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Purses , Intimates & Lingerie , One-Pieces , Skirts , Handbags , Sandals , Tops , Watches , Men’s Apparels , Dresses , Flip Flops , Bottoms , Outerwears , Women’s Apparels , Denims , Heels
From the catwalk to the shop floor, Cotton On delivers fast fashion for style savvy guys and girls. Tapping into global fashion trends at affordable price points, Cotton On is the ultimate destination for colourful basics and fashion forward pieces.
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Cotton On (Flagship Store) | 6337 2672
This business is working in the following industry: Men’s clothing.
Shopping » Clothing stores; Men’s clothing
Men’s clothing, Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles, Retail sale of clothing, footwear and leather articles in specialized stores
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What is the phone number for Cotton On (Flagship Store)?The phone number for Cotton On (Flagship Store) is 6337 2672.
Where is Cotton On (Flagship Store) located?Cotton On (Flagship Store) is located at 3 Temasek Boulevard Shop Ground Floor #01-406 to #01-410 Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983.
Is there a primary contact for Cotton On (Flagship Store)?You can contact Cotton On (Flagship Store) by phone using number 6337 2672.
What is the web address (URL) for Cotton On (Flagship Store)?The website for Cotton On (Flagship Store) is www.cottonon.com.
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Cotton On (Flagship Store)
3 Temasek Boulevard Shop Ground Floor #01-406 to #01-410 Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
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Cotton On (Flagship Store), 3 Temasek Blvd, Phone +65 6337 2672
27 January 2021 19:43
Large Store, Poor Service.
I’ve shopped at this store multiple times and while they offer quite a selection of clothing, the staff members are rude and not so friendly. I understand if your job can be tough but their attitude shows that they could really care less about their customers. Not to mention there is rarely anyone working at the cashier so you’re stuck waiting in line waiting for someone up to 10 minutes just to pay for your clothes. At the end of the day you are taking time out of your day to shop at their store, the least they can do is give their best effort to satisfy their customers. Quite disappointing indeed.
03 October 2020 17:43
I love this Cotton On outlet the most! It is so spacious and big full of so many clothes with multiple designs to choose from. Would love to come back here some day.
10 December 2019 3:26
Asking the customer to give to their foundation and we make you feel guilty if we dont give money.
07 December 2019 23:15
For selection, this is a pretty good store. Keep your eyes out for sale items! Many times there are good bargains for everyday tees and shirts and more, starting at $7 per item and up.
On this visit I picked up a couple of essential tees (not on sale). The cotton is so soft and cozy! Two for $20, men’s tees. Very nice.
I agree with another reviewer, however, that being asked to donate to some charity when you are concluding your purchase is an unpleasant experience. Besides, where is the proof the money even goes to helping people? Kind of a turn off.
With all that, I would still shop here. Employees are told by a corporate office what they must say/do, so it isn’t their fault about asking for donations all the time.
09 November 2019 17:38
HUGE store! They have literally everything and staff are very friendly as well. I had an issue with returning clothes because I got the wrong size, twice, and they helped me throughout and I’m very happy with their service:)
14 September 2019 1:10
Bad experience ever. Cashier Amala was so terrible. She did my bill out with other account number. Then I asked about that. She just avoid and acted like busy.
15 July 2019 15:12
Terrible service by Cotton on. This unit was supposed to be the flagship. Not a slight hint of friendliness from counter lady. Purchase was roughly handled & riped from the clothes hangers. The purchase was over 250sgd and very heavy.
Please re-train your staff on the proper service ethnics.
30 May 2019 5:26
They don’t cater for my size.however other family members had a shopping spree. Not too expensive considering kids are growing out of it really fast nowadays and fashion cycle are getting shorter.
18 March 2019 17:38
Girl on counter wasn’t smiling and was rather unfriendly- didnt speak or greet us. Better just shopping in Australia
08 January 2019 20:58
Great customer service from staffs and a whole lot of variety of tops and bottoms to choose from
22 December 2018 21:43
Currently the biggest Cotton On Flagship store available in Singapore, which means it also carries the widest range for your selection.
20 September 2018 11:23
You will be segregated when you come here. Asians have to stand in line and Westerners do not stand in line.
21 July 2018 3:57
Bought a A1 chalkboard online & received an email to say that it was ready for collection at Suntec City on 11 June, Monday. I went down on Monday & was told that the board had not arrived after a long 15 minutes’ wait. Their delivery only come in on Tuesday! I went again today, 18 June, 7 days after the item which was supposedly in store a week ago. This time, I was told that the item is still not there. Instead of helping me to check where the fault lies, she wanted me to check myself via some telephone number she gave me! Poor & unprofessional service, Cotton On! What a shame!
25 September 2017 17:05
Super affordable prices for casual essentials, from tees and sunglasses to little trinkets.
