07.03.2011 - 09.03.2011 31 °C
I found Singapore to be a strange place. One face of it is ultra-modern, sophisticated and wealthy, yet there are pockets of traditional chaotic character such as Little India, where I was staying. The city state really is a cultural melting pot; predominantly Chinese, although there are people here from all over Asia. The fact that there are four official languages – Mandarin, English, Malay and Tamil – illustrates this.
Sultan Mosque, in the Arab Quarter.
National Museum of Singapore.
These guys don’t mess about. There are quite a few of these signs around.
There are many green areas, and pockets of rainforest, on the island.
Downtown business district.
Travelling around the island is incredibly easy – the local transport is cheap and very efficient.
My local station on the MRT subway, Farrer Park. Rather nicer than the London Tube stations.
There are many strict rules in Singapore, for example: $500 fine for eating, drinking or chewing gum on the MRT, however this makes the place so pleasant and clean; there is hardly any litter anywhere.
The downtown CBD looks at its best at night.
Singapore Zoo is outstanding. Not a fan of animals being kept in zoos, I really enjoyed this one. Each enclosure is sensitively landscaped to be as close to the animals’ natural habitat as possible and the prime focus is conservation.
Tigers looking out for each other.
Moats are used rather than fences wherever possible – such as here, in the orang utan area.
This is definitely one of the park’s highlights. The park itself is built inside a rainforest and the orang utans are ‘free ranging’, so you can see them swinging in the trees above your head as you walk along the paths through the park.
Orang utans overhead.