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Singapore Weather

Singapore is located almost right at the equator. The weather is humid and hot throughout the year. There is no distinctive four seasons.

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Pool and Snooker

In Singapore, there are many places to play Pool and snooker. These places are very popular among teenagers and adults. Price rate of pool/Snooker games are charged via a per hour rating. Playing Pool or Snooker in Singapore is very affordable and enjoyable. Here are a list of more reputable pool/Snooker outlets in Singapore : 

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Bowling Centres in Singapore

Singapore has over 20 bowling centers with each offering more than 20 lanes. Bowling is quite a popular game in Singapore. Most bowling centers open as early as 9 a.m. and close between 1-2 a.m. There are a few which operate 24 hours; these are usually found in the Marina South area. The cost per game ranges from S$3 to S$3.80. This is not inclusive of shoe rentals.

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Singapore GST Refund Scheme

As a visitor to Singapore, you may claim refund on the GST paid for your purchases bought from retailers participating in the Tourist Refund Scheme #, if you are departing by air, and if:

  • You are not a Singaporean or Permanent Resident of Singapore;
  • You have not at any time during the past 6 months exercised any employment in Singapore;
  • You have not spent more than 365 days in Singapore in the past 2 years;
  • You have spent S$100 or more on goods at shops displaying the "TAX REFUND" logo, or S$100 or more on goods at shops displaying the "TAX FREE SHOPPING", or "PREMIER TAX FREE" logos;
  • You take the goods out of Singapore through Changi or Seletar Airport within 2 months of purchase; and
  • You are not a member of the cabin or flight crew of the aircraft on which you are departing.
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Orchard Road Shopping Malls

Orchard Road is the most popular and the most commonly heard street name if anyone should mention about shopping in Singapore.  This place is the central hub.  Orchard is known as the "city" of Singapore and is well known among the tourists.  Orchard Road offers major departmental stores, movie theatres, food courts and restaurants and many famous hotels.  World renowned hotels like the Mandarin Hotel, Hyatt Regency, Le Meriden, Hilton International and many more to speak of.  The greatest concentration of shopping malls can be located at Orchard Road, which includes Centrepoint, Paragon, Ngee Ann City (Takashimaya), Orchard Point, The Heeren, Wisma Atria, Suntec City Mall, Tangs, Forum the Shopping Mall, and many more to speak of.

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Traditional Malay Shopping at Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam used to be the home of Malay Royalty. Today, it remains an important area to the local Malay community. At Kampong Glam, you will never miss the Sultan Mosque that has a striking golden dome on the top of the building. The Sultan Mosque is surrounded by rows of shop houses that you may be interested in. The Malay Heritage Centre can also be found there which holds a museum and restaurant that are open to the public. The main street which leads up to Sultan Mosque is the Bussorah Street that has many shop houses and eateries. So lets check out the stores at Bussorah Street now.

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Singapore Exchange Rate

The local currency is the Singapore dollar, SGD or S$ for short. One dollar is divided into 100 cents. 

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Shopping In China Town

China Town, also known as "Niu Che Shui" in Chinese, was the place where most Chinese immigrants settled down in the 1930s. It a town which is colourfully painted with the unique traditions and cultures of the Chinese.

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Shopping In Little India

Little India, similar to Chinatown, is a place where most Indian immigrants settled down in the past. Little India is made up of a few roads, lanes and streets that consist of shop houses. Large crowds of Indians can be seen at or around Little India during weekends. As most construction workers in Singapore come from India, Little India naturally becomes their meeting spot during weekends and festive seasons. They gather in small or big groups and chill out on the empty fields located along the roads. During weekends, try not to drive into Little India as frequent traffic jams occur due to the large crowds of people present. Upon reaching Little India, you will be greeted by a strong, heady scent of spices and jasmine garlands. There are a number of shops and places of interests to visit when in Little India, they are listed below :

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Public Transport in Singapore

Public transport is one of the pride of Singaporeans. The public transport networks are well planned and organised. One can expect punctual bus and train services from Singapore as well as courteous and knowledgable cab drivers to chauffeur you around. The main mode of public transport are Mass Rapid Transit (the Singapore subway is also known as MRT), Light Rail Transit (known as LRT), Taxis or Cabs, and public buses. Lets start with the MRT first, then you will find the LRT, public buses, and taxi services in the ensuing pages. 

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