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Singapore at Random, an illustrated collection of Singapore trivia, contains anecdotes, statistics, quotations, diagrams, facts, recipes, advice, folklore and other unusual and often useful tidbits. Compiled and researched by a dedicated team of researchers and editors at Editions Didier Millet, and having unearthed an abundance of Singaporean trivia, the team has discerni Singapore at Random, an illustrated collection of Singapore trivia, contains anecdotes, statistics, quotations, diagrams, facts, recipes, advice, folklore and other unusual and often useful tidbits. Compiled and researched by a dedicated team of researchers and editors at Editions Didier Millet, and having unearthed an abundance of Singaporean trivia, the team has discerningly selected thousands of interesting nuggets of information into separate entries, producing an entertaining and revealing guide to the island.


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Singapore at Random, an illustrated collection of Singapore trivia, contains anecdotes, statistics, quotations, diagrams, facts, recipes, advice, folklore and other unusual and often useful tidbits. Compiled and researched by a dedicated team of researchers and editors at Editions Didier Millet, and having unearthed an abundance of Singaporean trivia, the team has discerni Singapore at Random, an illustrated collection of Singapore trivia, contains anecdotes, statistics, quotations, diagrams, facts, recipes, advice, folklore and other unusual and often useful tidbits. Compiled and researched by a dedicated team of researchers and editors at Editions Didier Millet, and having unearthed an abundance of Singaporean trivia, the team has discerningly selected thousands of interesting nuggets of information into separate entries, producing an entertaining and revealing guide to the island.

30 review for Singapore at Random

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    As the title indicates, this is a book with a random facts about Singapore. Some quite interesting some less so. A good primer about life in Singapore.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joely

    At times fun, at times mundane, this book is an alright compilation of random facts about Singapore. Sometimes the writers would try to spruce things up a little by being a little sarcastic, so those little bits made it a bit less dry. The general tone of this fact book was also casual and (tried to be) fun, unlike other non-fiction titles I've read about Singapore. However, I soon found myself reading it for the heck of finishing it. Singapore is interesting, don't get me wrong, but the book di At times fun, at times mundane, this book is an alright compilation of random facts about Singapore. Sometimes the writers would try to spruce things up a little by being a little sarcastic, so those little bits made it a bit less dry. The general tone of this fact book was also casual and (tried to be) fun, unlike other non-fiction titles I've read about Singapore. However, I soon found myself reading it for the heck of finishing it. Singapore is interesting, don't get me wrong, but the book didn't exactly present the facts/figures/quotes/anecdotes well. Having Wikipedia as some of the facts' sources didn't really make it exactly credible. I do give credit to the formatting of the book though. It's fresh. Now, if only the content lived up to it. TLDR: Read if if you bought it. If you didn't, spend your $29SGD on other more interesting non-fiction titles about Singapore.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Raghavi Kodati

    This is the very first book I read after my move to Singapore. Like there's beauty in chaos, there's a meaning in this random assortment of facts. For a complete newcomer like me, the book gave a good idea of the culture and traditions of the land. This format is a great idea for any travel book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Turner

    I’m a sucker for pointless trivia, and this book delivers exactly what it says: it’s basically a collection of (very) random snippets about Singapore, Singaporeans and life on the little red dot. It was a last-minute, unplanned purchase while in the queue at Kinokuniya Bookstore Orchard Road, and I’m so pleased I threw it in the basket. I’ve had the book sitting on my coffee table for about 6 months, and have been dipping in-and-out of it over that time… I would suggest this is the best way to “r I’m a sucker for pointless trivia, and this book delivers exactly what it says: it’s basically a collection of (very) random snippets about Singapore, Singaporeans and life on the little red dot. It was a last-minute, unplanned purchase while in the queue at Kinokuniya Bookstore Orchard Road, and I’m so pleased I threw it in the basket. I’ve had the book sitting on my coffee table for about 6 months, and have been dipping in-and-out of it over that time… I would suggest this is the best way to “read” this book. I can imagine the extreme randomness of the facts (e.g. a list of Singaporean school mottos) might get a little overwhelmingly pointless if read from cover to cover in one or two sittings. But taken in small little bites, it was a fun and educational way to delve into life on this island nation. Singapore has been my adopted home for the last five years, and I guess I’m the perfect audience for this book (hence the 4-star rating)… it may be too deep and specific for visitors, and maybe too obvious for locals? Maybe. I can only speak for myself, and I definitely found a lot of interesting odds and ends to read out to friends and family (for example, a pie-chart breakdown of religious diversity within the three main ethnic groups in Singapore). I also learnt that a spooky old house — called Hillview Mansion — on my jogging route is listed as one of the “Top 10 Haunted Places in Singapore”. So that was fun. It’s also a really beautifully designed hard-cover book: the yellow jacket looks stylish; the paper quality is very high; the typesetting has a gorgeous and classical feel; and the illustrations seem thoughtfully and consistently executed. This book has definitely earned a permanent place on my coffee table.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Turner

