On our trip through South East Asia we had hoped to visit Indonesia to see the Orangutans, however we didn’t have time to fit this in, so we decided to save Indonesia for our next trip. Singapore Zoo has the world’s most successful orangutan breeding program. For this reason, these furry orange cuties are pretty popular in Singapore!
Singapore – Elephant Parade
A baby Thai elephant named Mosha lost her leg after stepping on a landmine. When Marc Spits learnt about the unfortunate incident through Soriada Salwala, founder of the first Thai elephant hospital in the world, it inspired him and his son Mike Spits to set up the Elephant Parade – eventually leading to the group co-financing Mosha’s prosthetic leg. Five years later, Elephant Parade’s mission still stands: to become the world’s largest financial support organisation for Asian elephants.
A collection of 162 elephant sculptures decorated by artists and celebrities including Ricky Gervalis, Leona Lewis, Josh Stone and Paul Smith arrived in Singapore, and were displayed at 19 locations around Singapore on street corners, office parks and even inside buildings. All of this was done in the name of elephant conservation.
The sculptures are about 1.5 meters high, and were placed on display for two months. In January (when we saw them) they were being auctioned by Sotheby’s, with part of the proceeds going to The Asian Elephant Foundation and the conservation fund of Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
Similar fundraising efforts have taken place in Europe before,
but this is the Elephant Parade’s first Asian stop.
I really loved these hand-painted elephants and I wished that I could buy an unpainted one and decorate it myself. Maybe one day I can make and decorate my own one for our house.
We saw this beautiful church while we were on the City Sightseeing Bus Tour. We would have loved to stop and look at it, however the bus didn’t stop near there.
A government building.
I love this photo. It shows the clean, modern feel of Singapore. This bridge crosses the Singapore River (the most famous river in Singapore).
Fort Canning is a small hill slightly more than 60 meters high in the southeastern portion of Singapore, within the CBD. It is a popular venue for music shows and concerts.
Marina Bay Sands – a world-class luxury casino and hotel.
This building looks like it fell straight out of a sic-fi movie. The crowning glory of the casino resort is the ship-shaped Skypark that boasts a dizzying infinity pool and the a newly opened Ku De Ta nightclub and restaurant.
I found this beautiful night shot of the Marina Bay Sands on Wikipedia.
On the upper deck of the Singapore City Sightseeing Bus.
I love Singapore… I wish that I could live in this city.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel in the Marina Bay waterfront. This hotel apparently has spectacular views of the bay and the Singapore skyline. One day when I’m big I want to stay there 🙂
The Fullerton Bay Hotel.
Along the City Sightseeing Bus Tour was the Merlion Park.
The 8.6-metre-tall original statue at Merlion Park.
The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Its name combines “mer” meaning ‘sea’ and “lion”. The fish body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means “sea town”. The lion head represents Singapore’s original name – Singapura – meaning “lion city”.
The two-metre-tall cub statue standing behind the original statue.
The wind was blowing so the water flowing from the Merlion Statue was spraying all over us. This was quite refreshing in the humid Singapore heat.
Playing with a cute little girl.
The view of the Fullerton Hotel is even better from the Merlion Park, across the road.
Singapore city centre, Bay Area.
Singapore has loads of beautiful flowers and palm trees due to it’s year round tropical climate.
The Anderson Bridge forms a distinctive part of the Formula One Singapore Street Circuit.
This is the Ministry of Information and Arts Building (MICA). We passed by it while on the bus, near Clarke Quay. The building is a relic of the colonial era, and it was opened in 1934. Its design was intended to mirror many British buildings of its time, with balconies, columns, and a series of windows arranged in neo-classical style.
The view of the city from the top deck of the City Sightseeing bus was so awesome that when we got tired of walking we decided to sit on the bus and see the city from there.