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  • ombugge
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    This is Singapore

    I said some time ago that I would start a thread called "This is Singapore".
    Well here is first installment.

    I have found a lot of pictures of Singapore scenery's taken mostly in the 1960s, with some maybe a bit older and some a bit newer.
    Yesterday I eventually got around to take my simple "Point n' Click" camera along on a walk to some of the places featured in the old pictures to see if I could capture the somewhat same view as it is today.

    To start it off, I went to a place I remember from my first visit to Singapore as a "Green Horn" in 1959 and which I have always remembered as the typical Singapore of that time:

    I have had a copy of this picture on my office wall for some time.
    This in New Bridge Road on the Left and Eu Tong Sen Street on the right, with the most prominent building being the Great Southern Hotel on the right.

    There is a Storm Drain between these two parallel streets, over which various shacks were standing on "stilts", serving as shops. The drain also served as open sewer for these shops. (You could smell Singapore before you could see it in those days)
    At night there were Street Performers of all kinds, Indian Snake Charmers and Chinese Snake Oil sellers etc. and thriving food carts selling just about any kind of food you could think of.

    Here is the same scene now, taken from the pedestrian bridge between Chinatown Point and People's Park Centre:

    Surprisingly many of the original buildings are still there, since this the "preserved" Chinatown is to the left.
    The Great Southern Hotel, which is now a China speciality Shop is still there:


    As is the Majestic Theater, which is now a Shopping Centre:


    What is also still there, but hidden by the large and ugly structure on the right, which is People's Park Complex, is the old Pearl Hill Police Station:

    No longer in use but gazetted as a historical building and thus to be preserved.

    The old Police Barrack is still in use for something. (I'm not sure what):

    These two building can be seen and recognized on the old picture.

    The tall building in the distance is part of Singapore general Hospital and still there.

    On the other side of the street is a mixture of new and old as it is part of Chinatown, what little is left and preserved:

    The old Storm Drain is still there, but partly covered (as seen above)

    In the other direction it is still open, but no longer used to throw garbage:

    If anybody do they are liable to a fine of up to $1000.

    More like this when time permits.

  • ombugge
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    A Ghanaian man that offered bribe to an officer at the airport to be allowed into Singapore got what he wanted, but only for 2 weeks:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...rport-12083346
    He was unlucky. He could have been allowed to stay for 2-5 years, with free bed and board in Changi.

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  • ombugge
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    Way back here I posted something on the wildlife bridge across Bukit Timah Expressway, which have been there for a decade or more now.
    A second such bridge will soon be ready across Mandai Lake Rd. as part of a larger scheme called Eco-Link:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...ridge-12068608

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  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    This years Deepavali decorations in Little India:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPI2EFnqBZg
    So beautiful decorations... Happy Diwali everyone!

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  • ombugge
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    This years Deepavali decorations in Little India:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPI2EFnqBZg

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  • ombugge
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    Singapore is rated as the most AI ready major city in the world:
    https://www.oliverwymanforum.com/cit...is-saying.html

    And Singapore Port is the most prepared port in the world:
    https://www.porttechnology.org/news/...e-is-ai-ready/

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  • ombugge
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    In 1979 PM Lee Kuan Yew started the "Speak Mandarin" campaign to counteract the then predominance of using Chinese dialects by the Chinese to communicate between themselves, which caused a split not only between the races, but also between the Chinese population originating from different provinces in Southern China and living in separate "kanpongs" at the time.

    These dialects (Hokkie, Teochew, Cantonese, Hainanese and Hakka) are not mutually understandable, which made "Pasar Malay" or "Singlish" the media for communication between the dialect groups, while Malays and Indians communicated internally in their own languages and in Malay or English with Chinese Singaporeans.
    English was and is the language of education, public service and business and spoken by the vast majority of Singaporeans of all ages. (ALL under the age of 50 today)

    With the opening up of China it became clear to the visionary Lee Kuan Yew that to speak, read and write Mandarin would give Singaporeans an edge, while maintaining English as the main language of education and business, which he succeeded in but maybe too well, hence the speech by PM Lee Hsian Loong today:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...loong-12024398

    While he strived to make Singapore a ****geneous society, he also wanted each ethnic group to maintain their own culture and language, but being at least bilingual.
    He therefore also mandated the teaching of "Mother Tongue" in primary and secondary schools, based on their ethnic background.
    I.e. Chinese = Mandarin, (regardless of dialect group), Malays and others Austronesian speakers (Indonesians etc.) = Bahasa Malayu, Indian = Tamil (no matter which Indian ethnic group they come from)
    Eurasian would be judged by which language they spoke at home. "Others" would be exempt, unless they requested one of the offered "Mother Tongues".
    his is still the case today, but English has taken over more and more among all ethnic groups.

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  • ombugge
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    Three well known bridges across Singapore river has been gazetted:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...elgin-12002676
    Surely those who have visited Singapore at some time would have cross these.
    Anderson Bridge is also well known from F1 Grand Prix Races. The race track cross this bridge just before making a very sharp turn onto Esplanade Drive.

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  • ombugge
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    If you are in Singapore then, set off some time to see the first flight of a Flying Air Taxi over Marina Bay:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...a-bay-11976410
    Not the first flight ever, nor a commercial flight, but at least historical for Singapore.

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  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    It's only 90 days to X-Mas. Time to get ready. Here is a preview of this year's decorations along Orchard Road:
    https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia...-2019-11938538
    That looks beautiful in the proposed images... Europris has also, here in Norway, already started selling Christmas things.

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  • ombugge
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    It's only 90 days to X-Mas. Time to get ready. Here is a preview of this year's decorations along Orchard Road:
    https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia...-2019-11938538

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  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    Santosa will be upgraded (again). Together with Pualu Brani, once the Container Terminal shuts down, it will be one big recreational area for Singaporeans and visitors to ernjoy:
    'https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...y-gsw-11927258
    Any comments on this great /glorious development??
    I too, didn't know about this big Merlion. At first sight, it's just a concrete statue in my eyes, not particularly "beautiful". Never seen it in real though.

    Impressive redevelopment they are planning: they are so ambitious and so looking into the future with beautiful structures, buildings, walkways and attractions. I wish we could get a little bit of Singaporean thinking into our city council here in Trondheim for example. They are a big step above the level here in Norway.

    In Trondheim now, the bus-system has been ravaged and there are endless traffic jams around town. Buses don't stop in designated bus stops anymore, they all stop in the middle of the road and the traffic jams behind is sooooo long. Emergency services are seriously delayed behind these buses .... because, it's way more important that the bus is first in line, and that nobody can overtake them, than the lives of the people inside the ambulance.

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  • Seagull
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    Phew ...for a moment I thought they were talking about moving the Merlion in the park across from the Fullerton! I didn't know there was a big one on Sentosa. Didn't get there, so haven't really any comments on further development plans there.

    Needless to say I am watching Singapore on TV a lot this weekend!

  • ombugge
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    Santosa will be upgraded (again). Together with Pualu Brani, once the Container Terminal shuts down, it will be one big recreational area for Singaporeans and visitors to ernjoy:
    'https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...y-gsw-11927258
    Any comments on this great /glorious development??

    Leave a comment:


  • ombugge
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    Sitting on little stools outside on the pavement with traffic, both of pedestrians and motorbikes threading their way between cars, while enjoying your steaming hot bowl of Pho and ice cold Saigon Beer. What better way to get to know Vietnam?
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