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Is there a hawker stall selling local food in walking distance from Changi airport?

Yes: more specifically, the staff canteens at the airport are open to the public, serving authentic and tasty Singaporean fare at rock-bottom prices! Despite the name "canteen", these are mini-hawker ...
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Why is there a towel on my toilet seat?

It’s a bath mat - for use when stepping out of the shower, or indeed as you say, when using the toilet (tiled floors can be cold underfoot!)
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Positive drug test in Singapore: How long do I need to avoid the country?

Good move getting out of Singapore in time, since simple possession of a controlled substance in Singapore (including cannabis metabolites in your system) is punishable by up to 10 years in jail. ...
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How can I quickly return to Singapore after being denied entry due to testing positive for THC at the airport?

Not a lawyer, not your lawyer, just a random person who has lived in Singapore for a long time. Singapore's drug policies are famously strict; however, the reason you have escaped severe penalties is ...
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Can I fly from Malaysia to Singapore airport without a visa, assuming I don't pass immigration and fly straight back?

I think that if you try this, you will be denied boarding at check-in. There are two reasons for this: First, airside transit without visa is intended for traveling from one country through the ...
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Can a connection in Singapore airport be too long?

Changi airport in Singapore is a good place for long stopovers. The airport is set up for it with an airside hotel, and other great facilities, and stopovers of a whole day are not unheard of. If ...
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Have you ever entered Singapore using a different passport or name?

You should answer Yes. Even if you hadn't spelled your name differently, because you used a different passport you would have to answer 'yes'. You should explain the circumstances fully. Even if the ...
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How can I quickly return to Singapore after being denied entry due to testing positive for THC at the airport?

Like everyone said in the comments, don't ever try to return to Singapore, at least not without getting a specialized lawyer in Singapore's law (the embassy may have a list of such lawyers). If you ...
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Does being refused entry to Singapore mean I am now blacklisted?

Only the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) knows, and they don't tell you! This means everything I will say here is purely anecdotal and should be taken with a large dab of sambal. So ...
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Is there a hawker stall selling local food in walking distance from Changi airport?

The canteen I stumbled upon was much smaller than the others at Changi Airport that jpatokal revealed. It's also less comparable to an actual hawker stall This one is called "Yan's Cafe" and was kind ...
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Is there a program for Malaysia-Singapore commuters to avoid passport stamps (so the passport doesn't get full)?

Answer to my own question: I was able to apply for (in Singapore) and obtain a MACS sticker in my passport for 30 ringgit, issued to foreigners other than nationals of Afghanistan, Colombia, Israel ...
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Why do so many stores at Singapore prefer MasterCard?

Your assumption is wrong: the stores are unhappy with being offered a credit card (which they either don't accept, or have to pay fees for), not the fact that it's specifically a Visa. In my ...
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Can I fly from Malaysia to Singapore airport without a visa, assuming I don't pass immigration and fly straight back?

While the authorities at Singapore might be okay with your plan, the airlines are unlikely to let you board without a Singaporean visa, as outlined in the other answer. However you might still pull it ...
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Can I pay by card at the staff canteens in Changi airport?

No, you can't. As is generally the case in Singapore, most stalls are cash only or accept a limited set of local payment methods generally not including credit cards. However, Singapore being ...
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Is visiting Singapore for attending a conference Business or Tourism?

This looks like a business trip. You should contact the organization committee and ask them to provide to you the letter of introduction. One "important" note, if you look at this page : https://www....
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What's the difference between a square and hexagonal Visit Pass in Singapore?

I hadn't realized this when I started asking the question, but while processing the photo I spotted the difference: the square stamp says thirty days, while the hexagonal one says ninety days. Per ...
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How do I call an 8-digit Singapore number from the US?

Generally, you dial (international access code) + (country code) + (8 digit number). The country code for Singapore is 65 (easy to google). The international access code from the US is 011. From a ...
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Positive drug test in Singapore: How long do I need to avoid the country?

In addition to staying away from Singapore, the one topic that hasn't been touched is extradition. Most countries with extradition agreements with Singapore only cover things seen as major crimes, and ...
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What kind of behaviours must we avoid while staying in Singapore?

I lived in Singapore for ~7 years, so I suppose I'm pretty well placed to answer this question. TL;DR, don't worry about it: if you behave respectfully/normally by Western standards in Singapore, you'...
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Want to meet arriving passenger inside airport before immigration (SIN airport)

As drat's answer explains, it's technically possible, but it's also illegal. There's a sign ahead of Immigration that says "No entry except for passengers with boarding passes and proceeding to their ...
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Is it allowed to bring sex toys on a flight to Singapore?

As already noted, airport security in Tokyo won't care. Your problem is going to be the laws in Singapore, specifically the Singapore Penal Code, article 292: Sale of obscene books, etc. 292.—...
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How do I call an 8-digit Singapore number from the US?

Generally when calling internationally there are three parts to the number you dial. The international dialiing prefix for the country you are calling from. In North america this is "011" (in much of ...
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Want to meet arriving passenger inside airport before immigration (SIN airport)

TL;DR: there is no distinction between arrival area and departure area, so it might be possible. However, there will be logistical and possibly legal problems. I don't think it will be worth the risk. ...
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How to obtain a 60-day Indonesian tourist visa in Singapore?

It is possible to get a 60-day tourist visa at the Indonesian Consulate in Singapore. Documents to provide: 65 Singapore dollars in cash - they do not accept card payments, and they only accept ...
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Is it safe to travel from Singapore to Batam by ferry?

I live in Singapore, and have taken ferries to Batam and Bintan (another nearby island). Let me first clear up the confusion you have acquired by reading that page on Travelfish.org. They mention ...
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Are short-term rentals (Airbnb, etc.) legal in Singapore?

Update: Effective 30 June 2017, renting out private property in Singapore for a period of less than three months or to someone who is not a resident is now unequivocally illegal. It's the property ...
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Can I enter Singapore after being told I was banned?

You're out of luck. Under the Singapore Immigration Act you are specifically prohibited under Part II, Sec. 8, Para 3d: (d) any person who — (i) has been convicted in any country or state of ...
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If I go to Singapore, where can I get internet for my cellphone?

There is a free Wifi system, which is available at many locations around Singapore called Wireless@SG. To connect to the network you need to be able to receive a SMS to a mobile phone (not ...
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Why is there a towel on my toilet seat?

They are the thick ones, I usually put these on the floor, wipe the floor with them (using my foot) in case it got wet. I could be using them wrong all these years, but hey! I love using them that ...
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