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3 Temasek Boulevard
Phone: 6334 2989
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68 Orchard Road
Phone: 6337 5057
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68 Orchard Road
Phone: 65 6238 1670
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68 Orchard Road
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313 Orchard Road
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313 Orchard Road
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180 Kitchener Road
Phone: 6834 4506
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391B Orchard Road, #21-10/08/09 Ngee Ann City Tower B
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435 Orchard Road
Phone: 6734 7745
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435 Orchard Road
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350 Orchard Road
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101 Thompsons Road
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238 Thomson Road
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80 Marine Parade Road
Phone: 6341 9087
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Money and currency of Singapore
Singapore Dollar (SGD), 1 SGD = 100 cents.
There are 100 cents in one Singapore dollar. In circulation there are banknotes in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 10,000 Singapore dollars, as well as coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and 1 dollar. Also, the Brunei dollar (BND) has free circulation in the country.
Foreign currency and travelers checks can be exchanged at most banks and specialized exchange offices. Licensed money changer.Exchange offices can be found in shopping malls, on the ground floors of buildings, at MRT stations, public telephone booths, in restaurants and cafes … The exchange rate here is usually better than at banks, since there are no commissions. However, there may be restrictions on the total amount exchanged for some currencies. At Changi airport, exchange offices are located near the baggage claim counter, in front of customs control, there are several exchange offices in the arrivals hall.
Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 15:00, on Saturday from 9:30 to 13:00.Many major bank branches on Orchard Road are open on Sundays from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Exchange offices are located in most shopping centers, but they work from 10:00 – 11:00 to 17:00, some – until 20:00 or 21:00. Therefore, you should worry about currency exchange in advance.
ATMs and Credit Cards
ATM machines are found everywhere: in banks, large stores, residential areas, car parks, cafes and even private shops.ATMs allow you to perform a number of banking operations – account replenishment, withdrawal of money from an account, transfer of funds, etc. Using ATMs is quite easy. The minimum amount that can be cashed out through an ATM is 20 SGD, up to 2,000 SGD can be cashed from the card per day.
Credit cards are widespread and are the main means of payment. Singapore even plans in the near future to switch to non-cash means of payment when paying for goods and services.All establishments accept American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa, as well as local bank cards. You can pay with cards even in a taxi, but it is better to find out the payment terms before boarding, as a rule, when paying for taxi services with a credit card, an additional commission of 10-15% of the fare is charged.
VAT and Tax-free
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is levied on most goods and services. The GST tax is 7%. In the event that the purchase amount from one seller exceeds 300 Singapore dollars, the amount of GST tax can be refunded in a special Global Refund window or in the Global Refund self-service area (you yourself scan your cashier’s receipt and a blue-and-white Global Refund Check received in the store and passport, and the money is automatically returned to your card or you can get it at the box office) at Changi airport before departure.90,000 Travel across Singapore. Singapore is a country with an increased … | by Incredible Trip
Singapore is a country with a high exotic content: four religions coexist peacefully here, and vibrant festivals happen every week. Lion City Singapore and Sentosa beaches, national parks and islands, Formula 1 Grand Prix – everything about Singapore: map, hotels, photos, prices.
Feng Shui-approved futuristic skyscrapers, the world’s tallest Ferris wheel and a host of family-friendly entertainment await visitors to Singapore. “Lion City” – this is how its name is literally translated from the Malay language. The list of unofficial names is quite extensive – from “Disneyland for Adults” to “City of Inhibitions”. The latter directly points to the distinctive feature of Singapore – a wild one for our tourist, but that allowed the city-state to become one of the most prosperous in the world in just a few decades.
The capital of the state of Singapore – the city of the same name – a major financial and business center, one of the most modern in the whole of Southeast Asia.It should be borne in mind that this country is not for “beachgoers”. Even on Sentosa, where there are good beaches, rest on the ocean coast will not be the most impressive: the swimming area is fenced off, the local waters cannot be called “crystal clear”, but a huge port in the line of sight, where hundreds of tankers stand in the roadstead, completes the picture. Holidays in Singapore are more likely for those who understand: mainly tourists who have already visited many exotic countries, in search of something new, come here, as well as businessmen – to business exhibitions.
The capital of the state – the city of Singapore – is bright, modern and, as is often the case in Asia, striking in contrasts. Its heart is the Central Region: administrative and business districts plus the colonial part of the 19th century. Iconic landmarks are the Victorian Impress Place Building with a museum and restaurant, Parliament, St. Andrew and the Good Shepherd and, of course, the famous Marina Bay with the hotel of the same name – a revived illustration for a futuristic story.
Living in the center is expensive, but convenient: there will be no problems with transport, shopping, or the cultural program.
The largest area of Singapore – Chinatown, bustling, crowded and true to tradition. The Chinese Baroque buildings dotted with signage houses an endless string of cheap hostels, cafes and shops where you can find anything from shark fins to swallow’s nests for mere pennies.
In some places on the streets there are mirrors to scare away evil spirits: a sure sign that a fortuneteller, tarot reader or feng shui master is hiding nearby.
Another picturesque quarter – Little India.It is impossible to leave here without shopping: the counters are full of precious jewelry, fragrant spices and colorful sarees. The Arab region is centered around the Sultan Mosque, with its spectacular golden dome. Trade is also boiling on the local streets: carpets, sarongs and silk are snapped up by tourists hungry for exoticism.
