History UsefulNotes / Singapore

27th Apr '16 4:58:11 AM alchixinren
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* ''Webcomic/{{Polandball}}'' has Singapore be uniquely triangular-shaped (besides [[VisualPun Bermuda]]) instead of spherical, and jokes concerning Singlish, capital punishment, ''karoshi'' and its relative wealth are rife there.
27th Apr '16 4:53:21 AM alchixinren
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A British colony for a while, it was captured by the Japanese in 1942 after they came in via the jungle on bicycles - the naval guns were NOT pointed out to sea, as widely believed. They did not. however, have a lot of HE(High-Explosive) rounds, and the guns had to resort to firing ineffective armor-piercing rounds after these ran out . UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill called it the worst disaster in British history. This event, and the subsequent war atrocities, is generally acknowledged as the [[ShockingDefeatLegacy trigger of the local awakening]] that the Western colonial powers [[NotSoInvincibleAfterAll weren't - and were never - invincible]], and when the British returned, the independence movement kicked into full gear with the UsefulNotes/ColdWar as a backdrop, with self-governance being granted in 1959.

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A British colony for a while, it was captured by the Japanese in 1942 after they came in via the jungle on bicycles - the naval guns were NOT pointed out to sea, as widely believed. They did not. however, have a lot of HE(High-Explosive) HE (High-Explosive) rounds, and the guns had to resort to firing ineffective armor-piercing rounds after these ran out . out. UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill called it the worst disaster in British history. history, which is wholly accurate in pure numeric terms. This event, and the subsequent war atrocities, is generally acknowledged as the [[ShockingDefeatLegacy trigger of the local awakening]] that the Western colonial powers [[NotSoInvincibleAfterAll weren't - and were never - invincible]], and when the British returned, the independence movement kicked into full gear with the UsefulNotes/ColdWar as a backdrop, backdrop (the Malayan Emergency raged on as Communists attempted to overthrow the British-backed government), with self-governance being granted in 1959.
14th Apr '16 10:04:48 PM SSgt_LuLZ
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* An episode of ''Anime/CardfightVanguard'' had the crew visit Singapore as part of the [[TournamentArc Vanguard Fight Circuit]].
* ''Anime/PlasticMemories'': As noted in this [[https://www.reddit.com/r/anime/comments/34qac3/anime_vs_real_life_comparisons_plastic_memories/ reddit thread]], many background scenes take inspiration from notable Singaporean buildings and locations. [[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Dpt_ClFVFd3Kx0aU460RW_RkCMijtNTg2ma2X32bN50/edit See for yourself.]]
11th Feb '16 3:57:25 AM iakul
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A British colony for a while, it was captured by the Japanese in 1942 after they came in via the jungle on bicycles - the naval guns were pointed out to sea. UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill called it the worst disaster in British history. This event, and the subsequent war atrocities, is generally acknowledged as the [[ShockingDefeatLegacy trigger of the local awakening]] that the Western colonial powers [[NotSoInvincibleAfterAll weren't - and were never - invincible]], and when the British returned, the independence movement kicked into full gear with the UsefulNotes/ColdWar as a backdrop, with self-governance being granted in 1959.

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A British colony for a while, it was captured by the Japanese in 1942 after they came in via the jungle on bicycles - the naval guns were NOT pointed out to sea.sea, as widely believed. They did not. however, have a lot of HE(High-Explosive) rounds, and the guns had to resort to firing ineffective armor-piercing rounds after these ran out . UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill called it the worst disaster in British history. This event, and the subsequent war atrocities, is generally acknowledged as the [[ShockingDefeatLegacy trigger of the local awakening]] that the Western colonial powers [[NotSoInvincibleAfterAll weren't - and were never - invincible]], and when the British returned, the independence movement kicked into full gear with the UsefulNotes/ColdWar as a backdrop, with self-governance being granted in 1959.
17th Jan '16 1:21:29 PM TalonsofIceandFire
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In addition to the humidity, hot sun, and mosquitoes. Singapore has garnered a infamous reputation for being incredibly strict and conservative, with very frequent use of the death penalty (400 hangings between 1991 and 2004 - note that the place had a population of ''4 million'' at the time), including for drug trafficking. (This is usually Justified, though; the crime rate is so pathetically low that the government had to put up posters reminding the population that there still is criminal activity at all. While the justice system can be harsh, it is incredibly useful at keeping the city clean and safe, while giving great freedom as long as one doesn't break the laws). The use of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caning_in_Singapore caning]] is also common as a punishment, as an American tourist by the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_P._Fay Michael Fay]] found out the hard way in 1994 after being arrested for theft and vandalism. It has several notably restrictive laws - it discourages homosexuality and bans same-sex marriages, intentional littering leads to fines, the possession of porn, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the sale of chewing gum]], amongst others. (Fortunately, the penalties for all but the first are simply fining and/or community service; the goal is to keep the city clean and safe, not to lock people up. And chewing gum itself is not banned; but bringing large amounts for the sake of capitalist sale is. Bringing in a few handfuls of gum to share with your friends or for yourself is perfectly fine, unless you stick the end result on public property.) Creator/WilliamGibson once memorably described the place as "[[http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/1.04/gibson.html Disneyland with the death penalty]]"[[note]]He was dissatisfied later that he managed to convey the city's "creepy anal retentive" authoritarianism better than its "unrelenting dullness"[[/note]], and the locals make jokes about this - you can get T-shirts saying "Singapore is a [[IncrediblyLamePun fine city]]", enumerating most of the fines one is likely to incur for various misdemeanours. The government finally passed laws allowing controlled gambling a couple of years back, and two large casino resorts have been completed ([[InsistentTerminology though the term "Integrated Resort" is preferred]]). With the new tourism spike, the government is loosening some of their stricter laws.

