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    Oh my goodness, that is PHAT lizzard....

    Better go out looking for the neighbors kitty....
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      It is Christmas feeling year around now:

      Since we live next to a Gingerbread House.

      This is what it looked like before this recent paint job:
      Last edited by ombugge; April 19th, 2011, 11:57.

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        Love the second shot taken during a heavy down pour... I do miss those afternoons on my balcony when the rain came down in bathtubs, sitting well inside my balcony with a cool Thai beer... Beer Thai, Singa Beer...
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          Malay Heritage Centre

          On a walk-about a few days ago we visited the old Sultans Palace, now Malay Heritage Centre.
          A few years ago it was about to fall into total disrepair, but a few million dollars in Government grants, and some community enthusiasm, has restored it to it's former "glory". (Now with Air-conditioning)




          No entry as this was a Friday, which is prayer day for the Malays

          The Palace Grounds has been made into a pleasant garden with display of old traditional Malay things:


          Some traditional fruits and herbs are grown in the garden as well:






          Nearby is the National Mosque, (Shown in another thread) and some of the traditionally Malay shop house, now restored:

          Shops are doing a brisk business on Fridays.

          Close by is Arab Street, where descendant of the early Arab settlers in Singapore still play their trade:


          If you need ANY kind of fabrics, this is the place to go:

          If they don't have it in stock they will be able to get it for you "before your flight leaves".

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            Singapore is so "shopping gone wild"...

            I'm starting to miss the weekend escapes to this vibrant and lively shopping-mecca...
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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              Originally posted by pakarang View Post
              Oh my goodness, that is PHAT Lizzard....

              Better go out looking for the neighbors kitty....
              Apparently our neighbourhood resident Monitor Lizard (Phat Lizard in Thailand?) has a wide taste for food. The other day we saw the big fellow on dry land next to a fairly large Turtle, trying to find a way to get a bite.
              We stood and watched for a while as he nibbled on the edge of the shell, with no luck.
              The turtle had wisely pulled head and feet into the shell, as they are want to do when attacked. After a while the Lizard gave up and waddled away, looking for easier pray. Unfortunately I had no camera with me that day.

              The Turtle was not there the next day, so it probably wandered away too, once the danger was passed.

              The smaller Monitor Lizzard (In post #120) has not been seen again around here. It may not have been an attractive enough female and had to find it's own territory.

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                Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                Apparently our neighbourhood resident Monitor Lizard (Phat Lizard in Thailand?) has a wide taste for food. The other day we saw the big fellow on dry land next to a fairly large Turtle, trying to find a way to get a bite.
                We stood and watched for a while as he nibbled on the edge of the shell, with no luck.
                The turtle had wisely pulled head and feet into the shell, as they are want to do when attacked. After a while the Lizard gave up and waddled away, looking for easier pray. Unfortunately I had no camera with me that day.

                The Turtle was not there the next day, so it probably wandered away too, once the danger was passed.

                The smaller Monitor Lizard (In post #120) has not been seen again around here. It may not have been an attractive enough female and had to find it's own territory.
                Our resident Monitor Lizard made a surprise appearance yesterday.
                Here it is, sitting calmly next to a 4-lane road in the middle of rush hours:


                Then he waddled off:




                This is the canal and area where we normally spot this fellow:




                A major and busy road on each side, but with greenery on both sides. Narrow on one side but some 20-25 m. wide and undisturbed on the other side, where there is ample hunting ground for one territorial lizard.

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                  As mentioned in another thread there is new viewing point in Singapore, the Roof Garden at 50th Floor, Pinnacle @ Duxton. It stretches across 8 blocks of flats.

                  It is possible to see to Bintan and Batam in Indonesia and to Johor, Malaysia on a clear day. I went there one afternoon to have a look around and take some pictures. Unfortunately this was not a very clear day and the sun was already low. Here is a first installment.

                  First a view of the Roof Garden itself:

                  Free access for residents and guests, but otherwise a charge of SGD 5 applies per person.

                  A view towards the West, with Jurong Island and Karimun (Indonesia) barely visible in the distance:

                  The tall structure on the hill is the Cable Car tower on Mt. Faber being extended.

