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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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    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!!!
    Ivy

    "To thine own self be true.......
    Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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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?
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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      • ombugge
        ombugge commented
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        Maybe a revisit later this year could be appropriate??

      Happy 54th National Day Singapore!!!
      We are celebration in style here in Aalesund.

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      Belated (very belated) happy national day, Singapore.

      I watched the celebrations through a (much younger) friend of mine, and the fireworks were spectacular.
      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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        Loved seeing the flag in Ålesund, ombugge! I still have trouble getting my head around you not being in Singapore!

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        • ombugge
          ombugge commented
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          We have some visitors here who brought the flag with them, among other things from Singapore/
          PS> I have a problem getting around not being in Singapore as well/

        I know the feeling ombugge.... for what it's worth, I too can't get my head around not living in Thailand anymore.

        Life certainly has it's own way of giving us challenges.
        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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          Singaporeans love their local food. Anywhere they go they'll look for a restaurant that serve authentic Singapore food, but is usually disappointed.
          When they reach home they'll gorge themselves at the nearest Hawker Centre.
          Here is a song by the famous (in Singapore) Paranakan Sayang Song group. It is set to the tune of a well loved Chinese tune, but consists manly of the names of Singapore's favourite hawker foods:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X_zFqTiDeM
          Hilarious to a Singaporean, but probably doesn't say much to those who don't know much about Singapore and it's hawker food.

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            pilotdane commented
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            I just got back from Vietnam and Cambodia. The first night in Saigon was spent getting over jet lag but the second night we went for a 4 hour walk through the back alleys doing nothing but trying different street foods and hawker stalls. Wandered way too far from our hotel and got totally lost. A wonderful night.

          • ombugge
            ombugge commented
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            Sitting on little stools outside on the pavement with traffic, both of pedestrians and motorbikes threading their way between cars, while enjoying your steaming hot bowl of Pho and ice cold Saigon Beer. What better way to get to know Vietnam?

          Santosa will be upgraded (again). Together with Pualu Brani, once the Container Terminal shuts down, it will be one big recreational area for Singaporeans and visitors to ernjoy:
          'https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...y-gsw-11927258
          Any comments on this great /glorious development??

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          • Seagull
            Seagull commented
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            Phew ...for a moment I thought they were talking about moving the Merlion in the park across from the Fullerton! I didn't know there was a big one on Sentosa. Didn't get there, so haven't really any comments on further development plans there.

            Needless to say I am watching Singapore on TV a lot this weekend!

          Originally posted by ombugge View Post
          Santosa will be upgraded (again). Together with Pualu Brani, once the Container Terminal shuts down, it will be one big recreational area for Singaporeans and visitors to ernjoy:
          'https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...y-gsw-11927258
          Any comments on this great /glorious development??
          I too, didn't know about this big Merlion. At first sight, it's just a concrete statue in my eyes, not particularly "beautiful". Never seen it in real though.

          Impressive redevelopment they are planning: they are so ambitious and so looking into the future with beautiful structures, buildings, walkways and attractions. I wish we could get a little bit of Singaporean thinking into our city council here in Trondheim for example. They are a big step above the level here in Norway.

          In Trondheim now, the bus-system has been ravaged and there are endless traffic jams around town. Buses don't stop in designated bus stops anymore, they all stop in the middle of the road and the traffic jams behind is sooooo long. Emergency services are seriously delayed behind these buses .... because, it's way more important that the bus is first in line, and that nobody can overtake them, than the lives of the people inside the ambulance.
          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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            It's only 90 days to X-Mas. Time to get ready. Here is a preview of this year's decorations along Orchard Road:
            https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia...-2019-11938538

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              Originally posted by ombugge View Post
              It's only 90 days to X-Mas. Time to get ready. Here is a preview of this year's decorations along Orchard Road:
              https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia...-2019-11938538
              That looks beautiful in the proposed images... Europris has also, here in Norway, already started selling Christmas things.
              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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                If you are in Singapore then, set off some time to see the first flight of a Flying Air Taxi over Marina Bay:
                https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...a-bay-11976410
                Not the first flight ever, nor a commercial flight, but at least historical for Singapore.

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                  Three well known bridges across Singapore river has been gazetted:
                  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...elgin-12002676
                  Surely those who have visited Singapore at some time would have cross these.
                  Anderson Bridge is also well known from F1 Grand Prix Races. The race track cross this bridge just before making a very sharp turn onto Esplanade Drive.

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                    In 1979 PM Lee Kuan Yew started the "Speak Mandarin" campaign to counteract the then predominance of using Chinese dialects by the Chinese to communicate between themselves, which caused a split not only between the races, but also between the Chinese population originating from different provinces in Southern China and living in separate "kanpongs" at the time.

                    These dialects (Hokkie, Teochew, Cantonese, Hainanese and Hakka) are not mutually understandable, which made "Pasar Malay" or "Singlish" the media for communication between the dialect groups, while Malays and Indians communicated internally in their own languages and in Malay or English with Chinese Singaporeans.
                    English was and is the language of education, public service and business and spoken by the vast majority of Singaporeans of all ages. (ALL under the age of 50 today)

                    With the opening up of China it became clear to the visionary Lee Kuan Yew that to speak, read and write Mandarin would give Singaporeans an edge, while maintaining English as the main language of education and business, which he succeeded in but maybe too well, hence the speech by PM Lee Hsian Loong today:
                    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...loong-12024398

                    While he strived to make Singapore a ****geneous society, he also wanted each ethnic group to maintain their own culture and language, but being at least bilingual.
                    He therefore also mandated the teaching of "Mother Tongue" in primary and secondary schools, based on their ethnic background.
                    I.e. Chinese = Mandarin, (regardless of dialect group), Malays and others Austronesian speakers (Indonesians etc.) = Bahasa Malayu, Indian = Tamil (no matter which Indian ethnic group they come from)
                    Eurasian would be judged by which language they spoke at home. "Others" would be exempt, unless they requested one of the offered "Mother Tongues".
                    his is still the case today, but English has taken over more and more among all ethnic groups.

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