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    Here is a well know building; The Concourse:

    If you watch BBC News from their Singapore studio this building stand out in the background many times.

    Sunteck City may also be well known to BBC watchers, as that is where they had their studio until recently:

    There are still some green spots, even in this part of town:

    National Library building in the background is known for it's award winning architecture.


      Back to preserved town and shop houses in the Beach Road/Kg. Glam area.
      The main attraction is the Istana Kg. Glam. Previously the Sultan's Palace, now the Malay Heritage Centre:

      Then a well preserved and maintained shophouse, now used as a backpacker hostel:

      Some details:

      The name is VERY typical Singaporean:

      Here is a typical "5-foot Way" at a Townhouse near by:

      A Townhouse in panorama view. (Too long to get it in one view otherwise):

      Now used as offices.

      Not all shophouses have been as well preserved and maintained though:


        Singaporeans love TLAs. Here is an example from one of the MRT stations:

        Don't ask for a "translation", I have absolutely no idea.


        • PoloUK
          PoloUK commented
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          Only just found this post - sorry!

          BTN is Botanic Gardens, CDT is Caldecott station. So I think you were on the Circle Line.

          HW is headwall, TW is tailwall - headwall is the end of the platform that the train 'head' or front stops at, tailwall, is the end of the platform that the back is at.

          OT is 'outer track' I believe. I believe that's how they distinguish between the two lines of the circle.

        One more sign, this one without TLA.
        Seen in a park that is VERY little frequented by anybody:

        Maybe nobody go there because of the smoking ban??
        No, it is situated near a road little pedestrian traffic and now next to a construction site for a new MRT station.


          Where does umbrellas come from?? They grow on trees in Little India of course:


            The rare and almost extinct umbrella tree.....

            So, that is where the money for the rainforest fond of Norway is sent - to cultivate umbrella trees in Singapore.
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              If I haven't said it before I'll repeat it here; western press in general and American press in particular has got a lot to learn about Asia.
              In this case Hollywood's portrayal of Singapore in a TV series pretending to be based on true stories and facts is getting a "talking to" by South China Morning Post:


                Singapore may be the most densely populated country inn the world, but a lot is done to maintain the "Green" image:


                  Singapore is the world's leading Shipping Centre again:


                    In my young and tender days Kampungs were where Singaporeans lived. Now there are NONE.

                    Yes they were racially segregated. Even the various Chinese Dialect groups lived in separate Kampungs and could not communicate with each other, other than in Pidgin English, or Bazaar Malay. (Mandarin as a common Chinese language came later)

                    At least there are some remnants of the old Kampungs to be found in the Central Catchment Area and a few other wooded areas, but few Singaporeans even know where they are:

                    Today most Singaporeans live in HDB block, which is racially and dialect wise integrated by Law, go to the same public or private schools with English as the media of education and in some cases cannot even speak Dialects any more.

                    I'm getting old.
                    Last edited by ombugge; May 1st, 2017, 15:00.


                    • Seagull
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                      Absolutely super link Ombugge - thank you, just my sort of thing.

                    Is this a good idea or too much of a "nanny state"??:
                    The problem of people being more occupied by their mobile phones than their own safety is nothing special for Singapore. It irritates me no end.


                      If you want to understand Singapore what is making it so successful as is is/has been and have 45 min., watch this interview:


                        "Flatted Factories" I believe is something near "uniquely Singaporean":
                        The idea was floated as part of the drive to move the population from Kampungs into housing estates, which took away possibilities for work on farms and small time trade for especially housewifes. By having light industry within the estates this gave opening for them to do part time work, yet fulfill their traditional duties at home.

                        Of course it also involved establishing child care centres within the estates as well:


                          Welcome to a Michelin Star adorned Hawker Stall in Singapore:
                          It is not the only one, believe it or not.


                            On this year's QS World University Rankings NTU (#11) has overtaken NUS (#15) as the best University in Asia for the first time:

                            Both of Singapore's premier Universities are far above any other Asian Universities, Tsinghua University in Beijing being next at #25, with only one European University (outside UK) being ahead of NTU.

                            Here is this years ranking:

                            PS> Scandinavia does not rank between the top 50. The best is University of Copenhagen at #73, Lund University at #78 and University of Helsinki at #102.
                            The top ranked Norwegian institution? University of Oslo at #142. NTNU in Trondheim appears at #259