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    At the same time demolition of another building was under way in the same area:


    Now all down. Only a heap of rubble remains to be cleared:

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      The final installment re: demolition.
      The valuable timber has been collected by a buyer. Now the rubbish wood is being cleared:




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        Fascinating update to your demolition-site view, ombugge, and a video too!
        There is indeed cause for a moment’s reflection when a tree is suddenly gone “after 50 years or so growing big and strong” as you so aptly put it. It so happens that a tree here in Edinburgh that figured several times in my two years of daily photographs was recently felled – also in connection with clearing a site for building.
        You’ve now motivated me to start putting together a compilation of photos of that story for a more appropriate thread!

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          i've looked the video's of the traffic,i believe that only the right of the strongest applies.
          i think that your'e be save ,is beeing a truckdriver there.
          best regards Thijs

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            Singapore was about to drop off the first page at CVF. Time to do something about that.
            On 17. May we played tourists and visited some of the sights around Marina Bay.
            Here is a few pictures taken during a short walk, from Clifford Pier to the Esplanade, starting with a video of a Dragon Boat out training:
            http://youtu.be/L0ijat7CAqY

            Clifford Pier, now part of the Fullerton One complex at Marina Bay, has got a few additions.
            First, a floating pier for kayak and canoe paddlers:


            And a new bridge to the rest of the complex along the water front:


            This round floating restaurant is also new to me:

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              Then a panoramic view around the bay, starting with the New Down Town, at what used to be Telok Ayer Basin:


              The "Play area" and board walk at the Westen end ogf Marina Bay:


              The now famous Marina Bay Sands Resort and Casino:


              The MBS Convention and Exhibition Centre (formed like a lotus flower), "Singapore Flyer" and the "Floating stage":


              A view along the front of Fullerton One, with Marina Central:

              The Esplanade "Theater by the Bay" just visible on the left.
              Last edited by ombugge; May 20th, 2013, 06:44.

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                Although the entire Marina Bay, Singapore River, Kallang River and Geylang River now forms one large Fresh Water Reservoir, it is not "dead". Here is some of the activity seen in Marina Bay.

                "Numerous" River Cruise boats playing the tourist trade, around the bay and up Singapore river to Clark Quey and beyond:




                Now they are all made from GRP, with electric propulsion. The old wooden sampans with smoky and polluting diesel engines are all gone from here.

                Dragon boats are training in the bay:

                (There is also the video in #883 )

                Sail boats are available for rent:


                Cruise boats and Sail boats in harmony:
                Last edited by ombugge; May 20th, 2013, 07:29.

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                  Then there is the garbage collecting boats doing their business throughout the reservoir area, not just the touristy part:


                  Another one coming down river:


                  Here is the reason why they are needed:

                  Singapore may have strict laws against littering, but not everybody complies. "Natural" floatsam is also collected.

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                    The Merlion is as popular among the tourists as ever:


                    No space is wasted in the Merlion Park. Here is a Starbucks under the bridge that carry the FI track back to the padock:


                    There is also a Spanish Bar and Tapas Restaurant under there:

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                      Andersons Bridge across the Singapore River should also be well known to those following F1 races from Singapore:


                      Marina Cenral and the Esplanade (better known as the "Durian") as seen from Andersons Bridge:


                      And from Queen Elizabeth Walk:

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                        Queen Elizabeth Walk has always been a popular place to go for a stroll, at least as long as I can remember:

                        It used to have a popular Hawker Centre, know as the Satay Club, in my young and tender days.

                        The park between the walk and the Padang is one of the oldest and most mature in Singapore:


                        It contains several monuments, among the this one, which is dedicated to Singapore's own War Hero, Lim Bo Seng:




                        The monument is guarded by four of these majestic Lions at the base:

                        Very fitting since Singapore is also known as "Lion City". (Singa = Lion, Pura = City, or town, in Sanskrit)

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                          The War Memorial is also situated in the Park at Queen Elizabeth Walk:




                          Another fine example of old things being preserved in Singapore is this fountain:


                          I only took picture of the plaque commemorating the latest restouration:


                          Placed here in 1925, but originally created in 1857 in memory of a donation by Tan Kim Seng to build a safe water supply for Singapore.

                          He was also the founder of Tan Tok Seng Hospital and many other institutions in Singapore and Malacca: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan_Kim_Seng

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                            A look back along Queen Elizabeth Walk, towards the "New Down Town" and Fullerton Building:


                            And a view towards MBS across the bay:


                            To round off this short walk in the park, a look into the new park around the Esplanade Theater.(The Durian):


                            A not so artistic display is these "cows", made from plywood or something, and the GRP "hearts" hanging in trees all over the place:

                            I don't know why, but somebody may be able top enlighten me???
                            Last edited by ombugge; May 20th, 2013, 07:56.

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                              What a spectacular and interesting display of images, Ombugge. Used as I am to seeing and enjoying your photos of the older parts of the city and also the business side of the waterfront activity around Singapore, this series shows a yet further side. It is like looking at a completely new town just recently completed, from garbage boats to the Merlion via Starbucks-under-the-bridge. (We'll forget the plastic cows.)
                              I do like the "underpinnings" of that Esplanade bridge, by the way - very elegant.
                              Thank you also for the explanation of the city's name, I had not known that before.
                              Ivy

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

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                                Thanks for these new images from me too Ombugge. Ivy – after seeing your enthusiasm for the newer additions to the London cityscape where we met, I know that you would appreciate this side of the Singapore scene, and these images bring back happy memories of my F1 trip there. There have been many changes even in that short time period though –I don’t think the concept of “new town just recently completed” is in the Singaporean mind set! …always something changing and new!

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