Singapore is in the tropics. It is warm and humid for most parts of the year. However, most buildings, cars, trains and buses have air-conditioners so the temperature differences vary greatly between the outdoors and indoors. Check out the 3-day weather outlook
Packing for Singapore
It is advisable to bring light weight clothes made of natural fabrics such as cotton or linen. These are more comfortable in the heat. They wash and dry easily too. Pack a light weight jacket, cardigan or shawl that can go into a bag as the air conditioning in some buildings can be quite strong. They should keep you nice and warm without bulking up your bag. Umbrellas, sunglasses and sun block are good too.
Pharmacies and clinics can be found in most malls and town centres. In case you need these services, check the list of 24- hour medical services
in Singapore and the medical services available within the campus
. If you are feeling unwell, do alert any of the conference organising team.
Here is a directory of banks
in Singapore. There is an OCBC bank branch
operating within campus. Most merchants accept credit cards, so it is not necessary to bring large amounts of cash.
Here are the websites of two leading news sources: 1) Asiaone.com
2) Channel News Asia
English is the official working language in Singapore and is widely spoken. The other official languages are Chinese (Mandarin), Malay and Tamil. Local residents also speak Singlish, a blend of English mixed with Chinese, Malay, Tamil and other dialects. It is a colourful language that reflects the multi-cultural character of the Singaporean society. If you are interested or would like to "act local", see "Official Singlish Guide
" and "An Aussie’s take on Singlish.
Personal Travel Sites
Here are a few personal travel websites on Singapore that you might find interesting -
See the Conference blog
for more information