The most fashionable area of Singapore is Orchard Road with fashionable hotels, shopping malls, clubs and restaurants. The main pearl is the Botanical Garden, recognized as one of the best in the world. And Jurong is an industrial center, more like a separate city.
Diverse Singapore is not only the capital, but also the surrounding islands. The most famous is Sentosa with unusually beautiful nature and a whole collection of entertainment: the huge Underwater World Oceanarium, the Butterfly Park, the Universal Studios complex. On Pulau Ubin Island you can enjoy the tranquility of fishing villages, while on Pulau Tekong you can stroll through virgin forests and relax on deserted beaches.
Weather in Singapore is the benchmark for stability, with winter and summer temperatures differing by only 1–2 ° C.The climate on the island is tropical monsoon, which means that you should put an umbrella in your suitcase before traveling: it rains here all year round. The only question is the intensity: from November to February, real showers fall on the country, which do not subside for several days in a row, at best, they stop for a couple of hours. Therefore, it is better to go to Singapore from March to October: spring and autumn are warm here, and in summer there is every chance to see the sights without getting wet to the skin.
Citizens of Russia and the CIS countries need a visa to visit Singapore.Visa-free entry is possible in case of transit, if the time of stay in the country does not exceed 96 hours, and only if there are air tickets to a third country. Cruising or traveling to a third country by ferry is not a basis for visa-free entry. But it is still worth getting a health insurance policy for the entire duration of the trip in advance.
There are no restrictions on the import and export of currency. Passengers over 18 years of age can import duty-free up to 1 liter of wine, 1 liter of spirits and 1 liter of beer; 20 cigarettes in an open pack; confectionery and chocolate products worth up to 50 SGD, personal items, as well as other goods for a total amount of 300 SGD (and if the tourist is in transit, then no more than 150 SGD).Attention: chewing gum and tobacco products must be presented to the customs authorities. The prices on the page are indicated as of February 2017.
It is prohibited to import drugs and psychotropic drugs, firecrackers, weapons, lighters and toys in the form of weapons, medicines in marketable quantities, counterfeit products, toy coins and banknotes, pornography on any media, meat and meat products, as well as animals and plants listed in the Red Book and products from them.
A permit is required to export weapons, explosives, animals, poisons and precious stones from the country. It will also be needed when exporting medicines, telecommunications equipment, videodisks, photographic and videotapes, jewelry in quantities exceeding personal needs.
Bringing drugs into Singapore is punishable by death. In addition, the import of chewing gum into the country is prohibited: violation of this ban can result in a fine or even in prison for up to a year.
From the beginning of 2009, a customs duty of about 7 SGD per pack is charged on the import of cigarettes, the receipt of payment must be kept until the end of the trip.Airport tax is usually included in the airfare. If not, tourists departing on international flights will need to pay USD 8–12. The tax does not apply to passengers who do not leave the transit area and children under two years of age. At Singapore Changi Airport, the rule is strictly observed: one person – one piece of hand luggage.
Changi Airport is one of the largest transport hubs in the world. Singapore Airlines delivers here from Moscow: flights – up to 5 times a week, departure from Domodedovo, tickets – 510 USD one way, travel time – 10 hours and 30 minutes. You can save money on connecting flights: Qatar Airlines organizes routes through Doha, tickets – from 310 USD in one direction, the trip takes just over 15 hours. Air China has flights with a transfer in Beijing (departure from Sheremetyevo, 320 USD one way, 22 hours in the air), Turkish Airlines – in Istanbul (departure from Vnukovo, 360 USD, from 15 hours). Aeroflot and Finnair are transported through Helsinki (400 USD one way, from 17 hours on the way).
High-speed trains (SGD 2.50), shuttle buses (SGD 9), buses (SGD 2.50) and taxis (SGD 30-40) run from Changi Airport to central Singapore.The duration of the trip is from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
You can fly from St. Petersburg to Singapore only with transfers. The Scandinavian tandem “Norra” and “Finnair” offers routes with a connection in Helsinki (travel time – from 15 hours 30 minutes, tickets – 480 USD in one direction). Other air carriers organize flights with 2 transfers: Qatar Airlines and Es Seven – via Moscow and Doha (from 18 hours, 330 USD one way), Aeroflot and Vietnam Airlines – via the Russian capital and Hanoi (23 hours, 520 USD one way).
Singapore’s transportation system is organized with oriental care. The city-state has a subway (underground and light), buses, minibuses, motor ships, a cable car, a monorail and a taxi. The metro – clean, comfortable, air-conditioned in carriages and at stations – consists of 4 lines and connects all areas of the island. The light metro system has 3 lines (each has no more than three stops), trains deliver passengers from distant points of the city to the main metro stations.
Public transport costs 0.60-3 SGD, depending on distance and direction, tickets are sold in vending machines at stations.For frequent movements, it is more profitable to buy an EZ-Link card: it costs 12 SGD (7 SGD are sent to a deposit) and saves 15% on metro and bus fares. Cards are purchased at ticket offices at turnstiles, vending machines and at bus stops, and then applied to the card reader when entering and exiting transport.
