HOT AND HUMID, BUT TRULY EXCITING! – SEPTEMBER 2005
Singapore is one of my favourite stopover destinations. Whenever travelling to or from Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, I would always try to spend some time in Singapore. The only negative aspect for me is the climate: so hot and humid, that it makes a simple short walk a painful experience... Hence, strolls are only possible at night, and still...
The first version of this post was published on October 2, 2005; and it emerged as an answer to Clarence, who made the suggestion to put some text next to the pictures. It was the starting point of Blogtrotter as it is today...
"BOAT QUAY, situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River on its southern bank, is a historical quay and was the busiest part of the old Port of Singapore. Actually, it was the starting point of Singapore’s success as a business hub.
Today, Boat Quay is a pedestrian mall with restaurants, pubs, cafes and clubs. The Parliament House, the Empress Place Building along North Boat Quay Promenade, and The Fullerton Hotel is what we can't see in the picture"
"BOAT SIGHTSEEING - 32º centrigrade+98% humidity = night sightseeing. Tourists suffer!"
"THE MERLION - a lion head with a fish body resting on a crest of waves - was designed in 1964, and quickly became Singapore’s icon. Measuring 8.6 metres high and weighing 70 tonnes, the Merlion body was made of cement fondue, the skin from porcelain plates and the eyes from small red teacups. Designed by Fraser Brunner, the lion head represents the lion spotted by Prince Sang Nila Utama when he re-discovered the city in 11 AD, and named it Singa Pura, which means Lion City"
"CLARKE QUAY - Named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore's second governor, Clarke Quay had been the commercial centre, from where lighters would transport goods upriver to the warehouses"
"CHANGI AIRPORT is my favourite airport. Incredibly clean - one could have a meal on the floor - , with a perfect air conditioning system, and incredible First and Business lounges..."
"FUTURE HAPPENS: Airbus A-380 at Changi Airport Gate F-31, the first gate to be prepared to receive the Airbus Super Jumbo!"