05.03.2010 29 °C
We learned a lot on our trip to Singapore, we met a lot of great people that helped us out along the way and taught us about their wonderful culture.
Some things you have to remember when visiting Singapore is that family is a very important part of Singaporean culture. The people value family above the individual.
When meeting people in Singapore, the younger generation will shake your hand but the older generation will not. The older generation tends to bow when meeting you and the elders are introduced first. You must remember that elders are held to the utmost respect.
You have to remember that there are many different cultures living in Singapore and that some cultures are not able to shake your hand, such as Muslim women. The more traditional way to greet a Muslim is to place your right hand over your heart. When dealing with Chinese, it is usually acceptable to shake hands. However, if you’re not sure how to greet someone a bow will do.
When entering a home in Singapore, it is polite to take off your shoes outside before stepping in the door. You have to be very careful about your feet placement when sitting because it is rude to face the bottoms of your feet to a person. Be sure to sit with your feet flat against the floor.
You also have to be very careful about pointing. It is considered extremely rude to point with your index finger at someone in Singapore, always be sure to use a thumb or just don’t point at all.
And for all you smokers out there; DON’T SMOKE IN PUBLIC. It is considered taboo and can be punishable by jail!
Also, never chew or give away gum in public and NEVER litter.
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER talk about religion or politics.
Basically, be polite and you’ll do fine!