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In addition to the humidity, hot sun, and mosquitoes. Singapore has garnered a fairly infamous reputation for being incredibly strict and conservative, with conservative when it comes to it's laws. With very frequent use of the death penalty (400 hangings between 1991 and 2004 - note that the place had a population of ''4 million'' at the time), including for drug trafficking. (This is usually Justified, though; the crime rate is so pathetically low that the government had to put up posters reminding the population that there still is criminal activity at all. While the justice system can be harsh, it is incredibly useful at keeping the city clean and safe, while giving great freedom as long as one doesn't break the laws). The use of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caning_in_Singapore caning]] is also common as a punishment, as an American tourist by the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_P._Fay Michael Fay]] found out the hard way in 1994 after being arrested for theft and vandalism. It has several notably restrictive laws - it discourages homosexuality and bans same-sex marriages, intentional littering leads to fines, the possession of porn, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the sale of chewing gum]], amongst others. (Fortunately, the penalties for all but the first are simply fining and/or community service; the goal is to keep the city clean and safe, not to lock people up. And chewing gum itself is not banned; but bringing large amounts for the sake of capitalist sale is. Bringing in a few handfuls of gum to share with your friends or for yourself is perfectly fine, unless you stick the end result on public property.) Creator/WilliamGibson once memorably described the place as "[[http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/1.04/gibson.html Disneyland with the death penalty]]"[[note]]He was dissatisfied later that he managed to convey the city's "creepy anal retentive" authoritarianism better than its "unrelenting dullness"[[/note]], and the locals make jokes about this - you can get T-shirts saying "Singapore is a [[IncrediblyLamePun fine city]]", enumerating most of the fines one is likely to incur for various misdemeanours. The government finally passed laws allowing controlled gambling a couple of years back, and two large casino resorts have been completed ([[InsistentTerminology though the term "Integrated Resort" is preferred]]). With the new tourism spike, the government is loosening some of their stricter laws.
30th Dec '15 2:40:44 PM TalonsofIceandFire
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Sounds amazing, right? Wouldn't mind going there to study or work, or for a holiday? Well, there are a couple of caveats. It IS a great place to live in, but there are some things you'll need to watch out for. Humidity, hot sun, and mosquitoes are only the tip of the iceberg.

It's a somewhat conservative democracy, with very frequent use of the death penalty (400 hangings between 1991 and 2004 - note that the place had a population of ''4 million'' at the time), including for drug trafficking. (This is usually Justified, though; the crime rate is so pathetically low that the government had to put up posters reminding the population that there still is criminal activity at all. While the justice system can be harsh, it is incredibly useful at keeping the city clean and safe, while giving great freedom as long as one doesn't break the laws). The use of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caning_in_Singapore caning]] is also common as a punishment, as an American tourist by the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_P._Fay Michael Fay]] found out the hard way in 1994 after being arrested for theft and vandalism. It has several notably restrictive laws - it discourages homosexuality and bans same-sex marriages, intentional littering leads to fines, the possession of porn, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the sale of chewing gum]], amongst others. (Fortunately, the penalties for all but the first are simply fining and/or community service; the goal is to keep the city clean and safe, not to lock people up. And chewing gum itself is not banned; but bringing large amounts for the sake of capitalist sale is. Bringing in a few handfuls of gum to share with your friends or for yourself is perfectly fine, unless you stick the end result on public property.) Creator/WilliamGibson once memorably described the place as "[[http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/1.04/gibson.html Disneyland with the death penalty]]"[[note]]He was dissatisfied later that he managed to convey the city's "creepy anal retentive" authoritarianism better than its "unrelenting dullness"[[/note]], and the locals make jokes about this - you can get T-shirts saying "Singapore is a [[IncrediblyLamePun fine city]]", enumerating most of the fines one is likely to incur for various misdemeanours. The government finally passed laws allowing controlled gambling a couple of years back, and two large casino resorts have been completed ([[InsistentTerminology though the term "Integrated Resort" is preferred]]). With the new tourism spike, the government is loosening some of their stricter laws.

