April 24, 2012

Interesting (abbreviated) facts about Singapore

Here is an account of interesting abbreviation facts about Singapore. Full form of the abbreviations are at the end of this post.

- 'HDB' apartments house nearly 87 per cent of the population

- 'SLE', 'CTE', 'PIE', 'KPE', 'AYE', 'BKE', 'KJE' are the major expressways connecting all parts of Singapore

- 'EP' is given to a foreigner employed in Singapore and 'DP' for his dependants with 'FIN'. Citizens have an 'NRIC'. A Foreigner can become a 'PR'.

- 'SMRT' operates 'MRT' trains, buses and taxis

- 'COE' needs to be paid while buying a car and 'ERP' while using in major roads at designated timings

- 'TTSH', 'SGH', 'CGH', 'NUH' are major hospitals

- 'GST' needs to be paid on all purchases be it goods or services

- A number of Indian expats prefer to send their children to International Schools 'UWC' and 'OFS'

- 'DBS', 'UOB' and 'OCBC' are three major local banks

(HDB: Housing Development Board; SLE: Selatar Expressway; CTE: Central Expressway; PIE: Pan Island Expressway; KPE: Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway; AYE: Ayer Rajah Expressway; BKE: Bukit Timah Expressway; KJE: Kranji Expressway; EP: Employment Pass; DP: Dependant Pass
FIN: Foreigner Identification Number; NRIC: National Registration Identity Card; PR: Permanent Resident; COE: Certificate of Entitlement; ERP: Electronic Road Pricing; TTSH: Tan Tock Seng Hospital; SGH: Singapore General Hospital; CGH: Changi General Hospital; NUH: National University Hospital; GST: Goods and Services Tax; SMRT: Singapore Mass Rapid Transit; MRT: Mass Rapid Transit; UWC: United WorldCollege; OFS: Overseas Family School; DBS: Development Bank of Singapore; UOB: United Overseas Bank; OCBC: Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation)


  1. interesting...

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, during my initial days in Singapore I felt it quite odd as these abbreviations were being thrown around very casually. Now I am kind of used it but at the same time a bit amused.