Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island city-state in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree (137 kilometres or 85 miles) north of the equator, at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south and Peninsular Malaysia to the north. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 square kilometres or 50 square miles). The country is known for its transition from a developing to a developed one in a single generation under the leadership of its founder Lee Kuan Yew.⠀
What are some good places to eat in Singapore?⠀
The structure in the background in the photo is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, owned by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. At its opening in 2010, it was billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at $8 billion, including the land cost. The resort, designed by Moshe Safdie, includes a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000-square-metre (1,300,000 sq ft) convention-exhibition centre, the 74,000-square-metre (800,000 sq ft) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, art-science exhibits, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340-metre-long (1,120 ft) SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150 m (490 ft) infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform. @marinabaysands ⠀
Photo by @barnadrift⠀
Garden by the Bay in #Singapore was absolutely spectacular. It was more expansive than I could have ever imagined and dripping in culture, art, and exotic foliage. If there’s a more beautiful garden anywhere in the world I would love to see it.
3 348 hours ago
A family that eats together, satays together.
“I need a plan, a plan to get over my man. And what’s the opposite of man? Jam!” 🍯🤣 so happy to be standing in Monica Geller’s kitchen- I’m obsessed with Friends & people always tell me I remind them of her! Which friends character do you relate to the most?🧡 wearing @princesspollyboutique
ORANGUTAN JUNGLE TREK : Our Itinerary and Tips for #singapore folks looking for a weekend adventure! We first heard of this on #singafrog and wanted to pass on the good stuff (in English).
ITINERARY ✈ 1H20 SNG to Medan
🚕 4H to Bukit Lawang
🏠 1N simple accommodation 🌳 9am Breakfast then begin trek. 5-7 hours though jungle and hills
🐵 Orangutans are not guaranteed but we saw 8, including this bold momma Jakey.
🍌 Fruits and lunch provided. We had a delicious nasi goreng!
⛺Sleep in soul awakening jungle hut tent (see other post for pics!). Eat amazing dinner, vegan friendly.
🌄 Chill and breakfast. Leave at 11am 🛶 Can take water option back to village instead of hiking, for a bit extra. Was fun tubing! 🥣 Lunch at lodge. Fini! Then we headed to Lake Toba to relax.
WHAT TO PACK
-Nonslippery shoes - lots of slopes with wet leaves that will leave you on your butt. Not dangerous but annoying! My Adidas runners were okay but not the best. Our guide had rubber shoes thay had studs on bottom.
- Warm cozy pjs - can get chilly at night
- Extra set of clothes - you"ll be dirty and wet cuz you swim across a river (guide keeps your bag dry tho).
- mosquito spray
- high socks - keep leeches out!
- Simple toiletries - there is running water if you want to bathe.
- Baby wipes (very key!)
COST: 140 SGD/PAX including airport taxi and extra night stay and tourist license for jungle.
WHO: Adi was the best. 5 stars on organisation, food, and Guide's knowledge and dedication (he protected us from this Orangutan!)
PHOTOS: #lilfelrocksSumatra for images of jungle accommodation and stories of Jaky being a whack ass ape.
When the beautiful sky took over the city of Singapore. 🌅
I am always super busy in Singapore. I don’t like to take photos till my holidays yet. But well, we still need staycation from time to time.
Enjoyed mesmerising Singapore’s sunset through the world famous infinity pool from the sky! @marinabaysands
The Jubilee Bridge is part of a trail that highlights Singapore's history, and was built to celebrate Singapore's Golden Jubilee in 2015.
Made of three spans, the entire weight of the bridge rests on two main columns. The bridge utilised a post-tensioned, single-cell concrete box girder of varying depth as its structural system, forming a continuous slender box spanning between the columns. The result is a structure that does not require any vertical support from above the deck, allowing for unhindered views of Marina Bay.
Created to cater for large crowds, the Jubilee Bridge is three times wider than its adjacent Esplanade Bridge and can hold at least 2,000 people.
In mid-September 2011, Louis Vuitton Maison opened the chain’s largest store on water in Singapore. The store, which is on the water side of Marina Bay Promenade, is a massive upscale mall and hospitality complex.
The Louis Vuitton Maison was designed by internationally renowned architect Peter Marino. This luxury paradise is located in a greenhouse with a nautical-inspired interior. The glass pavilion is a 25,000 square foot structure, emerging from the surrounding water. The unique 300 ceiling panels and curtain panels have been raised with a UV-resistant membrane to protect luxury goods displayed inside the sun rays.
