Sunday, 12 February 2017

Exploring Singapore - the CRD to Marina Bay

Rather like Hong Kong, the real feature of Singapore is the skyscrapers wrapped around a harbour area. So this is what is most attractive to wander around and photograph. Having been to a museum I was now going to go back into the commercial district to meet an ex-colleague who had joined a law firm out here. But first plenty of photos.

I turned up at my ex-colleague's offices looking as shabby and sweaty in a t-shirt and shorts as you would expect from someone who had spent all morning wandering around in high humidity. I confess at one stage I was concerned I wouldn't even be granted admission to his smart offices' waiting room. But succeed I did and it was lovely just spending an hour with the young man chatting about his move from London to the other side of the world, and what life was like as a lawyer at an American firm in Singapore.

 We had lunch in Lau Pa Sat, which is a market now totally devoted to endless small food stalls selling delicious quick meals to hungry office workers. The structure is formed from cast ironwork shipped from Glasgow in 1894. Thought you would want to know that.

I liked this advert for a Korean Mexican restaurant.

This extraordinary structure houses a science museum

The Marina Bay Sands hotel

The Fullerton Hotel

 This is the Helix Bridge, the world's first double-helix curved bridge. Obviously the sort of thing civil engineers would go weak at the knees over, but even for an ignorant tourist, an enjoyable structure to admire.

 My long walk round the Bay brought me to the Gardens by the Bay. This is a truly amazing park, all built on reclaimed land. It makes Singapore worth visiting on its own. There are two colossal greenhouses - more on next page - but even more striking are the "supertrees", artificial trees covered in orchids and climbers. They do seem more fitted to the cover of a science-fiction novel.

 Below is the Flower Conservatory. Interior is in next entry.

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