    I’m a sucker for pointless trivia, and this book delivers exactly what it says: it’s basically a collection of (very) random snippets about Singapore, Singaporeans and life on the little red dot. It was a last-minute, unplanned purchase while in the queue at Kinokuniya Bookstore Orchard Road, and I’m so pleased I threw it in the basket. I’ve had the book sitting on my coffee table for about 6 months, and have been dipping in-and-out of it over that time… I would suggest this is the best way to “r I’m a sucker for pointless trivia, and this book delivers exactly what it says: it’s basically a collection of (very) random snippets about Singapore, Singaporeans and life on the little red dot. It was a last-minute, unplanned purchase while in the queue at Kinokuniya Bookstore Orchard Road, and I’m so pleased I threw it in the basket. I’ve had the book sitting on my coffee table for about 6 months, and have been dipping in-and-out of it over that time… I would suggest this is the best way to “read” this book. I can imagine the extreme randomness of the facts (e.g. a list of Singaporean school mottos) might get a little overwhelmingly pointless if read from cover to cover in one or two sittings. But taken in small little bites, it was a fun and educational way to delve into life on this island nation. Singapore has been my adopted home for the last five years, and I guess I’m the perfect audience for this book (hence the 4-star rating)… it may be too deep and specific for visitors, and maybe too obvious for locals? Maybe. I can only speak for myself, and I definitely found a lot of interesting odds and ends to read out to friends and family (for example, a pie-chart breakdown of religious diversity within the three main ethnic groups in Singapore). I also learnt that a spooky old house — called Hillview Mansion — on my jogging route is listed as one of the “Top 10 Haunted Places in Singapore”. So that was fun. It’s also a really beautifully designed hard-cover book: the yellow jacket looks stylish; the paper quality is very high; the typesetting has a gorgeous and classical feel; and the illustrations seem thoughtfully and consistently executed. This book has definitely earned a permanent place on my coffee table.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sheehan

    A rather enjoyable assortment of trivia and random facts about Singapore, ranging from history to relatively recent social/cultural-specific aspects of living in Singapore or being Singaporean. It certainly peaked some new interests for exploration in a forthcoming trip, and filled in blanks on the origins of certain culinary aspects of the culture I was curious about. Better than most of the dry travel books I have fingered through in the past couple weeks.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    It started off interesting but it seemed like they ran out of material for the later half.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Like Singapore itself, this book was mildly interesting.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Dube

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Lim

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

  12. 5 out of 5

    Agnes Li

  13. 4 out of 5

    MingLi

  14. 5 out of 5

    Yihan XU

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kylene

  16. 4 out of 5

    François Le Nguyen

  17. 4 out of 5

    Precilia Wongsosaputro

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abdul Saifuddin

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kiminmiki

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kat Yip

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Weinberg

  23. 4 out of 5

    Raghavi

    This is the very first book I read after my move to Singapore. Like there's beauty in chaos, there's a meaning in this random assortment of facts. For a complete newcomer like me, the book gave a good idea of the culture and traditions of the land. This format is a great idea for any travel book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steven Koh

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Ritchie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ayako

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