Life, Singapore

Random pictures about the life and people in Singapore.

Marina Bay Sands Skypark

The SkyPark is open to the public and from there you have a 360 degrees view of Singapore. Unfortunately the infinity pool is for hotel guests only.

However the rooms are not that expensive as you might think. A night in a double room is about 240 euros.

I’m sorry for some shaky pictures but I had to share the tripod with my sister 🙂

Marina Bay Sands

The Marina Bay Sands is a luxury hotel with 2500 rooms and suites. It includes a SkyPark at the top of the three towers with an 150 meter infinity swimming pool, the world’s largest outdoor pool at 200-meter height. Nearby is the ArtScience Museum.

It is one of the most complex structure ever built with distinctive sloping towers as steep as 26 degrees by internationally acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie. If you are interested watch the 10 minute video of Moshe Safdie which was part of the competition submission to the government of Singapore.

Sentosa Island

Sentosa island is a nice and entertaining island in the south of Singapore. There are many attractions, hotels, the Universal Studios, a Insect Kingdom, a Butterfly Park and many more…You should reserve one or two days if you have time.

We went there by Cable Car and started our trip from the top of  Mount Faber. It takes longer than by car but the view is worth the time.

If you like taking macros of insects and butterflies you should go to the Insect Kingdom and the Butterfly park.

Many beaches and bars make it easy to relax after a busy city day. You can go for a swim and enjoy a cocktail in the Cafe del Mar. It’s really a nice spot.

Clarke Quay by Night, part 2

This time I went just for the sake of taking good night pictures. With my tripod, a camera and a lot of time I made these pictures. Exposure times were always in the range of 30 seconds.

Jurong Bird Park

A nice one day trip is visiting the Jurong Bird Park.  It is a kind of zoo but only for birds. It’s the world’s largest area of it’s kind with more than 8000 birds, representing more than 600 species.

There are large walkthough aviaries with waterfalls where you can see the birds in their natural environment. The African Waterfall Aviary is the world’s tallest man-made waterfall. The water plunges 30 meters over a natural cliff.

The variety is big, as you can walk the Fuji Hawk Walk, see the African Grassland, the Flamingo Lake, the Pelican Cove, Southeast Asian Birds or the Hornbills and Toucans.

China Town, Singapore

This area is one of the leading tourist destinations. Walking down the streets gives you an impression of the culture, the food and the tradition of Chinese people. The Architecture mixes various elements of Baroque and Victorian styles which are very colorfully decorated in February due to the Chinese New Year.

In between the temples and parks are restaurants, shops, and various street-stalls that sell trinkets related to Chinese culture.

If you are nearby make sure to visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. There are many ceremonies you can attend and in the upper floor is a very nice library and cafe where you can read in a vast amount of books on special topics like Buddhism, religion, meditation and general Chinese culture.

Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo is about a 40 minute drive from downtown and the area of the zoo is located on a half-island. It is the only zoo in the world with the famous “open concept”, which means, that almost all animals are not behind fences or in cages but in areas divided by natural barriers. This concept is not only for animals perfect but also for enthusiastic photographers who don’t want to take pictures of animals behind bars.

There are several ways to explore the different trails in the zoo. You can choose the train, go by foot or you can even rent your own electric car. The zoo has a great variety of animals. For example is right behind the main entrance the open area for the Orang Utans. They climb freely on the trees and are not kept in cages. Beside the Orang Utans you can see the white tiger, zebras, lions, apes and lot’s of exotic birds.

The zoo also offers a lot of opportunities to eat and drink. Beside some restaurants you can find small cafes and snack bars along the main tracks.

In my opinion the Singapore Zoo is one of the most beautiful zoos I’ve seen so far. When you walk through you really don’t have the impression that you are in a zoo and that – I think – is the whole point. The environment for the animals should be as natural as possible. I would definitely recommend a visit there!

The Botanic Gardens, Singapore

I already mentioned the Botanic Gardens in my post about the National Orchid Garden which is inside the Botanic Garden. It’s a perfect place to take pictures of various plants and animals in a quite and relaxing environment.

Clarke Quay by Night

The hotel were we stayed was right around the corner of Clarke Quay, a historical riverside quay located in the Singapore River Planning Area.

Today the area contains many restaurants and nightclubs and the warehouses were restored beautifully. The area is very lively in the evening and you should visit the pubs and bars for one (or two) cocktails.

During the day Clark Quay is also a starting point for various River Cruises and River Taxis.

National Orchid Garden

The National Orchid Garden which is located on the highest hill in the Botanic Gardens is a must see for flora lovers and photographers.

The Botanic Gardens were built along a 3-Core concept. The three cores are

  • Tanglin which is the heritage core retaining the old favourites and charms of the historic Gardens
  • Central which is the tourist belt of the Gardens
  • Bukit Timah which is the educational and recreational zone

The Orchid Garden is located in the Central Core along with the also very interesting Ginger Garden.

Identifying these flowers isn’t so easy for a beginner. I just managed to find the category of each orchid but I’m still not sure if everything is correct. You have to take the shape, color, pattern and size of the bloom into consideration. Further more there are many mixes and hybrids which makes it even harder to find the correct names.

Chingay Parade 2011

The word “chingay” is from the Hokkien dialect, meaning “the art of masquerade”. Hokkien dialects are spoken in southern Taiwan and by many overseas Chinese throughout Southeast Asia.

The festival began as a neighbourhood parade with only Chinese elements in 1973. Today, the Chingay Parade has evolved to be the grandest street and floats parade in Asia, showcasing the rich, vibrant multi-culturalism of Singapore and exciting cultures all over the world.

The parade takes place on two evenings next to the Singapore flyer. I went there on both evenings to catch some shots of the diverse people and costumes. Although there were thousands of people the festival and atmosphere was without stress and squeezing crowds. This is just one of the positive aspects I noticed in Asian countries.

Little India

Most major cities have their Chinatowns but Singapore also has a Indiantown or better a “Little India”.

It is a very colorful and lively area with lot of eateries and cheap hotels for backpackers. It’s a nice way to get a feeling of the indian culture and life because there are some famous temples there which you can visit. One is the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. It’s a hindu temple and is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali.