Monday, December 30, 2013

Metropolis, Singapore

A very short bus ride from my condo is a beautiful business park called Metropolis. It is located across the street from the Star Vista, my favorite building in all of Singapore. (Yes, we kitties can appreciate architecture just as much as humans do!) 

This place is beautiful! I don't understand how anyone could work at this business park. If I was a human I would spend all my time sitting around the grounds enjoying the lovely fountains and gardens as well as the incredible statues created by notable international artists, Ju Ming of Taiwan, Gao Xia Wu of China, and Fernando Botero of Colombia.

The most amazing statues were angular business people going to work in the rain.

It was time for me to go back home. As I turned to leave, someone said, "Good bye pretty kitty! Please come back to see us. We enjoyed your company today." 
I snapped back around to see who was talking to me. I didn't see anyone...Is it possible the statues were alive?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas in Singapore

Christmas is a big commercial event in Singapore.

Remember the reason for the season!


Friday, November 1, 2013

Singapore Air Force Museum

The bus driver on bus 90 did not know I was on his bus. He was surprised and upset to see me jump off. I guess he doesn't like kitties sneaking a ride on his bus.

 I ended up across the street from the Singapore Air Force Museum. I carefully crossed the road and ran into the shade provided by the open building housing the static display of beautifully maintained aircraft.

The displays range from helicopters, propeller driven fixed wing aircraft, jets, surface to air missiles and drones. In addition there are engine displays, cockpit displays and a collection of commemorative plaques.

This place was really interesting even for a kitty like me. The strange thing was that there was only one person visiting the museum. A very nice gentleman noticed me wandering around and could tell by the amount of time I was spending viewing the displays, that I had a true interest in aviation. He walked up to me and offered to show me around. It turned out he used to fly A-4 Jets for the Singapore Air Force and loved spending time at the museum.

 The elderly gentleman led me into a room devoted to explaining the overall history of aviation. He was very well versed in the subject and added his take on certain events.

On the second floor is a series of rooms devoted to the history of the Singapore Air Force including air traffic control and air defense systems. There are also displays of uniforms and flight suits. Since no one else was around, my new friend let me try on a flight helmet! What an exciting highlight for me!

Before leaving I was surprised when my escort took me to the third floor where the Officers Club is located. It is a large room with a bar, pool table, and a small stage for bands to perform on. I felt honored to be invited to such a special place restricted to the very professional officer corps.

I truly hated leaving this fascinating place and the wonderful gentleman that showed me around. I learned a lot and I think he got a lot out of reliving some of the history upon which he had made such a direct impact.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Speakers Corner at Hong Lim Park

Speakers Corner in the Hong Lim Park is a site where anyone can speak their mind openly in Singapore. However, there are some restrictions. I arrived at the site expecting to give a big speech but found I wasn't allowed to. I read the rules and I found there were several I could not follow.

 1. I am not a Singapore citizen. I am an American dependent cat.

 2. I don't speak any of the official languages. I understand them all but I only speak cat which is  understood by all cats, dogs, birds, monitor lizards and all the other creatures in the animal kingdom.

3. The subject I was going to speak about could definitely be construed to be violent in nature.

I was very disappointed because I had really spent countless hours researching and preparing for my speech. The topic was something I know all the population in Singapore always has on the top of their minds. I was going to talk about a major problem that no volunteer group or government agency is doing anything about. I really think there could, and should be something done about this horrible problem. Everyone in Singapore should work together to eliminate this atrocity!  The situation that is allowed to continue unabated should cause cats all over Singapore to scream out loud!

The problem of major proportions, is that someone in Singapore is breaking, and in many cases, cutting off kitty cat tails at an alarming rate!

This practice must stop! Everyone, cats and people alike, should band together, catch the offender(s) and bring them to justice. If found guilty they should be caned in public and then be required to feed homeless kitties for a year.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Telok Ayer Green Landing Site Park

There is a lot going on in the Telok Ayer Green Landing Site Park in Singapore. On a recent bus ride I "landed" in the area of Singapore that was originally the first point of arrival to Singapore for many Chinese immigrants in the early 1800's. The site was originally a sandy beach.

The very small but picturesque park was built to preserve this historical location. There are bronze statues depicting life in those times as well as a pond and seating for people to enjoy their lunch al fresco.

On one end of the park some very enterprising entrepreneurs set up a bicycle repair business under an umbrella. Business is brisk. Many delivery people and others that need their bikes for work, get tires replaced and other minor repairs done here to keep them on the road.

The little park is bordered on one side by the Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre. The historic shrine was built in 1830 to honor of the Chulia Indian Muslims of southern India who were merchants and money lenders.

On the opposite side of the park is the culturally important, Thian Hock Keng Temple.
It was built on the site where the original Hokkien, Chinese settlers gave thanks to the goddess of the sea, Ma Zu Po, for giving them safe passage to Singapore. It's construction was completed in 1842.

As I left the quaint park, I walked through a covered, but open air, shopping area on Upper Nankin Street that had a couple of interesting bronze statues of Chinese settlers. I then came upon a small coffee house called Good Morning Nanyang Cafe. The owner, a cat lover, offered me a delicious over easy egg which I gobbled up with glee!  

Just before jumping on my bus home, I noticed a sign for the Speakers Corner. I may have to research that for a future trip to this wonderful area of Singapore.