The entire territory of the island is covered by a network of bus routes. In the salons, you can pay in cash by throwing coins into a special box next to the driver. They don’t give change here, so it’s better to stock up on small change in advance.Travel in buses without air conditioning costs 0.50–1 SGD, in more comfortable vehicles – a little more. Route opening hours – 5: 30–0: 00.
Singapore and Sentosa Island are linked by a monorail and cable car. The first runs from 7:00 to 0:00 and delivers to your destination in 8 minutes. The price of a day pass is 4 SGD, a nice bonus – an amazing view of the harbor. However, the most impressive landscapes can be seen from the cable car cabins starting from Mount Faber to Sentosa. The cost of the pleasure is 30 SGD.
To see the main Singapore beauty without delay, you can take a ride on a special tourist bus or boat. The former run on three routes, roofless doubledecker tours cost SGD 20-25, and an amphibious duck-like bus scurrying not only along city streets but also on water costs SGD 40. A 40-minute river cruise along the Clarke Quays and Boat Quays costs 25 SGD.
An alternative to public transport is a taxi, which can be ordered by phone, found in the parking lot or hailed right on the street.All cars are equipped with meters, the drivers speak English most often. Boarding costs 3-5 SGD, each km – from 0.50 SGD, depending on the time of day and the chosen route. An ideal option for fans of the exotic is a ride on pedicabs that cross the streets of Chinatown and the old center with might and main (you will have to bargain before boarding).
The Singapore Tourist Pass and Singapore Tourist Pass Plus are designed with the smart traveler in mind, helping to cut budgets for both city travel and some travel experiences.The cost of the first card is from 10 SGD for 1 day to 20 SGD for 3 days, the Plus subscription is 30–40 SGD, respectively. To the indicated amounts, you need to add 10 SGD each, which is given back when the card is returned within 5 days from the date of purchase. Both passes are sold at tourist offices and TransitLink ticket offices located at metro stations.
The Singapore Tourist Pass gives the holder an unlimited number of free rides on any public transport, while the Plus Card also includes free admission to the Chinatown Cultural Heritage Center and a cocktail compliment at a cozy riverside café.All the details are at the office. website (in English).
Car rental in Singapore is a dubious pleasure. First, it’s expensive: at least SGD 110 per day for the standard model, SGD 170 for the minivan, SGD 260 for the SUV or premium. Secondly, it is troublesome: the traffic is left-hand and very intensive, serious fines are threatened for traffic violations. Thirdly, the public transport system is well developed, so there will be no problems with getting around the city. But if you really want to try yourself in the role of a Singaporean driver, welcome to the offices of Sixt, Avis and other rental offices located at the airport and throughout the city.To rent you will need a passport, credit card and international driving license, driving experience – from 1 year, age – from 21 years.
To save money, you can rent a car for a week: many rental companies offer discounts for long-term use. The best option for infrequent movements is to rent a car with a driver (from 40 SGD per hour). The cost of gasoline is from 2 SGD per 1 liter.
Traffic jams in Singapore are commonplace, there are many parking lots, but almost all are paid. You can pay for parking in advance by purchasing a special voucher for 0.50-2 SGD from a newsstand and placing it under the windshield.Parking lots near shopping and business centers and many attractions are equipped with machines that accept cash and plastic cards. The cost of parking depends on the area: in the center – from 1 SGD for half an hour, on the outskirts – half the price.
To always stay connected in Singapore, it is enough to connect a local SIM card. First you need to choose one of the three leading operators: SingTel, MobilOne or StarHub. Prices and quality of communication are approximately at the same, consistently high level. SIM cards are sold in any salon with appliances or a 7-Eleven store. The average cost of connection is 6-15 SGD, the cheapest calls are within the country, as well as to neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia.
MobilOne has a special tariff for tourists called Tourist Card: for 15 SGD a subscriber gets 100 GB of Internet, 500 minutes of local and 20 minutes of international calls within 5 days. SingTel offers calls to Russia at 0.90 SGD per minute when dialing a number using the code 013.
There are payphones at train stations, metro stations, shops and public institutions.Local and international calls are paid using 2–20 SGD calling cards available from post offices, newsagents and major shopping malls.
In advanced Singapore, there are no problems with the Internet connection. Free Wi-Fi (albeit at low speeds) is available in almost all restaurants, shopping malls, libraries and government agencies. To connect, you need a local SIM card, you can go online without registration only at McDonald’s.
The main advantage of Singapore hotels is a consistently high level of service.The most expensive establishments are located on Orchard Road, Raffles Place and in the Marina Bay area. Modern business hotels are based in the center, and exemplary boutiques are located on Sentosa Island. The easiest way to find middle-class housing is on the west coast of the Singapore River: prices are affordable, conditions are decent, and the atmosphere is calm. Fans of non-stop entertainment can stay right at Universal Studios Park, where 6 hotels are open at once.
Something is constantly being built in Singapore, and the law prohibiting noise at night and in the early morning applies only to residential areas.The choice of a hotel outside their limits – the risk of being left awake for the entire vacation.
