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Today I worked away from home again, journeying to Arlene’s office, on Broad St.

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The weather was an absolute beauty today. Blue skies!

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I had to take a photo of the Trump Building. I was watching the news on his meeting with Paul Ryan before leaving the house.

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New York Stock Exchange building

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I like to look up in New York.

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I took this photo as I sat down to work.

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Leaving the office walking to the train station

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National Museum at the Bowling Green Metro Stop

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When I got home I saw this. A couple nights ago I read an article on online wine. I thought I would check it out. The website was the Tasting Room, and there was a $6.95 deal for a box of wines. (UPDATE: DO not purchase wines and this deal from this company. If you do, read every single fine print and word on anything you agree too.) DO NOT sign up for this.

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Here are my 6 little bottles of wines. As I write this post, I have not as yet opened any of the bottles. I will be sure to share the experience when I open them. My roommate is away, so I may not be able to share these with her unfortunately :(.

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I forgot to mention, my friend went to Singapore a week or two ago, and I asked him to bring me back some kaya butter. I LOOOOOOVE kaya butter!!! It is one of my favorite Singaporean treats. Arlene brought it to the office for me, so soon, I will be in heaven with kaya butter on toast. I thought the package was quite lovely too.

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Brown Kaya, and Green Kaya. The brown kaya has caramel in it, while the green kaya has pandan leaves.

Today was another good one. Got work done, spent time outside getting some fresh air and sights. On the way back I went to my cousins and hung out a bit. I was talking with them about my desire to blog again, since I enjoy it so much. Blogging either relaxes me or distracts me. I am not sure which, but they encouraged me to do my Document my Day blogging again since I enjoyed it so much. So I dedicate this blog post and the one before to them.

Let’s see what happens tomorrow. It is supposed to rain. 😥

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Now before I begin talking about Bikini Bar, I must show you one of my favorite spots and views on Sentosa Island, Singapore. My weekend spot. Now on to my review of Bikini Bar on the Siloso Beach walk, Sentosa.

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The Bikini Bar is located on the beach.

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 Entrance area of Bikini Bar. Waitresses are all clad in bikini tops.

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The view…

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The food – Potato wedges and a lime margarita. Both were good, especially the margarita in that HEAT of the Singapore sun. Whew!!

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Lychee margarita

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A close-up

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Check the view in the background… Beautiful yeah?

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Their spicy wings – really delicious! It’s my favorite thing to order there. A nice crisp on the outside, soft tender meat on the inside. The wings are filling.

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Strawberry margarita

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A close up

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A Singapore Sling

I forgot to mention, in Singapore, alcoholic drinks are usually very, very weak (Singapour a friend of mine once said). Drinks are like juice, barely any taste of alcohol. Bikini Bar however is not like that. The alcoholic drinks, are actually alcoholic drinks. Thank you!!

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Colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nicely garnished I would say..

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More views – relaxing and beautiful! I would always wait for the sunset before leaving…

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Bikini Bar is one of my favorite spots in Singapore. I thank Jason – who I think manages the spot – for always making sure his guests are well taken care of.

  1. Food – GREAT
  2. Service – Good
  3. Ambiance – GREAT
  4. View – FANTASTIC!! (anything else would be almost impossible)
  5. Music – GREAT!

Here’s a ink to the restaurant – http://www.bikinibar.sg

Have a great one!

Thinking Insomniac.

 

 


Chinatown facade Singapore - Eu Tong Sen

This is a sketch of a facade in Chinatown, along Eu Tong Sen in Singapore.

Enjoy!!!!!

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The Helix Bridge – Singapore

This is my sketch of the Helix Bridge in Marina Bay, Singapore. The Helix Bridge provides a pedestrian connection across the head of the Singapore River between the city’s existing CBD and its new Bayfront district. Canopies (made of fritted-glass and perforated steel mesh) are incorporated along parts of the inner spiral to provide shade for pedestrians.

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Blue fritted-glass canopy to provide shade for pedestrians.

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Perforated steel mesh also to provide shade for pedestrians.

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View of Helix Bridge with the ArtScience Museum of Singapore in the background (right)

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My sketch of the Singapore Waterfront… and happy Chinese New Year to my friends and family! Here are some photos of the installations in Chinatown, Singapore below.

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Have a great day!

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ArtScience museum singapore

Last weekend my friend and I spent the day sketching like I mentioned in my previous post. It took me a while to post this because I needed to get my grey markers for my shadows and shades. I have them now and so my sketches can do what they do.

Designed by Safdie Architects and completed in 2011, the ArtScience Museum of Singapore is a lotus-shaped beauty that hovers on the bay. I remember the first time I came to Singapore. I was in a taxi heading from the airport, eyes peeled and trying to soak in all I possibly could. I saw this strange, white form that I was only able to get glimpses of before it disappeared out of my sight. The cab driver was nice enough to point out sights of Singapore and told me of the lotus building. It is also quite beautiful inside. I will find my pictures from my visit last year and post some of them for you.

