20 Jan 2016 – Reflections & Memories!
Mon: welcome cousin Colleen and Greg from USA. Brunch at Raffles City Food Place.
Marina@Kepple Bay is a first-time experience for me. This is the area I thought I was familiar with after growing up there for 15yrs in the 1950s, but the habour front is now completely alien to me!
The background hills were my childhood playgrounds where Mt Faber can still be seen! Fond memories with cousin Wilki where I probably first learnt to enjoy natural lush greenery and a perfect place to hide from family dramas!
Today, it is built to station the cable-cars with fancy eating and drinking venues. And of course shops as shopping is certainly an important past-time for many!
Luxury waterfront and urban lifestyle with fancy condos, yachts, sailboats, clubs, etc for the rich. A total contrast from the childhood days where one can take a 10cents-S$1 ride on the bumboats from the former Gate9 to the outer islands.
Reflections@Keppel Bay is a 99yr leasehold luxury waterfront residential complex with 1129units on app 84,000m² of land, 750m of shoreline was completed by 2011. And YES they are not straight and NO, I have not had any shots when taking these shots 🙂
Former Clifford Pier, now Fullerton Bay Hotel. Another location besides Gate9 where one can take bumboat rides to the outer islands in the 1950s.
Along parts of the Fullerton Heritage Trail. Inside Armor for Change by Sri Astari Rasjid
St Andrew’s Cathedral – the last time I was inside it must have been for some Christmas midnight mass in the 1950s.
Capitol building now beautifully refurbished. There used to be a Magnolia bar on the ground-level on N-Bridge Rd where we had our ice-cream sodas and milkshakes in the early 1960s. CC was down the corridor here before they moved to Waterloo St.
Pix taken from Equinox Complex, Swissotel The Stamford 70th floor. The contrast of the old (circular green dome) and new Supreme Court (space-ship) is quite amazing. Poor Colleen&Greg, I think I have managed to wear them out completely on top of their jetlag 🙂
These bright and colourful sculptures are new to my eyes + many others but did not have time to take them. Only in SIN where one can find something new everyday, thus impossible to be boring or nothing to see!
Tue: an evening in Chinatown for Colleen to feel the ambiance of the pre-CNY crowds, taste frog-legs and durians. No intentions to be down there again until after the CNY. Smooth & safe sailing to them and will catch up again after their sailing trip.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young – Henry Ford