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Country Info: Singapore

By Muhd Khalis Rifhan


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  • Official name:
    Republic of Singapore
  • Population:
    5.2 million (UN, 2011)
  • Capital:
    Singapore
  • Area:
    660 sq km (255 sq miles)
  • Major language:
    English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil
  • Major religion:
    Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism
  • Life expectancy:
    79 years (men), 84 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit:
    Singapore dollar
  • Main exports:
    Computer equipment, machinery, rubber products, petroleum products
  • GNI per capita:
    US $42,930 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain:
    .sg
  • International dialling code:
    +65


TOP CUISINES

There are many local favourites in this multi-racial country but one thing we all can agree on is that 1) Prata and 2) Nasi Lemak should be eaten for breakfast.

Roti Prata

A fried flour-based pancake that is cooked over a flat grill. It is usually served with a vegetable or meat-based curry and is sold all over Singapore in food centres. Prata is also commonly cooked (upon request) with cheese, onion, banana, red bean, chocolate, mushroom or egg.

Nasi Lemak

A fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and "pandan" leaf. Chinese and Indians also partake this dish in their breakfast but not as frequently as Malays. The sambal tends to range from fiery hot to mildly hot with a sweet aftertaste. Usually served with egg, anchovies and fish or chicken.

TOP PLACES

Sentosa

A popoular resort island. Attractions include a 2 km (1.2 mi) long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, two golf courses, two five-star hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa & Casino, featuring the theme park Universal Studios Singapore.

Clarke Quay

Singapore's choice dining and entertainment destination is a colourful kaleidoscope of buildings housing antiques, restaurants, hip cafes, jazz clubs and more. At night, the entire zone is a sight to behold with all five blocks of restored warehouses lit up and beamed with an array of quirky alternatives to mainstream clubs. With an international presence in terms of partying options, this is a convergence point for people around the world to celebrate.

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