Sunday, 1 December 2013

Show me your neighbourhood


Show me your neighbourhood around the world




A slight deviation today from my usual blog on my time out here in Singapore. Today I'm taking part in this worldwide blog post "Show me your neighborhood, Around the world". 

The rules are very simple

 - All photos must be of the town/neighbourhood you live in or are well acquainted with.
 - All must have been taken by you.
 - Please publish a maximum of 12 photos.
 - 6 photos that MUST be included:
  1.  a playground / play area
  2.  a local mode of transport
  3.  a typical house/building
  4.  a street nearby
  5.  a school, nursery or other education facility
  6.  a market, supermarket or other shopping outlet

Please enjoy with me as I take you around Tanjong Katong and Marine Parade, my area on this tiny island nicknamed the "red dot" which is Singapore.

1. A playground/play area




Typical children's play area that you will see around every corner here in Singapore. This one is in Katong Park. Katong Park was originally the site of Katong Fort built in 1879 but became Katong Park in the 1930's. It is one of the oldest in Singapore. The entrance to the Park is flanked by 2 statues of soldiers in red uniforms, one in a turban and the other a British pith Helmet (at the moment they are surrounded by road works so I couldn't get a photo)

2. A local mode of transport




Public transport is very cheap, frequent and air-conditioned out here so most people will catch the MRT (train) bus or taxi. Although petrol is a reasonable price, to own a car you have to buy a certificate of ownership (COE) with each car purchase, valid for only that car for just 10 years. This is approximately S$85,000 on top of the price of car!! Needless to say we use public transport!

3. A typical house/building


HDB Below the flats you will find, shops, dentist, doctors, community centres, everything you would need so you would never need to move from you area. These replaced the old wooden rural Kampongs (villages), with I think just 2 now surviving in Singapore.


The typical local housing in my area of singapore are HDB (Housing Development Board) flats, having said that Singapore is such a mix of nationalities and wage packets just within our area we have privately owned landed houses, conservation protected traditional shophouses and like us the privately owned or rented condominium with facilities such as pool and gyms.


4. A street nearby




We are really fortunate to live by a conservation area, something that it relatively unusual here in the ever changing Singapore with places being knocked down overnight and constant building of malls and condominiums. This is a road in Joo Chiat about 5 mins walk from our condo. The brightly coloured shophouses with their 5 footways (covered walkways) are highly sort after and reach extortionate prices. Although many are now facades with very modern interiors its good to see some that are still for their original use - shop and house above. Long may these be protected.


5. A school, nursery or other education facility




Across the road from our condo we have various schools and nurseries from local and International secondary schools, girls schools and junior schools. From all of the schools and nurseries this is my favourite, it is so bright and colourful what child wouldn't want to go to school here.


6. A market, supermarket or other shopping outlet.




This is the local "wet market" at Marine Parade, our local shopping area. Fantastic for fresh veg, meat and fish, just make sure you're there early before the bargains go. Opens at around 07:30 (I think or at least I've never made it there earlier!) We of course have supermarkets as well but I much prefer the feeling and experience of the wet markets and you get to know the local traders. Word to the wise don't wear flip flops - wet means wet!



And below I have added just a few photos of Singapore. Its so difficult to sum up this diverse multicultural country in just a few photos photos.




adults playground. Marina Bay and the daily lazer show from Marina Bay Sands Hotel
The new and old of Singapore together.
Chinatown
Garland stall in Little India
Kampong Glam (Arab Quarter)
Botanical Gardens 
Gardens by The Bay with Super Tree Grove and biomes.
One of the hundreds of religious building here in Singapore. This is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown

I hope you enjoyed my trip and around my neighborhood here on the Little Red Dot, which is Singapore. If anyone is ever over here get in touch and I'll show you around! You can contact me and follow my time spent out here on my blog http://www.singaporetales.co.uk/2013_06_01_archive.html  or via my Facebook page     https://www.facebook.com/SingaporeTales?ref=hl







These are the neighborhood blogs that have taken part previously to me. Please take a look it has been a fascinating chance to view the similarities as well as the differences across the world. Some truly stunning photographs as well. 


Look at all the great destinations we have been and will be discovering. This page is updated as new posts are published.


View SHOW ME AROUND YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD in a larger map

Our neighbourhoods (so far):

 

 Europe:

Longny-au-Perche, France: THE PIRI-PIRI LEXICON
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands: EXPAT LIFE WITH A DOUBLE BUGGY
Las Arenas, Spain: LAS ARENAS LIVING
Karlsruhe, Germany: CONFUZZLEDOM 
Delft, The Netherlands: THE EUROPEAN MAMA  
Bordeaux, France: AMERICAN MUM IN BORDEAUX
Brussels, Belgium: BXL SPROUT
Parisot, France: LA FAMILLE BROWN
Moscow, Russia: A GIRL AND HER TRAVELS
Magny-les-Hameaux, France: BUSY AS A BEE IN PARIS
Knowle, U.K.: TACO DE LENGUAS

Americas:

Curitiba, Brazil: HEAD OF THE HEARD 
San Francisco, USA: KIDS YOGA STORIES
Kansas City, USA: FOR THE LOVE OF SPANISH 
Sacramento, USA: ALL DONE MONKEY
Florida, Puerto Rico: DISCOVERING THE WORLD THROUGH MY SON'S EYES
Merida, Mexico: KID WORLD CITIZEN
Calgary, Canada: GLITTERING MUFFINS

Asia: 

Nagoya, Japan: CRANES AND CLOVERS
Astana, Kazakhstan: ERSATZ EXPAT
Zhuhai, China: CREATIVE WORLD OF VARYA

Africa:

Djibouti: DJIBOUTI JONES
Rural Zambia: MUD HUT MAMA
Marrakech, Morocco: MAROC MAMA



I hope you have enjoyed this adventure as much as I have. I now have many more blogs to add to my already long list of those I read!

I would also like to thank Annabelle  http://www.thepiripirilexicon.com, twitter @pirilexicon for setting this up and allowing us all to take part - Cheers!

If you would like to take part it is not too late!
You can SIGN-UP HERE
You can also find the OLD SCHEDULE HERE. 


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