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    The transformation - the massive transformation of Singapore over the past decades is mind boggling, and I would guess only paralleled to the development of some places in the Middle East.

    Singapore has been changing at a rapid rate, and is continuing on the path to modernization. It is quite amazing to occasionally return to this thread and see the changes.
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      ombugge commented
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      What do you mean by; "continuing on the path to modernization"??
      Singapore is already among the most developed countries in the world and is striving to stay ahead of the pack.
      As a country without any natural resources it has bypassed all European countries GDP in terms of PPP, except Luxembourg.
      The emphasize is now on R&D and developing Singapore as a hub for arts and culture in S.E.Asia.
      A lot is done to make it an attractive place to live and work to attract the best brains and talents of any nationality, race or religion, while maintaining the reputation as a clean and safe place.
      Recreational facilities is also being developed with the same aim, not just for the local population. Everybody benefits, although not everybody understand this policy and the need for a small high cost country like Singapore to attract high end technology business and highly competent people from everywhere in the world.
      It is simple; If you come here to contribute you are welcome. If you come here to complain, we got the best airport in the world, just get on the next plane to wherever you may want to go. If you come to make racial or religious trouble you will be put on the next plane out, no choice.
      Last edited by ombugge; August 24th, 2014, 05:40.

    Yes Singapore has grown in size since it became a British possession in 1819, but especially since independence in 1965.
    Here is map of Singapore as it was in the early days of colonization. This is from 1851:

    The names that appears on this map denotes the various Chinese settlements, which was to a large extent self-governing under various clans and later Secret Societies until the 1880s.
    Some of the names is still in use in modern day Singapore, although the spelling may have changed for some.

    A tourist map of Singapore from 1968 does not show much physical changes:

    A reasonably new map, but not fully up to date:

    Singapore Port Map from 2012, showing the Port Limits and the various Anchorages within Singapore Port:


      Since then the reclamation at Pulau Tekong, Jurong Island and Tuas West has continued and land for the new Pasir Panjang 2 Container Terminal has been created.
      Here is the latest picture I have of PP2 development.
      Piling was ongoing for buildings to be constructed:

      The wharf face is being developed and stone cover placed to stop errosion:

      The first Container Cranes has been installed:

      And straddlers are arriving:

      This is already a few months ago, so the development would have got further since then.
      The contract for reclamation for a new Mega Port at Tuas West has been awarded to a consortium of the world's larges Dredging and Port Construction companies.


        Back to the old Singapore and the area to the East of Singapore River mouth.
        When Raffles arrived in 1819 a Bugis Village were quickly established at the mouths of Rochor and Kallang rivers. The Bugis, who originated from South Sulawesi traded throughout the the Archipelago and today's Malaysia. They were excellent seafarers and boat builder and are still carrying on their traditional trade with large Bugis Schooners, or Prais, much as they have for centuries. The only concession is that they now have engines and probably GPS. Here is more info on the Bugis in Singapore:

        Their village was in the traditional style and standing on stilts into the river:

        The name Bugis Village has been retained, but it has no resemblance to the original one:

        There were also some nomadic Sea Gypsies, known as Orang Kallang, living along Kallang river. Other tribes of Sea Gypsies (commonly knows as Bajau) lived in their boats at other river mouth and some of the outlaying island of Singapore:

        They later established dwellings and became permanent settlers:

        These last pictures are not from Singapore, but shows typical Bajau boats and villages that can be found all over Indonesia and Malaysia and as far as the southern part of Burma:

        Descendants of the Bugis and Bajau are still here but now counted and integrated as part of the general Malay population in Singapore.

        Here is some more on the Bajau People:


          The Bugis established boat building yards and the Hainanes set up their kampong in the area to farm and rear pigs for their catering business.
          In the early 1970s the mouth of Kallang River looked like this:

          Merdeka Bridge and Nicolle Highway connected the east coast area and the central business district.

          Numerous small boat yards catered to the market. They built and repaired wooden boat of all kinds, from large Tongkangs:

          And Sampans, also known as "Bum boats":

          Later they also built launches that carried people to/from ships at the roads:

          Charcoal traders also established their warehouses along the rivers. Charcoal arriving from Sumatra by boatloads:


            Further to the east, along G*ylang river and at Tanjung Rhu was more small shipyards, but these was not restricted by and bridges and could thus cater to larger vessels.

            The nearest yard on this picture was Union slipway at Tg. Rhu:

            It belonged to a company I worked for and we beached the wreck of Slogen here in 1967.

            Vosper Thornycroft had their yard here, as did Singapore Slipway and Engineering (Later Singmarine):

            They repaired small Warships and later built Offshore Vessels for European Owners, incl. Bugge Supply in Tonsberg, Norway.

            Tg. Rhu is now transformed and contains only condominiums:


              The original civilian Airport in Singapore was at partly reclaimed land between Kallang and G*ylang Rivers:

              It was originally just a flat and round area, allowing landing and take-off in any direction:

              But later an air strip was constructed:

              Singapore National Stadium was constructed on the former airfield in the early 1970s:

              It has now been demolished and replaced by a new one:

              ​More to follow.


                Kallang River, G*ylang River and Rochor River is now purely for recreational purposes, with the banks being parks for most parts:

                These pictures were taken a few months ago at Kallang River mouth:

                Dragon boat at Kallang Basin:


                  I'll take a little break from the Singapore Port, Old and New thing and post some pictures from Sentosa, which we visited earlier this week.
                  ​I haven't been to Sentosa for several years and the changes there is tremendous, not all for the better in my opinion.

                  Not much surf along the beach at Sentosa. No problem, we will make an artificial surf that is the same year around and all day:

                  If that is not your thing, rent a.... ( I don't know what to call it):


                    The biggest development on Sentosa is the Resort World Casino and Universal Studio Singapore.
                    Here seen from the waters of Keppel Bay:

                    Neither the Casino nor the rides at Universal Studio was of much interest to us:


                      We visited the Maritime Museum and Sea World Aquarium in stead.
                      This is a replica of an Omani Dhow which was actually sailed from Muscat to Singapore and given to the museum.
                      Name; Jewel of Muscat: :

                      The building method is clearly illustrated here:

                      It is basically an open boat with a light cover as deck:

                      No steering gear and no auto pilot here:

                      Two thunder boxes served both crew and passengers:


                        Next to the Aquarium, claiming to be the biggest in the world:
                        It is difficult to get good pictures due to the glass and the blue tint on everything. Here is the result of my effort without text:


                          Last edited by ombugge; May 21st, 2015, 11:26.


                            A semi-completed replica of a boat type I'm not immediately able to identify. (No plaque either):

                            This one was also laying afloat, but did not look like it was receiving much attention or maintenance:

                            A typical trading Junk of the type that the early Chinese migrants arrived on from Southern China in the early days was also laying afloat and neglected.
                            ​Sorry the pictures I took of that one somehow got lost.

                            Sentosa has become too much Las Vegas for me, but it appears to be popular among tourists and locals alike. Crowds are everywhere.


                              Originally posted by ombugge View Post

                              If that is not your thing, rent a.... ( I don't know what to call it):

                              it's called a water jetpack Ombugge,as far i know.
                              best regards Thijs