Photographer's Note

Returning from Nepal I chose to spend a few days in Singapore to discover this stunning Asian metropolis. At just 140 kilometres north of the equator, the CBD of Singapore City is humid, languid and very lush. The consistent warm temperatures and regular rainfall allow for the growth of sensational tropical gardens and public places are always festooned with beautiful colourful foliage. The big new addition to this booming economic hub is the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, shown in this photo. The multi-billion dollar attraction combines fine accommodation, shopping malls and large casino at the one location and was opened earlier in 2010. Parts of the precinct are still under construction. For the casual tourist like myself, it is very worthwhile to visit the Sky Park on top of this amazing building for comprehensive views back over the city, with a panorama which not only includes the island of Singapore but also parts of Malaysia and Indonesia. It’s interesting to note that the water seen here was formerly a salt water inlet, but recent innovation has seen this section artificially cut off from the sea and refilled with fresh water to serve as a drinking water reservoir for the city. A brilliant city.

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