Singapore is a coveted destination for many travelers and expats. It has a reputation for being a clean, crime-free, modern, and unique blend of Western and Asian cultures. The economy is strong, schools are among the best in the world, and the population is so diverse that most everyone feels at home.
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The downside of life Singapore is what you might expect. It costs a lot to live there - it's ranked the 13th most expensive city in the world - and its seeming perfection is largely due to expansive rules. Chewing gum is banned, you can be fined for playing a musical instrument if it's annoying someone, and singing obscene lyrics can get you thrown in jail. It's another example that modernity and freedom do not always go hand in hand. For the most part, people see these rules as the trade-off for living in a clean, orderly city but many still find this authoritarianism concerning.
Another strange consequence of the somewhat "Stepford" life of Singapore is that it can be a little boring. As a German expat interviewed by The Guardian explained, "Nothing goes wrong here. Which sort of means that nothing really happens here."
Read more about life in Singapore:
The Guardian: The price of life in Singapore, city of rules: 'It's a Faustian deal'
Life in Singapore:What's It Like in Singapore?
CNN Travel: 5 reasons why expats love Singapore