Singapore

Singapore – The first day

Finally arrived in Singapore :)

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. It lies off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and is 137km north of the equator. The country’s territory consists of the lozenge-shaped main island, commonly referred to as Singapore Island in English and Pulau Ujong in Malay, and more than 60 significantly smaller islets. Singapore is separated from Peninsular Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to the north, and from Indonesia’s Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to the south. The country is highly urbanised, and little of the original vegetation remains. The country’s territory has consistently expanded through land reclamation.

Wow what an organized city…the weather is not the best, but still I went on to explore the city…Made my way to the river with the ferry wheel (the flyer) in the background…

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and on the way I found the actual Singapore formula one track…

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The actual skyline is at the bayfront station..the famous hotel, the Marina Bay Sands, and the ferry wheel are the two landmarks of the inner city center…

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However, the blue sky is still missing :/

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Last but not least the symbol of the Singapore..MERLION

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The Merlion is a traditional creature in western heraldry that depicts a monster with a lion head and a body of a fish. In Singapore, it has become a marketing icon used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore.

The merlion—a statue with the body of a fish and the head of a lion—occurs in a number of different artistic traditions. Lions with fishtails can be found on Indian murals at Ajanta and Mathura, and on Etruscan coins of the Hellenistic period. Merlions, or ‘heraldic sea-lions’, are an established element of Western heraldry, and have been used on the coat of arms of the cities of Portsmouth and Great Yarmouth in the United Kingdom; the City of Manila; and the East India Company.

The city has some art as well..

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and a nice park at night with big ass giant men-made trees…

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sooo final advice for the day..

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bike ride home….next up…Singapore with better weather IMG_1767

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