Martin's personal blog – Singapore

Blog content

Latest posts

Active categories:

More tags ...

By date:

Blog calendar

November 2014
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
 << Oct Dec >>
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Singapore: Marina Bay Sands (Day 5)

posted by Martin Rubli at 15:22

I could make a New Year's resolution to upload my photos in a more timely fashion, but let's face it: just like most resolutions that one would be doomed to fail right from the start.

Instead, in a long tradition of delivering my holiday photos about a year late, I'm posting the photos from our last night in Singapore that we spent walking around the harbor and visiting the Marina Bay Sands hotel.

There's really only so much you can say about night skyline photos, so the pictures will, once again, have to speak for themselves.


(untitled)
(untitled)
(untitled)
(untitled)
(untitled)
(untitled)
(untitled)
(untitled)
(untitled)
(untitled)
(untitled)
(untitled)
(untitled)
(untitled)
(untitled)

Singapore: Marina (Day 4)

posted by Martin Rubli at 12:31

We now get back to our regular program of catching up with old photos. :-)

After a quick stroll through Little India with lunch we spent most of the fourth day in the Marina area which is full of shopping malls, more shopping malls, and, yes, even more shopping malls.

Aside from shopping malls the Marina has quite a few things to offer in terms of view and entertainment, so even though the weather wasn't quite as good as the days before we had a good time. We also finally saw the much anticipated first afternoon downpour and went underground to escape it.


Delicious Indian sweets at a bakery in Little India.

Delicious Indian sweets at a bakery in Little India.

The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_of_Wealth Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City] where superstitious tourists like to walk circles for good luck while the water is off.

The Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City where superstitious tourists like to walk circles for good luck while the water is off.

View from the Marina Square mall.

View from the Marina Square mall.

View of the Marina from the Marina Square mall.

View of the Marina from the Marina Square mall.

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, a concert and theater hall shaped like a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian Durian].

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, a concert and theater hall shaped like a Durian.

The entrance to the Marina Square mall.

The entrance to the Marina Square mall.

The Marina Bay Sands - a fancy-looking hotel, casino, and shopping mall complex.

The Marina Bay Sands - a fancy-looking hotel, casino, and shopping mall complex.

Huge crowds are always gathering in Merlion Park.

Huge crowds are always gathering in Merlion Park.

Road signs for tourists in front of the Marina skyline.

Road signs for tourists in front of the Marina skyline.

When you're in the Merlion park you just have to take this picture. :-)

When you're in the Merlion park you just have to take this picture. :-)

Once again, the Merlion fountain with the Marina Bay Sands hotel in the background.

Once again, the Merlion fountain with the Marina Bay Sands hotel in the background.

Inside the Marina Square mall.

Inside the Marina Square mall.

At night there's a water and laser show at the Fountain of Wealth.

At night there's a water and laser show at the Fountain of Wealth.

This may be the world's largest fountain, but the laser show is definitely not the world's most impressive. I've seen a much cooler laser show in the Zurich train station when Microsoft introduced a new Outlook version about 15 years ago. :-)

This may be the world's largest fountain, but the laser show is definitely not the world's most impressive. I've seen a much cooler laser show in the Zurich train station when Microsoft introduced a new Outlook version about 15 years ago. :-)

Night view at the Marina.

Night view at the Marina.

The financial district of Singapore by night.

The financial district of Singapore by night.

There was a lantern exhibition for Chinese New Year while we were in Singapore.

There was a lantern exhibition for Chinese New Year while we were in Singapore.

(untitled)
(untitled)
The white building is the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArtScience_Museum ArtScience Museum] and is said to be lotus-shaped.

The white building is the ArtScience Museum and is said to be lotus-shaped.


Singapore: East Coast Park (Day 3)

posted by Martin Rubli at 15:53

On the third day of our Singapore trip we strolled through Joo Chiat on the way to the East Coast Park. We also found a few things that reminded us of home.


One of the many colorful buildings in this city. The poster series is less cheerful, however. Apparently Singapore is the only country in the world where people getting too much exercise is a big health problem. It reads:

''"Are you sports safe? Do you have a heart condition? Do you feel pain in your chest when you exercise? In the past month, did you experience any chest pain? Are you on medical prescription for blood pressure or heart condition? Do you have a bone or joint problem? Do you lose balance because of dizziness? Any other reasons why you should not exercise? If you answered YES to one or more questions, please contact your doctor before becoming more physically active."''

One of the many colorful buildings in this city. The poster series is less cheerful, however. Apparently Singapore is the only country in the world where people getting too much exercise is a big health problem. It reads:

"Are you sports safe? Do you have a heart condition? Do you feel pain in your chest when you exercise? In the past month, did you experience any chest pain? Are you on medical prescription for blood pressure or heart condition? Do you have a bone or joint problem? Do you lose balance because of dizziness? Any other reasons why you should not exercise? If you answered YES to one or more questions, please contact your doctor before becoming more physically active."

