5 Things You Don’t Really Need To Know About Singapore But You’ll Want To
1. The coldest day
This was recorded in 1934 when the mercury dipped to 19.4 deg C. More recently, we experienced almost-wintry (by our tropical standards, okay?) weather when temperatures fell to nearly 21 degrees Celsius in January in 2018.
2. The hottest day
Every day is a hot day in Singapore. But the award for the hottest day goes to April 17 in 1983 when the highest temperature recorded was 37 degrees.
3. The longest road
It’s not a stretch to say that this accolade goes to the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) which spans almost 43km. No wonder it feels like such a long drive home on rainy, peak-hour evenings!
4. The tallest building
Please don’t go around saying that it’s still the Swissotel The Stamford (unless you are stuck in the 1980s when this was constructed). It’s the Tanjong Pagar Centre at 290m – or 64 storeys.
5. The “biggest” currency note
You may go “ugh” when the ATM dispenses $100 notes (because what you really wanted was smaller $10 ones that won’t get you dirty looks at the chye png stall). But the biggest note in Singapore is actually the $10,000 one. Not that you’ll be getting your hands on one easily. In 2014, the Monetary Authority of Singapore stopped printing the $10,000 banknote to reduce the risk of money laundering.