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Singapore – a Fine City!

Singapore is one of the most developed countries in South East Asia. It lies at the tip of Malaysia. According to, Singapore has a 5.7 million population. It is one of the cleanest countries in Asia. Why is that? You need to pay a fine when you are caught littering, even just a piece of candy wrapper will cost you dollars.

The city-state of Singapore is famous for being called a “fine city.” A title instilled with two very distinct applications: one is that it’s a fine city to live in, while the second refers to its infamously hard fine system meant to keep the country’s orderliness.

Here are just some of the punishable offenses in Singapore:

Bird Feeding in Public
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It is an offense under Animals and Birds (Pigeon) Rules. No one shall feed stray pigeons in any premises or public place. Anyone who is caught guilty of the offense, the maximum fine is SGD 500. Birds are cute, but beware they might cause you to lose hundreds of dollars. Up to date, it recorded about almost seven hundred offenders are caught and subject to fine.

Sale or Possession of Chewing Gum
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During the early 1980s, public workers had trouble cleaning the city from never-ending chewing gum waste. The Prime Minister then, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew drafted a bill to ban the use of chewing gum, and it was finalized in 1992. They restricted the use, distribution, and trade of all kinds of chewing gums islandwide. Police started enforcing strict implementation of the law to anyone who disturbed the city with chewing gum leftovers. Import of all types of chewing gums stopped instantly. In 2004, pressure from the United States made the change in the Singaporean law that reinstated the proper use of small amounts of healing dental chewing gums. Dental gums are strictly regulated and have to be purchased directly from dentists or doctors. Tourists are permitted to bring chewing gum of a maximum of two packs per person. Any excess will be subject to be charged with “gum smuggling,” that has a penalty of one year in jail, and SGD 5,500 fine. People that are caught can be charged with a monetary fine, community work, or usually – public beating with the bamboo stick.

Cigarette Smuggling
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Smoking is strictly not allowed in public areas. There are designated areas where smoking is permitted. This rule is applied to both local and tourist alike. All cigarettes and tobacco goods are subject to duty fees, including those bought in Singapore with the SDPC mark (“Singapore Duty Paid Cigarette”). A tourist may be able to bring one packet of cigarettes for personal consumption. If you are a chain smoker and planning to bring a ream of your cigarette brand, it is better to declare it to custom and pay the necessary tax. They will give you a receipt that you have to bring anywhere in case an authority asks you.…

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Factors that Returning Overseas Filipino Workers must Consider

Any Filipino working abroad can attest to the fact that nothing can substitute the feeling of flying back home to be with their families again after many years of being separated due to working abroad. On the flip side, overseas Filipino workers are aware that they need to go through so much hassle when preparing for their vacation. The truth is that they must put an emphasis on many factors in order to ensure that they get the best out of their vacation. On that note, below are some of the key factors that returning overseas Filipino workers must put into consideration.



The first thing that overseas Filipino workers must put into consideration when returning home is the budget. After all, returning overseas Filipino workers cannot get the best out of their vacations if their finances are not in order. This is especially the case for those who are planning to acquire some properties in the Philippines. That said, all expenses must be thought of when flying back home.  Of course, it includes the transportation expenses.

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On a different note, it is imperative to ascertain that they have a way to take out their money from their bank accounts given the fact that they are only allowed to bring enough amount of cash. For instance, one is encouraged to wire money to their family members prior to flying back home. It is also important for them to remember that monetary transactions in the Philippines are mostly on a cash-to-cash basis.


The climate is another factor to put into consideration when returning home. Those who are coming from a country dominated by a cold climate can leave their winter clothes since they will not be using it during their stay in the Philippines. They should also make themselves aware of any severe weather conditions.


The most frustrating thing that can happen to a returning Overseas Filipino Worker is when everything is all set only to find out they are not allowed to fly due to some issues in their documents. This is the reason why one of the most important things to consider is the documents. The truth is that they must always secure their travel permits prior to booking a flight.


As we end this article, it is worth mentioning that the factors mentioned are only some of the many factors that returning overseas Filipino workers must put into consideration. Nonetheless returning home is much easier as long as they follow the abovementioned factors.…

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