30 Stunning Photos That Will Make You See Singapore In A Different Way
How would you describe Singapore in one word? I used to say it’s tiny — a response I’m sure is also often uttered by most Singaporeans. But now that I’ve gone through these snapshots, I feel like it’s time to come up with a new adjective.
1. The sand stockpile across Bedok Reservoir[caption id="attachment_3024" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Shan Min @ Treasure Everyday[/caption]
The stockpile of sand is meant for future projects. But every now and then, whenever I drop by Bedok Reservoir, all I can picture is the Sahara Desert.
A rather surreal and unusual sight, I must say, considering Singapore is known for its skyscrapers and city life.
2. Haw Par Villa[caption id="attachment_3205" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Expat Living[/caption]
If I were to pick the worst place to bring a yellow-bellied kid to, Haw Par Villa would be the top of my list. Its impressions of Chinese folklore’s 10 Courts of Hell is crazy frightening.
I bet tourists will do a Kevin-Bacon-Footloose-jump-back move when they see this gruesome scene — especially after they’ve basked in the glorious view from the Singapore Flyer.
3. The migrant workers’ dormitory[caption id="attachment_3009" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Today Online[/caption]
Many migrant workers come to Singapore to pursue job opportunities to support their family back home. Besides dealing with the overcrowded and messy dormitories, they also have to endure the social stigma of being a foreign worker.
4. Sundays at Orchard Road[caption id="attachment_3010" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: The Straits Times[/caption]
Most of our foreign domestic workers’ rest day falls on Sunday. If you’re ever around Orchard Road — specifically, Lucky Plaza — on Sunday, take a minute to soak up the scene. Odds are, the place will be packed with Filipinos. The Little Manila of Singapore is the favourite hot spot of the community.
5. Senoko Fishery Port[caption id="attachment_3011" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: UnTourist Singapore[/caption]
When I came across this picture of Senoko Fishery Port, I went, “Those still exist?” Some of us may have had our feet splashed at at the wet market, but how many of us have actually set foot into a fishery port? Singapore may be small, but there are still a couple of gems out there that we may not have discovered.
6. New public housing
[caption id="attachment_3013" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Urban Architecture Now[/caption]
Apparently, HDB flats can look posh too. One writer at CNN even likened it to a luxury hotel. I can understand that, because… well, take a look at that majestic sight.
7. Rochor Centre[caption id="attachment_3014" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: CNN[/caption]
The iconic building is going to be demolished soon to allow room for the construction of the North-South Expressway. Let this sink in.
8. The homeless[caption id="attachment_3015" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Youth.SG[/caption]
Just because we don’t see them doesn’t mean they don’t exist. According to one writer at Youth.sg, some of the homeless are estranged from their families, kicked out by relatives or left home of their own accord.
9. The haze[caption id="attachment_3016" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Channel News Asia[/caption]
Singaporeans are not hardwired to withstand the haze. Scratch that, no one is. Hopefully, the brief experience has taught us not to take clean air for granted.
10. The hailstorm[caption id="attachment_3017" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: The Straits Times[/caption]
According to the World Risk index, we’re currently at the 15th spot. Which means that there’s a slight chance of a natural disaster happening in Singapore. Knock on wood, but hey, you never know, right? Life is unpredictable.
11. Richard Koh’s photos[caption id="attachment_3018" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Richard W J Koh[/caption]
Richard W J Koh is an award-winning photographer from Singapore. Take a look at this phenomenal picture of our HDB flats taken from an aircraft. Who knew you can turn an ordinary scene into something so breathtaking? It’s all about the angle.
12. Traditional Peranakan shop houses[caption id="attachment_3019" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Girl Tweets World[/caption]
And speaking of angles. If it weren’t for the heading, you’d probably think this is a picture of a quaint town in an exotic country. The Peranakan shop houses’ timeless pastel colours reflect a life of simplicity.
13. Street art[caption id="attachment_3208" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Ernest Zacharevic[/caption]
Mural paintings are a common sight in Singapore. Street art, on the other hand, are much rarer. Hmm, could this be one of the reasons why we were once named as the second coolest country in the world?
