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CultureShock! Singapore by Kelly Jackson-Nash

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CHAPTER 2

GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY

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‘OnceThere was a beautiful island,With a name.

You must believe me

When I say that sunlight,Impure but beautiful,Broke upon the bay, silvered

The unrepentant, burning moon.’

— Edwin Thumboo

GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE

Singapore is typically divided into five regions:

•   The central region incorporates the Central Business District (CBD) and the key tourist attractions but also stretches to the east coast, north to Macritchie Reservoir, and west up to Tiong Bahru. The CBD occupies the area to the south along the Singapore River, although businesses operate all over the island with many deliberately setting up offices ...

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