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Sounds amazing, right? Wouldn't mind going there to study or work, or for a holiday? Well, there are a couple of caveats. It IS a great place to live in, but there are some things you'll need to watch out for. Humidity, It IS a great place to live in, but it does have a dark side.

In addition to the humidity,
hot sun, and mosquitoes are only the tip of the iceberg.

It's
mosquitoes. Singapore has garnered a somewhat conservative democracy, infamous reputation for being incredibly strict and conservative, with very frequent use of the death penalty (400 hangings between 1991 and 2004 - note that the place had a population of ''4 million'' at the time), including for drug trafficking. (This is usually Justified, though; the crime rate is so pathetically low that the government had to put up posters reminding the population that there still is criminal activity at all. While the justice system can be harsh, it is incredibly useful at keeping the city clean and safe, while giving great freedom as long as one doesn't break the laws). The use of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caning_in_Singapore caning]] is also common as a punishment, as an American tourist by the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_P._Fay Michael Fay]] found out the hard way in 1994 after being arrested for theft and vandalism. It has several notably restrictive laws - it discourages homosexuality and bans same-sex marriages, intentional littering leads to fines, the possession of porn, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the sale of chewing gum]], amongst others. (Fortunately, the penalties for all but the first are simply fining and/or community service; the goal is to keep the city clean and safe, not to lock people up. And chewing gum itself is not banned; but bringing large amounts for the sake of capitalist sale is. Bringing in a few handfuls of gum to share with your friends or for yourself is perfectly fine, unless you stick the end result on public property.) Creator/WilliamGibson once memorably described the place as "[[http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/1.04/gibson.html Disneyland with the death penalty]]"[[note]]He was dissatisfied later that he managed to convey the city's "creepy anal retentive" authoritarianism better than its "unrelenting dullness"[[/note]], and the locals make jokes about this - you can get T-shirts saying "Singapore is a [[IncrediblyLamePun fine city]]", enumerating most of the fines one is likely to incur for various misdemeanours. The government finally passed laws allowing controlled gambling a couple of years back, and two large casino resorts have been completed ([[InsistentTerminology though the term "Integrated Resort" is preferred]]). With the new tourism spike, the government is loosening some of their stricter laws.
3rd Dec '15 12:32:38 PM roldarryl
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* ''Series/{{Suburgatory}}'': Dalia's father gets married and move to Singapore, since it's where his new wife comes from and when Dalia finds out about it, she's upset because they don't bring her.

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* ''Series/{{Suburgatory}}'': Dalia's father gets married and move moves to Singapore, since it's where his new wife comes from and when Dalia finds out about it, she's upset because they don't bring her.
3rd Dec '15 12:30:53 PM roldarryl
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* Kevin Kwan's ''Crazy Rich Asians'' is about the lifestyle of the insanely rich in Singapore. It focuses on an Asian-American girl whose boyfriend takes her to his hometown in Singapore for his best friend's wedding where she discovers that he comes from an extremely wealthy and influential OldMoney family who lives in a palace. Much of the country's culture is introduced here.

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* Kevin Kwan's ''Crazy Rich Asians'' is about the lifestyle of the insanely rich in Singapore. It focuses on an Asian-American girl whose boyfriend takes her to his hometown in Singapore for his best friend's wedding where she discovers that he comes from an extremely wealthy and influential Singaporean OldMoney family who lives in a palace. Much of the country's culture is introduced here.



* ''Series/{{Suburgatory}}'': Dalia's father decides to get married and move to Singapore, since it's where his new wife comes from and when Dalia finds out about it, she's upset because they don't bring her.

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* ''Series/{{Suburgatory}}'': Dalia's father decides to get gets married and move to Singapore, since it's where his new wife comes from and when Dalia finds out about it, she's upset because they don't bring her.
3rd Dec '15 12:24:38 PM roldarryl
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* ''Series/{{Suburgatory}}'': Dalia's father decides to get married and move to Singapore, since it's where his new wife comes from and when Dalia finds out about it, she's upset because they don't bring her.
3rd Dec '15 12:09:05 PM roldarryl
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* Kevin Kwan's ''Crazy Rich Asians'' is about the lifestyle of the insanely rich in Singapore that focuses on an Asian-American girl whose boyfriend takes her to his hometown in Singapore for his best friend's wedding where she discovers that he comes from an extremely wealthy and influential OldMoney family who lives in a palace. Much of the country's culture is introduced here.

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* Kevin Kwan's ''Crazy Rich Asians'' is about the lifestyle of the insanely rich in Singapore that Singapore. It focuses on an Asian-American girl whose boyfriend takes her to his hometown in Singapore for his best friend's wedding where she discovers that he comes from an extremely wealthy and influential OldMoney family who lives in a palace. Much of the country's culture is introduced here.
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