Saturday, April 17, 2010
Singapore is a country south of Malaysia and north of Indonesia. It is a small island but the city of Singapore is known as the only major city with a rainforset in the middle of it. Singapore means "lion city" and their famous fountain is the Merlion fountain. It is half lion, half mermaid. The lion is because that is what the city is named for and the mermaid is because the city is set up based on the principles of Feng Shui and water is very important to Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a Chinese method of decorating/setting things up that is supposed to increase wealth, health, and happiness. The other famous thing here is the Singapore Flyer. It is a giant ferris wheel that goes up 165 (about 715) feet and you can see all of Singapore from it! Because of its location, most people in Singapore came from China or Malaysia, however the language of Singapore is English. Singapore is also an extremely safe and clean country because the fines for breaking the law are huge. If you litter, you will get fined $2000. If you chew gum (that is illegal in Singapore) you will get fined $500. They also still do canings in the jails there which means that if you go to jail, you will get beat 6 (sometimes more) times with a wooden cane. OUCH!