As an introduction, here are the fun facts about Singapore:
• Singapore is the world’s only island city-state and one of only three city-states in the world (the other two are Monaco and Vatican City). City-states are unique in that they are both a city and country, which means I am technically living in Singapore, Singapore.
• Singapore is tiny, measuring only 277 square miles. To put that into context, the City of Chicago is 234 square miles. However, there are approximately 5.6 million Singaporeans here on our tiny island, making it the third densest nation on earth, and double the population of the City of Chicago.
• The city is affectionately known as the Red Dot for how it appears on virtually every world map as a little red dot.
• Lying only one degree north of the equator, Singapore enjoys a permanent summer all year round and temperatures range between 72F to 95F every day, with about 75% humidity. It also rains for approximately 10 minutes every day, though always at different times. So yes, I have permanently frizzy hair. I have been caught in more than one rainstorm, but it is amazing never having to check the weather to know what to wear!
• The country is a mix of numerous ethnicities, with Chinese, Malay and Indian the three main ethnicities in Singapore. But there would be few countries in the world that can boast of a religious harmony so strong that there is a Buddhist temple that shares one wall with an Islamic mosque and another wall with a Hindu temple! And not to worry… there is a Catholic church a few doors down the street.
• Singaporeans are the fastest walkers in the world, with the average speed 3.8 miles per hour.
• Finally, there was another Singapore in the world – Singapore, Michigan. Sadly though, Singapore MI now lies buried beneath the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan shoreline at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River.
There is so much more to share, and I look forward to doing so as the weeks continue!
By Amanda Roberts, 2016-17 Placement Committee