“The building form is made up of 10 “fingers” anchored by a unique round base in the middle. The design of each finger reveals different gallery spaces featuring skylights at the “fingertips” that illuminate the dramatically curved interior walls. The Museum’s roof channels rainwater through the central atrium of the building creating a 35-meter water drop into a small, reflecting pool. The rainwater is then recycled for use in the building.”

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I took this photo out using the “super vivid” setting on my camera. The colors are definitely vivid if I might say so myself. Here are a few links you can check out too:

Stay tuned for more sketches of this location, but what and where should I sketch next? Any suggestions?

Have a great day!

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It’s felt like forever since I have sketched and posted like I used to, and I miss it! I have had good reason to though.

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I am back in Singapore, like I think I mentioned last and I am sooo happy to be back. Yesterday my friend and I spent the day sketching and I could not stop saying how much I missed it. I have posted for you today a sketch I did when I was here in 2012. I never got the chance to post it, so here it is. I was staying at the Global Residence on Tiong Bahru Road, and this was my view from my apartment. Lush, green, and so much development.

Stay tuned for the ones I did yesterday.

Have a great day and it’s good to be back!

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Day Three of my Singaploration!

Hi all!!!..I have been behind on my posts.. Terribly behind…Not only am I busy at work, but with the time I get in between, I try to see all that I can.. Don’t worry, you will see all that I see, maybe just a little slower than usual… ;-).

It is Day Three of my friend’s stay in Singapore and today we begin at the Ritz Carlton. We “embark on an artistic adventure” at the Ritz which houses 4,200 pieces of artwork and sculptures, valued at $55 million SG. 90% of the art was commissioned for the hotel with about 350 major “museum quality” pieces.

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Nice…

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Mao figures (2001) by Zhu Wei outside of the hotel..

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Brochure and audio to guide you through the exhibit..

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Frank Stella – Cornucopia sculpture weighing approximately 3 tonnes

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Lovely..

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Dave Chihuly‘s glass installation – Yellow Persian forms

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Malcolm Morley – Landscape (1990’s)

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John Rose – Double Screw (1995/6)

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Janis Provisor – Landscape (1990’s)

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David Hockney – Titled ” “” ” (1994)

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David Hockney – Untitled (1993)

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David Hockney – Pushing Up (1994)

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Frank Stella again

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Rainer Gross – Landscape (1995)

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Moby Dick series

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Moby Dick

Sam Francis

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Li Lin Lee – Lucky Life (1990)

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Sam Francis – Untitled

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We leave the Ritz and try to find a bus tour.. Look at the Marina Bay Sands ahead… Hmmm

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A look back at the Ritz Carlton.. designed by Irish architect Kevin Roche

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It is very hot today… sweltering!! So we sit and cool off a bit.. I had a delicious rum and raisin gelato..

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Singapore’s beauty and efficiency takes my breath away… If only…

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Singapore Gardens by the Bay. Jubilee Hall across the waters… I have yet to go there…

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Marina Bay Sands.. another view! I really love this building.. It works!

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Soldiers preparing, rehearsing for upcoming National Day celebrations on August 9th.

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Finding a place to buy tickets for a tour bus..

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And we’re on.. I choose to sit atop for photo-ops.. but JEEZ AN AGES!!! The sun is just KILLING ME!!!!

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I see this and think… “Design & Computation”

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Outskirts of Chinatown…

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Nice!

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This place is so beautiful.. it’s no joke.. Look at that!

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One of my stomping grounds, Clarke Quay..

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I love how they colored this.. It’s now a Police Museum or something like that.. I might be a bit off..

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I wonder what’s going up here…

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This stood out in the sunlight.. the shadows and geometry was attractive…

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Orchard Road… THE Shopping street in Singapore..

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I don’t need to say what this is again do I?…

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A nice game of cricket was happening here… And isn’t the backdrop beautiful… The green lawn, trees and…. LOL

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So after that sweltering bus ride I need food, shelter and something cool. Yikes! So we head to Clark Quay and head to Hooters…

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It was great! We did ask them to reheat that butter you see there.. Cold melted butter.. no way..

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This is the reverse bungee ride at Clarke Quay… it is fun! I haven’t tried it just yet… maybe if I company I will..

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Walking to Chinatown from Clark Quay…

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I love the food culture here.. everyone is eating! lol..

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View from cross-over bridge down to the street in the Chinatown area..

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View down the steps..

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Food street in Chinatown..

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Souvenirs in the shops…

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Yuck! I had this ice kacha I think they call it, but I took the one with durian… Ewwww.. puke! puke! What da hell was this?.. and it has corn!!! What da?!!! Ughhh!

