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    #31
    This is a rainy view along Scotts Road. ION, Singapore's newest and biggest shopping centre has just opened on the opposite corner from C.K.Tang's:

    It occupies the area above Orchard MRT Station and a small hill where Filipina Maids used to meet for their Sunday pick nick. (Originally the site of Orchard Police Post)

    The shopping podium is already open but the office and residential block on top is still under construction:


    In the opposite direction along Scotts Road was Goodwood Park Hotel:

    Originally Teutonic Club, but confiscated by the Colonial administration during WWI

    It is still there:

    Gazetted as a monument, much to the annoyance of the younger generation in the Owner's family.

    View north from Orchard Road /Scotts Road junction in early 1970s.Hilton and Ming Court (now Orchard Parade) Hotels are already in place:

    Sorry I forgot to get a pic to correspond with this one, but Both those hotels are still there, as is the Thai Embassy on the opposite side.

    Everything else is gone, incl. Hotel Singapura Intercontinental, which was between those two:

    This was the first new modern hotel in Singapore for many years. Long gone.

    Next came Malaysia Hotel (later Marco Polo) at Tanglin Circus:

    Also now gone and replaced with Condos:


    Last edited by ombugge; August 24th, 2014, 05:37.

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      #32
      Up to abt. mid-1970s there were two Supermarkets along Orchard Road. Here is Fitzpatrick's:

      Long gone, both the building and the firm.

      Here is what is in it's place, Luck Plaza:


      Further down along Orchard Road was Cold Storage:

      Singapore's premium Supermarket for MANY years. It is still there, in the basement of Centre Point. Now just one among many Cold Storage outlets around the island and beyond.

      In the original pics from 1970 there are two distinct buildings on the right:


      The low building in the forefront is Wisma Indonesia, which housed the Indonesian Embassy. It has been replaced by this one, Wisma Atria:


      The green block further back was Ngee Ann Apartments. Here is the monumental building replacing it, Ngee Ann City:

      One of the two tower blocks:


      This was also a house along Orchard Road in 1967, but I'm not able to pinpoint it's exact location:

      In any case, it is LONG gone.

      This is just off Orchard Road at Somerset:

      Maybe not so easy to make out,but the old restored building sits between two blocks of the same development, with a glass section connecting them above. If you cannot tear things down, build around. (Or in this case, above)

      That should do for a small but well known part of Singapore.

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        #33
        WAOW... I love where this is heading! So many of those places, I have been to myself: Ngee Ann City, Lucky Plaza with all it's Filipino visitors, and naturally, and Tang's...

        This thread makes me want to go back to Singapore: had I been given the chance to work there, I would have jumped at it right away. Whilst living in Bangkok, I used to visit Singapore quite often. Last time I was there, I spent a week there for an Asian Real Estate Congress. Got to meet one of the biggest developers of Singapore, and his entourage... got his card and a promise that if I ever wanted to try the Singapore experience, to give him a call... Unfortunately, I never jumped at the chance.

        Interesting also to see the rain canal and to learn the fact that it's actually still there, thought beneath the street.

        Does the canal cope well well with the longest lasting and strongest rain showers during the monsoon, or does the streets sometimes flood?
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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          #34
          Loved these photos---I did a LOT of walking up and down Orchard and it's neat to see what it used to look like.....

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            #35
            Not to give the wrong impression, there some older buildings remaining in the Orchard Road area.
            This Emerald Hill, which is a few steps away from Orchard Road proper:

            Some of the pubs there are popular among the the Expats living here:


            But not many tourists finds this place, since the entrance from Orchard Road are "blocked" by a touristy place mostly frequented by tourists:


            A bit further down along Orchard road is a few "preserved" shop houses - Cuppage Terrace. Now with a covered outdoor area which doesn't entirely stay in style:




            The old Killiney Road Post Office is just off Orchard Road and open until 9PM on weekdays and to 5 PM on Sundays. This is to cater to the many tourists and philatelists who are in town only for a few hours on stop-over:

            (Newly renovated. Now with a F&B outlet occupying half the space.