The cheapest hotels and hostels are located in Chinatown, the railway station and the Red Light District, but whether it is worth risking safety to save money is a moot point. The average cost of a bed in a hostel is 20-50 SGD, a room in a 2 * hotel – from 80 SGD, in a 5 * hotel – from 200-280 SGD per day.
Singapore mains voltage is 230V, 3-pin outlets require adapters available free of charge from hotels.
Monetary unit of the country – Singapore dollar (SGD), in 1 dollar 100 cents. Current rate: 1 SGD = 45.82 RUB (1 USD = 1.37 SGD, 1 EUR = 1.6 SGD).
Currency in Singapore is changed at banks and official exchange offices located in hotels, shopping centers and at some metro stations and marked with Licensed Money Changer signs. On weekdays, banks are open from 9:30 to 16:30, on Saturdays – until 13:00, Sunday is a day off. The opening hours of most exchange offices are 10: 00-17: 00, in some places the regime is extended until 20:00.You can change money immediately upon arrival, in the arrivals area or at the baggage claim. The most favorable rate is in Little India exchangers. Russian rubles are not accepted for exchange, therefore it is better to take euros or dollars with you or purchase local currency before leaving your homeland.
Tipping is not customary in Singapore, but the most generous tourists still reward maids, administrators and porters 1-2 SGD for their efforts.
Bank cards are accepted everywhere, they can even pay for taxi fares, although in this case a commission of up to 15% is added to the standard tariff.ATMs only issue local currency (20-2000 SGD per transaction), and many of them do not accept Russian credit cards, so it is best to always have cash with you in reserve.
Draconian prohibitions in Singapore lie in wait for a relaxed traveler at every step – be vigilant and carefully read the inscriptions on all prohibition signs. Gambling and chewing gum are prohibited in the country. Trash thrown on the street is punishable by a fine of 300-1000 SGD, and for repeated violations, they may well go to jail.Smoking in closed public places, buses, elevators, cinemas, theaters, government offices, restaurants and shops is prohibited by law, the fine is the same – 500-1000 SGD. Prepare to pay 500 SGD for crossing the road in the wrong place, the same amount will be charged for eating food in public transport or driving in a car without wearing a seat belt.
The crime rate in the country is very low: literally you can leave things, documents and even money anywhere – they will not be stolen.When visiting temples and mosques, hands and feet should be covered with clothes. When entering Indian temples and mosques, you are supposed to take off your shoes; this should be done when entering the houses and apartments of local residents. It is forbidden to photograph and film images of the Buddha in Buddhist temples.
Tap water in Singapore is sanitized and safe to drink.
To help withstand the heat, it is best to wear light cotton clothing. At the same time, do not forget about the air conditioning systems with which almost all shops and office buildings are stuffed here: a light jumper with long sleeves will definitely not be superfluous.
Russian Embassy in Singapore: Nassim Road, 51; tel . : (6) 235-18-34, 235-18-32, website.
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Until recently, beach holidays in Singapore were not very popular: tourists were alarmed by the proximity of a giant port that pollutes the water. But the use of innovative cleaning systems and the active development of infrastructure are changing the situation for the better. Now there are many beaches, all of them are free, equipped with toilets, changing cabins, showers and even lockers for storing valuables with a combination lock.
Sun beds and umbrellas – for a fee: an average of 20 SGD per day.
The best beaches of the capital are concentrated in the east. “East Coast Park” is famous for its well-groomed, clean sea and gentle sandy bottom. Changi Coast, near the airport, is a great place for cycling and camping, but the water is dirty here.
The most famous Singaporean beaches are located on Sentosa Island: the sea here is surprisingly clear, the landscapes are amazing. Palawan Beach is always full of families with children: there is a water amusement park, and a whole scattering of cafes and restaurants.Siloso Beach is a paradise for active youth: beach volleyball, extreme entertainment and dancing to loud music will not let you get bored even for a minute. “Tanjong Beach” is suitable for a romantic getaway: during the day it is calm here, but closer to the night it is time for sultry parties.
Fans of wild recreation relax on other, so far less hyped islands. On St. John’s – first-class diving, on Pulau Ubin – cozy fishing villages, on Kusu – picturesque lagoons, hidden from prying eyes.Instead of the benefits of civilization – absolute harmony with nature.
Singapore cannot be called a diving Mecca, but there are still several places worthy of diving attention. For vivid impressions, it is enough to drive off literally to any of the nearby islands, except for the noisy Sentosa. Sea eagles and sea cucumbers are found off the coast of St. John’s, in crystal clear waters you can see representatives of authentic flora and fauna even at great depths. Moray eels, puffer, parrotfish, stingrays, sea urchins and giant molluscs, which look very impressive surrounded by colorful corals, can be found off the coast of Pulau Kapas.
Average cost for a pair of dives with an instructor – 180 SGD excluding equipment.
Pulau Redang is a habitat for red anemones, seahorses and turtles, sometimes even sharks swim here. At Pulau Tioman Island, flocks of colorful tropical fish, barracudas and spotted perches await divers. And off the coast of Bintan, Indonesia, experienced divers can explore the holds and decks of 6 ships that sank during WWII. There are ferries from the Singapore port, the trip takes only 45 minutes, an Indonesian visa is not required.
