Dear world traveler, future expat and simple stop over visitor, Singapore is no small tropical island without electricity and running water, Singapore is one of the furthest developed South East Asian countries, and well, actually yes its small, but it comes with nice little features like “free wireless Internet on the whole island“, “bill payment, cinema and theater ticketing, money transfer and restaurant reservation through one and the same ATM machine” and finally…”McDelivery“, McDonalds own door to door service.
You see, theres (almost) nothing you wont find here, and therefor, leave your jungle gear at home, put the survival kit back to your outdoor tent and leave them in your storage room and then, go through your baggage again and see if you can find any of the following items, which you then should quickly remove again as well (be carefull, sarcasm):
A Sensibility For Political Correctness
Singapore’s (one) party system, namely the PAP, is the ruling body of the island since its first elections under the “self-government” in 1959. Don’t expect criticism in the daily media, don’t expect loud complaints in Singapore’s Speakers Corner, don’t expect demonstrations of any kind or anything that might lead the publics attention towards that nasty thing called “opposition”.
To be fair, Singapore’s system works, the people are happy and the Merlion spits its water every day since then, what do you want more?
(Read: The Singapore Guide)
Its a burp from the right, and a burp from the left, freshly clipped nails here and and a good portion of recklessness there.
I learned that (as an expat) complaining about some of the local customs will only get you voices that scream “racist intolerant expat”, “go home if you don’t like it here” and looks that imply the person behind simply does not understand why i find it offensive, being able to tell his yesterdays lunch ingredients by his 3rd burp within 2 minutes.
Your Porn Collection
A country that officially censors and blocks the playboy magazines web page, uses big black bars to cover, actually already covered (not even half exposed) female body parts and has public discussions about people kissing in public, does certainly not allow you to import more unfaithful material.
But stop, no need, who cares about playboy.com if there are approx 1 gazillion other (not blocked) web pages freely available, so again, leave your collection at home :)
(Read: Why You Shouldn’t Bring DVDs To Singapore)
Bongs, Longpapers and “Special Herbs”
Not much to say here, you wanna get high in Singapore? Take a ride in the Singapore Flyer, spend ten long minutes right in the center of one of Geylangs Durian Shops doing your Yoga breathing exercise or buy some coffeen pills, but…Don’t Bring Your Drugs! Ok?
You will definitely get high, yes, but only to drop down and have a little dance at the gallow afterwards.
(Read: Singapore Guide – Packing List)
Credit Cards and Money
If your name is Roman Abramowitch or Madonna, then don’t mind, but if your name is not listed on any VIP A-List making the rounds in the uberrich world, maybe you should consider to put a limit on your credit card in advance.
Singapore’s culture, yes that thing that are the pyramids in egypt or the baguettes in France, is shopping malls and designer boutiques in Singapore. Safe your money for the next trip to Sentosa instead. I will give you tips on what not to bring there then as well..
(Read: Preparations For Singapore)