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Photos of Singapore... taken with a Sony DSC-V1. I'll be adding to this album every now and then. (More photo albums can be found here.)

Fullerton Hotel (Dsc03345enh)

Fullerton Hotel (Dsc03345enh)

The General Post Office building, built in 1928, was transformed into the Fullerton Hotel in 2000. A bit of local trivia: the site marks point zero for road distances in Singapore (Greenwich marks point zero for London).


Esplanade skyline (Dsc03340enh_1)

Esplanade skyline (Dsc03340enh_1)

View of the Esplanade (centre left) and nearby hotels taken from Esplanade Bridge.


Merlion (Dsc03338enh)

Merlion (Dsc03338enh)

In 1964, Fraser Brunner, the curator of the now-defunct Van Kleef Aquarium, was commissioned to design an emblem for the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board. He created the Merlion, a creature with a lion head and a fish body resting on a crest of waves. The lion head symbolises the discovery of Singapura ("lion city" in Sanskrit, dating from 11th century AD) as depicted in the Malay annals. The fish tail symbolises the ancient city of Temasek (Singapore's present location) destroyed in 4th century AD and represents Singapore's beginnings as a small fishing village. The Merlion statue weighs 70 tonnes and stands 8.6m high.


Zion Road Hawker Centre (Dsc03306enh)

Zion Road Hawker Centre (Dsc03306enh)

Congee and spring roll stall (left), and the fresh fruits and juice stall (right). The tiny "A" sign at the first stall (in the middle of the picture, between the two standing people) is the four-grade hygiene rating awarded by the government, where A = Excellent, B = Good, C = Average and D = Below Average. Each stall is required to display its rating.


Zion Road Hawker Centre (Dsc03303enh)

Zion Road Hawker Centre (Dsc03303enh)

Fresh sugar cane juice being poured. The juice is squeezed out by passing the sugar cane between the rollers on the right.


Zion Road Hawker Centre (Dsc03297enh)

Zion Road Hawker Centre (Dsc03297enh)

Western food stall (leftmost) and pig innards soup stall (second from left).


Empress Place Building (Dsc03294enh)

Empress Place Building (Dsc03294enh)

Empress Place Building, built in 1867, houses the Asian Civilisations Museum 2. The clock tower in the background belongs to the 19th century Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall complex.


Chinese New Year snacks (Dsc03264)

Chinese New Year snacks (Dsc03264)

Pistachios and peanuts, tapioca chips, popcorn, sweets, chocolates, crispy cuttlefish, pineapple tarts...


Pineapple Tarts (Dsc03261)

Pineapple Tarts (Dsc03261)

The quintessential Chinese New Year snack.


Cannonball Tree (Dsc03248)

Cannonball Tree (Dsc03248)

One of several at the West Coast Park.


Botanic Gardens at Night (Dsc03226)

Botanic Gardens at Night (Dsc03226)


Botanic Gardens at Night (Dsc03223)

Botanic Gardens at Night (Dsc03223)