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    Originally posted by pakarang View Post
    I'm a bit amazed at how GREEN your city actually is. It appears as they have made a genuine effort at planting trees and creating park-areas.
    Appears??? Where have you been when visiting Singapore?? Even Orchard Road has trees and plants.

    By the way, Mynah Birds by the thousands roost in some selected tress along Orchard Road during the night. Always in the same few trees, although there are similar trees all along the roadside. They make a lot of noise in the early evening and has become a nuisance. All attempts to get them to go somewhere else has failed, so far.

    One way to see who is local and who are tourists is to watch who avoid sitting on the benches, or walking under the trees where there are a lot of birds roosting, even after they have quieted down. (They still sh*t) How do you know which trees to avoid sitting/walking under, even when there are no bird noise to guide you?? Watch where the pavement is splattered by bird droppings.

    It was one of the corner stone policies set by Lew Kuan Yew that Singapore should remain green, even when developing from a colonial backwater to the modern metropolis it is today.
    He would participate in the annual tree planting day and always looking out for plants and trees that could be transplanted to beautify Singapore on his travels.

    As said many times in this thread, Singapore has deliberately developed the environment to match the name and slogan "Garden City", which is now being changed to "City in a Garden".
    This is also part of the reason why Singapore is able to attract people and businesses to reach First world status in the short span of a generation.
    Singapore is always on the list of 10 most livable cities for expats in the world and usually first in Asia: http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/201...to-be-an-expat
    Those who like chaos and don't mind traffic jams, lack of security and safety and frequent power cuts etc. may find other cities more attractive.

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      OK a final report posted from Singapore'
      The lockers are empty and cleaned:


      QN Jr. obliged with a six-flower display last night:


      We celebrated our last full night in Singapore with a bottle of Champagne:


      I still have some pictures from Singapore that may be posted later though.

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      • yvneac
        yvneac commented
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        Imperial by Mouet et Chandon!Good choice.

      • wherrygirl
        wherrygirl commented
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        I still have some pictures from Singapore that may be posted later though
        GOOD!

      It is 1 year since the death of Lee Kuan Yew today, may he rest in peace.
      In that conjunction a tree was planted in his honour at the Istana grounds by the President, Tony Tan: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...n/2618744.html

      This is also a comment to post #1323&24.

      If it need more emphasizeing; the green and clean Singapore is not something that happens by itself but a conserted effeort by the Government over many decades.
      Here is plans for more water bodies and green areas in the public housing estates around the island: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...s/2619600.html
      Last edited by ombugge; March 20th, 2016, 15:03.

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        Singapore at night: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...t/2622128.html

        As seen from the International Space Station.

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          Originally posted by ombugge View Post
          Singapore at night: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...t/2622128.html

          As seen from the International Space Station.
          That's really spectacular!
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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            More about the continuing greening of Singapore, a city in a garden: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...s/2640338.html

            Recommended walk when you visit.

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              Otter in trouble: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...e/2664398.html

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                It is HOT in Singapore: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...e/2714670.html
                Could have shared some. In Aalesund it is expected to snow this coming Friday-Sunday with possible frost in the earl mornings.

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                  One more thing that is HOT in Singapore: https://remembersingapore.org/sembawang-hot-spring/

                  Not very well known, even to Singaporean, but that may change soon: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...g/2724674.html

                  I cannot remember ever having visited myself.

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                    Singapore is a hub center in the illegal wildlife trade. Why??
                    Because it has a reputation to be "clean" and with strict regulation for just about everything,
                    Besides, it's port and airport has a reputation for efficiency and speedy handling, reducing the mortality rate in transit.

                    Here is a report from CNA about what happen to the animals that get rescued from the traders: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...l/2847662.html

                    Likewise, in the illegal drug trade Singapore is a transit point for the dumb "mules" that actually carry the drugs, although the law calls for death sentence for those caught with large amount of drugs.

                    It is popular with the back men because of the reputation. It is believed that if a flight originate in Singapore the customs on the other end will be less vigilant then if it is a flight from Bangkok, or from Bogota.

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                      Only in food crazy Singapore: ​http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...t/2883930.html
                      Or do you know of anything like this anywhere else??

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                        Singapore may among the safest places in the world, free from Typhoons, Tsunamis, Strong Earth quacks etc. but no place is totally immune to terrorism, or nut cases trying to do harm to others.
                        No matter how good your securities and intelligence gathering is, there is always danger that someone slips through the net. It is not enough to know what is going on within your own boarder. It is equally important to know what is happening in the rest of the world.

                        With maybe less secure and vigilant neighbours "a stone throw away" on all sides (literally) it is VERY important to know what is happening in your "back yard": http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...t/3020232.html

                        In this case it may have been some small time amateurs making big plans that they had no resources to carry out, but that may not be the case next time.
                        Singapore will celebrate it's 51st anniversary and National Day in a few days. Just to be able to throw a near harmless rocket in the direction of Marina Bay on that day would have been a "victory" for those who wants to do harm to Singapore.

                        Maybe because of Singapore's reputation as a place with tight security, it is seen as an especially attractive target, with the biggest "Wow!! factor", just like drug smugglers send their mules through Singapore because people coming through Singapore are less likely to be viewed with suspicion at the destination.

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                          OMG! That was shocking - and so little in the news here about it.

                          One thing though, from that article, which I did not quite understand:

                          ....."Indonesian police said the plans did not materialise and that they have yet to locate the rockets."....

                          Did they mean that the police hadn't found the terrorists rocket, OR, did they mean that the terrorists hadn't been able to find a rocket to do the attack?
                          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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

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                          • ombugge
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                            I read it as the last; planned yes, rockets no.

                          More on the plot to fire rocket(s) at Singapore: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...s/3018514.html

                          From Jakarta Post: http://www.thejakartapost.com/seasia...singapore.html

                          One suspect already released: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2...ror-links.html

                          From Tribun Batam (In Bahasa Indonesia): http://batam.tribunnews.com/2016/08/...tua-dprd-batam

                          Life goes on: http://batam.tribunnews.com/topics/p...libur-ke-batam

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                            Thank you so very much for sharing those articles. I will take a look at each and everyone of them shortly!
                            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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                            • ombugge
                              ombugge commented
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                              One more from Today today: http://www.todayonline.com/world/asi...members-police
                              Not much news but a confirmation that there were no actual rocket(s) and unlikely that they would be able to produce or procure on that could hit Singapore from Batam.
                              Other option of getting a bomb into Singapore is a far more likely and dangerous possibility though.
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