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Friday, April 30, 2010

Huge Ceiling Fans

I saw huge fans like this in one of the secondary schools halls in Singapore about a year ago.

A few days ago, I realize they are appearing at the Al Fresco dining area at 313@Somerset too!

Huge Ceiling Fans

The weather is so warm these few days. These fans sure come in handy!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

What a $50 million face-lift does...

It was then known as the Singapore Power building.
After a $50 million face-lift, it is now known as the TripleOne Somerset.

It has a huge candy shop, cafe and a supermarket - Fairprice Finest.
I like the supermarket best ;-)

TripleOne Somerset

Oh, the address of the building?
111 Somerset Road, Singapore 238164.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ulu Pandan Incineration Refuse Plant.

On 11 August 2009 last year, this incineration plant ceased operation. The plant has burnt our rubbish for a good 30 years. If you are interested to read more, you can read it here.

The chimney that you see in this photo, it's 1.15 kilometers high!
(I got this info from a student project
)


Ulu Pandan Incineration Plant

I am wondering how they are going to dismantle it? Or is it going to be kept for memories? ;-)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cnergy at Old Toh Tuck Road

This CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) station at Old Toh Tuck Road is the largest in the world. It has been the biggest since it opened in September 2009.

When they mention largest it's the most number of CNG nozzles. If it's number of CNG stations, it is in Pakistan.


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Monday, April 26, 2010

In Memory of Ben Mok - Pedal On...

I have been wanting to take this photo since last month. I finally took it yesterday. You probably have read it in the newspapers.

Ben was struck down by a drunk driver. A fine young life ended at a tender age of 35.
If you want a leave a message to the family. Visit: http://www.benmokpedalon.com/


Ben Mok Pedal On


A larger photo of this bike available here


A notice from the Traffic Police. This has been around for a month,  they are still appealing for witnesses.

Ben Mok Pedal On

Friday, April 23, 2010

No Studying Allowed...

Many students in Singapore will be having their exams soon.
Wherever you can find places to sit, they will be there.

One popular place that students like to gather is fast food restaurants like in this photo.


But something really looks wrong. ;-p


No Studying Allowed...

If you are having your exams soon, all the best!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The trees are flowering....

Many trees are flowering all over Singapore. Singapore's version of 'sakura'. ;-)

I saw this and just had to take a photo of it.
Look at the ground. It's full of the red flowers too!

Flowering Trees

I am not sure what the species of this tree is though. Do you?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Business as usual, we are just gardening

Such a simple notice yet it brings a smile to your face as you read it.

Business as usual, we are just gardening

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Transformation by Tan Teng Kee

Another sculpture to add to the list of sculptures that I have posted here.
This was at the National Museum of Singapore.

Transformation

Transformation by Tan Teng Kee


You can read more about the Tan at Nusantara or PublicArt.sg

Transformation by Tan Teng Kee

Monday, April 19, 2010

Digging and drilling 24 hours.....

I walked past Beauty World Plaza and saw this machine piling. Look! It's so near the building!
Oh.. the poor folks working or staying in that building, all the inconvenience and the noise.

Working 24x7 at Downtown Line

Work on this Beauty World Staion on the Downtown Line is on 24 hours shifts too!
They do take a break though. They rest on Sunday nights.

Usually for huge projects like this, either Discovery Channel or National Geographic Channel will be filming the project progress. I wonder which company is doing it for this Downtown Line project?

I enjoy watching them on TV. Eg Extreme Engineering on Discovery or National Geographic's Megastructures.  For this project, I wonder how long is the wait before it's finally aired on TV.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Singapore Indoor Stadium

This is one building in this area that's not be slated to be demolished. This is the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

If you are a fan of Selina, Hebe and Ella, more commonly known as S.H.E., you would most probably bought tickets for their concert at 8 pm tomorrow at this Indoor Stadium.

But if you only found out after reading this and want to meet S.H.E, you can head down to the Stadium MRT Station just next to the stadium to meet them at 1 pm tomorrow!

Singapore Indoor Stadium

After so many years of buying event tickets from SISTIC (sistic.com), I only found out what SISTIC means a few weeks ago!

SIS stands for Singapore Indoor Stadium Ticketing! How many of you know that?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Some can't wait...

What can't they wait for?

For the Circle Line to open! Took a sneak peak at their Open House the other day. It's so convenient to get to Suntec City and Millenia Walk now. I walked out from the Promenade Station and it was at the entrance of Suntec City where Carrefour is!

I realise that the mall is giving out Coffee, Ice-Cream, Popcorn this weekend at the entrances of both Esplanade and Promenade Station from 11am - 7pm.

Circle Line Promenade Station

For me, I am waiting for the other unopened stations! I think they will only be open next year. I still got to wait!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

National Stadium...

Another building in Singapore that's soon to be demolished. It will make way for the Singapore Sports Hub, the project has been delayed a few times.

Let's see when they will finally pull this grand dame down and replace it with a Sports Centre that will most probably be mostly occupied by shops and restaurants. It's so predictable for buildings in Singapore.

