They just made a post on their page of the winning video entry, and the two runners up. I am happy with my video, but more happy because I did my best to make a video that is something they would like, and they liked it, and then it won the prize, so I am very happy about that.
Here is a link to that page – Link to that page I was talking about.
Also, they called me “Mr. Joel Levinson” which makes me feel like a total grown-up, which I am now. Also because I am married, that is another thing that proves I’m a grown up.
I like Singapore because the people are nice and the food is very nice and everything is green and very clean and they keep the streets clean and it’s safe to walk down them not like in my home when I lived in Hollywood where the streets have a lot of people who get sick and make a mess from either their mouths or they make BM’s and just leave it on the streets for everyone to walk by. Singapore is much cleaner than Hollywood.
Here are some things I learned about Singapore:
* Singapore has the highest per capita rate of millionaires in the world (approx 10%)
* Singapore was originally a small fishing post until about 200 years ago, when Stanford Raffles and the British East India realized it was a very good place for a port town
* Singapore means “Lion town” because an old Sultan said that he once saw a Lion there but since Lions don’t live anywhere Tigers live, everyone agrees that he either dreamed it or was a-lion about it! (That was a pun.)
* In Singapore, you can go to the zoo at night on a “Night Safari” and see all the nocturnal animals, and it makes a lot of sense because normally when I go to the zoo in America all the animals are exhausted because it is hot and they always tell you “most of these animals don’t have sweat glands that’s why they play in the mud” which seems mean to keep them out all the time in the hot sun so kids can poke sticks at them and bang on the glass, but in Singapore, it is nighttime so the animals are all eating and moving around and this one animal called a “Tapir” came right up to the tram and I think it was because he liked how I smelled.
All in all I highly recommend a trip to Singapore because it is awesome!!!
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A common misconception of Singapore is that the city-state is dull, without much to offer except for a stopover to other places. Change your plans, stay a few days, and enjoy all that has to offer: you will be gratefully surprised. Singapore is a melting pot of cultures with fantastic architecture. There, the old and the new coexist with natural and technological elements, making us think twice about the integration of nature and built human landscapes.
Although it is always a good time to visit Singapore, this year is a special one. Singapore is celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence from Malaysia (obtained in 1965). There are events all year round, the central one being the parade and fireworks on August 9.
All photos by the author.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore is the second-safest and fifth-cleanest city in the world. It also has plenty of greenery right in the middle of the city, so it often ranks well in being a “green city”. You can walk around different parks and go for a picnic with friends: you will feel that you are somewhere else and not in a city famous for its skyscrapers. Pictured: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay are probably one of the most spectacular gardens in the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit them at nighttime: you will be captivated with the daily show of lights and sounds.
Lorng Buangkok Kampang
Incredibly, only 20 minutes by bus from the downtown area, is the last village (or kampong) of Singapore, Lorong Buangkok Kampang, a place where you can experience the essence of a local village. It is slated for demolition, so if you don’t hurry up, perhaps when you go to visit you’ll find a mall or an office building instead.
Beautiful & friendly
Singapore could be busy with traffic and the stress of the financial market, but everyday and everywhere you will see and meet amazingly happy people. One of the most friendly and beautiful people you can find in the world.
Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
It doesn't matter if you have visited India or not: speeding time in Little India will give you a 100% Indian feeling. People, food, temples, shops will make you forget you are in Singapore. Pictured: Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Plus, Hindu rites can be experienced at beautiful temples all over the city, not just in Little India. Pictured: Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.
Chinatown food court
Although it may not be as genuine as Little India, in Chinatown you can enjoy China and its culture wandering the streets and visiting the lively shops, restaurants and food court.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Perhaps the best of China’s influence in Singapore can be found in several beautiful Chinese temples. I particularly enjoyed this one, called Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.
Cantonese Opera show
I definitely recommend you pay a visit to a Cantonese Opera show. Located in a small and charming place in Chinatown, every Friday and Saturday visitors can enjoy opera classics excerpts, with their full costumes and incredible makeups included. In the picture, Mr Kwok Kwong Luen is the Emperor and Miss Lee Peng Mui plays his concubine, Yang Gui Fei.
On the other hand, inside the Sultan’s Mosque, you can get transported as well. Go to Arab Street looking for fabrics and beautiful clothes in their stores, make a stop for delicacies at their restaurants, or visit ancient mosques. If it’s Europe what you miss, you can walk around Holland Village district just a few subway stops from the center.
World War II Memorial
For those who are passionate about WWII, there is the peaceful World War II Memorial.
Although most people visit Santosa, you’ll be better of visiting another—quieter—island: Palau Ubin. Rent a bike and roam its dirty roads. The journey will take you to inexpensive seafood restaurants, Arab cemeteries that do not seem such, temples, and the tranquility of animals and vegetation.
St. John Island
Now, if you really love charming islands, take a daytrip to other rarely visited islands, such as St John (with its beaches and its mosque), Kusu (with a turtle sanctuary, a Chinese temple and Malay shrines) and Lazaro (close to St John where you can go walking). Pictured: St John Island.
And finally, do enjoy the skyscrapers. You can even go swimming above the skyline.
They are particularly breathtaking at night.