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    Singapore is short of land area for growing vegetables and of fresh water. It also want to be in the forefront of developing technology for renewable energy and water management. What Singapore is not short of is innovation and willingness to try new things. But how to test the technology on home turf??

    Solar panels take large area to be tested in scale, which Singapore don't have. Roof tops can be used to test Solar panels, but they are also needed to test out the efficiency of Urban gardening to grow vegetables: https://ourworld.unu.edu/en/farming-...y-in-singapore

    Water reservoir are used to store the water once captured, but these also require large areas. Why not combine the two: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...d-in-singapore

    There are also the matter of early usage of land fills, which takes years to settle before heavy structures can be built on them. Why not use the created land area for a Solar park? Since the landfill is on a man made island this can be combined with wind and tidal power generation: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...l/3233752.html

    There is one more point; in Singapore things can be decided quickly and implemented without years of haggling and protest marches.

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    • wherrygirl
      wherrygirl commented
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      OK, OK, Ombugge.

    • ombugge
      ombugge commented
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      OK I had just seen on the news that the 3rd runway at Heathrow Airport had been approved, after 25 years of haggling.
      Now for the next round of protests and possible overturn of the decision. How long before actual construction can commence?

      BTW: The 3rd runway at Changi Airport is ready to go into construction when needed. Terminal 4 is under construction and plans for Terminal 5 under way. (Just in case it is needed in 10-12 years time)

      That is called efficiency and forward planning. You should try it.

    That is called efficiency and forward planning. You should try it.
    Oi, Junior, efficiency and forward planning have always been second nature for me. A woman on her own would not get far without such attributes. But I must admit that when in your mid-80's and things start going awry at times the forward planning bit can sometimes be a little tricky. Efficiency sharpens, though.
    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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      Nice reply. I find forward planning difficult too. but then again I have never been very good at it on a personal level.
      In this case I did mean that Britain, or most other places in the world, could learn a thing or two from Singapore on this aspect.

    From future Singapore to Heritage buildings still standing and now protected: http://www.straitstimes.com/tags/heritage-gems

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      The Oldest lines in Singapore's MRT system has been upgraded to be able to operate trains at 100 Sec. interval, as opposed to 120 sec. today: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...e/3235810.html
      Doesn't sound like much?? It is supposed to increase peak hour capacity significantly, which should also reduce customer complains drastically.
      Mark can probably enlighten us on the complexity involved, since he was involved in the installation of the original system.

      PS> I don't think this will get ride of the drivers, as on the newer lines.

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        I normally charge for this sort of information Ombugge!!

        Yes, that's a very significant increase in throughput.

        There are 3600 seconds in an hour, so at 120 seconds between trains there are 30 trains running in each direction in peak periods.
        At 100 seconds, that goes up to 36 trains per hour.

        Each train can carry approaching 2,000 people, so this increase represents a potential 12,000 extra passengers per hour per direction. That's a lot of people.

        The article talks about some of the challenges faced by the engineers who provide the electronics to drive the trains safely as close together as they can. Singapore has the added complication (and indeed benefit) of platform edge doors - doors along the edge of the platform that prevent trains and people meeting, and underground to prevent tunnels being air-conditioned! Trains have to align absolutely acccurately with these - to within a few cm - otherwise the doors won't open. The challenge therefore is to brake from 80km/h or so as late as possible, smoothly stopping at exactly the right place, ideally without crawling for the last few metres.

        36 trains per hour is pretty good and indeed challenging. Much beyond 36tph is difficult as the limits of physics are secondary to the problems of getting people on and off in the time available and getting them moving through the station. Not everyone is as well behaved as the Singaporeans! This is what I call the issues of 'technology vs psychology', but you'll have fallen asleep by now.
        Cheers,

        Mark.

        www.pologlover.co.uk

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        • PoloUK
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          It's all right - I charge in £ - you can afford plenty of my time.

        • Tommi
          Tommi commented
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          12000? That's approximately all the residents of Strängnäs in one hour! Such a difference 20 seconds can make!

        • ombugge
          ombugge commented
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          Are you hinting at the Brexit effect? Don't worry, Lord Boris will fix it and it will be all OK, you just wait.

        It is never too early to decorate for X-mas: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...stmas-light-up
        Sorry, I will not be there for "live" pictures of this year's Orchard Road decoration, so this will have to do.

