since I'm staying on a tiny island called Singapore, the whole country is actually my town. After all we only need about an hour and a half to travel from the east to the west ! But there's nothing islander about us, we are actually one big city with a population of almost 3.5 millions- foreign workers included!
With such big population and limited land, where do we house our citizen but the high rise apartments? We are still expanding, upwards that is.
Clarke quay at night
This is taken just 5 minutes drive from my home, the low building in the centre is the office of the Housing Development Board, the one in charge of the public subsidised apartments like the ones in between it, for the citizens. Around this area called the 'central' where there's malls, shops, restaurants, banks.....
Clarke Quay was named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore's second Governor and Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1873 to 1875, who played a key role in positioning Singapore as the main port for the Malay states of Perak, Selangor and Sungei Ujong.
Clarke Quay is also the name of a road along the quay, part of which has since been converted into a pedestrian mall. Clarke Street, located next to Clarke Quay, was officially named in 1896, and was originally two streets known simply as East Street and West Street in north Kampong Malacca. Similar to Clarke Quay, Clarke Street has since been converted into a pedestrian mall.
Presently, five blocks of restored warehouses house various restaurants and nightclubs. There are also moored Chinese junks (tongkangs) that have been refurbished into floating pubs and restaurants.
With its massive golden dome and huge prayer hall, the Sultan Mosque is one of Singapore's most imposing religious buildings, and the focal point of Muslims in Singapore. The mosque, designed by Denis Santry, was built in 1928.
Living in a multiracial country, we are exposed to each other religion and cultural practices since young. In fact there it is a compulsory subject in our primary school curricullum. Being tolerence, respect and understanding each other's religious obligation and cultural practices is the only to way to survive living among the multi racial neighbours.
After a hardworking weekdays, time to relax by the beach in Changi , either fishing, swimming, watching the boats or the planes passing by...
I better stop here, I got too many photos of my town but I'm not going to bore you people. Thanks for visiting! :)