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    The new condo under construction across the street has now been topped out.
    Here is what the construction site looked like yesterday:


      Singapore River and Alexandra Canal is now open and without restrictions as the old flood control gates at Kim Seng Road has been removed.
      Unfortunately the bridges at Kim Seng and Zion roads are too low for the present River Cruisers and Taxi boats to pass under.
      Here is the bridge at Zion Rd.:

      And the bridge at Kim Seng Rd.:

      The bridge at Prince Charles Crescent is low and narrow:

      But, if lower profile boats were introduced, it would be possible to go all the way to Tanglin Road.
      From there the Alexandra Canal is covered and a nicely landscaped park arranged above:

      At the moment there is a "barrier" of sort across the Canal between Delta Rd. and Zion Rd. bridges:

      It is intended to collect floatsome from the water:

      But it does not look like it is very effective and could be replaced by a collection boat or two.

      On both side of Singapore River and Alexandra Canal is walking/jogging/cycling tracks, which part of the Park Connector Network:


        The condos at Sentosa Cove may have been seen here before:

        Here is a closer look at the architecture:

        What does a flat here cost??? If you have to ask you cannot afford!!!


          The Botanic Garden has been approved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as of last week:
          It didn't take long to post the fact at the Visitor Centre:

          This picture was taken 07. July.


          • pilotdane
            pilotdane commented
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            Yea! We're trying to hit as many around the world as possible. Hopefully we can add the gardens to our list.

          More surprising news from Singapore is that a Sperm whale carcass was found at Jurong Island this morning:
          ​It is assumed that it has been hit by a ship, or by a propeller, since this is among the most densely trafficked waters in the world
          What it was doing in the shallow and congested waters of Singapore/Malacca Straits is a bit of a mystery. No large whale are normally seen in these waters.


            I think I have mentioned before that we have regular visits from Humming Birds feeding on flowers growing on our veranda. Sometime up to four and sometime a single on, but mostly a pair that is regulars. Yesterday there were three of them playing around, not only on the plants but also around the hanging lamps. Especially around a chime we have there.
            Unfortunately, when I got my camera ready they noticed me and flew away, but here is a picture of the chime at least:

            The ceramic "Birds" must be interesting to them. This is not the first time I have noticed them playing around here.

            Later on a single bird returned to feed, but fluttered around so fast it was difficult to get any good pictures, as usual.
            Hiding its head in the flower:

            That is better:

            Taking a rest to contemplate what to do next:

            Why not have a ride on the hanging lamp?:


              Construction site across the road as it looks today:


                How Singapore has become self-sufficient in water supplies by cleaning up the rivers, reusing water and effective management of a sparse resource:
                It all happened in the time I have been living here.

                Singapore is now a leader in the field of water management, with innovative methods for desalination.


                  As said in the Birthday thread, Singapore is 50 today. Anybody watching BBC World News or CNN International could hardly have missed that fact, but I don't see much coverage in other media.
                  The preparations for the big bash has been going on for months and today is the BIIIIG DAY!!!

                  The SG50 logo is everywhere and the town is just about covered in red and white everything. There are also some perks, like free rides on public transport for everybody today.
                  Unfortunately the places where you can see the parade and the fire work is likely to be VERY crowded, so I'll not be attending any of those places.

                  More interesting to me, as a member of the Pioneer Generation, is the special perks for us; reduced tax, top up of our Medisave accounts by a few hundred dollars each.
                  Here is what else is offered:

                  Rebates are offered to senior for just about everything by just showing your ID to prove that you are Citizen or Permanent Resident (PR) and over 50 years old.
                  The various outlets and shops that is offering Seniors rebate display the SG50 Seniors decal:

                  All senior citizens in Singapore received a booklet showing what is being offered by whom, how much and for how long etc. This is organized by the Ministry of Health, but the offers are by the individual companies that participate. The offer varies, both in how much and for how long the offer lasts. Some also offer different % rebate for different age groups.

                  If you have the time and inclenation, you may want to look at what CNA has to offer for the SG50 celebration:


                    Then it is over for this time. The parade went without a hitch, as was expected. (This is Singapore after all)

                    The weather was perfect; low clouds and no rain, with the temperature and humidity at a comfortable level. The only problem was that the sky divers had to cancel as they could see the target from their intended drop altitude.

                    The only other problem was that the President, Tony Tan, enjoyed himself so much that he refused to leave on cue. He waded into the flock of performers that had congregated around his car, much to the annoyance of his handlers and security. When the PM and Senior Minister saw that they also joined the fun, mingling with the crowed without security. (After all there is an election coming up soon) Luckily, this is Singapore, the safest big city in the world, so the risk was minimal.

                    My only grievance was the at fire work was not fully covered on TV as it was woven into the program at the Padang, not just an event at the end. The grand finale was spectacular, however.

                    Some may say, especially westerners, that the whole thing was too regimented and not spontaneous, like 17. May parades in Norway, (more like North Korea) but this is Asia and the show was put on for the local population who likes it that way.

                    The emphasize this year was on two things; the development of Singapore during the last 50 years and, as always, on racial harmony. All races Chinese, Malays & Indians) got equal mentioning, but religion was left alone as it not an issue in Singapore. (No religious restrictions or tension)

                    Although there are about 250,000 Westerners living and working in Singapore, (some are Citizens, many more are Permanent Residents, but mostly on "employment pass", which can be short term (2 years) or renewable for a longer time) they did not get much mentioning this year, maybe because there have been a bit of resentment against "foreign talents" taking work away from locals and also driving up housing prices.

                    When a video of the firework becomes available I'll post a link here.


                      CNA report on the NDP SG50 parade:
                      And as promised, the firework:

                      The fly passed:


                      • ombugge
                        ombugge commented
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                        For those who are interested, here is a long program shown on Discovery Channel about the history of Singapore, from Stamford Raffles time until independence:
                        The facts may be coloured by its origin, which is British.

                      There is a saying in Singapore that it never rain during the National Day Parade. The Gods wouldn't dear, because Lee Kuan Yew wouldn't approve.
                      This year he was not there, so it was a big question if the weather Gods would cooperate without him.

                      Actually, there was one parade when it rained heavily. That was in 1968 and is remembered as one of the most memorable NDPs in Singapore's short history.
                      CNA have made a documentary about that day, when the dignitaries stayed put and the parade went on in a tropical downpour. Here is a bit of it:

                      I was not in town on the day, but it was a very different Singapore then and a much smaller and simpler parade.


                        The construction site across the road as it looks today:

                        The tower cranes was removed this week and the Club house is under construction.


                          Singapore F1 is around the corner and frantic preparations are under way along the track to set up the lighting system, barriers etc.:

                          Painting markings on the road has not started yet. This is within the paddock area, so last years marking are still visible:

                          View from the finish line towards the approach:

                          The spaces has already been assigned and marked:

                          Or is that also left overs from last year??


                            Otter crossing at Gardens by the Bay:

                            A "sculpture" made by the nature, also at Gardens by the Bay:

                            Marina Barrage allows easy crossing from Marina South to Marina East:

                            This bit of recently reclaimed land is largely left undeveloped as part of the "land bank" of Singapore. To be developed at some later date:

                            I'm not sure what this building at Marina East is used for as I have never been there:

                            Some of the land Reclamation is still ongoing. The area is also used as a "sand bank". (I.e. strategic sand and gravel storage, in case there should be a shortage of such material for construction)
                            Here is some barges used as temporary piers to receive - or "export" - sand from/to other barges:

                            Most of the coastline around Singapore look like this now, protecting the new land from erosion:

                            Last edited by ombugge; August 16th, 2015, 10:43.