Monday, November 16, 2009

Colonial Past

Although Singapore's history dates from the 11th century, the island was little known to the West until the 19th century, when in 1819, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles arrived as an agent of the British East India Company. In 1824, the British purchased Singapore Island, and by 1825, the city of Singapore had become a major port, with trade exceeding that of Malaya's Malacca and Penang combined. In 1826, Singapore, Penang, and Malacca were combined as the Straits Settlements to form an outlying residency of the British East India Company; in 1867, the Straits Settlements were made a British Crown Colony, an arrangement that continued until 1946.

Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer is currently the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Described by its operators as an observation wheel[1], it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), and is 5 m (16 ft) taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30 m (98 ft) taller than the London Eye.

Located in Singapore, on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land, it comprises a 150 m (492 ft) diameter wheel, built over a three-story terminal building which houses shops, bars and restaurants, and offers broad views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 km (28 mi), including the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor, Malaysia.

Monday, December 3, 2007


Down but not out,
Weak but not gone.

When the clouds clear,
when the sun rise,

I be here again, stronger.

** Down with food poisoning for the past few days .. spend mindless time on the sick bed in the hospital.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Singapore Litter Free

Great value is often associated with a clean city.

A clean city is a strong reflection of our moral and civic values.

But clean cities do not just come by chance.

They require much responsibility and dedication to maintain.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Singapore CBD

I love night shots.

So dark, yet somewhere out there, the tiny spark that can light up all hope.

If you ignore the outlines, every spark is like a star out there,

A sparkle of hope, and of many memories.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hunger for speed

Stay Calm, focus, fearless ...

As fast as it shouldn't be.

Why ?


Such a couldy night, where can i see the stars?

Here Jo, here ...

* Just when you thought all is lost, there's always hope. Always something out there, shining beyond the dark nights

Saturday, November 24, 2007


When you try your best, but you don't succeed

When you get what you want but not what you need

When you feel so tired but you can't sleep

When you lose something you can't replace

When you love someone but it goes to waste

Lights will guide you home,

And ignite your bones.

Friday, November 23, 2007


I am alone,
so very alone

I hurt,
so very bad

I am ignored,
just thrown aside

I am security,
for others to have

I am lonely,
there is no one close,
no one sees the pain

I cry,
hope is gone

I am alone,
and no one knows

Alone ~ Stefani Baucom

Almost dawn ... almost ...

Somewhere, where the light breaks,
this tree has always been dear to me.
The rustle sounds of the leaves against the wind,
each bring joys to my ears.

I think of eternity,
of the past, the present.

The infinite sound of silence again.

For my dear friend,

"Earth hath no sorrows Heaven cannot heal".

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Singapore Changi Airport

Singapore Changi Airport is one of major aviation hubs in Southeast Asian region. Since its opening in 1981, the airport has made its mark in the aviation industry as a benchmark for service excellence, winning over 250 awards up to 2006. Changi Airport's efforts to counter the onset of age include periodic physical upgrades to its existing terminals, building of new facilities and taking steps to provide a high level of customer service.

Being a former SQ girl, this is one place that I frequent alot, and one that i have fond memories of.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Geylang Road

Love is in the air, especially when the street lights up.

Festive lights (Hari Raya) along Geylang Serai.

Geylang - DVD Vendor

A DVD stall at a 'pasaar-malam', night market, set up in Geylang Serai to the lead up of Hari Raya Puasa (Fasting Month: Ramadan).

Monday, November 19, 2007

Night Market - Fruits

A fruit stall in the night market. The purple red fruit is the Dragon fruit, probably from Malaysia.

Yummy ...

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Wisma Atria's Icecream Man

Wisma Atria is a shopping mall cum office building in Singapore, Orchard Road. Awarded the Superbrands Singapore status from 2004 to 2007, Wisma Atria is a modern fashion centre that has a wide range of trendy and stylish offerings.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Fishing is one of my favourite past time. A true test of patience ...

This fishing village is right beside the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) train line, sometimes it can be quite noisy, but the fishes in the area are used to it.

CBD - Central Business District

Central Business District at night is a remarkable sight. The financial sector doesn't sleep at night in Singapore, that's why we are the regional financial hub.

Singapore Flats

A view out from my window; this is how most residential areas in Singapore look like at night. Home is where the heart belongs.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Fullerton Hotel

The grey Aberdeen granite Fullerton Building is located near the mouth of the Singapore River, in the Downtown Core of Central Area, Singapore. The building has Neo-classical architectural features which include fluted Doric colonnades on their heavy base, and the lofty portico over the main entrance with trophy designs and the Royal Coat of Arms, crafted by Italian Cavalieri Rodolfo Nolli.

The Fullerton building is now a five-star boutique hotel - Fullerton Hotel. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has 400 rooms and suites which either overlook the atrium courtyard, or face downtown Singapore's skyline, the Singapore River promenade or the Marina Bay. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has won major travel awards such as the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List award and the hotel received an architectural heritage award from the Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore for its successful restoration of the former Fullerton Building.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Stamford Raffles: Landing Site

Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles was the founder of the Republic of Singapore, and is one of the most famous Britons who expanded the British Empire.

The Raffles' Landing Site is denoted by a statue of Sir Stamford Raffles, and is located on the north bank of the Singapore River. The site is located within the Civic District, in the Downtown Core of the Central Area, Singapore's central business district.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

New Parliament Building

*Jo's Note: Keeping this Singapore Daily Photo Site theme as Night shots of Singapore. Hopefully it will provide everyone with a very different perspective of the cite, as well as the culture of Singapore.

The Parliament House of Singapore is a public building and cultural landmark and houses the Parliament of Singapore. It is located in the Civic District of the Downtown Core within Singapore's central business district (the Central Area). Within its vicinity is Raffles Place, which lies across it from the Singapore River, and the Supreme Court's building across the road. The building was designed to represent a contemporary architectural expression of stateliness and authority.


Singapore's Chinatown is an ethnic neighbourhood featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements and a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population. The street architecture of Chinatown's buildings, the shophouses especially, combine different elements of baroque architecture and Victorian architecture and do not have a single classification. Many of them were built in the style of painted ladies, and have been restored in that fashion. These styles result in a variety of different colours of which pastel is most dominant.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


The merlion is a statue with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Its name comes from a portmanteau of mermaid and lion. The lion head and fish body of the creature recalls the story of the legendary Sang Nila Utama, who saw a lion while hunting on an island, en route to Malacca. The island eventually became the sea port of Temasek, a precursor to Singapore.

Singapore Daily Photo

Inspired by the many daily photo blogs out there, I've decided to embark on this journey .. 1 photo a day, 1 city - Singapore. Join me ...

~ Jo