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    More pictures from the Chinatown light-up:




    May be a little difficult to see but these "bubbles" has favourit Singlish phrases on them:

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      Serangoon Road in Little India is decorated for Deepavali.
      Here the entry portal at Tekka Market:


      From middle of the road:


      The opposite side of the road :


      Opposite side of the portal:


      A look down Serangoon Road:



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        Pulau Ubin has been mentioned several times here lately.
        This time it is in the news because Singapore Post has tested mail delivery by drone from mainland to Pulau Ubin: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...n/2177406.html

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          One more Pulau Ubin story for anybody that is interested in how one small island can reflect life for many in Singapore only 40-50 years ago: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...t/2199032.html

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            The older MRT stations in Singapore is due for a make-over: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...e/2202702.html
            May bring back memory for some here on CVF??

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            • PoloUK
              PoloUK commented
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              Yes indeed. Many happy memories of what feels like yesterday, but is a long time ago. Particularly thinking about the line out to Yishun, remember that going in and working on the control software for the new trains that were bought to support the Woodlands Extension. I was young, beautiful and clever then!

            More railway stories from Singapore. The old clunky railway from Singapore to KL and on to Bangkok will be replace with high speed rail in the not too far future.
            Starting with the stretch from here to KL: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...s/2202376.html

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            • ombugge
              ombugge commented
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              Are you not declaring interest in bidding for delivery of signaling equipment for this new railway Mark??

            Just in case you haven't noticed, X-mas is just around the corner:

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              Now, that is a bit early for this years Christmas decorations....
              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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              • wherrygirl
                wherrygirl commented
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                I'm with Jan-Olav on this. Christmas cards and calendars in the shops from early October, mail order catalogues pouring through the letterboxes shouting "buy, buy. all our Christmas goodies.... buy early and beat the rush" etc. etc. it is all just one big farcical, hypocritical hassle. I'm not a Christian, but few realise nowadays that it is supposed to be a simple Christian festival celebrating the birth of their God come down to earth.
                Present giving used to be costed in shillings and pence (less than 1GBP, about €70-80), simple little pressies, often handmade with affection. Now it is often more like 100GBP and picked out of a catalogue with a sigh of relief "Thank god, another one solved!"

              • ombugge
                ombugge commented
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                If truth be told it was actually a pagan festival to mark the winter solstices. Since nobody know exactly when that birth happened, (if at all) the simple solution made a few hundred years later was to "hijack" an already existing festival people were familiar with.
                (Now I probably managed to insult every Christian on the forum)

              • wherrygirl
                wherrygirl commented
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                If truth be told it was actually a pagan festival to mark the winter solstices. Since nobody know exactly when that birth happened, (if at all) the simple solution made a few hundred years later was to "hijack" an already existing festival people were familiar with.
                Quite correct. I think most Christians, particularly those who are CVF members, are well aware of the hijacking, Ombugge. Other festivals were similarly absorbed into the Christian calendar and transformed. It provided a kind of continuity, helped the evangelists to persuade their flock of a new meaning to the festival and presumably encouraged the newly converted by marking off the year with ceremonies at times they were familiar with.

              Singapore is taking serious the conservation of what is left of our "Heritage Buildings": http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...4/2216510.html

              About time you may say, but reality is that on an island with limited space and a large population, it only so much that can be preserved and so much have to go.

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                Some more bragging about Singapore and the livable conditions here: https://www.expatexplorer.hsbc.com/s...P_EE15_TAB_012

                Not by me but by a bank that MAY relocate their HQ here.

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                  Thanks heaven, the NE Monsoon is here and the haze is blown away.
                  Today opened fine, with the sun shining from a clear blue sky:


                  Heavy afternoon showers are expected as the monsoon front is passing over the area, but that is welcome after months of thick haze and little rain.
                  The temperature also drops as the wind start to pick up from the NE, bringing cooler air from mainland China and Siberia, although it does get warmed up from crossing the warm waters of the South China Sea. No danger of us freezing here near equator.

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                    Singapore - an Arctic Nation!!!
                    This just in from the Norwegian Embassy, Singapore: http://www.norway.org.sg/News_and_ev.../#.VjsMRfkrKUk

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                      Don't you think that perhaps Singapore ought by now to have plans for a massive dyke-building operation with which to surround Singapore? Land reclamation is fine, but now walls are needed against future inundation!
                      I love that photo at #1301.
                      Ivy

                      "To thine own self be true.......
                      Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                      • ombugge
                        ombugge commented
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                        This is Singapore. Dykes are already in place (Marina Barrage) and the reclaimed land along the coast allows for a sea level rise of 1.20 m. (We don't have any typhoons, storm surge or tsunami etc.)

                        That is the advantage by having a Government that can see past the next election cycle. (You should try it, it works)

                        PS> Pass on to the Americans!!

                      The construction next door is progressing slowly. Here is a picture from yesterday, which was a public holiday (Deepavali):


                      As you can see not all work stopped. The Chinese and Bangladeshi workers were still at work, but the big jobs stopped as the Indians, the Malaysia-Indian foremen and Singaporean bosses took the day off. (Nothing stops work entirely in Singapore)

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                      • Seagull
                        Seagull commented
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                        I always enjoy seeing the updates from this. Doesn't really seem so long ago since it was just plans and I was imagining which apartment I liked!

                      I like the modern design elements here!
                      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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