Waking up to Singapore

That was it. My last day in Singapore. The best way to to spend my last day in Singapore was to walk around the Marina Bay in the early hours while it was still dark and warm.

Since I arrived in Singapore in the evening three days ago, I have been telling myself that I have to walk from my hotel to Marina Bay Sand – the ultimate destination in Singapore for the moment. I could see the buildings from my room. It wasn’t far.P1120796I was planning to walk around the bay and back. Looks easy from the picture until I decided to take a detour and walked to “Gardens by the Bay”. Not a problem when there are things to look at but that was a very, very long walk. It was worth it the pain and good for my legs. P1130038P1130041As I kept walking, I was waiting for the sun to break the dawn but it was a long, long wait which never came until I was back in the hotel.P1130063P1130066P1130076The sun was still trying to break from the dawn. Looking out to the horizon, I imagined that I am in a different country. The Gardens by the Bay is an amazing man made gardens with “The Supertree” structures – eventually looking like a tropical tree 22 metre high. There are 2 conservatories shaped like a shell with plants and flowers from different parts of the world. The entire area looks amazing. That is what Singapore is good at – turning their vision and master plan into reality. This is truly a masterpiece of a man made garden.P1130099 P1130102P1130084There were a group of enthusiastic photographers waiting for that perfect light for their best shots of the Supertrees.P1130094Every single plant and tree has its position, including a couple of “fallen” palms to make them looked like they have been wind swept to the ground.P1130131 P1130120I am intrigue by this unique tree with clump of pods growing out of the trunk. I will be interested if any reader know what it is.

There was a sea of runners that morning around Marina Bay. It looked like a fund raising charity event. It was challenging to walked in the opposite direction to the crowd. Every step of the way I did my best not to to crash into them.P1130154Marina Bay master plan redevelopment was massive with new skyscraper office buildings and waterfront hotels. There is something about walking along the waterfront promenade that connects from one end to the other end of the city. It is relaxing and interesting at the same time. In every places that I have been or lived in, I make it a point to walk along a waterfront promenade taking in the view and atmosphere of the surrounds.P1130204 P1130162P1130192 P1130188Not far from my hotel, there is a historical water fountain dated back to 1882 known as the Tan Kim Seng Water Fountain. It was relocated from its previous site at the Fullerton Square to its current site at the Esplanade. I am glad to see a bit of history still intact and not being demolished to pave for another high rise building.P1130209

That was how I spent my last day in Singapore. I enjoyed my 2 overnights stay in Singapore. However, the experience didn’t change my view on Singapore. It is a world class city with stunning skyscrapers. As a tourist, there is nothing here for me to experience or to take home. It is like any other major cities in the world with a “cultural deficiency” in comparison to her neighbours – Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam.  Singapore has her version of Chinatown, Little India, Arab Streets and street arts graffiti but the districts are like a movie set, rather than organically homegrown. It is too perfect and too well planned and layout. But, as a world class city, it has all the ticks and a hallmark of one of the best city in the world, very well governed with zero tolerance to corruption and clinically clean!

3 responses to “Waking up to Singapore

  1. Pingback: Chinatown Singapore | Singapore Tourism Australia

  2. Nice photos, Victor. If I do go to Singapore, I’ll follow in your footsteps. I love a good achy walk. 🙂

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