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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    Our resident Monitor Lizard went for a swim yesterday:
    Living where i do, i think we would all be a bit shocked to see something like that in our local ponds!

    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    Does anybody have the tools and possibilities to measure the size, based on this picture, taken a month or so ago?:

    If not I'll have to go measure the fence to figure it out. (Just curious)
    I think you might have to go measure that fence, i do not think there is any world standard size for steel fence sections! But if i had to guess i would say that the wee beastie is at least a meter in length.
    Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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      Originally posted by Steve.B View Post
      I think you might have to go measure that fence, i do not think there is any world standard size for steel fence sections! But if i had to guess i would say that the wee beastie is at least a meter in length.
      I did just that and here is the result:

      This is a full grown Monitor Lizard.
      At least I have never seen any bigger then this.

      PS: The fence must have been made when Imperial Units were used in Singapore. The height is 3 1/2 ft. and the distance between sprongs 6"
      Last edited by ombugge; May 28th, 2010, 06:57.

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        I under estimated the size of this fellow.
        Here is another pics where he is in full stretch:


        Measured against the fence, which is exactly 6 inches between sprongs, he is a tad over 6 ft. long, nose to tail.
        I don't think this is a record, but as far as I know, only the Komodo Dragons grow much bigger than that. He is definitely not suitable as a pet.

        Here is a link to more info on the Malayan Water Monitor Lizard:
        http://www.naturia.per.sg/buloh/vert...tor_lizard.htm

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          Originally posted by Steve.B View Post
          ....wee beastie...
          Steve...I have had my laugh-out-loud moment of the day!

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            Singapore is famously known as a "Fine City". Fine of this and fine for that, including not flushing public toilets.

            Here is a new twist. No sign saying; "Fine $500", but a poster:

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              I have noticed this type of trees many places in Singapore, but have no idea what they are, or whether it is native to this region or imported from somewhere else. Does anybody know?

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                I have seen something similar on Dominica. They called them cannonball trees because the fruit look like cannon balls.

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Couroupita_guianensis

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                  Originally posted by pilotdane View Post
                  I have seen something similar on Dominica. They called them cannonball trees because the fruit look like cannon balls.

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Couroupita_guianensis
                  I think you are right. The fruit looks like Cannon Balls and the other descriptions are also similar. Probably came to Singapore to be planted near Hindu temples, although I have never noticed that.

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                    The Sands Casino and Resort was officially opened yesterday.
                    Here it is, as seen from a distance:

                    It will still be many months before all facilities are ready, but they are in a hurry to recover some of the billions of dollars invested.

                    The sky garden should be an ideal place to take pictures of Singapore skyline, but it will cost you SGD 20.- per entry.
                    For Singaporeans and Permanent Resident there is also a fee of SGD 100.- per day for entering into the Casino Hall. (To reduce number of problem gamblers loosing their shirt, at least local ones)

                    Here is one of the attractions that will be available to guests at the Resort, Water taxis:

                    And River cruise boats:




                    The River Cruisers are all new and electric driven, since Marina Bay and Singapore River is now a fresh water reservoir.

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                      Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                      The Sands Casino and Resort was officially opened yesterday..
                      The whole building(s) look(s) stunning...!
                      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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                        How is Singapore being kept so clean??

                        Here is the answer:

                        These guys are around picking up rubbish and emptying dustbins all over the island. Some are motorized, like here, others just use old fashion bicycles, or even Push Carts.

                        And this is how it is done at sea:

                        There didn't appear to be any garbage or debris floating around, but that did NOT deter this guy from doing his rounds.

                        The roads and gutters are cleaned by large "Vacuum Cleaners" on wheels, but they don't get out and pick up anything that is off the roads.

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                          Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                          Here is the answer:
                          VEOLIA? I see the company logo of Veolia on the side of that thing... are they there as well?
                          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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                            Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                            VEOLIA? I see the company logo of Veolia on the side of that thing... are they there as well?
                            Yes, where else???........

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                              Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                              Yes, where else???........
                              They are all over Norway as well: buses, boats, ferry's, HSC's, garbage trucks, waste recycling.... I thought they were only here in Norway, so I have just now learned something new.
                              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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                                Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                                They are all over Norway as well: buses, boats, ferry's, HSC's, garbage trucks, waste recycling.... I thought they were only here in Norway, so I have just now learned something new.
                                News to me. I have to Google tomorrow.

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