Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Singapore : Clarke Quay (Happening Happening)

I was in Singapore for one reason and that was to take the opportunity while my wife was having her conference there, for me to take some pictures of Capital Land's properties for their 2011 Capital Land Photo Competition.


Clarke Quay is one such landmark and it is definitely a place to visit.

Clarke Quay is a historical riverside quay in Singapore. Long before she is what she is today, she used to be part of a busy busy river transportation system in Singapore where goods were transported from Boat Quay upstream to the many warehouses located at Clarke Quay. At the height of her golden era, one can only imagine the many bumboats (small boats used to ferry supplies from the jetty to ships moored away from the shore) jostling for space to moor at Clarke Quay.

Between 1977 to 1987, the Singapore government embarked on an exercise to clean up the Singapore River by which this time has been totally polluted. Plans were put in place to turn it into an entertainment hub. Opened in 1993, the property was later owned and managed by Capital Land.

10 years later, work commenced to revamp and upgrade this landmark further to get a better tenant mix. Today, old warehouses have been refurbished to house many top class restaurants, bars and cafes while old tongkangs (Chinese junks) moored by the jetty have also been converted into F&B outlets.


Notable restaurants and pubs here include Hooters and IndoChine. River cruises and river taxis are also easily available.


Well, enough said. If you visiting Singapore, make it a point to drop by and the best time of course would be at night (which I didn't have the opportunity to do which then gives me another reason to return for another visit soon).



Enjoying the tranquility by Clarke Quay during the day before this place burst into life once the sun sets and the lights come on .....


This worker's diligence and dedication to his work caught my eyes as he goes about, making sure that Clarke Quay is kept absolutely clean for the enjoyment of tourist such as myself ....

7 comments:

  1. interesting. thanks for sharing.just out of curiousity do you shoot in raw?

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  2. river taxi sounds interesting. i havent ride on any before :(

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  3. Johnnie: I still don't shoot raw but am contemplating to do that probably during my next trip to Beijing soon and see how it goes....

    Fish: I did not take the river taxis but I did take the river cruise and it was picturesque and good for photo taking .....might put some up in my next post ...will see how it goes.....

    BTW, thanks for visiting and dropping your comments....

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