So even though Singapore is right on the equator and is quite tropical in climate I was still quite surprised when it stated to bucket down water out of nowhere with crazy amounts of thunder and lightning. Not a great start to your day when you are planning on doing a little sightseeing around the city, a quick purchase of an umbrella saves the day, or so I thought. Thirty minutes after the torrential downpour starts it finishes in time for us to get off the public transport and explore, all the while the city was steadily getting hotter and steamier again.
The Fullerton hotel is a historic monument that we visited on our sightseeing expedition. In years passed it served as a post office when it was first colonised and during World War 2 it served as a hospital. This building obviously has a great historic importance to the Singapore community because unlike most of the buildings in the city its older appearance is embraced (that’s not to say its rundown, it is after all a 5 star hotel). Wherever you look in the city there is a constant construction of newer, sleeker and taller towers to replace the older buildings, between leaving the U-Town and getting to the station I would have counted no fewer than ten skyscrapers being created, the fact that the Fullerton was restored rather than completely destroyed is a testament to Singapore’s love of its own culture.
Previously I have talked about the greenness that pervades the city and even covers some buildings. Singaporeans desire to hold onto nature in the face of urbanisation can be validated through the creation of their two Bio-domes and surrounding gardens. The flower dome, as the name suggests, is filled with flowers from all over the world, to help them survive in the high heat and humidity of Singapore’s weather the entire dome is air-conditioned. The second dome is known as the cloud forest and boasts a 35 metre waterfall that can be ascended through the use of an elevator and replicates the cool moist conditions found in tropical mountain areas. The amount of money that the government put into creating this garden is a tribute to the love of nature.