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  • ombugge
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    This is Singapore

    I said some time ago that I would start a thread called "This is Singapore".
    Well here is first installment.

    I have found a lot of pictures of Singapore scenery's taken mostly in the 1960s, with some maybe a bit older and some a bit newer.
    Yesterday I eventually got around to take my simple "Point n' Click" camera along on a walk to some of the places featured in the old pictures to see if I could capture the somewhat same view as it is today.

    To start it off, I went to a place I remember from my first visit to Singapore as a "Green Horn" in 1959 and which I have always remembered as the typical Singapore of that time:

    I have had a copy of this picture on my office wall for some time.
    This in New Bridge Road on the Left and Eu Tong Sen Street on the right, with the most prominent building being the Great Southern Hotel on the right.

    There is a Storm Drain between these two parallel streets, over which various shacks were standing on "stilts", serving as shops. The drain also served as open sewer for these shops. (You could smell Singapore before you could see it in those days)
    At night there were Street Performers of all kinds, Indian Snake Charmers and Chinese Snake Oil sellers etc. and thriving food carts selling just about any kind of food you could think of.

    Here is the same scene now, taken from the pedestrian bridge between Chinatown Point and People's Park Centre:

    Surprisingly many of the original buildings are still there, since this the "preserved" Chinatown is to the left.
    The Great Southern Hotel, which is now a China speciality Shop is still there:


    As is the Majestic Theater, which is now a Shopping Centre:


    What is also still there, but hidden by the large and ugly structure on the right, which is People's Park Complex, is the old Pearl Hill Police Station:

    No longer in use but gazetted as a historical building and thus to be preserved.

    The old Police Barrack is still in use for something. (I'm not sure what):

    These two building can be seen and recognized on the old picture.

    The tall building in the distance is part of Singapore general Hospital and still there.

    On the other side of the street is a mixture of new and old as it is part of Chinatown, what little is left and preserved:

    The old Storm Drain is still there, but partly covered (as seen above)

    In the other direction it is still open, but no longer used to throw garbage:

    If anybody do they are liable to a fine of up to $1000.

    More like this when time permits.

  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    PS> 1959 was also the first time I set foot on Singapore soil.
    How will you mark that event of your life?

    A proper toast with a Singapore Sling perhaps?

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  • wherrygirl
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    PS> 1959 was also the first time I set foot on Singapore soil.
    Now that is certainly something for you to celebrate, Ombugge. 60 years ago - my goodness. Here's to you!!!

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  • ombugge
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    Want to buy a $20 note with an auspicious number for $988??: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...-ebay-11615840

  • ombugge
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    There are two major anniversaries being celebrated in Singapore this year. Both have to do with the colonial past.
    First the Bicentennial anniversary of Stamford Raffel's landing and establishment of Singapore as a British colony in 1819:
    https://www.straitstimes.com/singapo...back-700-years

    A commemorative S$20 note is available: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...nched-11597998
    Don't know if it will be an expensive collector's item in the future, since it will be issued in quite large number. (2 Mill.)

    Second is the 60th Anniversary of Singapore as an internally self-governing Crown Colony in 1959:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...dence-11591320

    PS> 1959 was also the first time I set foot on Singapore soil.
    Last edited by ombugge; June 5th, 2019, 14:14.

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  • ombugge
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    For those who have the time and interest, here is this year's speech by PM Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore at the annual meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers. Military Commanders and others, know as the "Shangri La Dialogue": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0XU...W9ecImIgGgVzM4
    He may not have the same charisma as his Father, but to me he makes a lot more sense than most other politicians. It is well wort an hour of your time.

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  • ombugge
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    Tuas Mega Container Port is growing by the day, but it is not all roses:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...g-hub-11518290

    OECD think it may be just too big for it's own good:
    https://www.seanews.com.tr/is-spores...onment/182692/
    Last edited by ombugge; May 18th, 2019, 13:51.

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  • ombugge
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    Bigger load and less aerodynamic/more air resistance should increase fuel consumption. Then again, maybe vegetation on the roof reduce air-condition need, thus less fuel. (This is in the tropics after all)

  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    I don't know if this is a good idea; Buses with a garden on the roof:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...d-cbd-11505144
    Uhmmm... that is a new one, but I would think this is more a "hype" than actually useful.

    Improve fuel economy the reporter said, but I'm not so sure that is the result. It's a lot of extra weight to transport around = bigger load on the engine = more fuel. Right?

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  • ombugge
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    I don't know if this is a good idea; Buses with a garden on the roof:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...d-cbd-11505144

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  • ombugge
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    Singapore is known for planning ahead and (usually) being able to fulfil the projects.
    But is this a pipe dream, or will it come to be in a decade or so?:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...hat-s-11467774
    Those who live will see.

    This project is more in tune with the idea of "Singapore - a city in a garden" that has been governing planning for the last decade or more:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...rdens-11483968

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  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    The Jewel at Changi Airport is now open for you:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYc9jDuRN4w
    A friend of mine posted a video too, and sent me some private clips. This is such a beautiful creation.

    I love the waterfall and the way it all looks.... futuristic and built to "wow" people.

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  • ombugge
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    The Jewel at Changi Airport is now open for you:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYc9jDuRN4w

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  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    Singapore is again in top spot as the most expensive city in the world to live in for expats:
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...pensive-cities
    At least it is a shared first place this year.

    PS> This is the cost for high living expats, renting luxurious condominium apartments, driving cars and eating in expensive restaurants, not for locals living in owned HDB flats, travelling by MRT or bus and eating in hawker centres. But even for Singaporeans and PRs, Singapore is an expensive place to live compared to other countries in the region.Higher wages in Singapore compensate for most of that though.
    Interesting video, ombugge. Not surprised at all that Hong Kong, Singapore and Paris shares the top position, but more surprised that Tel Aviv was also on the top-10 list.

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  • ombugge
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    Singapore is again in top spot as the most expensive city in the world to live in for expats:
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...pensive-cities
    At least it is a shared first place this year.

    PS> This is the cost for high living expats, renting luxurious condominium apartments, driving cars and eating in expensive restaurants, not for locals living in owned HDB flats, travelling by MRT or bus and eating in hawker centres. But even for Singaporeans and PRs, Singapore is an expensive place to live compared to other countries in the region.Higher wages in Singapore compensate for most of that though.

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