Singapore

Here are all the posts for Singapore. I visited Singapore as part of my southeast Asia trip. Other countries include: Malaysia and Thailand. I started and ended in Singapore. See Thailand next.

Singapore Photos

Here are some of my favorite photos from my trip to Singapore. Click any photo to see the slideshow.

Singapore history

Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but separated two years later and became independent. Singapore subsequently became one of the world’s most prosperous countries with strong international trading links (its port is one of the world’s busiest in terms of tonnage handled) and with per capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe.

Singapore overview

downtown and Singapore RiverSingapore is very easy to visit–clean, orderly and interesting. The airport, Changi, is probably the nicest airport I’ve ever visited. Customs was a breeze; if you have nothing to declare, walk under the green arrow and you are outside security.

I haven’t seen a beggar or panhandler. There is no garbage on the streets. The city seems prosperous with lots of new construction and many contemporary buildings. The culture is a multi-ethnic brew that has been bubbling for centuries — Malay, Chinese, Indian, Arabian, Portuguese and British. Now

The food is Asian fusion and delicious. The food courts hold so-called “hawker stalls” with abundant, cheap and tasty food. The food is an art form with its own exhibit at the National Museum.

Lodging–The Strand Hotel has good accommodations with a great location right by the Art Museum and Singapore Museum. It is in walking distance to Chinatown and Little India.

Singapore sights

reflections on MaoWhile in Singapore, I visited several museums, took the harbor tour and ate at Little India and Chinatown. I visited Funan Digital Life, a six story shopping mall devoted to electronics of all kins–a veritable Fry’s on steroids.

Asia Civilisations Museum–A perfect introduction for my trip. One gallery detailed the history of Singapore while the main exhibit described the culture of each major civilization in Asia including the Middle East, India, China, Japan and Siam, Vietnam and Laos. An exhibit, Asians in Monochrome displayed large format photographic portraits from around the turn of the (last) century. The clothing and props were outrageous. See www.acm.org.sg. A short exhibit of Mao’s Propoganda Machine included a large portrait of Mao. The light of the museum’s windows bounced off the portrait.

The National Museum of Singapore was (more…)

video update

Here’s my video update after three weeks of travel. I hope your bandwidth is better than mine at the Bunpa¬†Internet Cafe.

Last day

Last day
Last day in seAsia. Aboard Singapore double decker.

Singapore, goodbye

Only had a day in Singapore. Went to Ft. Canning Park and visited the Battle Box; they did a good job re-creating the situation leading to the British surrender to the Japanese during World War II. Then visited the Chinese Cultural Center which faithfully recreates the immigrant experience. Ate again at the Popitiam on Bencoolen Street for wonderful Asian fusion food.

Logistics–took the ferry from Penuba Bay to Mersing, then a bus to Jalor Bahru (JB) and another bus through immigrations to Singapore.

Lodging–stayed again at the Strand Hotel, our reliable stand-by. The last night, stayed at the Crowne Plaza located in the airort to easily catch an early morning flight. Very contemporary, upscale hotel.

Singapore summary

I stayed downtown, walked around Chinatown, Little India and the Colonial Area. I visited many museums and took a harbor cruise. Everything is very clean, neat and organized, maybe too organized. Crime is low, water potable and English is widely spoken.