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    Ombugge, in case you miss Singapore here are some photos of the decorations on Orchard Road and Little India.









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      Singapore has done it again: http://www.bbc.com/news/education-38131731

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      • pilotdane
        pilotdane commented
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        Top in every category. I'm actually surprised that the United States even makes the list a few times.

      • ombugge
        ombugge commented
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        No USA top many lists, but maybe not the ones to be proud of, except largest single nation economy, largest military force and largest number of Billionaires.

      Alarm bells are ringing in Singapore. "We are not #1 in EVERYTHING??: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore...world-rankings

      The solution in Singapore is likely to be different from the normal; "Horrors, somebody have to do something fast. Let's set down a fast working committee and then forget about it".
      No the Singapore way is to give one of the "Supermen" in the Civil Service or political establishment the task of coming up with a solution and then implement it.
      No long and fruitless debates and no protesting in the street, just get it done.

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        Pride has been re-established, at least on the education front: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore...cience-reading

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        • nari
          nari commented
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          I am not surprised by this news; for quite a long time, Singapore has been regarded by our part of the world as a world leader in scholarship, politics and health systems. Bangkok rates well, also.

        The most famous hawker food in Singapore is Hainanese Chicken Rice. The subject; which stall makes the best is a never ending topic of discussion.
        Now a ne contented for the title has appeared on the market, called "Ikook": http://www.todayonline.com/lifestyle...ice-inventions

        Sorry, I have no opinion to offer YET!!

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        • pilotdane
          pilotdane commented
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          My wife really wanted to find the best chicken and rice stall for herself but there was only so much time. We did our best to try as much of the stall/hawker food as possible. A bit in Little India and a bit in China Town but since it was so close we hit Lau Pa Sat most often. And what's not to like about meat on a stick after dark?

          The only "odd" thing is... what's up with Singapore and napkins? You either bring your own or buy wipes from the people walking the markets???

        • ombugge
          ombugge commented
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          In upmarket Chinese restaurants you get hot or cold towels but in Hawker Centres and Coffeeshops there are usually somebody selling packets of tissue paper table to table.
          Packets of tissue is also used to "Chop" places. If you see a packet of tissue on a chair, or on a table that means it is "reserved" by someone off to order his/her food at the stalls.
          In the neighbourhood Hawker centres it is not uncommon that somebody just join your table if there is a free chair or two. (Less likely in places frequented by tourists, like Lau Pa Sat)

        Phase #1 on the new 20 Mill. TEUs/year Tuas Container Terminal started in April and is now 20% completed: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...n/3356124.html
        The big question is; "will it be completed ahead of schedule"??

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          The Otters in Marina Bay has featured here before, but there are more, incl. the famous Bishan Otters: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...n-in-singapore

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            X-mas is not here, but in Singapore they are getting ready for the next big celebration, Chinese New Year 2017, which is the Year of the Rooster: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...7/3367080.html

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              Singapore is planning for a green future as an International Maritime Center: http://splash247.com/green-ahoy/

              If you want to stay ahead you have to plan even further ahead.

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                More plans for a "green" Singapore, using whichever space available to produce power: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...e/3395030.html

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                  Do you (Ombugge) know what these buildings are and what they are used for? They are at the western tip of Sentosa island. Are they part of Fort Siloso?

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                  • ombugge
                    ombugge commented
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                    These are pill boxes and part of Fort Siloso.
                    There are less visible relics from WWII on the opposite side of the entrance to Keppel Harbour, at Labrador Park: http://www.fortsiloso.com/batteries/...r/labrador.htm

                    The two installations were in action against the Japanese, but has been inactive since the early 1950s.

                    Both areas are now conserved, but only Fort Siloso gets much attention from tourists. We used to live just up the hill from Labrador Park in the mid/late 1970s and used the park quite regularly. It has been substantially developed since then: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infoped...005-01-25.html
                    Last edited by ombugge; January 3rd, 2017, 13:51.

                  • pilotdane
                    pilotdane commented
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                    Thank you for the links. The buildings certainly looked military but I was a having a hard time figuring out why they are at the water's edge but you calling them "pillboxes" explains a lot. Probably built to protect larger guns up on the bluff.

                    Fort Siloso is one of the biggest things not done on our visit to Singapore. I couldn't find a good way to get over there and should have just gotten in a taxi. Well, I have a good reason to return.

                  Singapore is first again in the Expat Explorer Survey: https://expatexplorer.hsbc.com/survey/

                  Best place to be an Expat, but also the most expensive place for expats to live: http://www.economist.com/blogs/graph.../daily-chart-4

                  The moral of the story?: "Good is not cheap and cheap is never good"

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                    Some may remember a large Monitor Lizard that lived in the Bukit Timah Canal was featured here a few years ago? (Better known as the "wee beast")
                    It suddenly went missing after a flood, but now it has popped up in the news: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...k/3491234.html
                    OK,OK it may not be the same one, but it looks VERY similar.

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                      Familiar scenery to those who have followed the Sunrise/Sunset thread for some years:

                      Minus the sunset and scary plants this time.

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                      • wherrygirl
                        wherrygirl commented
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                        Oh, shame!

                      Little India has got a new attraction near the entrance from Bukit Timah Road:








                      Night view to follow at some time in the future.

                      PS> We missed the Thaipusam decoration in Little India. They were taken down yesterday.

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