Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia

Sunday, April 29, 2018

LAST DAY IN SINGAPORE

We arrived home from Singapore last month but so many photos to sift through and save for a photo book and blog. On the last day we had free time. Our friends and direct neighbours, Sue and Trevor and us teamed up to go sight seeing. Unfortunately, it was raining but we still went to walk the Henderson's Wave Bridge. It's a wavy bridge spanning a forest and we had great views of the city.


 There are no slums in Singapore. The government provide public housing for those who can't afford a private home. These coloured towers in front are public housing blocks there were hundreds of them.

 Then we spied the cable car going to Sentosa Island. So we walked up to the top of the hill and boarded the cable car, which Bill was pleased to see it was made in Switzerland.

Our friends and neighbours, Trevor and Sue.

 We swung over the water between the mainland and Sentosa Island. The channel gets smaller each time we come to Singapore because they are reclaiming land. The harbour is one of the busiest in the world with it being a gateway to Asia. There are always many, many vessels waiting in the harbour.

 Flying over a docked cruise ship.

When we arrived at Sentosa Island we caught a free bus which takes you all around the island. There are stops along the way where you can visit the beaches or the many attractions including amusement parks and a huge casino. 

We stopped for a coffee and a chat with some locals.

 In the bus we passed the huge Merlion. The Merlion is Singapore's icon. It has a lion's head and a fish body. Merlion means 'sea lion' and represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Tamasek which means 'sea town' and its original name Singapura meaning 'lion city.' The original sculpture of the merlion is in Marina Bay but this huge 37 metre tall replica on Sentosa was made by an Australian artist, James Martin.

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful scenery. I like that the government provides free housing to those who cannot otherwise afford it.

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  2. Your photos are looking good Diane, you have come a long way over the years :)

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  3. Wow, wish we had seen that view of Singapore when we were there, spectacular. It sounds like you had a really good time despite the weather. Thanks so much for sharing the photos. Take care, t’other Diane

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  4. Enjoyed your trip photos immensely Diane. Great pics!

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  5. I like the wavy bridge and the city is beautiful.

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  6. Hello, I would like to walk on the Wave Bridge and go on the Cable Car ride. Great views of the city! Your trip was amazing, wonderful photos. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week!

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  7. You made a wonderful tour, nice to see and read about Singapur, I never have been to. The cable car ride is amazing.

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  8. what a wonderful trip you had and thank you for sharing your amazing travels and beautiful photos :)

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  9. While I like where we live, I am somewhat envious of your community living and the social experiences it gives you. And who would have thought of a communal trip to Singapore.

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  10. It must be one of the few countries in the world that can boast that all its citizens have somewhere to live.

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  11. Gosh it's been a long time since we took the cable car overcrowded Sentosa ! How incredible about the government providing public housing. Every country should do that!

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  12. Great views of the city from the cable car. And how wonderful that the government provides public housing for those who can't afford it.

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  13. Singapore is really amazing in all aspects.
    I think every famous World city can learn something from
    the city planners of Singapore.

    Not that Gosford, NSW is famous but I would think it has the most
    "Brown Bag" group of Councillors in the World. They plan disaster
    after disaster for the Developers!
    Oh to just have one Singaporean Councillor here!
    Great report of your Singaporean adventure, Diane, or should that be
    umpteenth Singapore adventure????
    Cheers
    Colin

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  14. Indeed another trip of a lifetime you two! Such fun!

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  15. I see fun in the pics. It is very interesting to see the sights of Singapore!

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  16. Awesome photos. We have housing for most of our poor though a few individuals seem to be drifters and prefer it.

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  17. Hi, I've enjoyed seeing all of your Singapore pictures... What an awesome place... I'll never get there I'm sure --so I am thankful to you for sharing your trip with us...

    The Merlion is amazing.... I have heard of it --but never knew that it was the head of a lion and the body of a fish... Interesting.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  18. The cable car ride looks amazing, such views!

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  19. You have the best adventures! Knowing the French word for 'sea', I would have thought merlion was a sea lion like the ones we have on the Pacific Coast. (Basically they look like huge ... really huge ... seals, but they are a different animal). Very interesting to see the statue and learn about Singapore's icon.

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  20. Ha ha..... spotted something made in Switzerland.

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  21. You are true travelers -- what's a little rain when there are places to go and things to see?! The cable car was a novel way to sightsee and the wavy bridge was something different. I bet as much fun as it was you are glad to be home for a bit.

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  22. Thanks so much for your kind comments on my blog. I really enjoy to come here and relax and see your photos and your travels. I love that bridge. I really like to see your places as I can't go anywhere at all so you are a window of the world to me.

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  23. Glad that a rainy day didn't stop you from going on the bridge tour, Diane, as I we would have missed seeing the great views from that cable car. What a great way to get some overall views of the harbor.

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