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Disgusting! I should have had beer…

Every day I am here, I STUDY Singapore.. The country amazes me.. it is a model for other countries and most importantly to me, for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), ESPECIALLY the Caribbean and Trinidad & Tobago. Things work here. Of course nothing is 100% perfect, don’t get me wrong.. but it’s hard to see too many wrongs when so many things work right here.. I speak with Singaporeans to find out about them, their lives here, what they like and don’t like about Singapore.. It’s so good to hear some of the things I have. This country started with a VISION.. and it continues to work on that vision. Vision, Planning and Execution! I dream that maybe one day I may have the opportunity to try to implement such in the Caribbean and my home country.. We are soo similar to Singapore in terms of our multi-culturalism, climate, and can be as awesome as Singapore I think.. I wish! Maybe I will dream about my vision for T&T… Everyday I grow more and more passionate about my vision for T&T..

Happy Friday everyone!!!

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Day Two of my Singaploration!

Today is day two of my friend’s visit to Singapore… We haven’t seen each other in a few years and have so much of Singapore to see and so much catching up to do..

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I had to go to the Ministry of Manpower this morning to collect my Temporary Employment Pass (TEP) at Clarke Quay. Talk about efficiency! I did not wait very long, but apart from that.. service was definitely top of the line. When service is efficient, be it in a country or place of business, it wins with me all the time! Terrible customer service bothers me a lot..

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I took photos as I was on my way back to my bus stop… I have noticed that pedestrians here come second to cars I would say… In the US, I feel like pedestrians come first.. zebra crossings, laws, etc.. In my experience thus far in Singapore, cars turn corners without even wondering if a pedestrian might be crossing.

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This pavement is a nice generous one… I don’t usually see wide pavements except in certain areas.. I have  my own thoughts on the reasons for these narrow pavements…

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This building under construction continues to interest me…

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Note the narrow sidewalk here.. Nicely shaded… Landscaped buffer between streets and pedestrians..

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Even elevated crosswalks are landscaped…

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I am at my bus stop now.. there is a park to my left.. going to check it out…

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Nice!

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I spy one bench so far…

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In a park this beautiful you would think there would be benches for sitting, and people everywhere, yes?. Not here…

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Singapore is blessed with lush vegetation.. and a government that takes their idea of a garden city seriously..

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A pavilion of some sort it seems…

I board my bus when it arrives and head back to work…

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After work I meet Joe at the Outram MRT and we head out to this evening’s adventure..

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Outside the Outram MRT

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We decide to go to Clarke Quay.. there’s a lot happening around there.. nice place to sit, eat, drink, people watch, get lost in the environment, and relax..

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Boat rides along the river, people.. water… place..

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People enjoy sitting on the steps which bank the river relaxing..

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It’s Friday and people are out.. TGIF!

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We aren’t hungry, but a little peckish (feeling for a snack), so we sit at a restaurant and have a nosh.. The wings were good.. I can’t remember if I ever mentioned this to you all, but napkins at eating establishments (not restaurants), are not the norm here… Maybe it’s their way of reducing trash and littering, but in Singapore, walk with your own napkins…

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We talk, soak in the breath-taking scenery, chat, share stories, and time just passes by…

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After our snack we take a walk around Clarke Quay…

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Then we decide to do a boat ride on the river… There is a lady playing a musical instrument on the boat…

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The reflection of the lights look lovely on the water…

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That was a restaurant on a boat..

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View from the water…

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Reverse bungee ride all aglow..

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Light show from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel..

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Museum..

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The Fullerton Hotel

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel… Sorry about the fuzzy photo..

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Better!

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Singapore’s ArtScience Museum on the left..

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Out here the water smells wonderful.. what I mean by that is.. it smells clean..

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We are passing below the bridge, which is beautifully lit as you see, and the sound of the instrument the young lady on the boat is playing, is transformed!! It’s deeper, louder.. it’s a noticeable, worthy change.. a great barrel effect..

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You can see one of their Merlions here.. spouting water from its mouth..

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Louis Vuitton restaurant I think..

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When we get back on land.. talking about how great the ride and views were… we walk through Clarke Quay a bit… see what’s up!

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Souvenirs of course.. kinda expensive if you ask me…

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We’re scoping out what we will be having for dinner… We’re looking at you crabs.. Chilli crab is a signature dish here…

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“You lookin’ at me?!” I think he’s really watching me..

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Lobsters…

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What’s this ugly sucker you ask?…. Geoducks!!! The ugliest thing to eat I have seen… WTH?!!!

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We’re now crossing the bridge to the other side of the river… A performer on the bridge.. She was okay..

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Geoducks again! But these are giving those on the other side a run for their money.. They should come with a R-rating don’t you think… So improper.. LOL.. Oh, there were fishes too…

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Nice wine display…

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We check out some restaurants here then decide to go back the other side…

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We head here for dinner..