14. Thaipusam[caption id="attachment_3021" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: aahanasujanani[/caption]
Singapore may be a multiracial country, but I bet there are many things that we still haven’t heard of. Thaipusam is a Hindu thanksgiving festival celebrated in honour of Lord Subramaniam. The spikes you see in the picture? They can weigh up to 40kg. Mindblown.
15. Keong Saik Neighbourhood[caption id="attachment_3023" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Beastie Boys The Gala Event YouTube screengrab[/caption]
All-round cool band Beastie Boys shot their pulp noir music video, The Gala Event, at Keong Saik Neighbourhood back in 2007. And to think I was ecstatic when Tom Waits sang about Singapore.
16. Kampung Lorong Buangkok[caption id="attachment_3071" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Wikipedia[/caption]
We’ve got trouble. There are a few homes in Kampung Lorong Buangkok that have undergone upgrades. Does this mean our last surviving village is disappearing? Only time will tell.
17. Singapore’s massive flood[caption id="attachment_3155" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Asia One[/caption]
Singapore usually doesn’t flood, so when one strikes, you know it’s bad. This massive flood has caused a lot of headache and hindrance to the public. All I can say is, I’m glad those PE lessons and NAPFA tests haven’t gone to waste.
18. This HDB block[caption id="attachment_3073" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: SG Heart Map[/caption]
Here’s another gorgeous picture of our HDB flats. This shot was part of the HomeScapes Photography exhibition that was launched back on June 2015. Who says old can’t be beautiful?
19. Police uniform[caption id="attachment_3074" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Foundily[/caption]
The local traffic policewoman uniform used to be white during the late 1960s!
20. Samsui women[caption id="attachment_3151" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: The Lion Raw[/caption]
All of the remaining Samsui women are in their twilight years. The sentiment alone goes to show that our country has come a long way.
21. Bryan van der Beek’s photos[caption id="attachment_3084" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Bryan van der Beek[/caption]
Photographer Bryan van der Beek captures a location at different times within the same photo. Original and fascinating, his photos make you look at the little red dot in a strikingly different way.
22. Murad Osmann[caption id="attachment_3091" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Murad Osmann[/caption]
Murad Osmann is known for his Instagram photography series “Follow Me To”. Kampong Glam, a place we’re familiar with ever since we went there for our primary school excursion trip, looks unique and evocative in this shot.
23. Grocery shopping[caption id="attachment_3093" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Singas.co.uk[/caption]
Ah, gone are the days when all homemakers would buy their groceries while walking down the street. Now many of us turn to grocery delivery service and online concierge.
24. Tanglin Hill Brunei Hostel[caption id="attachment_3094" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Anymap[/caption]
There’s an unequal sign between the phrase ‘hauntingly beautiful’ and Singapore. At least, that was what I originally thought. Looking at this photo, I couldn’t be more wrong.
25. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple[caption id="attachment_3210" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Make My Trip[/caption]
This snapshot looks straight out of a Studio Ghibli movie. I’ve been to the area countless of times, but this picture never fails to make me do a double take.
26. Little Guilin[caption id="attachment_3152" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: poskod.sg[/caption]
If Mediacorp were to film another period drama series, this is the place they would go to. The sight’s a breath of fresh air, especially when you’re the type that gets easily caught up in the urban lifestyle.
27. Lazarus Island[caption id="attachment_3102" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Marine Bookings[/caption]
Lazarus Island sounds like something you would hear in a Jurassic Park movie. During an interview with The Straits Times, 60-year-old Mr Leow said that it’s unnecessary to travel to another continent to take beautiful shots when we already have a stunning beach. I rest my case.
28. Japanese Cemetery Park[caption id="attachment_3153" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Tourist In My Own Land[/caption]
Located in Hougang, it is Southeast Asia’s largest Japanese cemetery at 29,359 square metres. With over 500 tombstones, some of the notable graves include secret agent Tani Yutaka and Terauchi Hisaichi, the son of the 18th Japanese Prime Minister Terauchi Masatake.
