Something alarming happened last year in Singapore.
According to the Statistics on Marriages and Divorces 2013 report released on Tuesday, there were more divorces and annulments last year, and fewer couples tied the knot.
The report noted that there were 7,525 divorces and annulments in 2013, a 4 per cent increase from 2012. About 26,250 couples wed last year, a 6 per cent drop from the year before, when marriages here hit a 50-year high.
Some other observations can also be made too: the number of Muslim marriages went up, overall registered marriages declined, and this was the first year that the number of marriages fell after rising in the previous two years.
While the Department of Statistics Singapore did not provide any reasons why the divorce rate went up as well as the decline in fewer couple weds, a recent survey conducted by a popular travel website, TripAdvisor, showed that there is a surge in the number of women from Southeast Asia willing to go on trips alone or organizing women-only vacations.
In the report titled Women and the World Travel Survey, a survey of over 600 women from Southeast Asia, it is heartening to note that more women are willing to embrace independent trips and to note the fact that 75% of them reported to be feeling more satisfied with their life and gaining greater awareness of the world through travel.