Shopping in Singapore is a delight for the generous and sophisticated: the abundance of technology, clothing, cosmetics and jewelry scatters eyes, only the prices are comparable to European and American ones. Luxury brand stores are concentrated on the Orchard Road shopping street: discerning customers delight Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and other brands that need no introduction. Here you can also find iconic Asian goods: CYC shirts, Risis and Purple Gold jewelry, Tessere leather bags, and Eu Yan Sang pharmacy cosmetics.In terms of concentration of fashion brands, only the Marina Bay Sands Hotel can be compared to Orchard Road.
Tourists with a less tight wallet are waiting for Bagis Village street with shops of democratic brands. The quality of the local products is average, but you can and should bargain with might and main. The best markets in the city are Geylang Serai and Tiong Bahru, with fresh produce and exotic foods like shark meat. Singapore shops are open from 10:00 to 21:00, on weekends until 22:00, only small shops are closed for lunch.
It is most profitable to shop during the period of the only Singaporean Grand Sale, which starts at the end of May and lasts until July-August. Prices in stores fall by 50–70%.
The most popular souvenirs from Singapore are spice sets, silk umbrellas and fans with bizarre patterns, Merlion figurines repeating the outline of the city’s main fountain, medicinal herbs, ceramic vases and handmade batik. An expensive but impressive gift is the golden orchid: a living flower immersed in precious metal.Artifacts of other cultures are also brought from multinational Singapore: oriental carpets from the Arab Quarter, Chinese silk from Chinatown, painted sarees from Little India.
Singaporean cuisine is a unique phenomenon: there are no national culinary traditions in the country, but there is an incredible interweaving of Indian, Chinese, Malay and European recipes. Do not forget about the Indonesian, Ceylon and Middle Eastern notes, which make the taste of local dishes unique. Singaporean chefs are not afraid to experiment: British roast beef can be served with Chinese sauce, and Peking duck with Indian spices.It turns out to be original and tasty, which will be gladly confirmed by thousands of gourmets from all over the world who leave the country well-fed and satisfied.
Average bill for dinner in a restaurant – from 85 SGD, for lunch in a cafe – 15-30 SGD per person. The prices in the menu are indicated without taxes and fees, and this is another plus 15-20%.
From Chinese cuisine, Singaporeans borrowed Hainanese chicken with steamed rice, as well as noodles with dumplings stuffed with shrimp or pork. Gastronomic gifts from India – thosai with vegetables, fruits or meat, roti-prata pancakes with curry sauce, tandoori chicken marinated in yogurt.Sate kebabs on bamboo sticks, nasi-lemak rice with peanuts, eggs, anchovies and cucumbers and ayam-buah-keluak meat with nuts are the Malay guests on the Singaporean menu. Of the soups, it is worth trying “bak-kut-tekh” made from pork ribs. For breakfast, we recommend kaya sandwiches with coconut jam, herbs, cheese or ham – the perfect addition to a cup of coffee.
In Singapore, people eat with chopsticks, forks and spoons, but table knives are rarely served here.
Singaporeans are literally obsessed with food, considering it one of the main ways of converging cultures. Lunch and dinner are most often not in restaurants, but in street eateries, reminiscent of European food courts. The food there is tasty and cheap: any of the many national dishes costs 2–5 SGD. There are dozens of fish restaurants on the island serving freshly caught seafood. The bars at large hotels offer excellent cocktail and wine lists.
In Singapore, there will certainly be attractions that can interest both fans of the classic “excursion” and lovers of exotic entertainment.It is better to start your acquaintance with them from the Botanical Garden, founded more than 150 years ago. The area of 101 hectares is dominated by flora from all over the world: tropical and equatorial endemics, orchids, palms and ferns. From flora to fauna: the Singapore Zoo, home to over 2,500 animals, including endangered species.
The conditions for keeping animals are as close to natural as possible: for this, entire ecosystems have been recreated in the zoo – deserts, jungles, African valleys.
You can watch birds in the largest bird park in Asia “Jurong”. Loris parrots, toucans, flamingos, pelicans, cardinals, penguins and other inhabitants may not even suspect that they are living in captivity. Visitors to the Night Safari and River Safari parks have a unique opportunity to see animals active in the dark, as well as the inhabitants of the world’s largest river ecosystems. As a bonus – entertaining programs and spectacular shows with feeding of outlandish animals. You can supplement the collection of impressions of a young (and not so) naturalist in the Butterfly Park and the Oceanarium.
Having got acquainted with the creations of nature, it’s time to appreciate the man-made masterpieces. The recognized symbol of the island is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which looks like a spaceship landing by the bay. The nearby Merlion Park features a statue of a mythical beast that welcomes visitors to the city. An architectural curtsy from the past centuries is the snow-white Raffles Hotel, an example of elegance and respectability. One of the main religious attractions is the Sri Mariamman Temple with a splendid facade strewn with statuettes of Hindu deities.Fort Siloso, the only surviving gun battery, is reminiscent of World War II.
