Monthly Archives: May 2017

Singapore: CHINESE AND JAPANESE GARDEN (6)
Singapore: CHINESE AND JAPANESE GARDEN (6)

If you want to escape the crowd, concrete and glass, just take the subway from the Singapore center and go visit two beautiful gardens. There is the Chinese and the Japanese one, and they are so different from the scenery so typical for Singapore with its skyscrapers and modern technology working for men (or the other way around), and yet still well embedded in the culture of people who live in this city-state. (more…)

Singapore: PEANUTS AND COCKTAILS AT RAFFLES (5)
Singapore: PEANUTS AND COCKTAILS AT RAFFLES (5)

The diversity of Singapore is so rich and specific that you might feel you have to pay close attention not to miss out on something along the way. That is how I came across a villa not far from the Orchard Road that looked like it was emerging from the foundation of the high glassy modern building. (more…)

Singapore: LITTLE INDIA AND CHINATOWN (4)
Singapore: LITTLE INDIA AND CHINATOWN (4)

One district not to be missed in Singapore is Little India that stretches along the Serangoon Road. This is where Indian immigrants found refuge when coming to this country. Consequently, you will be overwhelmed by Indian decorations, religious statues, specific scents of saffron, aromatic burning sticks, with jasmine and other floral arrangements all around. There are typical Indian shops, small alleys and once you find yourself here it will be hard to believe that only four percent of the Singapore population are actually Indians (while Chinese make up the majority of 80 percent). (more…)

Singapore: KINGDOM OF SKYSCRAPERS (3)
Singapore: KINGDOM OF SKYSCRAPERS (3)

Singapore consists of 63 islands, including the mainland. There are two man-made connections to Johor, Malaysia. The highest natural point is Bukit Timah Hill at 166 meters. (more…)

Singapore: MERGING LION WITH MERMAID (2)
Singapore: MERGING LION WITH MERMAID (2)

Once you get over those numerous fines and heavy rains, you will be eager to find out a bit more about the Republic of Singapore you have traveled to. So, I read few Singapore guide books and here is what they say. It is an island country located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It lies 137 kilometers north of the Equator while the “gap” in between is occupied by Indonesian islands. The country stretches for more than 700 square kilometers and it is one the few true city-states in the world, home to the smallest nation in Southeast Asia. (more…)

Singapore: UNDER CONSTANT SURVEILLANCE (1)
Singapore: UNDER CONSTANT SURVEILLANCE (1)

People usually travel to Singapore for shopping or they change flights on their way to Australia, New Zealand and other destinations further east or south. If you come for shopping, have in mind that you will find all the famous brands you crave to put in your closet, and that all those goods are way cheaper than in other parts of Asia since it’s tax free. The only thing to be cautious about is not to go over the luggage weight limit! (more…)

How about SINGAPORE!

 

We’ll be moving on, a bit more to the East this month, to enjoy Singapore through Glimpses! One unique city-state that stretches on a little over 700 square kilometers, with population of about five million, the country that is among the wealthiest in the world!

Singapore is constantly changing, being modernized all the time, and I was told that the country changes so fast, that even if I come next year, I wouldn’t be able to say that I know the city or that I have seen it all already. And they were so right! (more…)

Homage to Syria: ANCIENT PALMYRA (8)
Homage to Syria: ANCIENT PALMYRA (8)

*Was fortunate enough to travel to Syria and see the country in 2008, three years before the war broke out. This is the reminder, the story about the country with immense cultural heritage, posted here with the wholehearted wish for peace to be restored and cities to be rebuilt.

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Homage to Syria: PALMYRA TEMPLE (7)
Homage to Syria: PALMYRA TEMPLE (7)

*Was fortunate enough to travel to Syria and see the country in 2008, three years before the war broke out. This is the reminder, the story about the country with immense cultural heritage, posted here with the wholehearted wish for peace to be restored and cities to be rebuilt.

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