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    Re: This is Singapore

    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    No, fire crackers are banned in Singapore, except the electronic kind, which doesn't burn very well.
    Oh, really? I didn't know that. Is that a fairly new ban or is it a long standing ban?

    I thought fire crackers were widely used for example during Chinese New Year..?
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      Re: This is Singapore

      Originally posted by pakarang View Post
      Oh, really? I didn't know that. Is that a fairly new ban or is it a long standing ban?

      I thought fire crackers were widely used for example during Chinese New Year..?
      Its a long standing ban and has been commented on here before, incl. the "invention" of electronic Fire Crackers that make noise and has flashing lights.

      Here is a picture of a string of Electronic Fire Crackers:

      As advertised on Alibaba.com
      Last edited by ombugge; August 28th, 2013, 06:31. Reason: Add pics

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        Re: This is Singapore

        More skyline pictures, these from 2008:




        Not mine, but I cannot remember origin.

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          Re: This is Singapore

          Originally posted by ombugge View Post
          Its a long standing ban and has been commented on here before, incl. the "invention" of electronic Fire Crackers that make noise and has flashing lights.

          Here is a picture of a string of Electronic Fire Crackers:........
          Ah... OK, that had slipped my mind. My apologies. I don't think I have ever seen, or heard electronic fire crackers in my life. I need to go to youtube, source of much information, to see what it really is.
          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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            Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival was a couple of days ago and Chinatown was decorated for the occasion as usual:






            Restaurants along the streets had a busy time:


            Decorations and heavy crowds stretched into the back streets:


            A closer look at some of the lanterns:





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              This intricate Jade decoration was found in a restaurant in Chinatown:

              There were several similar decorations, but this one was the biggest and best, in my view.

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                Allkaff Bridge across Singapore River, as seen from Robertson Quay at night:


                Singapore night skyline from the back:

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                  This Sunday we walked through the new Down Town and around Marina Bay to The Sands Resort & Casino and visited the shopping part of the Resort, not the casino, as it would cost me SGD 100 just to enter the gambling halls. (No charge for my wife, since she is a Norwegian citizen on a tourist visa, not a permanent resident)
                  We started from Tanjong Pagar, where new hotels are spouting everywhere and walked along Shanton Way, the former prime locations for banks and finance institutions. Only one of the original office towers are still standing, the others either already renewed, or being re-developed. (Sorry, no pictures)

                  As we entered the new Downtown with it's gleaming new office and residential towers I started to see motifs everywhere, like these glass facades with reflections of other buildings:






                  Squeezed in between them are smaller structures of new age:


                  And the one that used to be THEE Skyline of Singapore in the 1950s and 60s, Asia Insurance Building:



                  Now refurbished and used as Serviced Apartments, belonging to the Ascot Goup.

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                    Very striking architecture photos ombugge - yes, many motifs in those shapes and reflections, and I do like the Asia Insurance Building tucked in there - rather elegant style, and already history.

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                      Looking to the West and the present extent of development at what used to be Telok Ayer Basin:


                      ​The basin used to be filled with Tongkangs, hauling cargo to/from the ships at anchor on Eastern Working Anchorage and Inner Roads. (Behind the detached mole)
                      I used to bring my ship alongside to load at Telok Ayer Pier back in the early 1970s.
                      This is what it used to look like:


                      As always in Singapore there will still be some green lungs, even in the densely built up downtown:

                      No it is not wasteland, below is a new MRT station with Shopping facilities.

                      I don't know what has been going on on this patch of unused land during Saturday night, or maybe early Sunday, but this is NOT typical of Singapore:




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                        Turning towards the North we see a mixture of old and new:


                        With Clifford Pier and Fullerton Building on the right:


                        The tall buildings above are mostly clustered around the Raffles Place area, which used to look like this:


                        Turning further to the East we see Raffles City and Marina Central:


                        Further still, Singapore Flyer and the Lotus pavilion of The Sands Resort:


                        And finally, The Sands Resort, with the characteristic "surfboard" Sky Garden:

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                          The old Customs House is still standing:

                          Now housing Restaurants and Bars.

                          Sailing boats for rent and training next to Customs House:


                          Here is proof that life is established in the now fresh water reservoir that Marina Bay is a part of.
                          Turtles swimming in the little bay by Custom House:


                          Wading birds on the prove along the beach:


                          Intent on his pray:



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                            Between Customs House and Clifford pier the new Fullerton Marina Bay Hotel has come up:


                            The old landing steps for Customs boats are still there:


                            Some architectural details of the building that has replaced the Parking House that stood on this place for many years:



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                              Very interresting to see the city now and before Ombugge.
                              Is this bird in the last picture of the herons family?

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                                Clifford Pier deserves a bit of attention. Millions of people would have passed through this pier over the many years it served as the main entrance point to Singapore: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford_Pier
                                This is where migrants would have land, as well seamen and passengers on ships that visited Singapore. It is also my first memory of Singapore.

                                For many years the clock hanging from the rafters were the meeting point; "meet me under the clock" was a standard phrase when you were to meet somebody you didn't know.
                                I have used the pier regularly over many years, both to go to/from ships at the Anchorages and as a place to go to hire crew. There would be lots of Seaman, especially Indonesians, hanging around Clifford Pier, looking for work. This was the case all the way up to it's closure in 2006.

                                Here is Clifford Pier as it looked in late 1970s:

                                You can also see Customs House and the afore mentioned Parking House. The round structure was a revolving restaurant and is still there.

                                The entrance to the pier from Colliar Quay looked like this:


                                This s Clifford Pier today, as seen from the shoreside entrance:


                                ​And from the now Bayside entrance:

                                The four-faced clock was hanging from the rafters at the center of the ceiling. I have no idea what happened to it.

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