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Some more postcards from Singapore

As I was going through my photos, I was tempted to do just one more post about Singapore. This is a random bunch of pictures from different parts of the city.

 

The Singapore River

The river has always been very important to this island country – it was through this waterway that Singapore’s founder Sir Stamford Raffles sailed in from the sea. Apparently, the river was absolutely filthy until the 70s, after which a massive clean up project was undertaken, and the rest is history. The riverside, along with the Marina Bay artificially formed at the mouth of the river by land reclamation, is home to some of Singapore’s most iconic sights.

A bumboat on the Singapore River

A ‘bumboat’ on the Singapore River

The Fullerton Hotel by the Singapore River.

The stunning Fullerton Hotel at night. It used to be Singapore’s General Post Office earlier!

The iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the Merlion park.

Marina Bay Sands and the Merlion

Little India
Singaporean Indians (a huge percentage are Tamils) form one of Singapore’s largest ethnic communities, and Tamil is one of the country’s official languages. Little India is full of Indian shops and restaurants.
Little India

A multicolored Chinese villa in Little India

A Chinese villa in Little India

One of its occupants is a restaurant called Andhra Curry!

Abdul Gafoor Mosque, Little India, Singapore

The Abdul Gafoor Mosque built by Muslims who came to Singapore from South India

Chinatown

Raffles divided Singapore into portions and sort of segregated the areas by community. Chinatown, was the neighborhood that the ethnic Chinese were allotted.

Lanterns at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. The sacred tooth relic is a tooth from Lord Buddha’s cremated remains.

The Avalokiteshwara Hall in the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Chinatown, Singapore

The Avalokitesvara Hall in the Tooth Relic Temple

The Thian Hock Keng Temple in Chinatown dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of the Sea

The Thian Hock Keng Temple dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of the Sea

The Thian Hock Keng Temple in Chinatown dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of the Sea

Inside the temple

Shophouse architecture
Chinatown is full of beautifully restored shophouses. Shophouses are common in Southeast Asia with shops in the lower floor and houses in the upper floors.
Traditional Shophouse architecture in Chinatown, Singapore
Chinese masks in Chinatown, Singapore
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Cafes and Boutiques in restored shophouses on Ann Siang Road, Chinatown, SingaporeAnn Siang Hill, ChinatownAnn Siang Hill, ChinatownAnn Siang Hill, ChinatownAnn Siang Hill, Chinatown 
Check out some more incredible shophouse architecture in my photo essay on Kampong Glam, Singapore’s Malay and Arab Muslim neighborhood.
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The colours of Kampong Glam, Singapore

While in Singapore, I stayed in the incredibly vibrant Kampong Glam neighborhood. It includes a bunch of very famous streets like Haji Lane, Bali Lane, Bussorah Street, Arab Street, Kandahar Street etc. Kampong Glam was traditionally the area where the island’s Malay and Arab Muslims lived, and even the Sultan of Johore had his residence there. The place just overflows with color and creativity. It has a very energetic and modern vibe, but you  still know you’re in a place with a history. It was easily my favourite part of the city, and I thoroughly enjoyed walking around taking pictures. Take a look! (Hover over the images to see which street I shot them on)

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Singapore on Instagram

My 2015 began with a week in Singapore. I’m still sorting out the photos I took there, but the pictures I shared on my Instagram kind of sum up my trip. So I thought I’d start by sharing some of them here – all taken from my phone.

 

This is Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore. And behind him, the city he created. This is at the Raffles Landing Site by the Singapore river, the place where he arrived when he first came to Singapore.
Raffles Landing Site, where Sir Stamford Raffles first arrived in Singapore
This is the Singapore river, with the Cavenagh bridge running across it. That beauty in the background is the historic Fullerton Hotel. It used to be Singapore’s General Post Office!
The Singapore River, the Cavenagh Bridge over it, and the Fullerton Hotel
A bunch of colorful tropical fruit juices in a market. I was outdoors all the time and walking a lot, so I was always ready for something sweet and hydrating.
Tropical Fruit Juices in Singapore
Check out this Honey Dew Sago. It has slices of honeydew melon with sweet cold coconut milk and colorful sabu dana on top. You can get the same thing with other tropical fruits too. It’s pretty filling, so I had it for lunch one day. I *think* this is vegan and it’s very very yummy.
Honeydew Sago
This frothy milky tea is called teh tarik in Singapore
Teh Tarik, a milky tea sold widely in Singapore
Roti Prata – a Singaporean Indian dish. Sort of like the Kerala parathas we get here in India. SO DELICIOUS!
Roti Prata in Little India, Singapore
Ice Blended Milk Tea. After the first sip, I thought EWW. After the second sip I was like HMMMM. And after the third, YUM! This was at a cute little place in Chinatown called Nanyang Old Coffee.
Nanyang Old Coffee, Chinatown
Beautiful restored houses on Emerald Hill Road. If you’ve been to Singapore, you’ve probably shopped at Orchard Road. This lane is just off Orchard Road – and it’s another world altogether.
Restored terrace houses on Emerald Hill Road behind Orchard Road
Restored terrace houses on Emerald Hill Road behind Orchard Road
Restored terrace houses on Emerald Hill Road behind Orchard Road
The beautiful Abdul Gafoor Mosque in Little India:
Abdul Gafoor Mosque
The beautiful architecture of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Chinatown, Singapore
Chinatown has many calligraphers who’ll paint your name, dry it and frame it for you in just 5 minutes. It’s fun!
A Chinese calligrapher in Chinatown, Singapore
The Singapore Flyer is SO. MUCH. FUN. Check out the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel on the left, seen from the top of the flyer.
Marina Bay Sands seen from the Singapore Flyer
This is the Helix Bridge leading to Marina Bay Sands.
Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Sands