Tourist at Home photo series 2 … Singapore River Cruise at dusk

Dusk descended as we waited for the bumboat to round off our tourist-at-home excursion. In fact, it was threatening to drizzle but thankfully, the weather held for these accidental tourists. 🙂

We were going on the Singapore River cruise. You can hop on and off at any scheduled stop along the route but you must disembark at the same point of embarkation.

I looked back as our bumboat chugged off and caught the silhouette of the Central Business District. The white balls are wish balls, making up part of the New Year activities. Anyone can pen their wishes on the balls (distributed free) and float it out to sea.

We started off from Raffles Place, passing under Cavenagh Bridge then Esplanade Bridge (below). This bridge is the extension of Nicoll Highway (once called Merdeka Bridge. Merdeka is the Malay word for “freedom”) to Collyer Quay. It’s a statuesque structure even though rather imposing; but sturdy is how I like my bridges to be. 🙂

Enroute to Marina Bay and the Merlion Park, you will see the Esplanade, the place for concerts and musicals and art exhibitions. Locals call it the “Durian” as it looks like the pungent, local fruit.

You need to get up close to see the spikes on the “Durian”. 🙂

This is the open-air stage for outdoor concerts. New and promising bands hoping to break through the music scene, get to perform here. Everyone else gets to enjoy a free concert. 😎

Here’s the Singapore Flyer (ahem… think The London Eye 😐 ). It’s located next to the F1 pit building. The colourful seats adjacent to that is the Marina Bay Floating platform, where we hold our National Day Parades and also Passing out Parades for our guys in National Service etc…

The Merlion Park above. Quite a tourist haunt. I’ll keep it that way. 😛 We turned back towards Boat Quay, by way of Cavenagh Bridge

passing the Asian Civilisations Museum on our right.

Up ahead, we pass Elgin Bridge enroute to Clarke Quay. It is the first bridge to be built across a river. Completed in 1929, the roads leading to it were named North Bridge Road and South Bridge Road. You think? 😛

The lights were beginning to twinkle as we approached Clarke Quay and then night fell.

Passing by Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts (MICA) building. It was one of those camera-(well iPhone)-above-the-heads shot as gzillion people had boarded the bumboat from Clarke Quay. 😕

Boat Quay reflected

The view as we headed back to Raffles Place to disembark. 

Cavenagh Bridge losing some of it’s old-fashion charm, when lit. 😛

The Asian Civilisations Museum on the other hand, looked quite quaint. Ethereal even. The lit wooden frame looks like the nativity scene.

The last of the Fullerton pictures rounded off the evening.

The Roman-inspired columns rising majestically above the swimming pool.

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