                  Here is Sentosa and Western Anchorage. Pulau Bukom refinery in the distance:


                  Keppel Harbour in foreground w/Santosa on the other side:


                  Tanjung Pagar and Brani Container Terminals:

                  Santosa Cove and Southern Islands in the background.

                  Closer look at Tg. Pagar Terminal, which is almost Downtown:

                  Batam Island, Indonesia is visible in the distance.

                  Eastern Anchorage with the new Cruise Terminal being constructed at Marina South:

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                    Singapore Skyline from the back:


                    A closer look at the Downtown area:

                    The relatively small white building to the right houses the Norwegian Embassy at the top (44th) Floor. They used to have a panoramic view of Eastern Anchorage, but no more.

                    View towards the East:

                    With roofs of low-rise Chinatown and the tall buildings around Raffles Place.

                    View towards the North East:


                    View to the North:

                    With Bukit Timah Hill in the distance. (Tallest hill in Singapore)

                    Downtown Singapore isn't only buildings, there is still open spaces to:

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                      Absolutely stunning views and vistas! WAOW... would love to set up my camera up there some day.
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                        Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                        Absolutely stunning views and vistas! WAOW... would love to set up my camera up there some day.
                        My little pocket camera, hand held and too late in the afternoon don't give credit to the view I'm afraid.
                        With your camera equipment and skills, and given a clear day at high noon, that would be an interesting proposition. Buy Lotto!!

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                          Flowers in Singapore

                          For obvious reasons I haven't participated with any Spring Flower pictures in various threads, since we don't have any real four seasons here, only the change between the NE and SW Monsoons, and the transition periods in between.

                          The other day I went with my wife to the market, where there is an abundance of flowers, so here is my contribution:




                          We do have the Orchid Garden in the Botanical Garden, which is a very popular place to visit among tourists, but we only get to go there when we have visitors from overseas staying with us. I don't have any pictures from there.

                          There is a new Botanical Garden being constructed, not as a replacement but as an addition to the existing one.
                          It is located in Marina South, next to the new Downtown, The Sands Casino, which has just opened, and the new Cruise Terminal being built:


                          At the moment it is all Work in Progress, but the trees to be planted there is standing about, waiting for their final position:




                          This is known as "Instant trees", which cut down on the time it takes to get a mature looking tree and Park.
                          The same technique was used to prepare the East Coast Park, through which the road to/from Changi Airport is running, for the opening of the Airport in 1982. If you didn't know better you would have thought that the trees had been there "forever", while the whole thing is on land that was reclaimed in the late 60s to mid 70s.

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                            A few more new items on the Singapore scene.
                            The centre piece of the new Botanical "Garden by the Sea":

                            I have no idea what this has to do with a Botanical Garden, but it will all become clear in 2012, I hope.

                            The new "The Strand Casino" opened on 27. April at 1308 hrs. sharp (Good Fung Shui), but the rest of the complex is very much work in progress:

                            The new Helix Pedestrian Bridge is completed, leading across Marina Bay to the Casino. (As seen in this pics)

                            The Roof Garden will probably be open to public at an absorbent price, once completed:


                            From this side it looks somewhat like an over-sized Surf Board:


                            While the other end looks like the stern of a modern Cruise ship:

                            Not among the worst ar** ends in the fleet though.

                            A closer look at the all Stainless steel "Helix Bridge":


                            The underside of the Bridge:


                            And some details of the connections and design:




                            But it ends in a wall, for the time being:


                            That will have to do for now. More to follow some other day.

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                              Oh... thank you so much for those two locations!

                              I love the surf-board looking design, and that stainless teel bridge is probably one of the most wonderful bridges I have ever seen. Absolutely fascinating construction...
                              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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                                Our resident Monitor Lizard went for a swim yesterday:




                                He appears to have reached full grown size now. (Females are smaller)
                                My best guess is 5 - 5 1/2 ft. (1.5 - 1.7 m.)

                                Does anybody have the tools and possibilities to measure the size, based on this picture, taken a month or so ago?:

                                If not I'll have to go measure the fence to figure it out. (Just curious)

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