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    The new cruise center is interesting, but I had problems making out what it all were... maybe when it gets closer to completion, I'll be able to see how/what/where.
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      The first of the two Integrated Resorts and Casinos (IR) under construction in Singapore had a bit of a trial opening during Chines New Year, although a lot of construction is still going on. The first three of five hotels are open for business, but the Universal Theme Park is still awaiting final approval and certification. Even so there was a 90 min. long ques to be allowed in for a first look. (No rides operating)

      Here is a view of the Resort World IR as seen from across the water:


      Even the Taxi Stand looks like something out of Disneyland:


      The Main entrance to the Casino Hall:


      Inside one of the hotels:






      And some outside shots:




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        The Second IR will be opened in a few week. (27. April I believe is the date set) There have been a few pics of this one earlier in this thread.
        Here it is as seen from Downtown, across Marina Bay some months ago: (In Aug. last year)


        This is the view from the opposite side, taken two weeks ago:

        The Tower Blocks, containing a 5000 room hotel, and the Roof Garden is nearing completion. The roof of the low-rise Casino and Convention Centre section can be seen. There is still some major construction work going on around the place.

        This illustrate the "tons of money" the Owners expect to make from the project once it get fully operational, later this year:

        How they are going to fill 5000 new rooms, and find enough suckers to make this pay, I don't know. Singaporeans have to pay a S$ 100 levy just to get in.

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          Amazing new images from Singapore: reminds me, it's time to rethink a visit to the tiger city again!
          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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            Originally posted by ombugge View Post
            The ongoing construction project I'm curious about originate at Pasir Panjang, near Alexandra Road junction and extending for several km. out into Western Anchorage in direction towards Pulau Bukom and the Southern Islands.

            I'm still VEEEERY curious and irritated that I haven't been able to find out.
            I have finally found out what is going on at Western Anchorage. It is a new Container Terminal being constructed to increase the Container throughput above the 30 mill. TEU/Year which is the approx. capacity now.

            There is no immediate need for more, but the Singapore way is to be ready, not wait until congestion sends ship to other ports.
            The older Pasir Panjang Wharf has been closed down and will be redeveloped.

            Here is some pics of the ongoing construction, taken last Saturday:

            This shows clearly the heap of sand stacked up to stabilize the soil:

            The two U-shaped structures are the movable building halls where the elements are constructed.

            They are then skidded onto this "contraption", which takes them out in the harbour, ballast down and float the elements out:

            (This pics is older and has been used before in this thread)

            The elements are then anchored to await their turn:


            There are a lot of elements all ready to go:


            The Elements will form the wharf face and base for the cranes. They will be ballasted down on prepared seabed and filled with sand.
            The area inside will be reclaimed and used for Container Storage.

            As far as I understand, this will be similar to the existing Pasir Panjang Container terminal, seen here in a GE view, which is a few years old:

            Ships are able to berth on 6 "sides" at PPCT, with large storage area between. (I was there a couple of weeks ago and took a few pics, which I will post later)

            I have seen some plans which indicated that the new and existing development would form a large "T-shape", but I believe that has been changed to two large "U-shaped" and separate terminals.

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              Originally posted by pakarang View Post
              Amazing new images from Singapore: reminds me, it's time to rethink a visit to the tiger city again!
              Singapore is know as the Lion City, but you may be thinking of the beer???

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                Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                Singapore is know as the Lion City, but you may be thinking of the beer???
                Maybe a tad too much Tiger made my mind long for something else...
                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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                  Singapore - Garden City

                  For many people Singapore is seen as a "concrete jungle", which is what it looks like here:


                  But it is far from the actual fact. Singapore prouds itself of being the Garden City, with green lungs and trees everywhere, even along bustling Orchard Road:


                  In back streets of Tiong Baru housing estate from colonial days:


                  Along main roads:


                  And along drainage canals:


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                    What is even less known, even among Singaporeans, are the "Inter-park Connector" system, which enable you to walk from one park to another on secluded paths. There are presently abt. 100 km. of such paths ready, with plans for another 100 km in the pipeline.