The best observation deck is the 130 m high Tiger Sky Tower, built in the gigantic Imbia Lookout entertainment area.
In between excursions, it is worth taking a ride on the rides, of which there are a great many in Singapore. On the 165-meter Ferris wheel, the breathtaking beauty and height, in the Skyline and Skyride karting centers on Sentosa – from the speed, in the MegaZip rope park – from the extreme, and in the amazing world of Universal Studios – from everything at once.
Despite the tiny size of the country, there are a great many holidays and festivals in Singapore. The most colorful and colorful national festivals are the celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Hindu holidays of Ponggal and Thaipusam in February, the Hougang Spring Festival (at the end of February) and the Birthday of God the Child on May 1. Also of interest are the Dragon Boat Festival in May-June, a festival of classical Indian dance and music – the Chettar Temple Festival and the Timiti Fire Purification Ceremony (in October).
Navaratri (The Nine Luminaries in Tamil), taking place in October, brings Indian songs and dances to Singapore in honor of the Hindu goddesses Durga and Lakshmi-Saraswati. And November Deepavali – the most important Hindu holiday of the country, marks the victory of Light over Darkness.
Of the social events, the most interesting are the famous National Food Festival or Singapore Food Festival in July, the Spring City Festival (January-February), the Singapore Fashion Festival (March-April) and the Singapore Jewelry Festival in September.The Singapore Writers’ Festival is an event held every two years to celebrate the best talent in contemporary literature. And since 2008, the Formula 1 races have been held in Singapore, beginning at the end of September. The only night Formula 1 in the world is also held here.
In January-February, the holiday of spring, Chunjie, is celebrated, and from December to March – the Muslim holidays Hari-Raya-Haji (holiday of sacrifice) and Hari-Raya-Puasa – the end of Ramadan from April to May. Good Friday and Easter are also celebrated from April to May.The birthday of Buddha (or Wesak) is celebrated here on May 6.
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Former President Mikheil Saakashvili arrived in Georgia not by accident and not without certain guarantees received both at home and abroad. He hoped to return to power in the same way that he achieved it in 2003, having made the Rose Revolution. But he ended up behind bars. And now he is conducting a stubborn struggle for liberation, after reaching which he intends to continue the implementation of a long-cherished goal.
He did not hide this goal – the return to power. While still at large, secretly from everyone, finding himself in Batumi, he shot a video in which he called on his “numerous” supporters to go to the elections on October 2 (elections to local self-government bodies were held in Georgia on that day), and on October 3 to gather on Rustaveli Avenue and “To celebrate the victory”, or (if the government “dares to falsify the election results”) to demonstrate to the whole world “its size and strength”, and send the current government to the dustbin of history.
Apparently, the guarantees received did not work, because on the same day, October 1, when Saakashvili informed the country of his arrival via social networks, he was detained and sent to prison. True, in a separate cell, with certain conveniences and privileges, as befits a prisoner of his rank. Those privileges, which during the rule of Saakashvili were deprived of the former officials of the government of Eduard Shevardnadze, who was overthrown by him. And, of course, without the horrors and humiliations that prisoners of his regime passed through during Saakashvili’s rule – former officials, officers, experts, priests and ordinary citizens who did not please the then ruler, who were categorically registered as “Russian spies”.
Today, the prison, according to representatives of the Georgian Dream government, is “not the same”, and the attitude towards prisoners in it is “civilized”. But being in a prison cell was not part of Saakashvili’s plans, so he began to act.
First of all, he went on a hunger strike. There were a lot of rumors and gossip around her too. Specially from the USA, his personal doctor Nikoloz Kipshidze came to Saakashvili, who sounded the alarm: it is categorically impossible for his patient to starve, Saakashvili, they say, suffers from a rare disease – thalassemia. After each visit to the prison, the doctor reported that the ex-president’s health was deteriorating, he was losing weight and approaching disaster.
In response to the doctor’s alarming information, the Ministry of Justice said that Saakashvili had stocked up honey and natural juices in the prison store, so that he is not particularly hungry. The prisoner himself explained his purchase by the fact that he was not on a dry hunger strike and that he had purchased food on the advice of a doctor. However, he immediately promised to stop taking honey and juices.
After some time, the doctor sounded a new alarm and demanded that his prisoner be transferred from prison to any civilian clinic, where he would be provided with multidisciplinary medical care.At the same time, he said that very little remained before the disaster. The ex-president’s associates also added fuel to the fire, giving the public information either about his semi-swooning state or about the improper treatment of him by the prison administration. The general director of the Mtavari TV channel, lawyer Nika Gvaramia, who volunteered to be a lawyer for the convict and prisoner, tried especially hard in this case.
Against the background of the excitement around the ex-president’s health condition, the special penitentiary service published video recordings filmed in the first-aid post of the Rustavi prison No. 12, which show how Saakashvili, under the supervision of doctors, is eating something from small jars and drinking some liquid from glasses …Then I posted photos of these jars. They turned out to be cereals and purees for baby food produced by one of the Russian firms.