            Here is the drainage canal where it is still open:


            The pipe that runs along the side is for "Newater":

            What is Newater?? It is recirculated water which has been thoroughly cleaned by membrane technique developed in Singapore. It is potable, but mostly used to mix with water in the new Marina Bay Reservoir. Connoisseurs claim they can detect if it originated from Little India, in which case it will have a slight Curry taste

            This is the lower part of Orchard Road:

            Concord Hotel (formerly Le Meridien) on the left.

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              #36
              Originally posted by pakarang View Post
              Interesting also to see the rain canal and to learn the fact that it's actually still there, thought beneath the street.

              Does the canal cope well well with the longest lasting and strongest rain showers during the monsoon, or does the streets sometimes flood?
              Yes, flooding is something of the passed in this area, as in nearly all places in Singapore. After the Marina Barrage was completed there is no tidal influence, which was the main culprit causing flooding in many low laying areas, like Chinatown etc. (I'll come back with more on this new feature, once I have been there myself)

              Marina Bay is becoming a fresh water reservoir, with even the down town area being used as catchment. The former salt to brackish water in Singapore and Kallang Rivers and low laying drainage canals are slowly turning fresh, at least on the surface. (I tasted it the other day) It will take some more time before the entire basin will be fresh, however.

              When it is operational, together with recycling (Newater) and desalination, Singapore will be self-sufficient for fresh water. No longer at the mercy of Malaysia.

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                #37
                Originally posted by ehp View Post
                Loved these photos---I did a LOT of walking up and down Orchard and it's neat to see what it used to look like.....
                A lot of people does a lot of walking up and down Orchard Road, both tourist and locals. Some appears to even do window shopping at 35 mph.

                When I first got here people walked at a leisurely pace, as is logical in a hot and humid climate like our, avoiding bright sun as much as possible by walking on the covered "five-foot way", which was/is customary part of the old shop houses:

                (This is from Little India on a quite day)

                Not long ago I read somewhere that Singaporeans walked the fastest of any big city inhabitant in the world, incl. New York.

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                  #38
                  Looking through this thread reminds me of my 2 day visit there and the tiny "taste" of Singapore that left me hungry for more! That was the first time I went with my mom on a world cruise leg...adn it was an "a ha" moment when i was walking down Arab Street and I realized I was in Asia...... oh, I would love to go back and do more window shoppingg--NOT at 35 miles per hour!!!! I have the loveliest placemats I bought on Arab street and I use them constantly and smile.......

                  That was before I found CV and and had just started blogging...so after I get through writing about the Norway trip, I will have to go pull out my photos of the Botanical Gardens....only had a morning there, and I could spend WEEKS and WEEKS in the orchids alone!!!!

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                    #39
                    Originally posted by ehp View Post
                    I will have to go pull out my photos of the Botanical Gardens....only had a morning there, and I could spend WEEKS and WEEKS in the orchids alone!!!!
                    Yes the Botanical garden is a nice lung in the near vicinity of our house and we go there fairly frequently for an evening walk, but I must admit that I have only visited the Orchid Garden once, which was when it first opened some 10 years ago or so.

                    Do you know that just about every VVIP lady that visits Singapore gets a new orchid hybrid named after her? In a couple of months there is bound to be a "Michele Obama" Orchid as well.

                    The monkeys used to be a nuisance, but they have been removed to the central catchment area and if any attempt a re-invasion they are quickly caught and sent back there.

                    There is a new Botanical Garden being created at the reclaimed land at Marina South, near the new down town and "The Sands @ Marina Bay", an Integrated Resort and Casino under construction. (I call it "Las Vegas by the Bay") Another one coming at Sentosa.
                    A new Cruise Centre is also planned there as Singapore intends to be THE cruise port in S.E.Asia.

                    Jan-Olav; both the IRs and Cruise companies are hiring. They need abt. 5000 people for each resort I heard, incl. upper/middle management with experience from the leisure industry.

                    The one at Santosa is going to have a Maritime Theme Park, I believe, with some sort of show which includes "exploding" Pirate Ship(s) that re-assembles itself before the next show. Very artificial, if you ask me, but it is probably going to be "impressive" for those who like that sort of things.
                    I think it is MGM that will be in charge of the theme park. (Some Hollywood film company anyway)

                    If you are interested in job as an actor (Capt. Blue Beard or something) I can find out more through one in my wife's family, who are involved in the construction of the thing.

