Sunday, June 5, 2011

More Singapore: Around Orchard Road

I expected not to like Singapore, but coming from India, it was a welcome island of order. I expected the order, and well behaved crowds, and cleanliness, but I was surprised at how green it was, and it was a little less extreme in terms of rules than I expected. These photos are around Orchard Road, which was a pleasure to walk on (or below).
We stayed close to Orchard Road, a major shopping area both above ground and below. At one end, lots of greenery. Actually, there was lots of greenery all around.
Wide sidewalks, lots of signage, and of course, the surveillance camera.
Plenty of garbage and recycling bins all around.
Bus stops with great information and space to protect riders from the elements.
There was a Formula One related event while we were there, so there were barriers for crowd control set up, along with lots of extra lights.
The ERP sign provides information on the congestion pricing model used in the central of the city to reduce traffic by charging private vehicles a fee.

Great signage, everywhere, even on the construction work.

Sculpture of all sorts ... traditional and modern.

Wide sidewalks with greenery and lots of street furniture.

Colorful entrance to the shopping malls underground as well as the the metro.

Well mannered and run taxi lines.
Quintessential Singapore -- tall building, a heritage area, and the don't enter sign.
Lovely, and I'm sure out of this world expensive.
Mosaics, swinging wooden doors ... one could imagine this doorway in many parts of the world.

Expensive parking everywhere too.
Buildings (again, mainly malls) with huge screens advertising movies on them.
This area was off Orchard too.

A mixture of heritage and newer buildings.

Modern, modern.

1 comment:

luke said...

Hey. Who is the kid in the red shorts? He looks familiar.