"The way we experience the world around us is a direct reflection of the world within us."
- Gabrielle Bernstein
It is the monsoon season in Singapore. That means we do experience the occasional downpour/drizzle during our walks. That is why we are really thankful for our guests who troop along with us through the rain. Your positive spirits and smiles motivate us to make our tours even better!
When in Singapore of course I look at the amazing new architecture. But there's also the old architecture, sometimes almost hidden between a lot of concrete and glass, sometimes proudly refurbished and placed in the spotlight.
One important group of historic buildings were those built by the colonial government. These were often built in one or another European architectural style, which was in fashion at the time, such as the old Supreme Court Building. Together with the former City Hall, the buildings have been refurbished to become the National Gallery.
The Thian Hock Keng Temple is the oldest Chinese temple in the country. There are actually two temples to see here, each dedicated to a different god/goddess. It’s like stepping into a time-capsule. I pictured just part of the entrance to show the difference in old and new.
And then there are the Shophouses. The old style shophouses are shops with one or more stories of living accommodation above it. These shophouses typically have a so-called five foot way which is a covered walkway located in front of the shop doors, with the upper floors shielding the pedestrians from the elements. The last picture shows a very colourful shophouse in the Indian part of Singapore.
But back to the opening picture: I think not enough attention is brought to the Singapore River. So here it is. The mouth of the Singapore River was the old Port of Singapore, being naturally sheltered by the southern islands. Historically, the city of Singapore initially grew around the port so the river mouth became the centre of trade, commerce and finance@Singapore