29. Portsdown Road water tank[caption id="attachment_3104" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: lamborambo21[/caption]
Maybe it’s because of the HDB water tank incident, but this photo of the gigantic container gives me the heebies-jeebies. Let’s not beat around the bush, this is not the type of idiom you’d normally associate with Singapore.
30. 2013 Little India riot[caption id="attachment_3022" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Mark Cheong[/caption]
When news of the riot broke, we all thought it was a prank. When we took a closer look at the scene and realised it was real, we felt like we just got punched in the face with a knuckle duster.
All in all, Singapore is a culturally diverse country in a little red dot! Let us know how these photos have changed the way you view Singapore!
No Places To Go? Here Are 5 Fun Places In Singapore For An Afternoon Of Activity!
We almost always head to the same few places every weekend. Is there really nowhere else to go?
With a bit of research, we’ve compiled a list of 5 fun places in Singapore (away from the bustling city) for an afternoon of activity!
1. Singapore Zoo/Night Safari/River Safari – Relive your childhood by going on an excursion
Be it school excursions or family outings, most of us have gone to the as a kid. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see how the Zoo has changed since then?
Go for a day out at the Zoo and feast your eyes once more on the magnificence of over 300 different species of wildlife that reside in the 26 hectare animal park.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BAqq-_otR51/[/embed] [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BCJq_9cvC3X/[/embed] [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BCJyVL_lPhf/[/embed]
Too busy in the day? No worries, because the is open from 7:15pm to midnight. As the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals, the Night Safari can be touted as a unique experience in its own right.
Been to both the Zoo and Night Safari recently? We got it covered!
The latest addition to our wildlife reserves is the which was built with inspiration from the world’s greatest rivers. One of their more popular attractions include the Giant Panda Forest, where panda darlings Kai Kai and Jia Jia currently reside at.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yXTpFqbMoA[/embed]
Singapore Zoo/Night Safari/River Safari
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
Zoo: 8:30am – 6pm
River Safari: 10am – 7pm
Night Safari: 7:15pm – 12mn
Tel: (65) 6269 3411
Email: [email protected]
2. Bollywood Veggies – Discover Singapore’s countryside
Founded by Ivy Singh and her husband, Bollywood Veggies
Address: 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026 (Kranji)
Tel: +65 6898 5001
Wed-Fri: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 8.00am – 6.30pm
Mon-Tue Closed (except for PH)
3. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve – Enjoy a serene walk with Mother Nature
As Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve has much to offer. Explore the vast mangroves and trails that span all over the reserve as you contemplate the beauty of your surroundings.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BCInBTgKXhP/[/embed]
Play a game of Hide-N-Seek with our native mangrove inhabitants such as mud lobsters, monitor lizards and otters amidst the muddy landscape.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BCKmDqHElbE/[/embed]
Between September to March, visitors can also observe the flocks of many different species of migratory birds.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BCKd3JtJvvs/[/embed]
According to a 2011 Bird Checklist released by the National Parks Board, over 200 different species of birds have been recorded on-site at the reserve![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BCH22vPniI-/[/embed] [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BB-lhl0RvNh/[/embed]
Guided tours are also available in English and Mandarin. Click here for more information!
4. Red Dynasty Paintball Park – Bond with your friends by firing paint-bullets at each other
Delight in the exhilarating thrill of an adrenaline rush as you feel paint-bullets brush past your mask. Since 2007, [email protected]
Red Dynasty also operates two other paintball parks in Singapore, click Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and they provide a wide variety of select seafood such as fish, sting-ray, crabs, clams, as well as lobsters to many of our local food establishments.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/5AkW97PrPL/[/embed]
Their sources include local fish trawlers, fish farms, as well as in-shore vessels. Over here, you can get your hands on the freshest seafood available at wholesale prices. Now you know where to go if you’re planning for a cookout or BBQ.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/tJvXdqqtGH/[/embed]
Senoko Fishery Port
Address: 31 Attap Valley Road, #02-29, Singapore 759908
Opening hours: Tue-Sun from 2am – 6am
Tel: 6257 9760 / 6257 6721
So, who says Singapore is boring? If we’ve left out any must visit places in Singapore, leave us a comment!