Five days in Singapore


The year 2015 began with  a family vacation to Singapore for me. It was indeed a great start. With my new camera hanging by my neck, it was where my first amateur photography attempts began. The country showed me what discipline and sense of duty can make of a place. The lush green lawns that ran alongside clean well maintained wide roads made me gaze endlessly. The elders who came with me constantly complained and mocked our country roads like they had no shame in being part of the population that made India what it is. Most tourist attractions held shows that carried a strong message on conservation of wildlife.

The laser show featured a story of time travelling called the Wings of time. It got us at the edge of the seat for it was a mind boggling experience. The animal show and the bird shows put a smile on our faces. What has to be mentioned for sure is the Light show in Gardens by the bay. The pillars of vertical gardens changed colours to music. Lights danced for the tune. A perfect treat for eyes and ears, it was such a soothing experience to lie on the stone floor and watch the gardens and the sky. Tall buildings, beautiful places, activity filled streets and awesome shows held us caught in admiration. But what touched me deep was how safe and free I felt there as a woman.

My father who would be mad at me if I am not home by dusk fall back in India, let me wander the streets of Little India in Singapore with my cousin until midnight. He sent us off alone in an unknown country to find our way to the Universal Studios and didn’t make a single call to find out if we were safe. We were allowed to dress in shorts and feel at ease. There was no conscious pressure about being a woman in that foreign land that welcomed us as tourists and made sure we experienced the best of hospitality. I wondered if the people, culture and the laws of Singapore made better brothers and sisters for us than that of India. When I asked for the way out of a building, people walked with us to where we had to go with a never-fading smile (like I obliged them by asking for help). I made friends with a Korean History teacher in a queue to buy burger at the Night Safari. She told me about Singapore’s first President, Yusof bin Ishak whose face I saw on the currency notes I was about to pay at the counter. She wished me good luck on my aspirations to become a writer. The day next, I spoke to a transgender friend from Philippines who was on a holiday. She loves to travel alone and in an hour-long queue to the Jurassic park ride in the Universal Studios, we shared water and lot of stories that we carried from home while discussing on gender issues across the world.

There was so much life all over the . Romantic honeymoon couples, many families from India (it was the “world-is-so-small” moment when we met a family we knew from our hometown in the hotel), school children on educational tours, we saw every kind of people in that small country that buzzes busy catering to tourists 24*7. It felt sad to be at the departure gates to fly back to daily routine just as it felt happy to be at the arrival gate and murmur “home sweet home”.

A few worthy ones from my endless clicking…

 

Vertical Garden directing us to the Arrival gates in Singapore Changi Airport

Vertical Garden directing us to the Arrival gates in Singapore Changi Airport

 

Place : Changi Airport, Singapore // Date : 14 January 2015 // Time of the day : Noon // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/30 seconds // F-stop : f/3.5 // ISO : 320 // Focal Length: 18 mm // Flash : No

 

Fire show at the Night Safari

Fire show at the Night Safari

 

Place : Night Safari, Singapore // Date : 14 January 2015 // Time of the day : Night // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/50 seconds // F-stop : f/7.1 // ISO : 6400 // Focal Length: 57 mm // Flash : No

 

 

White wolf at the Animal Show in Night Safari

White wolf at the Animal Show in Night Safari

 

Place : Night Safari, Singapore // Date : 14 January 2015 // Time of the day : Night // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/60 seconds // F-stop : f/5.6 // ISO : 6400 // Focal Length: 135 mm // Flash : No

 

The famous Merlion. The symbol of singapore

The famous Merlion. The symbol of singapore

Place : Merlion, Singapore // Date : 15 January 2015 // Time of the day : Late morning // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/200 seconds // F-stop : f/9 // ISO : 100 // Focal Length: 18 mm // Flash : No

 

Flyer ... 165 metres tall..

Flyer … 165 meters tall..

 

Place : Singapore // Date : 15 January 2015 // Time of the day : Late morning // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/100 seconds // F-stop : f/20 // ISO : 400 // Focal Length: 53 mm // Flash : No

A view of the see from the flyer...

