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Unity in diversity is the philosophy of this cosmopolitan city. Although geography has played a part in the success of Singapore, its mainstay is its people. Lacking natural resources, Singapore’s strength is its hardworking, adaptable and resilient population.
Singapore has a population of 5.54 million people, comprising of Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians and people of other descent. The original inhabitants were Malay fishermen, but after the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles and the establishment of a British trading post, Singapore became a magnet for migrants and merchants. Seeking a better life for themselves and their families, they came from the southern provinces of China, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Ceylon and the Middle East. Though inter-marriages have taken place over the years, each racial group within Singapore has retained its own cultural identity while developing as an integral part of Singapore community.
There are four official languages in Singapore: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English. English is the ofiicial language of business and administration, and is widely spoken and understood. Most Singaporeans are bilingual, conversing in both their mother tongue and English. Malay is the national language.
With its ethnic mix also comes its diverse set of religions. Singapore’s skyline boasts the distinctive minarets of mosques, spires of gothic cathedrals, intricate figurines of Hindu temple gods and distinctive roof architecture of Chinese temples. The main religions are Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Taoism
SBS Bus Services & Timetable can be seen at : http://www.sbstransit.com.sg/transport/trpt_bus_timetable.aspx
SMRT journey planner can be seen at http://journey.smrt.com.sg/
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
The nearest MRT stations to NUS High School of Math & Science is Clementi Station (EW23).
More information can be seen at : http://www.transitlink.com.sg/
Singapore Post outlets offer a wide range of postal, telecommunication and agency services. Most postal outlets are open on Monday to Fridays: 8:30 am to 5 pm and Saturdays: 8.30am to 1 pm. The cost is 30 cents for a local letter and 60 cents for an aerogramme to any part of the world.
More information can be seen at : http://www.singpost.com/
C) Other Information
Banking and Financial Services
Most banks handle travellers' cheques and change foreign currencies. However, some banks do not have foreign exchange dealings on Saturdays. Passports are required when cashing in travellers' cheques. A nominal commission may be charged. Other than the Singapore Dollar, the US, Australian and Brunei Dollars, the Japanese Yen and the British Pound are also accepted in most major shopping centres and big departmental stores.
Apart from banks and hotels, money can be changed wherever the sign "Licensed Money Changer" is displayed. Most shopping complexes have a licensed money changer. Visitors are discouraged from changing money with unlicensed money changers.
D) Useful Telephone Numbers