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Singapore Introduction

Singapore is a small island country situated at the Southern tip of Malaysia.  It lies approximately 1o North and 104o East making it the most southerly and easterly place either of us has been.  Its long tradition as a trading port has resulted in many people settling there including, Chinese, Malaysians, Indians and Westerners, giving the country a unique blend of cultures.

It was quite a contrast to Delhi and India being far more organised, clean and technologically advanced.  When we went it was the time of The Great Singapore Sale, an annual event during June and July, so we picked up a few bargains and some supplies not easily available in India.  But most of our time was spent doing some of the sights in and around the city.

Below are some of the more general photos that we took during our stay.

On our first day we got soaked in a very strong rainfall, fortunately the rest of the week was better.  This is taken on Orchard Road, Singapore's Oxford Street.



























A major contrast with Delhi was drivers obeying the traffic laws, the presence of pedestrian crossings and pavements, no rickshaws (except the tourist ones) auto-rickshaws, carts etc.  Plus a very efficient public transport system.  Also on the left you can see an advertisement painted onto the road.  (A mastercard symbol)



Recycling bins for your general street litter.














 A street kiosk spraying water to help give a cooling effect to customers.












This is taken from within the courtyard of the famous Raffles Hotel.  Named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the British Diplomat and Trader who is largely responsible for the structure of modern Singapore. He arrived in 1819 and negotiated treaties with Malay rulers to grant British access which eventually led to it becoming part of the Empire.










A little out of the city there were some very colourful apartment blocks.  These are some of the public social housing provided by the Government, which are used by over 80% of the population.












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