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By David Blocksidge

Located within the center of Asia, the island republic of Singapore is a dynamic position choked with surprises and contrasts.
East meets west, with either contradiction and concord as this urban kingdom strives for prime productiveness and the upkeep of conventional relations values. Boasting global category points of interest and excessive tech industries, Singapore lures the customer with Asia's most sensible procuring, the world's most interesting foodstuff and a various and pleasant inhabitants, the country's leading asset. Reflecting at the prior, yet striving for a wealthy destiny, Singaporeans include existence with optimism. As a pictorial souvenir of Singapore, this attention-grabbing booklet unearths all.
Through beautiful images and engagingly informative textual content, this e-book offers a desirable photo of latest Singapore's variety the Asian tradition underneath the western taking a look external, the polar endure bred in a tropical weather, the strongly nationalistic those people who are however happy with their ethnic origins and...

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Early in the nineteenth century, Malays formed the majority of Singapore’s population. Now the balance has shifted and Singapore is the only country where Overseas Chinese are in a majority. They form 77 per cent of the population, followed by Malays (14 per cent) and Indians (7 per cent), with Eurasians, Westerners and others making up the balance. You can hear people speaking Hokkien, Mandarin, Cantonese, Teochew, Malay (still the official national tongue and the language of the national anthem), Tamil, Hindi, Portuguese and English…not to mention Singlish, the local dialect, which blends Chinese and Malay words with English.

Between them, these two men created the finest colonial architecture in the region. The Padang is the centre for several fine buildings, including the Cricket Club, Supreme Court, City Hall, old Parliament House and Victoria Theatre. Many historic buildings have been lost, however, in the race for economic prosperity since independence. Whole neighbourhoods were destroyed, although critics should not forget that much of the housing torn down was cramped and insanitary. Conservation efforts began in 1970 with the passing of the Preservation of Monuments Act, followed in 1973 by the Urban Redevelopment Act.

Business travellers consistently rate Changi Airport the best in the world. Manufacturing industries fuelled much of the annual growth of eight per cent or so over many years, aided by the famous Chinese work ethic. Tourism, too, has been encouraged and is a thriving industry. Siloso Beach on Sentosa Island, Singapore’s very own holiday isle. The soaring downtown skyscrapers overlook the river’s restored shophouses and godowns, many of which have been transformed into popular eating and drinking spots, where colleagues mingle socially after a typically long day’s work.

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