Colorful apartment buildings.

Colorful apartment buildings.

I was thrilled to see a good old Taiwanese tea shop in Singapore, so obviously I had to get a cup of tea.

I was thrilled to see a good old Taiwanese tea shop in Singapore, so obviously I had to get a cup of tea.

Even the web address on the cup is Taiwanese. 阿甘綠茶 is a common chain in Taiwan.

Even the web address on the cup is Taiwanese. 阿甘綠茶 is a common chain in Taiwan.

The architecture in Singapore is generally modern and colorful.

The architecture in Singapore is generally modern and colorful.

Of course you'll still come across an eyesore like this once in a while. :-)

Of course you'll still come across an eyesore like this once in a while. :-)

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joo_Chiat Joo Chiat] in the South East of Singapore.

Joo Chiat in the South East of Singapore.

Now in a conservation area the buildings are preserved in their current state.

Now in a conservation area the buildings are preserved in their current state.

Most of the buildings are from the early 20th century.

Most of the buildings are from the early 20th century.

A restaurant in Joo Chiat.

A restaurant in Joo Chiat.

鼎泰豐 (Ding tai feng) is a famous Taiwanese restaurant that has opened branches in many countries by now. (This doesn't stop tourists, however, to stand in line for one or two hours in the original Taipei shop because they claim they can taste a difference.)

鼎泰豐 (Ding tai feng) is a famous Taiwanese restaurant that has opened branches in many countries by now. (This doesn't stop tourists, however, to stand in line for one or two hours in the original Taipei shop because they claim they can taste a difference.)

貢茶 (Gong cha) is another Taiwanese tea shop that has expanded to other countries in Asia.

貢茶 (Gong cha) is another Taiwanese tea shop that has expanded to other countries in Asia.

The footpaths in the East Coast Park are apparently designed for giants.

The footpaths in the East Coast Park are apparently designed for giants.

The shoreline is full of ships waiting to get into the harbor.

The shoreline is full of ships waiting to get into the harbor.

So, this is what it feels like to be a dinosaur.

So, this is what it feels like to be a dinosaur.

Indonesia is only a few kilometers away by ship, so smuggling seems to be a problem in Singapore.

Indonesia is only a few kilometers away by ship, so smuggling seems to be a problem in Singapore.

The view from the East Coast Park.

The view from the East Coast Park.

A small lake in the park where surfers can let themselves drag by a sort of "ski lift".

A small lake in the park where surfers can let themselves drag by a sort of "ski lift".

I was a bit surprised to see a bus sporting advertisement for outdoor gear since the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bukit_Timah highest point in Singapore] is 166 meters above sea level.

I was a bit surprised to see a bus sporting advertisement for outdoor gear since the highest point in Singapore is 166 meters above sea level.


Singapore: Jurong Bird Park (Day 2)

posted by Martin Rubli at 15:38

It's been over six months and people have been making fun of the absence of the rest of my Singapore photos, so here's the next batch covering the second day of our February trip.

The usual biology disclaimer applies: My animal labels might be off by several taxa. :-)


The entrance of the bird park.

The entrance of the bird park.

Penguins at the "Penguin Coast".

Penguins at the "Penguin Coast".

Chilean and Caribbean Flamingos at the "Flamingo Pool".

Chilean and Caribbean Flamingos at the "Flamingo Pool".

Given that it's in a bird park I would guess it's a Bird of Paradise, but it looks a bit off. :-)

Given that it's in a bird park I would guess it's a Bird of Paradise, but it looks a bit off. :-)

The "Flamingo Lake" with lots of Greater and Lesser Flamingos.

The "Flamingo Lake" with lots of Greater and Lesser Flamingos.

The "Pelican Cove" hosts different types of pelicans.

The "Pelican Cove" hosts different types of pelicans.

A bird feeding off a papaya.

A bird feeding off a papaya.

A bridge in the "African Waterfall Aviary".

A bridge in the "African Waterfall Aviary".

The bird park seems to be very proud of its "world's tallest man-made waterfall". It might also be the world's most boring waterfall.

The bird park seems to be very proud of its "world's tallest man-made waterfall". It might also be the world's most boring waterfall.

Ostriches in the "Dinosaur Descendants" area. The black one is the male.

Ostriches in the "Dinosaur Descendants" area. The black one is the male.

The free-flying birds have discovered the cafeteria as a rich source of food.

The free-flying birds have discovered the cafeteria as a rich source of food.

The outside of the "Penguin Coast".

The outside of the "Penguin Coast".

The outside pond of the "Penguin Coast".

