Day.
Photo source and copyright: Singapore Tourism Board.