Saturday, February 13, 2010
central singapore and the merlion
when i was looking at the island state from the plane, i observed that it isn't that small as i thought it was. it's the smallest nation in Southeast Asia yet the entire island is actually bigger than Metro Manila.it is even expected to be bigger in the coming years as it expands through reclamations like its airport. yet when one talks about it's central area, then it is definitely small. its financial center covers a great part of the central area.it's a cosmopolitan gateway and port hub, thus having its workforce as its main resource for its stable economy. today it is considered as one of the most business-friendly economy in the world.it is as well a nice tourist stop for the urban chic as it has high class shopping centers and the city itself, looks like one big park. among the country's most iconic sites includes the center for performing arts Esplanade and the symbolic Merlion.fronting Marina bay, stands the original Merlion statue, which was repaired recently after it was struck by a lightning February last year. lightning was named Kidlat. a cub merlion can also be seen in the same park which is smaller than the original one. three more can be seen around Singapore the largest in Sentosa.the original statue is made of cement with porcelain plates layer and its eyes made up of red tea cups. according to my Singaporean counterpart, the Merlion has a mythical background back in the olden days. one that i need to find out.
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ackkk! so clean! sana ganyan din dito sa atin :)
ganda riyan ano? enjoy singapore.
I only spent a day there but I'm impressed with its cleanliness. I'd like to go back for a longer stay.
sana masustain nila ang ganda at kalinisan... kasi tayo hindi eh... jijijijiji
Splendid views! I'd really like to go there for a nice and interesting stay.
yeah, i like singapore a lot, but....
where's the mini-merlion?
sg looks really inviting! =)
wala ni isang kalat, parang 'pinas din ..:D wish ko lang.
sana makapasyal kahit two days lang.
I wanted to go there soon :)
Looks nice and clean !
Great buildings !
I hope there's someone like Lee Kuan Yew among the current presidential hopefuls to turn the Philippines into an economic tiger like Singapore.
Ah! This look familar. :) Did you do a lot of shopping in Singapore?
In 2008, I walked from Chinatown to this Merlion statue
yeah the merlion... and durian esplanade :) anyway happy chinese new year =p
Uy Singapore, ang bansang sobrang linis at bawal magtapon ng basura. Bawal mag bubble gum. Ang daming bawal.
AYos yung photos! Ang lilinaw!
I agree. the place is clean. Sana ganon din dito sa atin...
Nice photos as always. My favorite is the third one...
Do you know that the symbol of Manila is also a merlion?
Happy Valentine's Day, dong ho :)
A fascinating and fluid place. Beautiful. I love the dog!
Impressive skyline...ang ganda naman dyan at malinis.
btw, thanks and happy hearts day to you too! ♥♥♥♥♥♥
i know nuts about Singapore even though it is so near. The last time i was there was in the mid 80s
Red tea cups! Mythical indeed, hehe.. Gusto ko ring makita yan kung gaano kalinis.
I bet pwede kang humiga sa kalsada ng walang kadumi-dumi.
Wow, reading thru your comments I've learned that a merlion is also a symbol for Manila..
Your photos are awesome as usual.
Awesome photos of the skyscrapers! I love them all!
Singapor naman ngayon...
Anyways... Happy Valentine's Day!
singapore is famous for its cleanliness, totoo ba?
You were only walking around the city area. Go to the heartlands and the beaches. :)
Mr. Dong..., until wen ka dyan??? hehehe. great place...!
I'm really looking forward on my first trip abroad there in the coming weeks. char ^ ^
You took so many good photos. Very clear day for photo shoot. Did you like S'pore?
gapore is one big makati
pero mas trip ko pa din ang makati kesa gapore
sabi nila walang kalat dyan
when i came i tried to prove them wrong
at tama ako
i have photographs to prove na may nga kalat din sila sa kalye
I wasn't paying attention when I saw a documentary about the origins of Singapore, and the legend of the Merlion, so I reserve my comments about their mythology for now. hehe
Siguro maganda ngang pumunta sa Singapore, and even work there, but when you hear stories of how they "discipline" wrongdoers, it kinda makes you think twice. And I hear they have one of the highest costs of living in Asia as well.
i want to eat the clouds off of all your photos LOL
It's a great post, Dong, and I love the pictures! :-) Thanks, it was vicarious fun.
it's interesting what you noted, sg is bigger than metro manila but take note dom, our megacity is actually just one city compared to one country.
as always, very clean tingnan (although way too clean for me, i guess). what i like about sg are not the buildings but the trees and plants all over.
and the merlion shows its face again
wow, ang ganda pla sa singapore... para naman po ako nakarating sa Singapore kahit sa mga pictures mo lang kuya dom
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