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Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Singapore

All photos taken on May 12, 1982.

Our first tour of the day was back down to the waterfront, where we saw dock workers bouncing huge white bales of rubber latex onto the dock. The architecture of the time was striking, but not a patch on what exists today.

Cavenagh Bridge is the only suspension bridge and one of the oldest bridges in Singapore, spanning the lower reaches of the Singapore River in the Downtown Core. Opened in 1869[to commemorate Singapore’s new Crown colony of the Straits Settlements status in 1867, it is the oldest bridge in Singapore that exists in its original form.
Houses of Parliament 1954-1999
150 year old Hindu Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, dedicated to the goddess and destroyer of evil, Sri Veeramakaliamman or Kali.

We then set off by bus to

Mount Faber, formerly Telok Blangah Hill, is a hill about 94 metres (308 ft) in height, located in the town of Bukit Merah in the Central Region of Singapore. It overlooks the Telok Blangah area, and the western parts of the Central Area. The summit is accessible by Mount Faber Road or Mount Faber Loop via Morse Road, but there are many footpaths or trails leading up the hill.

It is a frequent tourist destination, as it provides a panoramic view of the increasingly dense central business district within the Central Area. Its slope includes a tower that is part of the Singapore cable car system that connects to HarbourFront and Sentosa.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Sentosa Island and Singapore Harbour from Mt. Faber
Sentosa Island and Singapore Harbour from Mt. Faber
Sentosa Island and Singapore Harbour from Mt. Faber
Allan on Mt Faber
cable car to Sentosa Island
cable car to Sentosa Island

The next stop was at the Singapore Botanical Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 163-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of the Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

(Source: Wikipedia)

The noise from the cicadas was deafening and the heat and humidity were oppressive, but it was nice to be in this green oasis.

rattan in the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Patty and the lipstick palm tree at Singapore Botanical Gardens

Amongst the orchids

Our bus dropped us back at our hotel for a bit of free time and Patty and I walked to the Singapore Handicraft Centre to sample some of the many local cuisine choices at the International Food Fair. We had chicken biryani, lamb curry and a whipped fruit drink.

Dynasty Hotel on Orchard Road
Patty in trishaw at Singapore Tourist Board & International Handicraft Centre
Allan in front of fan palm at Singapore Tourist Board & International Handicraft Centre – CALL THE FASHION POLICE

Our meal over, we walked back to our hotel to freshen up with a swim in the hotel pool.

Felling refreshed, we joined Roz for a round of Singapore Slings in the 39th floor Observation Lounge. The views and the company were delightful.

Roz and Patty

This was to be our last big shindig at a poolside BBQ. We joined Roz and the Hardins for a meal of fish balls on a stick, Beef satay, shish kebab, sweet and sour pork, rice, bean salad, green salad, finished up with pastries and fresh fruit. After the meal, we were entertained with various cultural performances. What a phenomenal way to end our stay.


Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

14 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Singapore

  1. The architecture was already very innovative and this did not fail to attract your attention. Thank you for sharing these good moments, they are even more valuable with the passing years.

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    1. Looking at the photos of today’s Singapore skyline, it was light years ahead in 1982 and that trend has continued. I would like to go back one day. That lounge was pretty startling in the day. I imagine the views today might be blocked by taller buildings. Thanks for reading Linda. Happy Sunday. Allan

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