                    Many of these paths are at the sides of rivers and canals. Here from Kallang River:


                    Industrial buildings at one side of the river:


                    Housing estates on the other side:


                    With flotsam collectors across the river:


                    This is from Singapore River/Alexandra Canal:




                    The Inter-park Connectors are not enough used, in my opinion. Most of the people seen walking, jogging or bicycling on the paths is Expats.
                    Here is a link to a site explaining the scheme: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.p...tors&Itemid=74

                    If you look at a map of Singapore you will also find the large Central Catchment Area, which is primary and secondary jungle for most part and cover some 20% of the land area. This is large enough to sustain some wildlife, such as monkeys, wild boars, snakes and lots of bird species: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.p...d=46&Itemid=75

                    There are also Marine Reserves in the Southern Islands, Sungai Buloh Wetland Reserve and the more or less untouched Pulau Ubin in the Johor Strait.
                    Large area on the Northwest coast of Singapore Island and Pulau Tekong in Johor River mouth are also largely undeveloped, but is used as military training areas and off limit to civilians.

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                      It has always amazed me how much ahead Singapore appears to be, when compared with for example nearby Bangkok.

                      Bangkok is an old city, while Singapore is a modern yet historical city.

                      They are so different, almost like day and night when it comes to cleanliness, modern infrastructure, traffic related problems and green parks.
                      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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                        Singapore, the Garden City

                        Time for a bit more bragging about Singapore, the Garden City.

                        Just about every overhead bridge or flyover have flower beds on either side. Here is a few examples.
                        First a very long pedestrian bridge across Bukit Timah and Duneran Roads and Bukit Timah drainage canal:


                        The same overhead bridge seen from below at Duneran Road:


                        Even the supports are covered with creepers:

                        The creepers are not native to Singapore or the region. The storey goes that former Prime Minister Lee Juan Yew had seen these creepers on one of his travels to Africa (or was it South America?) When he returned he instructed the National Park Service to import and plant these creepers as shown here.

                        Another pedestrian crossing. This one at Thompson Road:



                        This one has bouganvilla of various colours for better effect.

                        I couldn't find a good pics to illustrate that, but nearly every road divider and road side has some form of greenery, flowers or trees:


                        Or all of the above:

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                          And just to brag some more, many places has covered walkways to shade you from the sun and rain:

                          Especially important today since the sun is in Zenith here now, heading North.

                          More details. There are this type of "nobbs" at nearly every traffic light and obstacles to warn the blind of the danger:


                          In addition, all pavements are sloped at every crossing for easy access by wheel chair users:


                          Here is a lift landing in a commercial building:

                          The lift buttons have been lowered for easier reach by wheel chair users.

                          Maybe somebody have something to learn from Singapore???

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                            When it comes to city planning, planting of green trees and flowers, smart solutions, and invention, I think it's pretty hard for any city around the world to even come close.

                            Singapore always look, and have always as long as I can remember, made itself like not only a clean city, but a safe and good city.
                            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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                              Wonderful Ombugge. What a great photo-essay on the delights of Garden City Singapore .
                              A trip to see your city would be a business trip “jolly” that I would actually be delighted to see our town planners sent on ! There is so much to learn from Singapore's example of big city new development.

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                                Singapore wild life

                                Singapore still have some wild life and a lot of birds.
                                Here is a few pics taken near our house close to the city centre.

                                What is this, a snake??? :


                                No it's got legs:


                                Looks quite fat. Maybe somebody miss their cat:




                                It is a Monitor Lizard, which is common to this part of the world, incl. Singapore. I have been observing one, which is regularly seen around this same canal, for quite some time. But this is a new one to me, only abt. 3 1/2 ft. long, while the one I have been watching for some time is now at least 5 ft. from snout to tip of tail.

                                Monitor Lizards are territorial so, unless this is a female, there is bound to be a fight.

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