Wednesday, 13th May 2018
Taken by Royden, during a guided walking tour of Singapore’s Little India.
Tony touching a carved stone column with a dragon’s head outside the entrance to Thian Hock Keng temple. The temple is both Taoist and Buddhist. It was built starting in 1842 by Chinese immigrants in honour of the sea goddess Mazu.
Tony in front of a brightly coloured wall mural. It includes a pink cow riding a bicycle! There is fruit in the bicycle’s basket. There is also a blue bull. This might be near the former cattle market. The mural is called Cattleland 2 by Eunice Lim. Located on a wall on Kerbau Road, Little India.
Tony inside the Sri Veeramakaliamman temple standing in front of an altar. The altar includes many idols, all brightly painted. One of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples, the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, dedicated to the goddess and destroyer of evil, Sri Veeramakaliamman or Kali.
Tony eating at a hawker centre, central Little India. Plastic plates and cutlery are visible. Typical local eatery in Singapore, often very crowded, busy and atmospheric. They offer a variety of Asian dishes, are cheap and are very popular. Tables are shared between customers and the round stools for seating are fixed to the ground!
Another colourful street mural. This one depicts a traditionally dressed female Indian dancer. It is called Alive @ CLIVE and is by Traseone. Located on the junction of Dunlop Street and Clive Street in Little India.
Evening of Wednesday, 13th May
Tony and Johnny by a large statue of Sir Stamford Raffles (1781-1826), who established a British trading post in Singapore in 1819. Located next to the Singapore River at Raffles Landing Site where Raffles is believed to have first set foot on the island in 1819. On the far side of the river, skyscrapers of Singapore’s Central Business District can be seen lit up.
Tony and Johnny in front of the Victoria Memorial Hall at Empress Place. This theatre and concert hall was built between 1855 and 1909 in neoclassical style. The central clock tower is in view. A Sir Stamford Raffles statue stands in front. This is the same as the statue at Raffles Landing Site, with this being the original in bronze. It was unveiled in 1887.
Tony and Johnny in front of the water spouting Merlion. This is the official mascot of Singapore, depicted as a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish. It is located at Merlion Park that fronts Marina Bay where it stands on a newly reclaimed promontory in front of the Fullerton Hotel. It is 8.6 metres in height and weighs 70 tons.
Friday, 15th June 2018
Tony and Juvena standing in the grounds of the Istana, which is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. The Istana, which means palace in Malay, can be seen in the background. Juvena is from Singapore and has travelled by motorbike from Singapore to the Czech Republic during one single trip, crossing a large part of Asia. They met during a video shoot for an advertising campaign for a local Singapore air company.