The outside pond of the "Penguin Coast".

A Snowy Owl in the "World of Darkness".

A Snowy Owl in the "World of Darkness".

I ''think'' this is a Great Grey Owl and the white balance is a little off. :-)

I think this is a Great Grey Owl and the white balance is a little off. :-)

Parrots performing at the "Birds n Buddies Show".

Parrots performing at the "Birds n Buddies Show".

I was lucky enough to catch this parrot right as he flew through the screen. I should probably carry more lenses on future trips, though.

I was lucky enough to catch this parrot right as he flew through the screen. I should probably carry more lenses on future trips, though.

The "[http://www.birdpark.com.sg/shows-feedings/kings-skies-show.html Kings of the Skies]" show is a lot of fun to watch.

The "Kings of the Skies" show is a lot of fun to watch.

A Mongolian falconer with a Harris's Hawk.

A Mongolian falconer with a Harris's Hawk.

All sorts of birds of prey perform at the show.

All sorts of birds of prey perform at the show.

Two of the falconers.

Two of the falconers.

A White-tailed Sea Eagle.

A White-tailed Sea Eagle.

A falcon grabbing a water snake in mid-flight. To our disappointment the snake turned out to be rubber.

A falcon grabbing a water snake in mid-flight. To our disappointment the snake turned out to be rubber.

A beautiful Snowy Owl.

A beautiful Snowy Owl.

Even the audience gets to participate.

Even the audience gets to participate.

Eagles circling over the heads of the audience.

Eagles circling over the heads of the audience.

At the end of the show you even get to take pictures with the falconers and their animals. This one should be a Lugger Falcon.

At the end of the show you even get to take pictures with the falconers and their animals. This one should be a Lugger Falcon.

Ivy posing with a Harris's Hawk.

Ivy posing with a Harris's Hawk.

Who knew pigeons could look so fancy?

Who knew pigeons could look so fancy?

The "Lory Loft" has a lot of beautiful birds.

The "Lory Loft" has a lot of beautiful birds.

Extremely colorful ones like this Rainbow Lorikeet ...

Extremely colorful ones like this Rainbow Lorikeet ...

... and extremely smart ones like this one who has learned how to hold a cup!

... and extremely smart ones like this one who has learned how to hold a cup!

(untitled)
A South American Toucan in the "Hornbill & Toucans" area.

A South American Toucan in the "Hornbill & Toucans" area.

The penguin pond near the entrance again.

The penguin pond near the entrance again.


Singapore: Clarke Quay (Day 1)

posted by Martin Rubli at 08:40

Taiwanese weather around Chinese New Year has a very bad record. The only year we had a few nice days in a row I couldn't go out much because I was hampered by an injury. The other times it was mostly wet and cold, so we made a resolution to go abroad this year. South, of course.

Now, on an ordinary trip all the photo and track log processing would take longer than the trip preparation. However, when you try to use your hard-earned frequent flyer miles to get a free Singapore Airlines flight the workload timing shifts a little bit forward. Given their abysmal web site (made, by the way, in a country whose average software engineering skills I am confronted with on a daily basis at work) and their helpless support staff it's a miracle we even made it to Singapore.

Fortunately, once we landed, things took a turn for the better. We had an evening flight, but with our hotel located right next to the airport metro line we got there early enough to be able to take a stroll around the city. So, we headed to one of the centers of night life, Clarke Quay along the Singapore River.


The fancy entrance to the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

The fancy entrance to the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

The beautiful building of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA).

The beautiful building of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA).

The MICA building again.

The MICA building again.

Clarke Quay and Riverside Point along the Singapore River.

Clarke Quay and Riverside Point along the Singapore River.

These masts are for scaring people ...

These masts are for scaring people ...

One set of masts belongs to this huge swing. A metal cage is pulled up to the top of the mast and then dropped as the passengers swing only meters above the crowd and the Singapore River.

One set of masts belongs to this huge swing. A metal cage is pulled up to the top of the mast and then dropped as the passengers swing only meters above the crowd and the Singapore River.

The other one is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_bungee reverse bungee] whose lift-off I happened to catch on camera.

The other one is a reverse bungee whose lift-off I happened to catch on camera.

The inside of Clarke Quay where restaurants and clubs are located.

The inside of Clarke Quay where restaurants and clubs are located.

Riverside Point, on the other side of the river.

Riverside Point, on the other side of the river.

Clarke Quay with its "umbrellas" as seen from the opposite side.

Clarke Quay with its "umbrellas" as seen from the opposite side.

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Central The Central], a shopping mall along the Singapore River, lit in blue.

The Central, a shopping mall along the Singapore River, lit in blue.

Yet another shot of the colorful MICA building.

Yet another shot of the colorful MICA building.