Monday, March 23, 2009

The Merlion

This Postcard travelled ??Kms to Czech Republic. This is a private swap. At the time of posting, the Merlion has just been restored to public display after being repaired from a lighting strike. The lighting strike left a gaping hole on the top of the Merlion.

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 — Temesak — meaning "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name — Singapura — meaning "lion city" in Malay.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Raffles Hotel

This Postcard travelled 3,838Kms to China!

Synonymous to Raffles Hotel is the "Singapore Sling" which is really one of the famous drinks of Singapore. The Hotel is also named after the founder of Singapore Sir Stamford Raffles. Raffles Hotel is also known for its its luxurious accommodation and superb restaurants.

The Esplanade

This postcard travelled 9,422kms to Finland!

Sitting on the background of the Singapore River is the Esplanade. The Esplanade is well-known for the very interesting design and there is a whole trial of "nicknames" given to it. The most famous being "The Durian" Taxi drivers in Singapore would know if you decide to tell them that you want to get to "The Durian". Great place to watch world class performances. In the near future, the waterfront would boost a nice view of the marina sands casino and resorts. Visit the website here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Marina Barrage - Reservoir in the city

Visit Marina Barrge Website to find out details. (Photo & Text Below above taken from Website)

The Marina Barrage is a dam built across the 350-metre wide Marina Channel to keep out seawater, forming Singapore’s first reservoir in the city and 15th reservoir. Marina Reservoir combines with the future Punggol and Serangoon reservoirs will increase Singapore’s water catchment areas from half to two-thirds of Singapore’s land areas.

With the barrage in place, the Marina Basin will turn into a body of freshwater through natural flushing in one two to years. The freshwater will then be treated using advanced membrane technology before consumption.

Visited the Marina Barrage today..not too bad an experience..especially for e kids. This photo above is the dam that keeps out the seawater. You can see evidently from the colours of the water. We had some time to spend in the cafe and the cafe offers a good view of the dam minus the heat from the sun : ). Other areas includes the huge grass turf, that will be great for a picnic, if not for the overpowering sun. All in all, the kid had the best experience at this place.. the water feature doubles up well as a place for kids to run around and get wet...something the adults wish to do too : ) I will probably return again to this place in the evening to catch the Singapore skyline at its best. The following are some of the photos taken.

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