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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.


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