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A day and a half in Singapore en route to New Zealand!

Changi Airport MRT station.



Circle Line MRT station at Nicoll Highway



Welcome to a VERY wet Singapore at night.



The next day we went out exploring. This is Aliwal Street where we were staying. The hostel was pretty bad, though the staff were friendly.



Onto Beach road.



Pretty plantings. I love tropical plants.



View from the pedestrian overbridge.



The pedestrian overbridge. Very utilitarian.



Another view down Nicoll Highway.



Part of the skyline. Singapore definitely manages to have a good skyline from a lot of angles.



Nicoll Highway is a bit ugly, though.



As odd as it sounds, this type of grass is so strange to me. I'm used to the thin-bladed darker green grass, not this thick bladed waxy type grass.



MRT station entrance. I take it this area will be developed in the future as it is a bit empty now.



Skyline from a storm drain.



Lots of trees!



This building looks like an Australian 50c piece.



Seaside walk.



Apartments on the waterfront.



I think this is a stadium under construction?



That's it for now. I will be exploring the city centre, Orchard Rd, Chinatown, Marina Bay and the Botanic Gardens. This is all for the boring shots I hope, but I had to start where I started in the city! :lol:
 

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Next stage of our journey, heading to Orchard Road early in the morning.

Circle Line at Nicoll Highway.



MRT Train.



Outside at Orchard Rd.



Singapore is very green despite density.







Turtles in the middle of the city?



Gate at Istana Park





Very pretty flowers.



Decorations hanging from the trees.



The start of the commercial district.





Here the Christmas decorations get a bit much...



Roads off Orchard do not look so pedestrian friendly.





Bird says hi!



Christmas overload.







More of Orchard Road to come. :)
 

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Continuing down Orchard Road.







Some people are joining us walking around!



More crazy Christmas decorations.











Outside one of the more elite malls.





Crossing the road.



Time to get some breakfast.



Not much was open anywhere but Kaya Toast is at least a Singaporean classic with a very soft boiled egg and kopi! Yum! :D



Next lot are of Marina Bay. :)
 

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So, we press on with our journey around Singapore.

Outside Yun Kaya having had a good breakfast!







Cute red pandas on top of the bus stop sign!





Not what you expect to find in Singapore!



Shopping malls... So many of them.





Back to the MRT at Orchard Station.



The train. They are very wide in Singapore I noticed.



So here we are, it's skyscrapers galore time at Marina Bay!











Straining my neck!





View along the bay.







More shots of the rather impressive skyline.









Over the other side of the bay.







Walking into the mall.





That's it for this segment. More from Chinatown coming up.
 

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Office quarters and housing quarters seems to be very separated in this city. I guess that contributes to why there are so few people in the streets. This is city seems to be quite the opposite of Tokyo.
 

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Office quarters and housing quarters seems to be very separated in this city. I guess that contributes to why there are so few people in the streets. This is city seems to be quite the opposite of Tokyo.
I noticed the same thing. Is is not possible to walk "inside" the skyscraper cluster? So much awesome architecture, though. Was it expensive?
 

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Yeah, it does feel eerily empty at times. Singapore is an odd place in my mind. It feels like a "disneyland" in many ways. It's very nicely presented and offers a good standard of living for those who are permanent residents or citizens (less so if you are a migrant worker), but I am not sure I could live there. You are rather right, it is the antithesis of Tokyo within Asia. Tokyo is very mixed use throughout the city with shops, apartments and offices jostling cheek to cheek. Singapore is zoned, segregated and ringed by infrastructure. It's more akin to the developments here with the houses in the park than it is to Tokyo's crazed urban jungle.

You can walk inside the cluster, but it's not that interesting at street level to be honest. The most interesting parts of Singapore (I felt) are the old shopfront areas. Those come later on in my photo set from Chinatown. That area is pretty awesome.

Singapore is not so expensive - especially in terms of food and transport. Those are dirt cheap compared to Sweden.
 

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So here we go - the next lot of Singapore. Here we see Marina Bay Mall (empty) and part of one of my favourite area, Chinatown.

Starting at Marina Bay Mall.









Look, people!



Fancy shops weren't open yet, though. So perhaps that is why it is so quiet.



The "Venice" section... How twee.







Back to the MRT.



The North-East Line.



Some of the rules of the MRT. I love the "no Durian"! :lol:



Finally, here at Chinatown!



I honestly don't know why they built this ugly structure above the MRT, though. Why would they do this? It kinda spoils the area.



Interesting shopfronts.









I think this is a Indian Buddhist temple. If someone can correct me I'd be very happy on this one.











They charged for access to the temple. It wasn't impressive enough for the money.



This is it for today. More Chinatown to come including the Hawker centre of Chinatown.
 

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Next set from Chinatown.









Preparing Durian! Bit smelly, but I LOVE the taste.



Much busier and more attractive than the more modern parts of Singapore.





Back alley.



Some of the yummy desserts on offer. I really miss this kind of thing here in Stockholm.





Unattractive large road at the end of the district.



Mushrooms for sale.



Foooooood!





That ugly road again.



