On a recent trip to Singapore I saw loads of these lucky cats pretty much every where I went. I thought that they were originally Chinese lucky cat, but they actually originated from Japan. The maneki-neko is sometimes also called the welcoming cat, lucky cat, money cat and believed to bring good fortune to its owner. Common colours are white, black, gold and sometimes red. The arm waves and are quite nice and inexpensive, which is why there are lucky cats all around my work place. I saw them in all the street markets including the Chinatown and Bugis street market. The more you buy the better the discount.
Singapore (/ˈsɪŋ(ɡ)əpɔːr/ (listen)), officially the Republic of Singapore (Malay: Republik Singapura; Chinese: 新加坡共和国; Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர் குடியரசு), is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree (137 kilometres or 85 miles) north of the equator, at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south and Peninsular Malaysia to the north. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 square kilometres or 50 square miles). The country is known for its transition from third world to first world in a single generation, under the leadership of its founding father, Lee Kuan Yew.