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Singapore Island Asian Lion City

June 25, 2014 by David Herd

Singapore Island Asian Lion City, the name Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura or (Sanskrit, literally Lion City), hence the customary reference to the nation as the Lion City. 

 Art Science Museum 

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 Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the iconic lotus design features 10 ‘fingers’ or ‘petals’ each revealing different gallery spaces, with skylights illuminating the dramatically curved interior walls.

Marina Bay Sands Resort

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 Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is the world’s most expensive building, at US$ 5.7 billion, including the cost of the prime land.

View from the Ritz Carlton

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Marina Bay Sands dominates much of the Singapore skyline, this view is from the front door of the Ritz Carlton.

Towards the end of construction

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One of the world’s most amazing developments in Singapore Asia’s Lion City.

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My friend Hamish Elton took this from the 70th floor at Equinox restaurant in April 2016. Equinox is rated 48th out of 7,819 by TripAdvisor.

Spectacular at night

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It’s difficult to decide what is more spectacular, night or day. The Equinox is on the 70th floor of the Swissotell The Stamford. Use this link to book a room and get a huge discount, you will probably pay around $215 usd.

Singapore Skyline

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Very few cities in the world have as many modern skyscrapers as the Lion City, Singapore.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel

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 The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore is a stunning jewel-like addition to the dazzling Marina Bay waterfront. Alongside spectacular views of the bay and Singapore skyline, the Hotel provides legendary service and embodies contemporary luxury and refined elegance.

View from The Fullerton Bay pool

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Here I am at the Fullerton Bay pool which has a stunning view of Marina Bay Sands Resort.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel

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This is Lantern At One Fullerton  at the Fullerton Bay, nice place to see the great view of Marina Bay Sands Resort, drinks are very expensive & the beers were not cold enough. $19 a beer &  for a white wine, a 3 pm the price drops 20%.

My friends at the Fullerton Bay Hotel

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Anne, Steven & Mary at the Fullerton Bay Hotel, very expensive drinks & warm beer.

Marina Bay map

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Chinatown

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 The area between Pagoda Street and Smith Street has been tarted up considerably for tourists, but workaday Chinatown continues south and east, merging seamlessly into the Central Business District. Tanjong Pagar is the unofficial home of Singapore’s gay community, with many watering holes in restored shop-houses, while Club Street caters more to the expat and yuppie crowd with small, intimate eateries offering excellent (if pricey) Western fare.

Buddha Temple

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 The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (BTRTM) is a religious and cultural institution in Singapore’s Chinatown. It houses a relic said to be a tooth from Buddha. The BTRTM is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha and was built for the veneration of the relic, to promote Buddhist culture and education, and provide welfare services to the public.

Singapore condo

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According Annual Report 2013, out of 3.818 million resident population (Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, as June 2012), 3.166 millions live in HDB apartments, this means 83% (non-residents are not allowed to own HDB apartments but they can live in apartments owned by a resident spouse, also they are allowed to own apartments in private condominiums taller than 6 storeys but not landed houses or apartments in low-rise condominiums). This means average family size of 3.42 residents per apartment and 27.4 sqm per person. For comparison, in 1968 were in average 6.2 people per apartment (average flat size I estimate around 40 sqm). Many HDB owners are renting rooms or entire flat to foreigners, there are NO official statistics about how many non-residents live in HDB apartments. According Yearbook of Statistics 2010, Singapore population including non-residents is 5076700 living in 1180500 dwelling units (HDBs, condos, private flats, landed houses, others), of which 76.3% are HDBs, this means a nationwide average of 4.30 people per dwelling unit, if the average would be same for HDB, it would mean 22 sqm per person.

Suburban Singapore

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The view from Steve & Anne’s condo, the Regency Park, will give you an idea how the well off live in Singapore. Their luxury apartment is a large 4 bedroom 4 bathroom condo close to the city center, a mere $6000 per month.

The Nostalgia Hotel

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If you would like a reasonable price hotel in the Lion City, around $120 in a central position near the markets check out the Nostalgia Hotel, for a very good rate go to my AGODA link.

POLICE CANTONMENT COMPLEX

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  Singapore Police Force.

Fullerton Hotel from Boat Quay

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 Boat Quay is a historical quay in Singapore which is situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River on its southern bank. 

Victorian London Pub at Boat Quay

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 Even in Singapore’s volatile nightlife scene, few places change as quickly and frequently as those at Boat Quay. Now though, among the mainstays and the seafood restaurants, a new wave of bars has kicked off a golden age for the iconic belt of shop-houses.

Boat Quay is all about food and pubs

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Friday & Saturday Boat Quay really pumps, there are so many places to eat and drink. One of the favorite places in Singapore for expats.

Boat Quay biker

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I’m not sure if he was a Fink, a Bandito or a Hell’s Angel, but you could see him coming a mile away. 🙂

Huge lunch at the Ritz Carlton

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It was a birthday celebration for my good friend Steve Bates.

Here I am at Boat Quay waiting for a 2.5 kilo crab

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        Singapore has the best chili crab in the world. Many thanks for visiting my Singapore Island Asia’s Lion City photo blog.

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