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

     

Singapore

     

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

     

Garden

     

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

     

Kids

     

Cheeky macaque scrounging food off people

     

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

     

Menu

     

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

     

Alone

     

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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