Poppy seeds are prohibited.
Singaporean school children go on excursions (or field trips) to Ikea.
There are no $20 notes.
Most kitchens in Singapore do not have air conditioning.
There are very few ‘open plan’ type kitchens here, meaning the kitchen is usually in a separate room, and without air con they get HOT!
The trains have no drivers. They are ‘robot trains’ (according to a little girl staying in the same apartment block as us).
Which probably goes a long way to explaining why they run so efficiently – no pesky unionised drivers to go on strike.
It also explains why it’s so easy for family groups to get separated boarding the trains – no drivers to check that everybody is on.
The train system is a delight.
Clean and efficient. So efficient you don’t even need a timetable as they run so regularly.
And cheap. We did four separate train trips (trial runs to school and work) involving a few connecting lines and it cost less than $4 each. In Melbourne that would not even get you through a turnstile.
Many kitchens do not have HOT WATER connected.
(Yes, you read that correctly)
The government department in Singapore that deals with, amongst other things, work and residential permits is called The Ministry of Manpower.
Every time I hear “Ministry of Manpower” I imagine a grey government building staffed with these blokes:
A girl can dream!
For anyone not familiar with Australia’s Manpower, they were/are a troop of male
strippers ‘dancers’. If you’re a frequent watcher of Oprah the man 3rd from the left (the shortest one) is her ‘gardening guru’ Jamie Durie.