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Our Singapore experiences

posted Feb 12, 2012, 11:41 PM by Sue Norris   [ updated Apr 14, 2013, 10:02 PM ]

Our first view of Singapore was through a thunderstorm while crossing Singapore Strait in the company of several hundred ships late one October afternoon. All of them were much much bigger than us. Wow!! we thought. Where are all the tall buildings that occupy a large city?? All we could see were wharves and industrial areas – fuel refineries etc.


Singapore Strait and Harbour -green triangles identified ships, yellow triangles unidentified ships, black dots anchored ships

As we motored up the Johor Strait the next morning, Singapore was on our starboard side, with a big wire fence and armed patrol vessels. It seemed like a “friendly place” although the lush green vegetation was inviting (very un Australian). Fish farms and orang asli (original inhabitant) villages are dotted along the shoreline. At the marina we can see Sigapore clearly across the strait, not far away. The thunder of military aircraft each day circling the island – fighter jets going through their paces – for what??

A week later was our first visit to the city.

    After passing through customs and immigration in Malaysia at JB we sat on an icy cold (Air conditioner on arctic) bus for 5 minutes to cross the causeway into Singapore (the country) and went through Customs and Immigration on their side. Back onto the bus for another 5 minutes to the train station, then by MRT train, past thousands of apartment towers, lush forests and into the city, (the distance is like crossing The Derwent, Sydney Harbour or Brisbane River – not very far!!)

    Orchard Road has designer shops, slick malls – could be anywhere in the world – but where were all the skyscrapers?

    Little India. This is an older more traditional part of town, quaint shop houses, brightly coloured buildings etc. This is where the chandleries are. Small businesses selling all sorts of things – wonderful spicy aromas, cracked and broken paving. . .I love this part of town.




    back to JB by bus this time from Queen Street. Through Customs and Immigration on both sides of the Strait.


. . Resolution: Whenever we go to Singapore we explore only a bit of it not try to do it all in one day . (suffering feet)


Next time we did that – Just the Sim Lim Tower and Square – Electronics heaven – boys toys and the chandleries that are all clustered within a block of each other

The next time was to see the Christmas decorations and lights which Singapore is famous for.


Christmas Decorations Orchard Road daytime - night-time

They were certainly magnificent.


Things yet to do in Singapore

Singapore Zoo and Night Safari                      

the “orchidarium”    


 

Images of Little India


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                                     Buddha's Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
                      
    
             Images of China Town, Singapore


     



Is that George?? Oh no it's . . .  Greg








Marina Bay



Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the Singapore "Merlion"



Our Gorgeous and colourful Singapore Slings at Raffles, Courtyard Bar April 2012

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