The English name of Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura (“Lion City”), hence the customary reference to the nation as the Lion City. Ironically, it is most likely that lions never lived on the island, and the beast seen by Sang Nila Utama, who founded and named Singapore, was a tiger. This doesn’t stop all of the lion-themed souvenirs, however.
CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
Much of the central area bounded by Telok Ayer Road has a high concentration of skyscrapers built on reclaimed land.
Known as “bull-cart water” in Chinese as a result of its water supply being principally transported by animal-driven carts in the 19th century.
A unique blend of historical relics, lush greenery and expansive lawns has made Fort Canning a hub of cultural and artistic activity.
Sometimes termed the “Muslim Quarter” due to its history, the Muslim population still remains a significant presence in this neighborhood.
Singapore’s foremost Indian enclave, the area is reported to have developed around a former settlement for Tamil convicts.
Legend has it that Pulau Ubin was formed when three animals from Singapore challenged each other to a race.
While Singapore tends to be a place one passes through, we came here to unwind and visit a friend of my wife’s, along with one of her cousins, who is presently studying here. It is worth a visit, if you explore without expectations and can get acclimatized to the ever-present heat and humidity.
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Nobody here says “last winter” or “next spring.” There are no such seasons. Every day, the year round, is like New York in a heat wave.