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                      #40
                      To round off the Orchard Road chapter, here is a hint as to why it got that name:

                      Originally this area was a fruit and spice orchard, growing things like Durian, Rambutan, Starfruit, Nutmeg and Pepper.
                      The over sized Avocado above is placed outside the new ION Shopping Complex to acknowledge that.

                      These pieces of "Art" represent the modern stressed up people using the area:


                      Here is a tradition that has been kept up; the Ice Cream seller:

                      But he has competition from imported brands like Haagen Dazs + several Italian, Swiss and Danish varieties with stalles along the pedestrian mall.

                      On another note; how would you like to live on top of this "needle"?:

                      (Just off Orchard Road)

                      In direct continuation from Orchard Road is Tanglin Road:


                      With Tangling Mall:

                      Very popular among Locals and Expats. Not much frequented by tourists.

                      But Singapore isn't only hustle and bustle. This is the preserved China Street:

                      and this is a quiet lane at the back of the shop houses in China Street:

                      Hardly anybody know of this pearl in the middle of down town Singapore.

                      And this is what China Street used to look like until into the late 1970s:

                      This pic from abt. 1967 may not be exactly China Street, but typical of the street scene in Singapore at the time.

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                        #41
                        Whaoooww... that building referenced to as a needle! That is really not a wide building, wouldn't want to live in something so ... ehhh... skinny!

                        You stand in the middle of the room, you can touch both sides of the tower!

                        Singapore has changed over the years, seeing the old and new images, it's quite a transformation.
                        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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                          #42
                          Nature and wild life is not what most people associates with Singapore, but we do have some of it left.

                          Near our house we have a flock of C0ckatoos as regular visitors every morning and evening on their way to/from their roost. (They are no singer, I can assure you)
                          Most days it is 3-4 but some times as many as a dozen or so. I have been trying to capture them when they hide in the trees across the road, but that is not easy, at least not with my simple Point n' Press camera.
                          (Pilotdane, how do you get all manners of insects, birds and animals to pose for your camera???)

                          Today I managed to get an image of one when three of them visited during a rain storm. Not very clear but at least you can make one out among the branches:


                          C0ckatoos are not native to this part, so this is probably birds that have been in captivity, or at least offspring of such. (Normally found only east of Wallies Gap)

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                            #43
                            This is a wonderful tour through Singapore. I have never been myself, I would love to go but I don't fly too well.
                            My dad went there and brought back these.

                            Singapore Sling


                            Raffles Hotel Napkin
                            Infamy, Infamy.... They've got it in for me! Said The Laughing Assassin.

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                              #44
                              Ah yes, the Raffles Hotel, a symbol of colonial Singapore in many ways. Now a tourist attraction in it's own right. EVERY tourist has to go to the Longbar to drink overpriced Singapore Sling and throw peanut shells on the floor. Some, those who have read Rudyard Kipling, also have to take Curry lunch at the Tiffin Room on Sundays.

                              Here is a pic of the Raffles as it looked in the 1960s:

                              It was not a high class hotel at that time and fairly run down. The Longbar was in the new addition on the left and Mr. Ng was still behind the bar, making his famous Gin Sling with his son until he retired at 80 something.

                              Here is the front of the hotel today, restored to it's 1930's glory days:


                              And here is the most photographed Doorman in the world, I think:

                              Sorry, partly hidden by the Japanese tourists, eager to have their pic taken with him. (His name is Mr. Singh by the way)

                              Here is the other side of Raffles Hotel:

                              Where anybody can still wander in without and form of security.


                              There used to be another old hotel nearby, which was as good as the Raffles, if not better. The Adelphi:


                              Long gone. This is what is in it's place:

                              Another shopping mall.

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                                #45
                                Wonderful photo's ombugge, the clean streets are so appealing. I know that my father told me the people of Singapore were so nice and polite, he loved every moment there.
                                Infamy, Infamy.... They've got it in for me! Said The Laughing Assassin.

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