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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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    Singapore's General Election 2020 will be held 10. July:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...d-eld-12862530
    With Nomination Day on 30. June and 09.July being a "Cooling off Day" that leave ample time for campaigning.
    No name calling, personal insults, false statements and promises, or any religious or racial slurs during rallies please.

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  • ombugge
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    Yet another opposition party has been register in time to contest the upcoming General Election, which is on hold pending end of "curcut breaker" and other restrictions due to the present situation that make holding an election difficult:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...nited-12788676

    The splintering of the opposition into many small and competing parties ensure PAP yet another win. (Due to the "first past the post" election system inherited from the British)

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  • ombugge
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    Idle Cruise ships put to good use in Singapore, where foreign workers are most vulnerable to Corona virus infection:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...vered-12763660

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  • ombugge
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    Short of land, yet want to secure food supply? Here is the Singapore way:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...r-sfa-12724560

    Other rooftops can be used for Solar Panels:
    https://www.todayonline.com/singapore-ramp-solar-energy-production-2030-hdb-rooftops-have-solar-panels-2020

    Available space can also be found on the water reservoir.

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  • ombugge
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    Anybody have any memories about or from Goodwood Park Hotel in Singapore:
    https://cnaluxury.channelnewsasia.co...rsary-12592550
    If so, please share them here.

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  • ombugge
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    Singapore took grip early, closing the border to travelers from Hubei and other affected provinces of China, HK, and S.Korea at first sign of the Covid-19 epidemic and reactivating the precautions implemented during the SARS epidemic in 2003-4, thus limiting the number of cases early.

    Now there problem is that this has turned into a pandemic, affecting the whole world- Singapore, being a major travel and shipping hub and an open society, with people from all over the world living and working there, is experiencing a second wave of infections, both imported and locally transmitted.

    An efficient health service and extensive testing is still able to keep track of most sources and contacts, but no 100% any more:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...gpost-12585664

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  • ombugge
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    Singapore is getting greener with some innovative new buildings:
    https://techfunny.yolasite.com/metho...XZzpgaP3gsSAgU

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  • ombugge
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    The newest MRT line, the Thompson East Coast (TEC) has just started service, but only between the three northern stations so far.
    Here is the latest variety of the MRT network map FYI:

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  • ombugge
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    It is good to be home. Will post some pictures when time permits.

  • wherrygirl
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    Somehow, Ombugge, it is good to see you back in Singapore. Let's have some more photos while you are there.

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  • ombugge
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    No it is minced pork with some herbs and spices. Here is how to make the Cantonese version:
    https://www.allrecipes.com/video/108...entType=Recipe
    A vegetarian version also exists, but that is not to my liking.

  • yvneac
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    This dish sounds yummi. What is it ? Vegetables?

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  • ombugge
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    It is good to be home. We have been in Singapore for 3 weeks and have been busy catching up with friends and family as well as visiting favourit place and eating favourit foods.
    Even if it has been slightly less than 3 years since our last visit the are notable changes to be seen and explored, although most of it is more big buildings, more shopping centres and numerous new eating places with more and more fancy food from all over the world.

    But thanks heaven a lot is also the same, where we can get traditional food in familiar surroundings, like here in People's Park Hawker Centre:


    Where I still get my favourit Singapore beer; Anchor (still at SGD 5.20 per big bottle):


    And fried dumplings from a stall we have frequented for years:




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  • 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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