National Stadium Singapore

This stadium was opened to the public way before I was born!
Find out more at Wiki if you are feeling a little bored. ;-)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Kallang Theatre

Happened to walk pass and realise Kallang Theatre is still around!
It had ceased operations since 31 March 2007 after the 'durian' was in operation for about 5 years.

Kallang Theatre

I think many locals have memories of this place.

- Long long ago, the NUS Convocations were held.
- National Day Rally speeches were held there too.
- Les Misérables was also performed there with subtitles!

What's your story about this place?

I wonder if they are going to open up this place again? The new Circle Line Stadium Station is just next to it! It's so convenient to get there now!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Queenstown Community Library

This is the Queenstown Community Library.

With the National Library at Stamford Road closed on 31 March 2004 and subsequently demolished, this is currently the oldest library in Singapore.

Queenstown Community Library

How often do you visit the library?
I visit it once every two weeks. (Why? To return my library books and get new ones.)

I have a premium membership so I can borrow up to 8 books at one time.
I borrow all kinds of books! Can you guess the titles of the books I borrowed these 2 weeks?

Friday, April 09, 2010

The Old Fence...

Can you guess which building this old fence and gate was for?
Hint: It's located near the current National Museum of Singapore.

Old National Library at Stamford Road entrance


What is this lady thinking about?  Momo was probably thinking that when she was a little girl, she used to walk pass this gate.

Old National Library at Stamford Road entrance


If you still can't guess, take a look at this photo below.
This is a photo of the old National Library at Stamford Road.
Can you spot the same fence?

National Library Building Stamford Road

This last photo is from http://infopedia.nl.sg/articles/SIP_661_2004-12-27.html

Thursday, April 08, 2010

CC2 Bras Basah Station

Many people do not know that this "pool of water" just opposite the Singapore Arts Museum is the 'roof' of the Bras Basah Station below!

CC2 Bras Basah MRT Station


It lets natural light in to the station below. It will definitely save on lighting cost for this station!
As the sun's ray passes through the water, it creates a rippling effect below.

CC2 Bras Basah MRT Station


Bras Basah translated into English means Wet Rice. Do you think the lines in the water feature resembles a 'modern look' paddy/rice field in the first photo above?

CC2 Bras Basah MRT Station


This station won the World Architecture Festival - World Transport Building of the Year under the Transport category in 2009.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

CC6 on the Circle Line - Stadium Station

On the Circle Line MRT Line, most stations are BORING!
There are exceptions though. One of the nicer station is "CC6 - Stadium".

Doesn't it look really sleek from the outside?

Circle Line Station CC6 - Stadium


The long curvy structure and the choice of materials used, don't you think it looks like some modern art gallery?

Circle Line Station CC6 - Stadium


It's also one of the few stations with really high ceilings.

Does the prints on the tall glass looks familiar?
I thought they look similar to the ones on Nestle Milo tins, do you also think so?

Circle Line Station CC6 - Stadium


View from the train platform to the entrance of the station.

Circle Line Station CC6 - Stadium


The view from the top. I like the natural light that flows in.
Is it able to handle the crowd when there are events at the stadiums outside?At least with lots of people inside, you won't feel claustrophobic. :-)

Circle Line Station CC6 - Stadium


I don't think I will use the Circle Line often. I am waiting for the Downtown Line to be ready.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Light at the end of the 'circle line' tunnel

Two days ago, there was a sneak peak of the 11 stations along the Circle Line that will be open on 17 April 2010. The event was called the Circle Line Discovery.

I was there with thousands of curious people, all wanting to see how the stations will look like. We also got to see how the tunnels looked as the tunnel lights were switched on.

This photo is taken inside the first/last carriage of the train.

Light at the end of the tunnel

We saw light at the end of the tunnel! (ya I hear you say that's so corny...)

This is at the Dhoby Ghaut station, which is the first station of the line, and it has the station code "CC1".

Monday, April 05, 2010

Quest for Immortality @ National Museum of Singapore

It was the last day of the "Quest for Immortality" exhibition at National Museum of Singapore yesterday.

I had a free entrance ticket (the special gallery costs $15 to enter usually) and thought I should use it since it is the last day of the exhibition. When I got there, there were long queues everywhere!

It was the Museum Open Day and all the different galleries were free for all! Everyone was there for the freebie day. (My free ticket was useless! It was free for all!)

I SMS my cousin and let her know and she and her dad came too!
Just showing one set of photos from the exhibition.

Horus and Horemheb


The Horus and Horemheb Statues.

Horus and Horemheb


The queue to this particular gallery was long. Even MediaCrop TV crew were there to interview the public.
I like the expression of the little boy!


Long queues...

When we left the National Museum, we saw the queue was all the way out to the road outside!

Friday, April 02, 2010

Good Friday and Blessed Easter

Wishing all Christians and Catholics a very Good Friday and Blessed Easter.

Good Friday

This is taken yesterday at the rehearsal of the Crucifixion scene.

It is for the Good Friday service by the English Presbytery of The Presbyterian Church in Singapore at Singapore Expo.