Sunday, February 07, 2010

10 Safety tips to travel around crowded Chinese New Year in Singapore

Singapore is very densely populated, and to avoid danger and annoyance to self and others, I have some safety tips to share.

1) Do not bring out too much cash - Singapore is not as safe as it says it is. Although it may be tempting to being several hundred dollars in your wallet as the ATM queues are very long, DON'T!

2) Keep your valuables close and be aware of your surroundings. BEWARE of PICKPOCKETS.

3) Do not bring strollers and push carts. The floor is littered with trash, especially in Chinatown, and it will get caught in the wheels. If you leave your babies in the strollers, they may even suffocate. The weekends in Singapore is very crowded and stuffy! Getting stuck in human traffic is hard to get out, and if you are short or a baby in a stroller, it WILL BE VERY BAD!

4) Do not talk on the phone when you are in the crowd. I've seen many people blocking others in a conversation and deep in human traffic, you may get pushed and you will drop that fancy iPhone and it WILL be stepped on!

5) Be aware of others. Though you may want to take photos, stand to a side to allow people to pass by. When talking to friends and gathering, do not block the entrances and exits, escalators and other major paths.

6) Withdraw some cash when the queue is short at the ATMs. Many stores in Chinatown accept only cash.

7) Avoid wearing sandals. When there are a lot of people, there is a high chance you will be stepped on. Wear comfortable shoes.

8) Avoid driving if possible. Parking is almost impossible, use public transport.

9) Don't even try to cycle there. Many bicycles are stolen even in very crowded areas in town. Take public transportation.

10) Avoid leaving your valuables like cameras, handbags and cellphones lying around on the table when you get food. It WILL BE taken away.

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