The interior of the building is modeled on a luxurious boat with teak floors, details like ropes and windows, decorated with brown, white and blue colors. When you enter the store, it’s absolutely beautiful with plenty of natural lights, water views and spacious layout.
Shoppers can enter the store by boat and jetty, by using an outdoor bridge or through a tunnel linked to the shopping center and in the walkway, there are various artworks portraying a similar island theme.
But taking the stairs which they call a “travelator” is recommended, so you can admire the panoramic view of the store from the second floor.
This is the first “maison” – which means “house” in French. It took about a year to finish.
Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore.
The resort is designed by Moshe Safdie. The prominent feature of the design is the three hotel towers, which has 2,500 rooms and suites, and a continuous lobby at the base linked the three towers. wan Lek and Louisa Ong-Lee. Aedas was responsible for employing all consultants and for developing, co-ordinating and implementing the design. The structural engineering for the project was handled by Arup with Parsons Brinckerhoff the MEP engineers. The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.
A distinctive feature of the hotel is the SkyPark, a three-acre park on top of the building with swimming pools, gardens, and jogging paths. The structure bridges all three towers with a segment cantilevered off the north tower. The hull of the SkyPark was pre-fabricated off-site in 14 separate steel sections and then assembled on top of the towers. There are four movement joints beneath the main pools, designed to help them withstand the natural motion of the towers, and each joint has a unique range of motion. The total range of motion is 500 millimetres (20 inches). In addition to wind, the hotel towers are also subject to settlement in the earth over time, so engineers built and installed custom jack legs to allow for future adjustment at more than 500 points beneath the pool system. This jacking system is important primarily to ensure the infinity edge of the pool continues to function properly.
The three towers are broader at the base and narrow as they rise. Each tower has two asymmetric legs, with a curved eastern leg leaning against the other, creating a significant technical challenge in its construction. Substantial temporary structures were necessary to support the legs of the tower while they were under construction, and required real-time monitoring for continual assessment and analyses in the course of their erection.
ArtScience Museum is a museum located within the integrated resort of Marina Bay Sands in the Downtown Core of the Central Area in Singapore.
The architecture is said to be a form reminiscent of a lotus flower. It was designed by the architect Moshe Safdie.
Referred to as "The Welcoming Hand of Singapore" by Las Vegas Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson, the ArtScience Museum is anchored by a round base in the middle, with ten extensions referred to as "fingers". The design concept for each finger denotes various gallery spaces sporting skylights at the "fingertips" which are included as sustainable illumination for the curved interior walls.
The ArtScience Museum has 21 gallery spaces with a total area of 50,000 square feet (6,000 square meters). Sustainability features
Rainwater is harvested and channelled down the centre of the building, flowing through its bowl-shaped roof into a reflecting pond at the lowest level of the building. The rainwater is then recycled for use in the building's restrooms.
It was opened on 17 February 2011 by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, it is the world's first ArtScience museum.
The Helix Bridge is a pedestrian bridge linking Marina Centrewith Marina South in the Marina Bay area in Singapore.
The bridge comprises two delicate helix structures that act together as a tubular truss to resist the design loads. This approach was inspired by the form of the curved DNA structure. The helix tubes only touch each other in one position, under the bridge deck. The two spiraling members are held apart by a series of light struts and rods, as well as stiffening rings, to form a rigid structure. This arrangement is strong and ideal for the curved form. The stainless steel bridge is met by concrete abutments at either side.
The 280 m bridge is made up of three 65 m spans and two 45 m end spans. If the steel were stretched out straight from end to end, it would measure 2.25 km in length. The major and minor helices, which spiral in opposite directions, have an overall diameter of 10.8 m and 9.4 m respectively, about 3 stories high. The outer helix is formed from six tubes (273 mm in diameter) which are set equidistant from one another. The inner helix consists of five tubes, also 273 mm in diameter. Over the river, the bridge is supported by unusually light tapered stainless steel columns, which are filled with concrete. The columns form inverted tripod shapes which support the bridge above each of the pilecaps. The bridge weighs around 1700 tonnes in total.
The entire bridge was opened on 18 July 2010 to complete the entire walkway around Marina Bay.