What if Singa Pura, the Lion Temple in Malay was actually Harimau pura, the Tiger Temple. Singapore probably sounds sexier than Harimaupore.

Legend has it that Sang Nila Utama (the Prince from Palembang who discovered the island and founded the city in the 13th century) named the city this way because he saw one lion when he landed on the island.

Now, most scientists agree to say that there was no lion on the island (not even a warthog, akuna matata). The animal the Prince saw was most probably a tiger or a different magical creature altogether.

While you are at it (reflecting on highly philosophical topics like this one), you should read the story of Sang Nila Utama. The Prince managed to save the ship that was under a heavy storm by throwing his crown into the sea. Was the god pleased with the gift? or was the crown so heavy that it make the boat sink? I’ll leave it up to you to decide. It could be a good idea to take a crown with you if you plan to travel to Bintan next weekend…

Some people did not make the same mistake…Heineken got it right. The Tiger beer is not called like this for no reason…