In the morning I went to the Indian High Commission, we are trying to add on a few days in India.
The location of the Indian High Commission in Singapore is:
High Commission Of India
31 Grange Road
T: +65 6238 2537
You get a ticket from the machine on the way in
Luckily the wait was not that bad, as a lot of people had taken tickets but could not be bothered waiting.
Once your number shows up on the terminal, it will also tell you which interview room you are in. I walked in, said hello and asked if we could get a visa. As we do not work and reside in Singapore there is no way we can get an Indian visa here….we will have to try getting the visa from another country…….
From previous experience, we have found the best way to see a city is by walking.
So, after breakfast we visited the park
Then the Gurdwara:
Khalsa Dharmak Sabha
18 Niven Road
Tel: +65 6338 0731
Fax: +65 6339 3060
Afterwards we walked through the CBD (central business district)
The poles sticking out, are clothes pole – space is a premium!
Ship on the skyscrapers??!!
The city-state of Singapore has over 4,300 completed high-rises, the majority of which are located in the Downtown Core. In the city, there are 59 skyscrapers that rise higher than 140 metres (459 ft). Three buildings share the title of tallest building in Singapore: United Overseas Bank Plaza One, Republic Plaza and Overseas Union Bank Centre. The three towers, which share the title of 106th-tallest building in the world, are each 280 m (919 ft) tall. There is a height restriction of 280 metres (919 ft) for structures in the central business district (only Raffles Place, Marina Bay Sands, Kallang River, Kallang and Mountbatten) of Singapore because of the proximity of Paya Lebar Airbase.
Singapore’s history of skyscrapers began with the 1939 completion of the 17-storey Cathay Building. The 70-metre (230 ft) structure was, at the time of its completion, the tallest building in Southeast Asia; it was superseded by the 87-metre (285 ft) Asia Insurance Building in 1954, which remained the tallest in Singapore until the 100 m (328 ft) Shaw Centre was completed in 1958. Singapore went through a major building boom in the 1970s and 1980s that resulted from the city’s rapid industrialisation. During this time, the Overseas Union Bank Centre became the tallest building in the city-state; the 280 m (919 ft) structure was also the tallest building in the world outside of North America from its 1986 completion until 1989, when the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong was completed. The skyscraper-building boom continued during the 1990s and 2000s, with 30 skyscrapers at least 140 m (459 ft) tall, many of them residential towers, constructed from 1990 through 2008.
Since 2000, there has been a sharp increase in the number of skyscrapers under construction in the city area, particularly in the Marina Bay district. One project under construction in Marina Centre is the Marina Bay Financial Centre, which includes 3 office towers offering 3 million sq ft of prime Grade A office space, 2 residential developments offering 649 luxurious apartments and a 176,000 sq ft retail mall, named Marina Bay Link Mall. First phase of MBFC was completed in 2010. The second phase which includes MBFC Tower 3 will be ready by 1Q 2012. Marina Bay Suites which is part of Phase 2 will attain TOP in 2013. There are also several new developments in the city’s shopping hub, Orchard Road. The Orchard Residences is an under construction 245 m (804 ft), 43-floor tower being built in conjunction with ION Orchard, a planned shopping mall. In addition, the 218 m (715 ft) Ocean Financial Centre, a planned 43-floor skyscraper, has begun construction in Raffles Place.
We had lunch at
50 Market Street
Golden Shoe Carpark
T: 6844 6868
As the name suggests everything is vegan, people with the coeliac condition please be very careful as some patties DO contain gluten but the owners are not sure. I cannot recommend this place as we both felt a bit worse after eating! The patties seemed to be processed.
We carried on walking through the CBD.
26 degrees C (cooler today) 60% humidity. Still cannot get over it is nearly Christmas!
The rains cool the weather by a couple of degrees
In the evening we went to Katong Gurdwara:
Sri Guru Nanak Sat Sang Sabha Katong Gurdwara
17 Wilkinson Road
T: +65 6348 5125
The sangat here are all either working in good professions or have their own successful businesses. Also they are very much into the Sikh way of life which is great to see. I had to go home as the lunch had taken it’s toll on me. Sangeet stayed on at the Gurdwara. Singapore is a very safe country, a lady traveling alone whatever time of day or night is very safe.
Akhand Paath was being read in the smaller hall
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As I was feeling slightly better I went back to the Gurdwara. There I met Harminderpal Singh and Estha. Harminderpal invited us to Vietnam for the weekend. If we can get visas we will be going!