A view of the sea from the flyer…

 

Place : Singapore // Date : 15 January 2015 // Time of the day : Noon // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/800 seconds // F-stop : f/5.6 // ISO : 100 // Focal Length: 92 mm // Flash : No

Prayer Lamps in a Chinese Temple

Prayer Lamps in a Chinese Temple

 

Place : Chinese Temple, Singapore // Date : 15 January 2015 // Time of the day : Noon // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/50 seconds // F-stop : f/3.5 // ISO : 400 // Focal Length: 20 mm // Flash : No

 

Some colours are named after the bearer of the shade... Peacock

Some colours are named after the bearer of the shade… Peacock

 

Place :  Sentosa, Singapore // Date : 15 January 2015 // Time of the day : Noon // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/125 seconds // F-stop : f/5.6// ISO : 400 // Focal Length: 100 mm // Flash : No

 

Jelly fish from Under Water World, Sentosa

Jelly fish from Under Water World, Sentosa

 

Place : Under Water World, Sentosa, Singapore // Date : 15 January 2015 // Time of the day : Noon // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/50 seconds // F-stop : f/4.5 // ISO : 640 // Focal Length: 33 mm // Flash : No

Jelly Fish from Under water World, Sentosa

Jelly Fish from Under water World, Sentosa

 

Place : Under Water World, Sentosa, Singapore // Date : 15 January 2015 // Time of the day : Noon // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/80 seconds // F-stop : f/5 // ISO : 800 // Focal Length: 25 mm // Flash : No

Dolphin show

Dolphin show

 

Place : Under Water World, Sentosa, Singapore // Date : 15 January 2015 // Time of the day : Evening // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/1250 seconds // F-stop : f/5.6 // ISO : 800 // Focal Length: 100 mm // Flash : No

 

Laser show

Laser show – Wings of Time

 

Place : Sentosa, Singapore // Date : 15 January 2015 // Time of the day : Night// Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/80 seconds // F-stop : f/5 // ISO : 6400 // Focal Length: 20 mm // Flash : No

 

At the bird show, Jurong Bird Park

At the bird show, Jurong Bird Park

 

Place :  Jurong Bird Park, Singapore // Date : 16 January 2015 // Time of the day : Late morning // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/400 seconds // F-stop : f/8 // ISO : 1600 // Focal Length: 135 mm // Flash : No

Flamingos, Jurong Bird Park

Flamingos, Jurong Bird Park

 

Place :  Jurong Bird Park, Singapore // Date : 16 January 2015 // Time of the day : Noon // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/250 seconds // F-stop : f/5.6 // ISO : 250 // Focal Length: 135 mm // Flash : No

Snowy Owl, The shriek I gave calling out to the bird -- Hedwig !!! #pottermania. (It's so hard to grow up :P)

Snowy Owl, The shriek I gave calling out to the bird — Hedwig !!! #pottermania. (It’s so hard to grow up :P)

 

Place :  Jurong Bird Park, Singapore // Date : 16 January 2015 // Time of the day : Noon // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/80 seconds // F-stop : f/5 // ISO : 6400 // Focal Length: 60 mm // Flash : No

 

The Cloud Forest Dome, Gardens by the bay... Some man-made wonders make you go aaaahhhh

The Cloud Forest Dome, Gardens by the bay… Some man-made wonders make you go aaaahhhh

 

Place :  Gardens by the bay, Singapore // Date : 16 January 2015 // Time of the day : Evening // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/400 seconds // F-stop : f/8 // ISO : 1600 // Focal Length: 135 mm // Flash : No

 

At the light show in vertical garden pillars, Gardens by the bay...

At the light show, Vertical garden pillars, Gardens by the bay…

 

Place :  Gardens by the bay, Singapore // Date : 16 January 2015 // Time of the day : Night // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/60 seconds // F-stop : f/5.6 // ISO : 6400 // Focal Length: 18 mm // Flash : No

When lights danced for music at Gardens by the bay

When lights danced for music at Gardens by the bay

 

Place :  Gardens by the bay, Singapore // Date : 16 January 2015 // Time of the day : Night // Camera : Canon 600 D // Exposure time : 1/60 seconds // F-stop : f/5.6 // ISO : 6400 // Focal Length: 18 mm // Flash : No

 

No photos from Universal Studios. Didn’t want to carry my Camera there. It was super cool and awesome fun. I would assure you on that.

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Five days in Singapore

  1. Beautiful clicks!
    I am sure you enjoyed the freedom to roam around without being bothered by unnecessary comments from unknown men 🙂 Let’s hope for such better brothers and sisters in our own homeland in near future!!

    • Of course Bilna Sandeep.. It was a beautiful feeling.. India would take decades to become like Singapore.. But yes… Let us hope our children see such goodness in our land… Thank you for reading and writing back.. 🙂

  2. Perfect photos for a travelogue!!!
    Loved the arrival picture that you have put up right the the front… Hoping to read more on your travel journeys!!! 😉😁

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