Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Singapore is in mourning

The Prime Minster of Singapore has declared 5 days of National Mourning after the death of his Father and the much loved first Prime Minister of Singapore  - Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away early Monday morning at the age of 91 and is considered by many to be the founder of modern Singapore. His vision for Singapore from its independence from Malaysia 50 years ago was a lifetime work and one of his passions was to have a city within a garden to distinguish itself from other concrete jungles in Asia. Fittingly a new orchid has been named after him and is on display for the first time while the body is lying in state.
TV and radio stations are playing tributes around the clock to him which give a wonderful insight to early Singapore as well as giving updates on the waiting time to pay respects at Parliament House.
A private wake was held at the private residence of the Prime Minister in the grounds of Istana which is also the home to the President of Singapore and today the coffin was transported by a gun carriage  to Parliament House where the body will lie in state for 4 days.
Already there is a 4km queue for people waiting to pay their respects with people waiting up to 8 hours to gain entry.
Throughout Singapore 18 condolence sights have been set up for the public to pen their thoughts and leave flowers.
The State funeral service is on Sunday with various sites being set up to watch the live telecast.

Sign outside Istana

Floral tributes outside Istana 

Floral tributes 

Area outside Istana for public to pen there condolences

Messages of condolences on display

Video screen at Suntec City 

Crowds along Orchard Rd waiting for funeral procession

Crowds along Orchard Rd waiting for funeral procession

Crowds along Orchard Rd waiting for funeral procession

The coffin leaves Istana

The gun carriage

Part of the funeral procession 

Armed forces in the procession

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Floral display ushers in the Lunar New Year

To celebrate the Lunar New Year, Gardens by the Bay is showcasing a display called "Asian Tales" in the Flower Dome. The inspiration for the display comes from Chinese brush paintings of scenic mountains and valleys.  Large mountains feature in the display surrounded by fields of flowers that have significance to the Lunar New Year. As 2015 is the Year of the Goat - goats have been sculpted out of wood and also chrysanthemum and marigold flowers and are scattered throughout the display.

The mountains

The goats

Looking down

Keeping watch

Yuan bao - good luck coins

Marigold goats

Fire crackers

Celosias are popular during Chinese New Year


The goat - made out of painted moss

Marigold and chrysanthemum goats

Information signs around the display


Dahlias feature throughout the display as they signify good luck and prosperity

Jonquils beginning to bloom

Goat amongst dahlias