Tuesday, May 15, 2012

And so....

... - although I can't really believe it - my last day here in Singapore has come. I just returned from Bali (yes, that's the second visit) and tomorrow night I'll board the A380 direction of Z├╝rich.

And it just hit me that I AM going to miss Singapore. As much as I'm looking forward to being home again, there are just so many wonderful aspects to Singapore.

Two of my favorite buildings: The Marina Bay Sands Hotel, elegant and funny, playful and iconic. It can be seen from almost anywhere in the city, and the more I saw it the more I fell in love with it.

And the building I instantly named 'Gotham Tower' or 'Batman's Singapore Penthouse'. I'm sure the building has an official name, but everybody here seemed to know what I was talking about when I mentioned the Gotham building...

Of course - and no surprise there - I will miss the food. As you will have realized from my many food posts, Singapore food is great. The food stalls, Hainanese Chicken Rice, and of course Sushi! And not to forget: Brunch on Sunday morning, by the Singapore River or neat Orchard Road, ready for shopping later on.

Shopping - it is contagious...

And of course the people - always friendly and good fun.

But probably most of all the city itself.

Goodbye Singapore - 'till we meet again ;-)...

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mount Faber - a Piece of Nature

... with a touch of modern human. A few weeks ago I went for a walk on Mount Faber, one of Singapore's hills. Although 'only' 105 m in hight (remember, I'm Swiss and used to the Alps...), it provides a panoramic view of some of Singapore:

It can even be reached by cable car, though there's also a bus route to the top, and lots of foot paths.

The walking routs down from the top are well signed out, an in case you ever feel lost you'll be told exactly where you are - you just have to follow the yellow brick road foot prints (Yeti???):

But don't be fooled by the typical Singaporean thoughtfulness. Mount Faber is a dangerous place. REALLY!

I do believe they have been spotted. I just don't know of anybody who ever has.... But then that's not the only danger on Mount Faber. Nature itself is out to get you:

And for this I did find actual proof:
This path here is part of a kind of the 'Tree Top Walk'. For 20 minutes you walk on these kind of elevated walkways:
It was good fun, and definitely nothing for some of my friends who are not too comfortable with hights (yes, Momo and Isa, that's you ;-)...).

But, I made it. I was there.
So was Toto.