The new Singapore ground

This land didnt exist when I was born! Lo and behold! Now it is here! My new stomping ground.

Looking across from the Customs house onto new land. A new type of ship graces this airspace. The air ship!

1st of all… we overslept… it was 9am when we step off Calliste, 930 when we got off bus 97 at an unplanned busstop..! The bus route was changed for the weekend due to some major road construction. We got off at the Customs House instead of Fullerton, no biggie. Day was overcast, .. so our early morning pictures where more grey and boring.

Buildings on the original coastline on the front, and main commerce district behind

The walk around the old Collyer Quay on this cool overcast day was pretty nice. Manicured lawns, artistic creations and futuristic buildings were around around us. Polished black granite seats lined the edge of the water, inviting us to sit and enjoy our picnic breakfast. There was hardly anybody around on this Christmas morning. .. We had the whole park to ourselves.. almost.. there was a park cleaner and a couple walking a lab and a mini poo.

Doug giving the camera an evil eye. so cute!

Where we sat, was a great vantage point. Could see everything that goes on around the bay. Could also see that some buildings where built on stilts! I mean, yes the Collyer Quay was the goods and ferry terminal, it was of course built with pilings and had a gangway for lighter boats to tie up to. The Fullerton Bay hotel is built on stilts to make full use of the air space that would otherwise be wasted, and plus it offers a great front row view of the activities on the bay.

Nice curves, and tall. Marks of a 21st housing.

The wind was blowing a constant 5-10knots. I imagine this would be a great place for a dinghy regatta! Perhaps the Sands would sponsor the event and  run the betting. ..

BTW, did you know, that Collyer Quay and the old customs house were buildings on the original coastline of Southern Singapore. Where we walk, for the whole of today, is new “man made” land.

Solar powered fans.

1030am, its getting a little warmer, now that the sun has finally shaken the clouds. We continued walking and saw these new solar powered cooling sheds. COOL!

Air ship park! See the floating runaway balls.

Ah HA! We spotted some runaway light balls 🙂 .. and whats that snaking thing in front of the sands mall? Its a misting dragon to create that foggy look and cooler air for warm days..

The last remaining space on this stretched out island

On the walk along Bayfront Ave, newly finished wooden decks lined this broadwalk. Its still early.. look at the space that we have! I manage to get this picture of Doug walking with no one else in the picture! That is a rare shot! And difficult to get .. most of the time. As you will see, all our later pictures have other people in them.

Doug, the merlion and the cathedral.

Doug looking over the bay to the entrance of the Singapore River, thinking “this is where it all began”. I look at Doug and I think, how sad, this is so not the real thing. Trade came to Singapore through this port, right here. Where it used to be lots of lighters and boats, now sits floating light balls. A buzzling commerce area has now become a sitting pond of water in a reservoir.

Yes, its nice to have a walk and gawk at the changes. Things change with progress and progress breeds changes. There is no need to ponder if society is progressing rightly or wrongly. I decided to not “give it a damn”, since nobody gives a damn to whether I give a damn or not..

… to be continued. ..


1 Response to “The new Singapore ground”

  1. 1 Bill Ruozzo
    January 9, 2011 at 4:43 am

    Thank you for the post, I actually learned something from it. Really quality content on this blog. Always looking forward to new entry.

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