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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Singapore

We are doing an A-Z meme in our blogging group, Blogging for Fun. This week, we are working on letter S. I am posting my Fun Friday post a bit late. It has slipped my mind. I got busy catching up with friends on facebook.

Singapore

My family and I visited Singapore last July 2009.

Singapore is a micro-state and the smallest nation in Southeast Asia. It is substantially larger than Monaco and Vatican City, the only other present-day sovereign city-states.
 
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I have never seen so many orchids in bloom all at the same time. 

Bromeliads in all it's vivid coloring, thrive healthily planted in drift woods.

It is such a sight to behold, especially to a bromeliad-lover like me.

A visit to Singapore would not be complete without a picture by the Merlion. Singapore's symbol. The Merlion is an imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body comes from Singapore's ancient name back when it was a fishing village. Temasek  meaning "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name, Singapura, meaning "lion city" or "kota singa" in Sanskrit and Malay.

 Romantic arches... paradise found!

Songs of the Sea is a mesmerizing show featuring pyrotechnics, water jets, brilliant lasers, captivating music and other dramatic effects.





Clarke Quay is also the name of a road along the quay, part of which has since been converted into a pedestrian mall.

We enjoyed a cruise along Clark Quay and was able to bask under the fading sun. Simply beautiful!

We had dinner at one of the fancy restaurants by the Quay. It was surprisingly reasonably-priced considering the breath-taking view. It was quite an experience for my nieces, they really enjoyed the feast.

And the day had to end.

One of the best treats I got from our Singapore visit was a meeting with a blogger buddy and Salitype sister, Cher. Cher and I had breakfast together. We had soft-boiled egg and soy sauce. Cher introduced me to kaya toast. Yum! Thank you for the treat, Cher! I look forward to yet another meeting.


I hope these photos are scenic enough for Scenic Sunday.

Click the badge if you want to see more scenic views. Happy Scenic Sunday!





19 comments:

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

What a great opportunity to meet a fellow blogger, especially one so far away! I loved all of your pictures, especially the ones towards the end where the light is fading.

Ann said...

Love all the photos. Singapore is beautiful. I really like that merlion and all the history behind it. I learned something new today.

Bill said...

Singapore is a fascinating place. I've been there a number of times, always love the cable car trip over to Santosa Island. Thanks for posting.

Diane AZ said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time. Those are amazing orchids, Bromeliads and sunsets. Everything looks scenic in Singapore!

Ebie said...

Singapore, a beautiful city and one of the charms in Southeast Asia.

Fun, adventure and eating, my kind of trip!

Tekkaus said...

Wow! Beautiful Singapore. I wish one day one day I can be there too. :D

ruthi said...

Wow... now I have something to look forward to in my future travel. Tes, I love the colorful sky photos here. The splash of color gave a dramatic character to the picture. And of course, the orchid garland where you lovebirds posed.

rainfield61 said...

Beautiful pictures, and I have seen the last one before.

Have been a long time never hear from Cher. She must be very busy.

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Wow! tHIS Is wonderful Tes! Although Singapore is near to me, I have not visited that country. Hehehe

betchai said...

beautiful pictures Tes, but of course my favorite is you and Doods in those arches, wonderful.

wenn said...

wow, lovely photos!

Whitemist said...

Awesome! Love the night colors. i will have to post some of my special night shots when i was using a non-digital camera soon!

eileeninmd said...

Tes, wonderful photos! Singapore is beautiful. You captured many lovley scenes and memories.

Leomar said...

The photos are all gorgeous! You were able to capture the beauty of this small country.

maricar said...

beautiful post Tesya about Singapore, i love the photo of you and Doods and of course with Cher :)

Icy BC said...

Gorgeous pictures, Tes..very scenic, and beautiful place to see..My favorites are you and Dood, and the girls in the middle of purple field flowers! Who can resist those?

Cheryl said...

Oh I did enjoy "coming along" on this trip with you Tes. What a gorgeous place. The flowers are breath-taking. How wonderful to meet a fellow blogger!

Ayie said...

we will swing by sg too!

Cher said...

hi Tesya! i couldn't wait to go home to check this post so here I am, taking a chance (luckily, no multiplication of your blog site this time) and savouring your beautiful post about Singapore. thank you for posting our pic, it brings back a short yet sweet memory... and yes, i am looking forward to meeting you again one day. =)

ps.
thanks for the link too. i miss blogging so much. hope i'll get the chance to contribute more post in our BK soon.

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