The overbridge.







That horrid road again.







Again...



The hawker centre.





Demonstrating knife skills.



Chinatown station again.





On to the botanic gardens in the next set! :)
 

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So onwards with our journey around Singapore.

We took the East-West line towards Buona Vista.

View from the train.





Surprisingly large amount of road infrastructure in Singapore.



The ever present flats.



Time to change lines to the circle line.



At the Singapore Botanic Gardens - the circle line MRT entrance.





Walking into the gardens.







A very tropical flavour here. I love the flora!









Butterfly!



A rather unkempt looking pathway.



Birdie!









More to come from the gardens - they are very nice indeed, and, more importantly, are free!
 

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Continuing the photo series in the Botanic Gardens.







See if you can spot my little friend on the tree here. I love the noise they make.



I liked the colours.



These look rather poisonous!



Another little insect friend here.







On with our walk.



Some unusual flora here...



Out of the park towards the neighbourhood.



Some palm squirrels. Very cute.





Evolution garden.



The evolution garden and rest of the Botanics are up next. :)
 

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Botanical garden looks very interesting, but I guess it's something you have to experience.
I guess not so many here knows that much about Singapore and Singaporians (if that's even a thing). Why exactly did you go there, if I dare to ask? Just an intermediate between flights, or were you specificly traveling there? Perhaps that gives people more to associate with.
 

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Singaporeans are definitely a real thing, and they define themselves as such (though then split off into Indian, Chinese, Malay etc).

I went to Singapore because that is where my flight went. :lol: Going from Japan to New Zealand is actually rather problematic as there are not so many routes there. It means that I have few options, and Singapore happens to be one of the better hubs. It's actually quite a nice city, but it is a disneyland as well. I love the climate - hot, sweaty and sultry (very tropical), but others might find that a bit hellish. I could actually do with a bit more weather like that now actually given how "un-summer-like" this weather is here in Stockholm at the moment.

Needless to say, I prefer the city here to Singapore. Despite having a population almost 4 times greater than Stockholm, it feels very "small" and a bit too toytown to be a real city for me. Having just come from Tokyo, one of the most amazing places on the planet, Singapore was quite a comedown! If one ever goes to Australia or New Zealand from Europe, I do recommend taking a few days to experience Singapore, though. It really is a fusion of cultures with strong Malay, Indian and Chinese influences with a veneer of Australian and British style (for example, the first Prime Minister was quite influenced by his time in Australia, but being a former British colony you notice a few similarities there too).
 

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Maybe it's the weather in the pictures, but Singapore looks a little... dare I say, bland? Maybe it's the timid color scheme of gray-white-blue, or the empty streets. I'm sure it looks better on a clear, sunny day.
 

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Maybe it's the weather in the pictures, but Singapore looks a little... dare I say, bland? Maybe it's the timid color scheme of gray-white-blue, or the empty streets. I'm sure it looks better on a clear, sunny day.
No, I feel you're right indeed. A lot of HDB flats in Singapore look a lot like miljonprogrammet areas here in Stockholm. They are not attractive. Whilst the CBD looks very nice (very high, blue glass buildings) and Orchard Road is quite nice indeed, the rest of the city isn't so stand out. Like I said, I much prefer being here in Stockholm as it feels more "alive" to me. I do like the climate more, though as the climate here is really making me quite depressed at the moment. :(

I do have more pictures of more people in the street later. It seems Singapore is a afternoon/evening city, not a morning one!
 

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Yeah, I'm in no way well versed in south Asian cities, but those massive apartment blocks that you see in many large cities in that general region always stuck me as jumbo-sized versions of Miljonprogrammet. Really quite depressing.

Hot and humid sounds like a nightmare to me. I'm awful at handling heat, especially of the humid kind. The weather in Stockholm right now isn't great, but it's only a few weeks since it was much better, and I'm sure things will improv. I'm a weather optimist. You kind of have to be in Scandinavia.
 

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Yeah, I'm in no way well versed in south Asian cities, but those massive apartment blocks that you see in many large cities in that general region always stuck me as jumbo-sized versions of Miljonprogrammet. Really quite depressing.

Hot and humid sounds like a nightmare to me. I'm awful at handling heat, especially of the humid kind. The weather in Stockholm right now isn't great, but it's only a few weeks since it was much better, and I'm sure things will improv. I'm a weather optimist. You kind of have to be in Scandinavia.
It depends, some of the blocks can look nice (think tall Hammarby Sjöstad blocks with a bit more style), but some can look like elongated Fittja blocks. Those I really, really hate.

Singapore is much more built up than the rest of SE Asia. Malaysia is very, very sprawled and single family house - same as Indonesia actually. China has a lot of the Miljonprogrammet styled development quite in contrast to Japan which goes for more individual, smaller blocks rather than mass planning. Hong Kong is... Just unique. I recommend a visit.

As for the weather, I miss humidity and heat a LOT. I never thought I would, but I'm finding it very hard this year I have to say. I don't know why the weather has affected me so much, but I think the mild winter followed by this summer currently is taking its toll - especially after the excellent spring that we had!
 
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