Friday, 27 June 2008

Singapore - Ariel view

From the time I boarded my flight or was it even much before that? I was truly excited about the trip and was clicking anything and everything that came my way.

My first question to the airhostess once I was in was, if I can click pictures from the flight and she said 'yes!'. There was no stopping me from there on.

Singapore is a beautifully layed out city or should I say properly planned. Here are a few ariel views of Singapore and its harbours.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Singapore - History

The history of Singapore dates back to the 14th century when it was a malay kingdom called Temasek or seatown. At that time it was a bustling trade place for many nationalities including Chinese, Arabs, Indians, Europeans and Malays. In 1299 a Sumatran prince named Sang Nila Utama(Sri Tri Buana) landed on the then Temasek to set up his kingdom and apparently saw a lion . This made him name the island Singa pura a sanskrit name for Lion city. Thou' the island enjoyed trading prominence and good relations with other countries , its popularity faded.

Singapore's history museum

Sir Stamford Raffles
Centuries later a great man arrived with the intention to "return the ancient glory" ,Sir Stamford Raffles landed by the Singapore riverto set up a trading post. The rest as they say is "Mordern History" ;) . Raffles didnpot only set up a trading post but built a business quarter as well . That area is know popularly known as Boat Quay.

Boat quay

* few excerpts are taken from the travel brouchers from singapore tourism.

*pics courtesy - Google images

Monday, 9 June 2008

Singapore

I have been looking forward to post here for quite a few months but have always been postponing for reasons unknown. But here I am finally to start posting about Singapore. I visited Singapore during the start of this year and its been an amazing experience and more so because this has been my first trip abroad. Apart from the travel experiences I would also like to share with you few things I learnt about Singapore before my visit.