Pro-government experts and ordinary citizens, on the basis of these personnel and the appearance of the prisoner, concluded that he was “not completely starving” and that “his condition is not at all catastrophic.” The opposition, the doctor Saakashvili and he himself argued that it was “not food” and that by taking the contents of the jars, the prisoner Saakashvili only made up for the lack of minerals and vitamins caused by the hunger strike.
Under pressure from the ex-president and his many supporters, it was decided to transfer the prisoner to a medical institution. Waiting to be taken to a civilian clinic, Saakashvili peacefully packed his things and, accompanied by guards, went to the ambulance. This video was also uploaded by the special penitentiary service. Companions did not rule out that Saakashvili would be placed in the Gori military hospital, and even sent film crews of the opposition-controlled TV channels there, but the director of the hospital, stating that his institution was ready to accept any patient and provide his treatment, did not confirm or deny the information that the prisoner is being taken to him.
The truth was revealed quickly. Saakashvili was taken not just anywhere, but to the prison hospital at the Gldani prison – the very scandalous institution, where torture footage once shocked the Georgian population and the world and ensured the victory in the 2012 elections for the Georgian Dream coalition.
The Special Penitentiary Service also distributed video recordings of Saakashvili’s behavior in the prison hospital. Having learned where he was taken, the ex-president categorically refused to get out of the ambulance and literally carried him by the arms and legs into the hospital building.They laid him on the floor, from where he quickly got up and, sitting down in a chair, began to shower those around him with abuse. Most often he repeated: “You are Putin’s slaves” and threatened that soon they would answer for everything. The same video shows how Saakashvili “smashed” the medical equipment delivered specially for his examination.
Records from the prison clinic were released after associates of the ex-president spread information about the “mistreatment” of the prisoner and the “violence” committed against him. The footage shows that doctors and prison guards treat him “courteously”, “you”, they do not engage in assault and answer all swear words: “Calm down”.
The footage from the Gldani prison hospital angered not only the ex-president’s associates and supporters, but also hitherto relatively neutral citizens. Most believe that it is wrong to treat the former head of state in this way and does not fit into the framework of “European values” that Georgia is trying to follow.The opposition, however, unequivocally regarded this fact as clear evidence of the political persecution of its leader.
Meanwhile, some of his fans and supporters went on hunger strike as a sign of support for Saakashvili. One of the first to take such an “extreme” step was the deputy of parliament, a former associate of the ex-president, now introducing herself as the founder of the “Droa” (“Pora”) movement Elena Khoshtaria. She is on hunger strike in the building of the Georgian parliament, demanding the release of Saakashvili, and her parents and opposition associates daily broadcast about the deterioration of her health. The head of the Georgian Association of Clinics also went on a hunger strike in protest. He demands the transfer of the ex-president to a multidisciplinary civil hospital. And the director of one of the regional clinics said that because of improper treatment of Saakashvili, he refuses to admit patients, for which he was dismissed from his post the next day. The opposition immediately dubbed this fact as “political persecution.”
Saakashvili’s lawyers appealed to the Strasbourg court and tried to appeal against the actions of the Georgian authorities and the decision to imprison him.The ECHR delivered a conclusion that was unexpected for the plaintiffs. Justice Minister Rati Bregadze told reporters that the court called on Saakashvili to end the hunger strike, refusing the demand to transfer the prisoner to a multi-profile private clinic. True, the ex-president’s lawyers interpreted this response of the court in their own way and stated that the ECHR made Saakashvili’s case among its priorities and recognized the fact of his hunger strike, which representatives of the current government tried to deny.
Mikheil Saakashvili, meanwhile, put forward a new condition to the government: he will follow the ECHR’s call and end the hunger strike if the rehabilitation period takes place in one of the multidisciplinary private clinics.Commenting on the ex-president’s new ultimatum, the Minister of Justice promised to return Saakashvili back to the Rustavi prison if he stops starving and returns to a normal rhythm of life.
Attempts of the “United National Movement” to organize a powerful protest movement in the country have so far failed. In Tbilisi and the regions, small, albeit noisy, rallies are held almost daily, sometimes escalating into clashes with the police, but they do not change the general mood in the country.
The demand for Saakashvili’s transfer to a civilian clinic is not by chance.Probably, the ex-president’s associates hope that in this case they will be able to gather a sufficient number of protesters near the hospital, who will seize it by storm and, in their arms, will free their informal leader from the bonds of the law. And this “successful liberation” can be the starting point for organizing a new revolution. But independent Georgian analysts believe that today the country is not in the state it was in before the famous Rose Revolution, and the state institutions are strong enough to give the revolutionaries a worthy rebuff.
In addition, the arrest of the ex-president did not receive the reaction that his comrades-in-arms needed in the West. Only a few MEPs, diplomats and politicians are calling on the Georgian authorities to treat Saakashvili appropriately. Moreover, the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, given that Saakashvili has Ukrainian citizenship, sent an appeal to the President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili and Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili regarding the situation “around the arrest and imprisonment of Ukrainian citizen Mikhail Saakashvili.”The main requirement of foreign partners is to ensure “fair justice” and “proper protection of the legitimate rights and interests” of Saakashvili.