Statues depicting the old way of life
I think it is sad that as Singapore has been developed the old buildings have been torn down. I can understand that the living conditions were not acceptable in the modern world but it is still sad.
These statues are great though, showing the old way of life. In my opinion, they are works of art that are very pleasing to the eye - to my eye, anyway.
Singapore is a compact city where the majority of the people live in good quality public housing.
In the 1960s, the newly formed Housing Development Board (affectionately known by its acronym HDB by Singaporeans) started its building program. The flats that you see in this photo were built in 1965 just after the great fire in Bukit Ho Swee. As these flats are old, they could have easily fallen into disrepair and evolved into slums, but the local authorities began a major refurbishment in 1990s to upgrade these old flats. Now they are a much sought after accommodation as many of the apartments are located close to the city centre.
Sizes of the HDB flats range from 600 sq ft to over 1500 sq ft. The smaller ones have only 1 or 2 bedrooms. Singaporeans are house-proud people. Many families - young and old -spend tens of thousands of dollars to renovate and furnish their homes. Viewing showhouses, and shopping for antiques and furniture is a favourite weekend past-time.
Depending on size and location, HDB flats can cost from SGD 150k to close to 500k, with the majority in the 250k range.
The older housing estates are found in Queenstown, Toa Payoh, Ang Mo Kio while the newer ones are found in Bishan, Yishun, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Sembawang, Sengkang and Punggol.
You can always change money easily here
Unlike some countries, Singapore has alot of money changing facilities and you can change foreign currency easily. No need for passport or filling in a form. Almost every shopping mall will have a "money changer", usually manned by an Indian man.
Rates differ slightly. Lower rates at banks and better rates at the money changers. In Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza has the most number of money changers; you can choose to compare rates before you change your currency. But if you're in orchard, I personally like to change money with the money changer at Takashimya, Basement 2. He gives pretty good rates.
It was a totally different experience for me.I went there on a weekday and there was very few people around on the island.Take a map of the island and then rent a bike.The whole island is yours for exploration.Do pack your liquids as you wont find any shops other tha ones at ferry point.You will find the less popular picnic spots totally deserted.