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          I though this only happened with coffee and svele on the smaller ferries in Norway, but here is an example that most people are trustworthy, even in the big city of Singapore: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...-cash-register

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            Many visitors to Singapore also visit Jurong Birdpark, which has existed since 1971. It has been successful in breading many rear species of birds that is threatened with extinction.
            One of these species are the Greater Hornbill, which is indigenous to S.E.Asia, but had almost disappeared from Singapore island. Their breeding program of Hornbills has been so successful that several pairs have been released back in the wild and can now be seen several places in Singapore: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...n/3259732.html
            We used to see a pair of them flying to and from Botanic Garden when living there.

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              If you don't fancy birds, maybe a rather unknown Buddhist Monastery is more to your liking?: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore...toration-works
              I must admit I have never visited here, although I have seen it from the outside many times.

              Last edited by ombugge; November 6th, 2016, 16:10.

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                If you are visiting Singapore and are looking for authentic Hawker Food in Authentic settings, download this site and enjoy your choice:
                http://www.cityhawkerfoodhunt.com/ci...-sg50-edition/

                If you need specific tips for lunch places in a more central location, who's better to ask then the Office Ladies working at Raffles Place?:
                http://www.todayonline.com/lifestyle...-office-ladies
                The famous La Pau Sat is not on this list. Maybe because it is too pricey and on the tourist brochures?
                Last edited by ombugge; November 9th, 2016, 12:17.

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                  You have probably read articles, or seen documentary about abuse of foreign Maids in Singapore? Thankfully it is not the norm, but it does occure and it is strictly punished when revealed. More normal is that maids become part of families, with some of them working for the same family for many years, sometime generations.
                  Here is an example of maid/employer reunion after 30 years: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...30-years-later
                  Western press doesn't like to report such stories I'm afraid. They don't fit the stereotype image of Asia and Asians that prevail.

                  We had a Singaporean maid (then call Amah) back when the boys were small (1976-80) who are still "part of the family". Not only that, but her kids and now even grand children as well. The same goes for every maid since, incl. maids who have worked for my in-laws. Not my "fault" I must admit, but my wife keeps in touch with them to this day.
                  Last edited by ombugge; November 6th, 2016, 19:57.

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                    Some amazing photographs from Singapore by Darrren Soh: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...-photographers
                    Not just the Super moon but go into his Facebook page by clicking on the picture. The text with each picture is quite descriptive too.

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                      Do you know of any spots in Singapore that would be good for ship spotting/watching? Yes, I know from any tall building but unfortunately my hotel has a few other buildings in the way though it's amazing all the ships and docks I can see from here. Unfortunately there is not much for "harbor cruises" or at least to the parts of the harbor I'd like to see and I'm not sure a ferry to St. John's Island would go past much.

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                      • ombugge
                        ombugge commented
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                        Take the MRT to Marina South Pier. There you see most of Eastern Anchorage, or take a Harbour Cruse to see more.
                        Next, take a taxi to Mt. Faber for an over all view of the anchorages and port facilities, followed by a trip across to Santosa by the Cable Car for a closer look at Western Anchorage from sea level.
                        Enjoy yourselves!!!

                      • ombugge
                        ombugge commented
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                        If you want to be even more close to the shipping activity, take a ferry from MSP to Kiusu Island where you can watch ships passing in Singapore Strait, as well as Eastern Anchorage and to/from Tg. Pagar & BraniContainer Terminal

                      Thank you for the tips. I was over in the Marina South Pier area yesterday. I really wished to get a bit higher since the smaller ships and breakwater seemed to block some of the view. Our cruise will depart from Harborfront at 5pm so hopefully we will leave on time to see more of the harbor before it gets dark.

                      While at the pool I was cursing a building that was blocking my view of the harbor so I Googled it. Turns out it was public housing and they let the "public" go up to their sky deck. So, this morning I walked over to The Pinnacle and went on their 50th floor sky deck. Last year I got rid of my DSL and massive lenses so no more super close up photos but I did bring my binoculars so I had a good commanding view of things.




                      The red building is my hotel. My room is in the upper most "hole" which is where the club level pool is located. So, except for what is blocked by The Pinnacle and Icon the view from my room is similar to the above photos.


                      When up on The Pinnacle and able to see so much of the harbor at once I really wish I had gotten a set of charts before coming on this trip. It would be nice to see the channels and anchorages in plan view. Luckily there is so much traffic that it is really easy to spot the major routes.

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                        Thank you for mentioning Marina South Pier. Even though I had been over there the way I walked I did not look closely at the Marina South Pier building. Today I went back over and noticed that there was an observation deck on the roof with much better views. Now if only you could do something about the Singapore weather.

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