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Travel : Singapore

A rich tropical city-state often dubbed the Switzerland of Asia -- and my current home.


Balestier [guide]

Lamp shops, Sun Yat Sen's villa, a Burmese temple and gambling dens.  This is about as wild and crazy as Singapore gets.

Shown: Our Lady of the Technicolor Buddha, Burmese temple

Bugis [guide]

Once a notorious red-light district, now a hip teen fashion mecca.

Shown: Restored shophouses

Central Business District [guide]

The heart, but not the soul, of Singapore.

Shown: Bumboat sailing past the Esplanade and the hotels of the Marina district

Changi Airport

Changi's space-age Terminal 3.

Shown: Departures hall

Chinatown [guide]

The original Chinese district of Singapore, now the usual pan-Singaporean shopping, eating and nightlife extravaganza.

Shown: Chinese New Year trinkers for sale, Mosque St

East Coast [guide]

The residential eastern coast of Singapore, home to kilometers of beach and tasty seafood restaurants.

Shown: East Coast Park

Haw Par Villa (Tiger Balm Gardens)

Demented theme park for the sadistic and easily amused.

Shown: Your friendly neighborhood police officer at work

Katong and Joo Chiat

Shophouses and hawker food in one of Singapore's more traditional bits.

Shown: Shophouses on Koon Seng Rd

Kusu Island

Quiet little island with lots of turtles and little else.

Shown: Da Bogong Temple

Little India [guide]

A little bit of India in the heart of Singapore, and the city's most cohesive ethnic district.

Shown: Detail of the roof of the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Jurong [guide]

My humble ex-home in the western, largely industrial districts.

Shown: Detail of main pool, Parc Vista

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong's main (sole?) tourist attraction, featuring anything that flies, hops or squawks.

Shown: Red macaw

Pearl Bank Apartment

My home in Singapore.

Shown: Vertiginous view from the top of the tube

Pulau Ubin

A small island off the coast of Singapore, stuck in a perpetual time warp -- the only place in the country that does not look like Singapore.

Shown: Kampong fishing huts on the beach

Sentosa [guide]

Another small island off the coast of Singapore, but this one wants to be Disneyland.

Shown: A message from the Internal Security Agency

Southern Ridges Park [guide]

Nine kilometers of jungle trail across the spine of southern Singapore.

Shown: Henderson Waves, Singapore's freakiest pedestrian bridge

West Coast

The quieter half of Singapore's southern coastline.

Shown: Statue of the Malay Regiment, Reflections @ Bukit Chandu

Zoological Gardens

Generally reckoned to be one of the best zoos in the world.

Shown: Iguana who has seen too many tourists with cameras today

Events, Festivals and Themes


Even in Singapore, things fall apart. You just have to spot 'em fast before something new is built on top.

Shown: OUB godowns on the Singapore River near Robertson Quay


Singapore at night, or, how I learned to stop worrying and love my tripod.

Shown: Central Business District as seen from the Marina district


The luridly colored traditional pottery of the Malay-Chinese Peranakans.

Shown: Peranakan tea set


Fancy a chukka of pootling about on ponies, old boy?

Shown: Royal Pahang toff in white ineffectually threatening Singapore Polo Club player in red


A masochistic festival where devotees show the strength of their spirit by attaching portable shrines ( kavadi ) to their flesh and crossing town in a procession.

Shown: Parade passing a Caution sign

All pictures copyright 2003-7 by Jani Patokallio.

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