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Singapore is one of the most beautiful places in the world that boasts of natural beauty. The city is very modern and extremely well developed. Although it is an amazing travel destination, it is well known for its brilliant facilities in every field, right from tourism to real estate. The place has it own historical past with many tales to tell about European settlement, colonial rule, involvement with the Second World War, and its eventual liberation. Today as a parliamentary democracy, Singapore follows Westminster form of unicameral parliamentary government.

 

Government

 

The Cabinet holds most of the executive powers and its head is the Prime Minister. As a tradition, the office of the President is always a ceremonial one and he or she has certain veto powers. The Parliament is the legislative wings of government. For the proper and effective administration of the Singapore, the works is divided into various ministries. Each ministry comprises different able ministers who report to the Prime Minister. Without these ministries, the functioning of the government would not be possible. The ministries are:

 

Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Manpower
Ministry of Law
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Education

Ministry of Transport
Ministry of Home Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Trade and Industry
Ministry of National Development

Ministry of Environment and Water Resources
Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts
Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports

 

 

Apart from the ministries, the other government bodies include Police Licencing Computerised System - PLUS , Lawonline - Singapore Legal Portal , National Environment Agency - NEA , Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore - IRAS , Monetary Authority of Singapore , Immigration and Checkpoints Authority - ICA , Singapore Civil Defence Force - SCDF, Singapore Police Force - SPF, Electronic Police Centre - ePC, ICA Tenant Verification, and Central Provident Fund.

 

Some valuable Professional Bodies in Singapore are Singapore Institute of Management, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, Law Society of Singapore, Singapore Medical Association, Marketing Institute of Singapore, and Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers - SISV.

 

Real Estate

 

The real estate industry is really well developed in Singapore. The existence of countless modern and upgraded commercial and residential properties bears testimony to this fact. Some real estate companies are government based while others are private. The Building and Building and Construction Authority - BCA is controlled by the Ministry of National Development and its aim is to create excellent structures, buildings and infrastructure to make Singapore better and beautiful.

The other agencies, bodies, services, and authorities associated with real estate in Singapore are HDB Ethnic Group Eligibility, HDB Transacted Prices, Housing and Development Board - HDB, Insolvency Search Service, Urban Redevelopment Authority - URA, URA Transacted Prices, and Jurong Town Corporation - JTC. Others include Singapore Land Authority - SLA, IRAS Valuation Listing, Integrated Land Information Service - INLIS, Singapore Accredited Estate Agencies - SAEA, Institute of Estate Agents Singapore - IEA, and Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers - SISV.  If you are looking for Service Apartments, the best names are The Ascott Group, Pacific Plaza Service Apartments, Far East Service Apartments, and Great World Service Apartments.

 

Singapore Publications

 

Newspapers are the mirrors the events that happen in a country, state, and city. Singapore releases many popular publications in both their print and online versions. The publications include daily as well as weekly ones. Some of the most important publications are New Paper,8 Days,  Her world Singapore,Young Parents,Straits Times Singapore,Business Times Singapore,Today Online, Eat Magazine,Destination Singapore,Smart Investor,The Urban Wire, and People at the Peak. There are different newspapers and magazines on a plethora or subjects such as finance, travel, lifestyle, business, current affairs and more.

 

Public Utilities

 

Many modern public utilities exist in Singapore and they offer a host of services related to cell phone connection, cable TV, broadband, postal service, and power supply. The most important public utilities are M1 Mobile, Singtel Telephony, Starhub Mobile, Starhub Cable TV, Starhub Broadband, Power Supply - SP Services, and Singapore Postal Service. The Foreign Embassies /Consulatesin Singapore are very important bodies.

 

Singapore Sightseeing

 

The tourism industry in Singapore is well developed and visitors will have an amazing time discovering the various places of attraction. This hospitable place is full of interesting museums, natural and amusement parts, gardens, resorts and much more. Visit the Asian Civilisation Museum to get a taste of pan-Asian civilizations and cultures.


The other wonderful museums are Singapore Art Museum, Singapore History Museum, andSingapore Philatelic Museum. Nature lovers and animal lovers will certainly like Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Fort Canning Park, Mount Faber Park, Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom, and Singapore Zoo. Do not miss other places of interest such asSentosa Island Resort, Singapore Night Safari, Underwater World Singapore, and Magical Makansutra Food Safari.

 

Transportation

 

Finding the right mode of transportation in Singapore is never a problem. For traveling to Singapore from different destinations, you have Singapore Airlines, Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia, Silkair, and Valuair, which are valued for their state of the art services. Singapore Changi Airportmarks the fabulous entry and exit to this tourist hotspot. Travelers can get help from sources like SMRT Bus Guide, SBS Transit Bus Guide, Street Directory, andSingapore MRT System Map for moving around the place. The other resources that can offer good information about transportation in Singapore are Land Transport Authority - LTA, Transitlink Singapore, One Motoring Singapore, Automobile Association of Singapore - AAS, and Public Transport Council - PTC.

 

Singapore Banks

 

Singapore is filled with many internationally acclaimed banks, whose hallmark is their advanced service. The United Overseas Bank has been catering a variety of services since 1935 and its regional presence is well-established. TheMaybank Singapore, operating from 1960 onwards has 32 ATMs and 22 branches located through the country. The other reputed banks include ABN-AMRO Bank Singapore, Citibank Singapore, DBS Singapore, Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation, and Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corporation.

 

Singapore Hospitals

 

The health care facilities in Singapore are very scientific, modern, and innovative. There are array of well known hospitals with distinguished and experienced doctors and medical staff. Some of the most reputed hospitals are Alexandra Hospital, Changi General Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital, Mount Alvernia Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, St Luke's Hospital, St Andrew's Community Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and National University Hospital. For women and children there is a special hospital known as KK Women's and Children's Hospital, with exceptional services. TheInstitute of Mental Health, John Hopkins Medical Centre, National Skin Centre, National Cancer Centre, National Dental Centre, National Eye Centre, Raffles Hospital, andThomson Medical Centreare other crucial medical centers.

 

MINDY YONG

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Fax: (+65) 64021826

mindy@mindyyong.com ( email me )

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