Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What is the cheapest airline to use when flying to Singapore from the Bay Area?

Q. I've been trying to book a flight to Singapore for winter vacation and I keep finding really expensive flights. The cheapest I've found is $1544.

A. If you plan on flying around the Xmas/New Year's travel period, $1,544 is about what can expect to pay these days. Flights from about a week or so before Xmas and the first week of Jan. are usually expensive for flights to Singapore and Asia.

You might check China Airlines (through Taiwan), they often have the least expensive flights to Asia from the Bay Area. Also check Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines, Eva Airways, Singapore Airlines and travel websites like Kayak.com. Singapore Airlines, though often more expensive, has special discounts for tourists who fly their airline on hotels, restaurants, shopping and other attractions while in Singpaore, which may help defray the high cost of the air ticket.

In the Bay Area, also check the Chronicle's Sunday Travel section, they often have good prices from travel agents, and you might also check some Asian travel agencies in SF and the Bay Area that specialize in tickets to Asia, they often can get consolidated fares from some carriers. Good luck.

http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/en_UK/content/promo/boardingpass/index.jsp?

What kind of vaccination is needed for an American going to Singapore ?
Q. My fiancé will be visiting Singapore for the first time and it is also his first international travel. What vaccination does he need to get travel to southeast Asia, Singapore?
How much would it cost?

And can he just have the vaccinations in Singapore instead?

A. There are plenty of recommendations but few requirements as far as travel and vaccines are concerned.

http://www.who.int/ith/updates/20110427/en/index.html
http://search.who.int/search?q=travel+vaccines+singapore&ie=utf8&site=default_collection&client=_en&proxystylesheet=_en&output=xml_no_dtd&oe=utf8

Whats the difference between xenophobia and nationalism?
Q. Whats the difference between favouring your own country over others and having a misguided dislike towards foreign countries and foreigners.
UTDT: Are you saying it's ignorant for me to think America isnt the best or its ignorant for people to dislike foreign countries?

A. "...favouring your own country over others and having a misguided dislike towards foreign countries and foreigners"

This is called ignorance

When you travelled to many countries, you will not think like this.

EDIT: I have travelled to over 100 countries, I can tell you every country has advantages over the States and disadvantages. Nothing is so black and white.

For example, during a hurricane in south China they moved over 2 million people within 3 days, during hurrican Katrina it was weeks with nothing done and people with AK 47 shooting at aid helicopters.

In Japan, people are very united and neighbours give you money when you are in trouble asking for nothing in return, it is a homogenous society and no such thing as being "politically correct"

In Singapore, all the cars are new nobody have cars more than 10 years old, much cleaner and much safer than the States.

Here are somethings the US is #1 in:

#1 The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world and the largest total prison population on the entire globe.

#2 According to NationMaster.com, the United States has the highest percentage of obese people in the world.

#3 The United States has the highest divorce rate on the globe by a wide margin.

#4 The United States is tied with the UK for the most hours of television watched per person each week.

#5 The United States has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.

#6 There are more car thefts in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world by far.

#7 There are more reported rapes in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.

#8 There are more reported murders in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.

#9 There are more total crimes in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.

#10 The United States also has more police officers than anywhere else in the world.

#11 The United States spends much more on health care as a percentage of GDP than any other nation on the face of the earth.

#12 The United States has more people on pharmaceutical drugs than any other country on the planet.

#13 The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.

#14 Americans have more student loan debt than anyone else in the world.

#15 More pornography is created in the United States than anywhere else on the entire globe. 89 percent is made in the USA and only 11 percent is made in the rest of the world.

#16 The United States has the largest trade deficit in the world every single year. Between December 2000 and December 2010, the United States ran a total trade deficit of 6.1 trillion dollars with the rest of the world, and the US has had a negative trade balance every single year since 1976.

#17 The United States spends 7 times more on the military than any other nation on the planet does. In fact, US military spending is greater than the military spending of China, Russia, Japan, India, and the rest of NATO combined.

#18 The United States has far more foreign military bases than any other country does.

#19 The United States has the most complicated tax system in the entire world.

#20 The US has accumulated the biggest national debt that the world has ever seen and it is rapidly getting worse. Right now, US government debt is expanding at a rate of $40,000 per second.
The truth is that America has changed. Most of us don't even say hello to our neighbors anymore.




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