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January 24, 2018

Outside The Marina Bay Sands…

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The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is a relatively new addition to the Singapore skyline, but in a very short time has become one of it’s iconic landmarks. We took a taxi there to take a closer look. The top of the building has been made to look like a curved ship, complete with protruding bow. Most of the top section is closed to the general public and open only to the hotels guests who may enjoy not only stunning views and a treetop garden, but also one of the most amazing infinity pools in the world. There is however a section of the roof that houses an observation deck and this is open to the public. We travelled around Singapore over several days so I took various photographs of the Marina Bay Sands to try and sum up how this building looks from the outside.

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel / Singapore

January 23, 2018

Scared Of Heights? Look At The Wall…

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Travelling around Singapore, we had just passed the elephants in Little India of yesterday’s post when Little Mr pointed out something new: lifts (elevators) located on the outside of the nearby buildings. Clearly for some people the view of the streets, traffic and buildings below would make for an interesting journey, but for people scared of heights like Himself, this is far less of the “interesting” and far more of a “nightmare” scenario. Luckily all the lifts we have been in so far have been enclosed ones: if we ever have to travel on ones like these then Himself will be the one looking intently at the inside wall.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 22, 2018

Four Elephants Loose In Little India…

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We arrived in Singapore just before Christmas, there were of course beautiful lights everywhere, but when we passed by a part of Little India, we saw another sort of decoration: decorated elephants! Not real ones of course, but four large ones in a row, big enough to catch everyone’s attention. Sadly the traffic was too dense to get a really decent shot, and I would have loved to have been able to stay, stop and take a closer look. I am not one hundred percent sure if these decorations are for the western Christmas and New Year, or the upcoming Chinese New Year which falls in January, but Little India always presents amazing, eye-catching decorations, this one is no exception.

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January 21, 2018

A Trench To Go With Your Trench Coat…

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Tropical places are nothing like the stereotypical desert island where the sands are dry and there are palm trees waving over the golden beaches.

Places located close to the equator often have high rainfall and tropical rainforest conditions.

My parents lived in the Solomon Islands for almost six years.

The Solomons are located north of Australia and slightly east of Papua New Guinea.

Just after arriving my father told me that: “it doesn’t rain cats and dogs here, it rains swimming pools”. When I visited I found a deep trench all around the house and a tiny bit of guttering on the roof, directly over the door.

The funny thing about that was that apart from this one metre stretch, there was no guttering anywhere else on the building. I asked if they just hadn’t finished putting up the rest and he laughed. Apparently it rained so hard there that there was simply no point, gutters and downpipes would be overwhelmed so fast that the result would be exactly the same: water rushing off the roof like a fountain. The small piece of guttering over the door was simply to make a “smaller” waterfall for you to have the duck through. They did later add guttering to the rest of the roof, but only to try and redirect some of it into a very large rainwater tank because their own supply was unreliable.

The tank was big enough that my dad would drain it periodically, climb in to scrub out the insides and then all he had to do was wait for the next rain and it would full up to the top in less than an hour.
The chute that connected the roof to the tank could be redirected so that the water would go over the garden and down the hill once the tank was full, he said that in a decent rain shower he could even rinse the tank before filling it again. I saw this type of rain in the Solomons, in Sao Tome and in Singapore: if you have never experienced it in person it’s hard to imagine so much rain falling out of the sky at one moment, it’s like a continuous cloudburst, but it’s just “normal” rain for these places.

We are in Singapore this time when it’s not really the rainy season, but I know that normal Dutch-style drains would never be able to cope with the volumes of rain, so like many countries in the tropics, Singapore has some serious solutions to it’s serious amount of rain. Drains could be more described as “trenches” and whilst many are hidden under numerous street gates, these by the highway are exposed. Taking photographs from the back of a moving taxi is tricky at best but I managed to get some shots of some of these drains. Many walkways, paths, taxi and bus halts are covered to protect people from the torrential rains but in Singapore you need a trench to go with your trench-coat.

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January 20, 2018

Chip Flavours I Never Would Have Dreamed Of…

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There are always new things to see, do and experience when travelling abroad. Supermarkets are always a source of bewilderment, doubly so if there is a language barrier. Tastes and cuisines vary wildly and flavours popular in one country can appear bizarre in another. Nothing was more true when Little Mr and I passed by one of the smaller shops in the Suntec Mall in Singapore. On a stand just outside the entrance we spied some snacks… but I must say that “salted egg fish skins” crisps and “salted egg” flavoured chips were not too much of an instant attraction for us.

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January 19, 2018

Ice-Cream On The Run…

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The next thing that we saw in Singapore’s Suntec Mall, was a ending machine with a difference: it’s for ice-cream! Both Little Mr and I did a double take, and I’m adding it to my list of unusual vending machines, like the ones I have seen before where you can pick up eggs, or strawberries.Obviously in a tropical country there is more demand for ice-cream than in temperate ones like the Netherlands… or maybe visitors and residents in Singapore just like eating an ice-cream on the run.

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January 18, 2018

The Name Of The Game…

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Stopping off in one of Singapores many shopping malls, I spy this unusual sign for a dental practice…

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January 17, 2018

Bus Pass ? … Check!

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,Seen from: Planes Trains and Automobiles,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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I am not sure if this might be a reminder to bring your Bus Pass… but this sight in Singapore made me smile. I have never seen such an ornate display to advertise a bus company: most make do with just a painted logo on the sides, this one literally goes over the top and tries to tick all of the boxes!

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 16, 2018

Sightseeing Singapore Style…

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Getting out and about in Singapore is easy, just order a taxi or get one from a taxi rank. Public transport is cheaper, but since my mobility is limited, not so helpful in our situation. We also save time using taxi’s too. Our Singaporean friend “Velvetine” uses public transport most of the time but also picks up a local variety of Uber, called “Grab”. Apparently these can be shared for people going in the same neighbourhood or along the same route. Even though it is our sixth or seventh time in Singapore, the landscape always surprises, with new buildings abounding, alongside traditional ones. Architecture is often cutting edge, no one can say this this is a city without style. These are just a few of the views from our taxi windows…

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January 15, 2018

If Pool And Weather Were Like This…

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Of course there is one area that our kids favoured above all else (aside from Wifi) at the Swiss Club in Singapore… the swimming pool. There is also a lap pool further down the hill, we did not even walk there because this pool is about a minutes walk from the Guesthouse and the outdoor restaurant is there too. Oh, and our kids are more interested in diving off the diving board than doing laps (which are apparently for old people). During our stay we had this entire pool to ourselves more than 90% of the time. When the air temps are over 30 degrees C, and the water barely feels cold this is perfect. The centre of the pool is very deep, it gets shallower at both ends, the diving board points directly towards the deep section. I took a zillion photographs for our private family album. If only Dutch weather were like this, and we had a garden (we don’t), and we had a pool like this… I’d swim every single day.

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