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    A couple of interesting points you put forward there, ombugge!

    I have only been to Dubai once, and that is many years ago now, but not as far back as your visit in 1966. Seeing images from there, I can't even imagine the transformation. I once saw an image online, one of those before and now-pictures. Amazing to say at least.

    Shenzhen and a couple of other Chinese cities are growing so fast that there is no comparison anywhere else in the world. I have only been to Beijing (not by ship), Shanghai, and Hong Kong... During my sailing years, I think we also visited one more port in China once upon a time, but not sure which one it was.

    As you mention, it appears that in order to modernise a place drastically and make leaps into the future, you may need a decent portion of good governance. The political squabbling is one of the biggest obstacles here in Norway, the way I see it.

    Funny you mentioned the use of foreign talent without being afraid of it, funny because there is a certain SE Asian airline that is so extremely afraid (of loosing face) of foreign advice and managerial placement, that they are not able to save their airline. In that country, getting foreign help is very much problematic: it's like loosing face big time.

    Thank you for the inputs, ombugge, this is an interesting topic and interesting discussion for me.
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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      Singapore building snags top architectural price:
      https://www.straitstimes.com/singapo...cture-festival

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        Originally posted by ombugge View Post
        Singapore building snags top architectural price:
        https://www.straitstimes.com/singapo...cture-festival
        Beautiful design and great idea!
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

        Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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          The new Terminal 4 at Changi Airport has opened for business. Here is a NG report about the event.
          If you are a frequent flyer but haven't visited this new terminal, please eat you heart out:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llh52RktRxU

          PS> Terminal 5 is now under construction. It is bound to pip this one.

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            Singapore is aiming to keep it's position as the world's preeminent shipping hub through digitisation and skills development:
            https://splash247.com/building-a-mar...ransformation/

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              Another Ang Moh's guide to Singapore Hawker Food:
              https://www.livingthedreamrtw.com/20...st-hawker.html

              PS> There must be a hundred different such guides to be found on the net.

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                Recycling in Singapore style:

                It was tried to have people do the separation of glass, metal, plastic and parer in separate bins at home. (Familiar??)
                But that was given up because it proved not to work too well. Everything got mixed on the collecting truck and had to be re-sorted at the receiving centre anyhow.
                The new system has separate bins for all kind of recyclables (Blue) and all other items, incl. food waste in green bins. They were collected separately by different trucks and companies.

                It still doesn't work 100% because some people are lazy, even in orderly Singapore.
                Here is a video to show the system in use at the moment:
                https://www.eco-business.com/videos/...-in-singapore/
                This video was actually posted by PM Lee Hsien Loong on his FB page today.

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                  The bicentennial anniversary since the establishment of Singapore as a British colony is fast approaching.
                  2019 marks 200 years since Sir Stamford Raffles first set foot on the island of Singapore and established a British trading post.
                  But not everybody find that a reason to celebrate:
                  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...nnial-11039360

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                    Old "Uncle" has become an institution in Tampines:
                    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...ddler-11056256

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                      Grab is rolling out a fleet of electric cars for it's Singapore ride sharing service:
                      https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...-roll-11105376

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                        Singapore is already hot and humid, but is getting hotter faster than surrounding area and world average.
                        Why does it matter and what causes it?

                        Here is you answer to the last; It is called the "urban heat island effect" and is caused by the dense buildings, large area of paved roads, parking lots etc. and the large number of air-conditioners in use:
                        https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...idity-11115384

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                          Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                          Singapore is already hot and humid, but is getting hotter faster than surrounding area and world average.
                          Why does it matter and what causes it?

                          Here is you answer to the last; It is called the "urban heat island effect" and is caused by the dense buildings, large area of paved roads, parking lots etc. and the large number of air-conditioners in use:
                          https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...idity-11115384
                          I saw this one last night, quite interesting video raising some points I had never thought about before. Especially about the effect of stacked air conditioners.
                          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                            Singapore's Bi-centennial celebration is getting into gear with more attractions being opened:
                            https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...ality-11167388

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                              Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                              Singapore's Bi-centennial celebration is getting into gear with more attractions being opened:
                              https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...ality-11167388
                              I really got to get myself to Singapore this year. It's long been on my agenda, but there never seems to be that right opportunity.
                              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                                A nostalgic view back on some of the many hotels in Singapore that is now gone. The list is not complete though, there were many more that I remember, although I didn't stay at hotel very much in my nearly 50 years there. I did visit many of their bars and restaurants though:
                                https://remembersingapore.org/2018/0...former-hotels/

                                PS> My favourit dish at Barkley Restaurant in Sloan Court, which we visited fairly regularly up to the end, was their Ox Tail Stew. Sad to see it close, but that is how it has to be in a city under rapid development I guess.

                                PPS> Sloan Court was also a meeting place for old mainly British mariners living in Singapore. (I don’t know where they moved to)

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