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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
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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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                    Singapore is the Information society:

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                      Gosh - didn't realise Sim Lim was still there! What a place that used to be for CDs, DVDs, electronics, absolutely everything.
                      Cheers,

                      Mark.

                      www.pologlover.co.uk

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                        Originally posted by PoloUK View Post
                        Gosh - didn't realise Sim Lim was still there! What a place that used to be for CDs, DVDs, electronics, absolutely everything.
                        Oh yes, Sim Lim Square is STILL the place to go for electronic gadgets of all kinds. Sim Lim Tower across the road is where you can buy parts to build your own equipment,if you are into that sort of things.

                        Some of the stores in Sim Lim Square had a reputation for ripping of tourists, but after the few "bad guys" were taken to court, given jail terms and the rules strictened up, it is now supposedly clean and reliable: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore...ning-their-act

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