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Day trip to Singapore – part I: around the town….

By on August 17, 2014 in Singapore

Just had a quick trip over to Singapore – I still find it an odd place, a mixture of the old and the new, and different cultures. I still can’t work out if I like the place or not. I find it a little to clean and organised at times, but on the other hand there is a certain amount of chaos around the place…

Singapore

Singapore

1914-1918 Singapore war memorial

1914-1918 Singapore war memorial

1914-1918 Singapore war memorial - the memorial shows some signs of damage

1914-1918 Singapore war memorial – the memorial shows some signs of damage

One particularly striking piece of architecture is the ‘durian fruit‘ building.

The 'durian fruit' building

The ‘durian fruit’ building

The reason I call it the ‘durian fruit‘ building is because it reminds me of these…

Durian fruit on sale in Singapore

Durian fruit on sale in Singapore

And it is odd to see durian fruit in Singapore because when I arrived in Malaysia I was told durian wasn’t sold in Singapore due to the smell of the opened fruit. I guess that is an urban myth.

The architecture is a mixture of the old and the new…

Downtown Singapore

Downtown Singapore

Apparently the Fullerton Hotel used to be the general post office.

The Fullerston Hotel

The Fullerston Hotel

A stunning building that has an ‘old world charm’ about it…

Doorman at the Fullerston Hotel

Doorman at the Fullerston Hotel

Next to the Fullerton Hotel is the Cavenagh Bridge which was opened in 1870, is one of the oldest bridges in Singapore, and is the only suspension bridge.

Cavenagh Bridge, Singapore

Cavenagh Bridge, Singapore

However, it is not much of a bridge when you look at it…

The instructions on Cavenagh Bridge

The instructions on Cavenagh Bridge

For the level of engineering that has gone in to it it would appear it can’t take much load.

The quay side...

The quay side…

Shuttered upper floors in the quay side...

Shuttered upper floors in the quay side…

The mixture of old and new makes for some interesting sights…

The old and the new

The old and the new

In the above I really like the old-look hotel and colourful ‘pantone’ building next door.

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Some buildings are just odd. This one has a hanging garden thing going on, but also looks like stacked paper.

The hanging gardens/stacked paper building

The hanging gardens/stacked paper building

Close-up of the stacked paper

Close-up of the stacked paper

And then again, there is always the ‘ship’ building.

The 'ship' building

The ‘ship’ building

And all these buildings need to be kept clean…

Clean that building!

Clean that building!

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There is always something happening. These street decorations were up around ‘China Town’. Part of the Ghost Festival?

Decorations in and around 'China Town - part of the Ghost Festival?

Decorations in and around ‘China Town – part of the Ghost Festival?

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‘China Town’ is an interesting area, small, but with lots of shops and places to explore.

Looking down in to 'China Town'

Looking down in to ‘China Town’

Small store

Small store

Fans...

Fans…

Traditional Chinese medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine

Street and small stalls China Town

Street and small stalls China Town

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Time for lunch...

Time for lunch…

Shop in China Town

Shop in China Town

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When in Singapore don’t forget to look up as that is where some of the best sights and architecture lurks…

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One great thing about Singapore is all the food around, and it is certainly fresh…

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And people are always up to things…

Neat! Want one...

Neat! Want one…

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Fishing in Singapore

Fishing in Singapore

The ‘selfie’ is certainly around the place…

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One of the nice things along the quayside and river is the art.

 

Boys jumping in...

Boys jumping in…

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