Lone angler in the East Coast region of Singapore


The majority of Singapore's residents live and work in high-rises


Singapore Botanical Gardens


A campaign against Communist rule in China


The hot climate has lead to a proliferation of places when one can sit and eat outside


Hainanese chicken rice, one of Singapore's national dishes, involves mixing the rice with chicken stock


Chinese scones


East Coast Park, a 20km-long park in Singapore


Drumming course for senior citizens only at the local community centre


The 20km long bike and inline skating track in East Coast Park


Ships waiting to refuel or pick up/unload cargo at one of the busiest ports of the world




View from the top floor pof Swissotel


Central Singapore


Open-air escalator in Fort Canning Park; this might be going a tad too far in modernising the city...


Please keep away from unstable coastline


Fish head curry, one of Singapore's signature dishes


Five stars


Welcome all races


Food in Singapore is cheap, good and varied due to the mix of cultures present in the city


Many locals eat at such food halls, where a multitude of regional Chinese, Malaysian and Indian cuisines can be sampled




Indian restaurant in Little India


Golf course overlooking MacRitchie reservoir


People chatting outside a doctor's surgery


Lone bench


The eastern neighbourhood of Joo Chiat, where a lot of old buildings have been preserved (which isn't typical of a Singapore district), contains a lot of eateries like this one


Singapore doesn't really have seasons, it looks pretty much like this year-round


MacRitchie Reservoir




Cheeky macaque scrounging food off people


Huge market in Little India selling every conceivable thing, including these<BR>protein sausages. Yummy.




The Ministry of Manpower; Singapore's heavy investment in human capital since independence from Britain has lead to its high standard of living


Macaque on the boardwalk by MacRitchie Reservoir


The forests surrounding Singapore's reservoirs are also home to 3m-long water monitor lizards and 'flying' snakes (they're a lot less easy to spot than the macaques though).


A subtle office for the boss


Office worker in the CBD


Despite their relatively high age, all (or at least most) public transport vehicles and taxis are air-conditioned which makes the outside temperatures and humidity bearable


The East Coast can be reached by taking a taxi (they're cheap, though can be more expensive depending on the time of the day, the route, etc.)


One of the very few remaining old buildings on Orchard Road, the main shopping street of the city


A myriad air conditioning units stacked onto one another to keep Boat Quay's preserved old buildings cool


Paya Lebar MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) station


People on a pier in East Coast Park with the Port of Singapore's myriad cranes in the background


Families and friends


Pouring down; the bottom two floors of the gray building opposite form a massive food hall with hundreds of food stalls


Outside Paya Lebar MRT (Mass Rapit Transit; Singapore's underground/rail network) station


Paya Lebar


Locals coping with Singapore's fickle weather


In spite of the heat and humidity a lot of locals use MacRitchie reservoir's nature trails for jogging


Since in Singapore there is a scarcity of freshwater (just like most other resources), the densely built-up island has a fairly large water catchment area in the middle with several reservoirs and primary rainforest surrounding them


Abundant rainfall causes certain trees to grow up to 40m high (the height of a 13-story building)


A sultry day


I was naive to believe the drying clothes wouldn't be drenched by a tropical rain within a matter of a few hours


In the fairly prosperous, non-high-rise neighbourhood of Siglap


Back alley


Despite the suffocating heat and humidity (Singapore is about 130km from the equator and has a tropical climate) these guys had lung capacity to sing in impeccable English, never missing a beat - and obviously enjoying it.


Singapore became an important trading post of the British Empire in the 19th century and its port is still one of the busiest in the world


Evening by MacRitchie Reservoir


Taking a nap in the shade


Practising tai chi


Tai chi is a martial art often practiced in the western (and probably also in the eastern) world because it's considered beneficial to health


Impossibly tall (by European standards, that is) tree in the Botanical Gardens


East Coast Park is a popular place for families on weekends, who come here to enjoy the seaside, do barbecues and cycle along the bike track


Tropical rain in Paya Lebar


View from Pearl's Hill City Park on a gloomy day


Despite the fact that it's densely populated, Singapore is extremely green due to the high amount of rainfall


Handy makeshift umbrella


View over Singapore from the Equinox Bar on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford


Singapore at dusk


Life on the East Coast


Singaporeans have a no-nonsense approach to signage; as the local joke goes, it's a fine country because you can receive a fine for a very long list of offences, including breaking the country's infamous chewing gum ban




Old Hill Street Police Station with its colourful windows is now home to the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA)


Despite the fact that the large majority of the residents are Chinese, official signage is primarily in English only; use of the language has been heavily promoted by the government since independence.


Pork with preserved vegetable, crispy roasted chicken, red bean sago making workshop at the local community centre


The Siglap Community Centre is a treasure trove of education, from western flower arrangement to children's comics


Meditation under the bridge connecting the Civic District with the CBD (Central Business District)

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