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I had a strawberry thing… tasted different.. looked great though.. I like this photo.. Oh, the straw was the biggest straw I ever drank from.. that’s what prompted the photo… You could suck oil from a well with that straw!

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This was good!! The green stuff was crunchy, well seasoned and a fantastic break from the fried stuff.. Everything on the plate was good… sometimes a little too much breading, but still great..

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This fish was good too… crunchy skin, good sauce addition… It was a wonderful night.. and there’s more in store for tomorrow…

Happy Friday!!!

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Sentosa!!

I am excited today! My friend of many years, who has been living in India is coming to visit me.. I can’t wait! We have so much fun talking about stupid stuff, important stuff, and laughing.. I can’t wait to see him!

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I always wanted to take a photo of this to share with you because I have never seen this anywhere else.. At many of the pedestrians crossings here there are these signs… Elderly persons or persons with disabilities are given these cards which they can “tap” and get more time to cross the street. I found this such a tangible way of showing how a society cares for its elderly and infirmed..

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Even in the buses and trains (public transportation), there are seats assigned for the elderly and women who are pregnant. I have never as yet seen an old person standing while a young person sits on those seats.. people are so quick to giving their seats to the elderly..

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Ok.. so my day at work is over and I am heading to meet my friend at his hotel..

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Tall residence at Outram Park metro..

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I am telling you.. these large, green, and beautiful trees and shaded streets get me everytime!

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Singapore.. the Garden City (see below for more)..

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A look back..

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These drains again.. I like them.. it think because they’re not “just drains” to me but they have a sculptural tome to them..

So I meet my friend, we have some drinks, reminisce, and laugh.. All the while I couldn’t believe I was seeing him in the flesh.. it was as though we saw each other yesterday! I couldn’t shake how cool that was.. I am so happy to share the beauty of Singapore.. He asked me what I wanted to do, I was game for it all… He told me about some place named “Sentosa” here.. I said ok and off we went…

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We took the train and went to our destination.. I had no idea!!!!! We disembarked at the Harbourfront Metro stop and searched for where we needed to go.. The mall is HUGE and we had a little confusion finding where we needed to be but found it eventually… My friend “Joe” wanted to do the luge.. the what? I wondered… then he said let’s do the Segway ride through the Eco Park.. Check the long list of adventures at Sentosa above!

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We took a cable car ride to the island.. but what’s cool about getting to this cable ride is that to get to the cable cars you walk for a bit.. All I knew is I was in the city with tall buildings. We bought our tickets at the ground floor of this “office building” and were told to take the elevators… In the elevator(s) was a button to press that would take us to the cable cars.. In one voosh! an express elevator we were several floors up in the air.. The efficient combination of business and pleasure with an elevator impressed me.. Giving a piece of what may have been a private building for public access to fun… great idea!

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Cable cars in a constant loop picking persons up..

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Shots from inside the cable car..

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A look back at where we got on the cable car.. The top of an office building!

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I have no clue what I am seeing here.. I am just in awe! Standing, going to the left and right of the cable car trying not to shake it to much…

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Singapore’s port all aglow.. One of the busiest ports in the world..

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Weeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Some sort of resort below.. Pools, huts, etc… Wow!

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Hard Rock Cafe..

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Thank you..

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The Tiger Sky Tower

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We took a bus to the place with the Eco Park and segway ride..

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Look at people!!! I tell you.. no joke.. this place had so many people.. soooooooo many people.. so much joy and excitement in the air..

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Joe and I went to a restaurant.. by this time my tummy was calling for something to eat.. So we went to the restaurant SKY atop the building..

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Shots from the restaurant…

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I don’t know what I seeing there… but they’re aglow too..

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The restaurant and bar.. people chilling out, relaxing, and just enjoying it…

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Live band playing music.. They were really, really good too!!

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This you see here is a must I think.. I hope to go to it before I leave.. This is the Songs of the Sea show… People flock to it! From the restaurant we could see and hear some of the action… and what impressive action it was! OMG!!! I have included some short vids I took below…

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Water is spraying out here and it is being used as a screen for these singing and talking characters…. WOW!

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Look ting!

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Fireworks too of course!

This is not even 5% of how spectacular I am sure actually being at the show is…

Singarich!

Nice eh?!

Spectacular fireworks closing of the show…

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After our dinner, which really wasn’t to good (the food was tasteless), we decided to head back to Singapore proper..

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We have to walk back to an MRT (metro) because the cable cars are now closed. :-(.. At least we get to see more..

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The Merlion – mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore…

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We eventually got home.. It was a long but fantastic day for us… tomorrow will be another adventure filled one!!

Click here to read a paper on Singapore the Garden City…

Check this below video too

Sentosa is a MUST DO!

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