Day to Day Living in Singapore
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What's the television like?
State-owned company MediaCorp operates all seven free-to-air television channels licensed to broadcast in Singapore. The media industry generally contributed 1.56% to Singapore's GDP in 2007.
There are also fourteen radio channels, which are government-owned.
What about newspapers?
Singapore has sixteen newspapers in active circulation. Daily newspapers are published in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
What's the food like?
Singaporean food is a blend of Chinese, Indian, Malay and Tamil influences. Seafood including crabs, clams, squid and oysters are hugely popular.
What can I do with my leisure time?
Singaporeans enjoy a number of different sports, including football, cricket, swimming, volleyball and table tennis to name but a few, and provision for these is excellent. Pubic residential areas provide amenities such as swimming pools and indoor sport complexes. Water sports are also hugely popular.
What's the education system like?
English is the first language learned by half the children by the time they reach preschool age. There is a mixture of private and public schools, with international schools that cater for expatriate students. In terms of higher education there are four state universities and five polytechnics. Polytechnics do not teach to degree level.
What's the transport system like? How do I get around?
There is a substantial road transport system with a network of expressways. National bus services and taxi operating companies also provide public transport. There are two different forms of rail transport - the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT), which adds accessibility to the housing estates. More than 2.85 million people use the bus network daily, and over 1.5 million use the MRT and LRT daily.
Private vehicle use is discouraged by tolls during hours of heavy traffic flow and high vehicle taxes and quotas on vehicle purchase discourage ownership of vehicles.
Organisations that can assist with Day to Day Living
British Corner Shop is the online British supermarket with worldwide delivery. Ideal for British Expats, Forces and Brits living and working abroad who can't get hold of their favourite British food locally.