These were pretty cool to look at. You could view the fountain from above and in the picture where we are having coffee you can see how the fountain acts like a funnel and empties into a pool where you can take boat rides though the shopping mall. The other picture is of a Supertree which I think are incredible. They help reduce carbon emissions and produce energy. Singapore is very progressive. I saw a lot of monuments and sculptures dedicated to taking care of the earth and people. They use windmill and solar power everywhere.
If the previous posts of pictures of us in front of BubbaGump weren’t convincing enough, here I’m having a Singapore Sling!! A little fruity but pretty refreshing after a full day of the sweltering heat.
You can’t help but compare the two cities when you come straight from Hong Kong to Singapore. Hong Kong slaps you in the face with culture shock and the energy of the city is literally electric. However, Singapore amazes because of its beauty combined with its technology. The Marina Sands Hotel has 3 towers with a “boat” on top of it. It looks like its going to fall over, which is why we are holding it up…
People here say that Singapore wants to be Hong Kong, but I think it has a lot to be proud of. You can’t spit, chew gum, litter, and you definitely don’t want to do drugs here(10 Australian tourists were executed some years back for bringing heroin.) But, the cleanliness, kindness, multiculturalism, order, technology, and heat are enough to marvel at.
Here we are defiantly spitting by the symbol of Singapore!(Not really) The Merlion is a blend of a mermaid and a lion. Singapore translates to “lion city.” The story goes that Colonel Raffles of the British Royal Navy was looking for a seaway to connect Malaysia and Indonesia. He sailed past the island of Singapore and saw a lion on its shores. He took that as a good omen and settled here. The mermaid part of the Merlion represents the great fishing in the region. A little strange but cool nonetheless.
By the by, I did inadvertently spit once and no one arrested me!
Maddux made a Czech buddy while we were cruising around Singapore because they had the same style. Of course, this guy knew Lubos and said great things about him like we all do.
Behind them are the “Supertrees” in the Gardens by the Bay $1 billion dollar park that was finished last year. These manufactured trees filter the air of exhaust, heat, and Carbon monoxide. And the layout of the trees and flowers is awesome.
Emerson insists that this guy is Maddux’s twin.
This peacock walks around our hut every day. We saw her standing by an air conditioning vent by a building. I guess she was hot, too! It has been about 93 degrees here and humid! I’ll take it over Montreal weather any day! 🙂
Wow! Singapore is beautiful and clean. The people are some of the nicest we have ever met! We are constantly walking and taking public transportation. We did spend some time in Sensota- their beaches are unreal.