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John Harper Remembers

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Marina Bay
March 2011

Marina bay is one of those long term projects that started back in the 1980s that Singapore is so good at, when land was reclaimed from the sea to create a bay at the mouths of the Singapore and Kallang Rivers. A barrage at the mouth has turned it into a freshwater catchement area. Development on the reclaimed land includes a Casino Hotel and of course being Singapore, another shopping mall. Under construction and awaiting completion by 2012 is the Garden On The Bay. Included in the garden are two climate controlled greenhouses to house plants from around the world. Also on the skyline are the ArtScience Museum and the Theatres On The Bay fondly nicknamed The Durian. This is a far cry from the foetid overburdened Singapore River I remember from the 1950s that was so polluted you could probably have walked across the top of it.

 Business District
Art Science Museum Marina Bay Sands Hotel from Youth Olympics ParkYouth Olympics Park Youth Olympics Park Youth Olympics Park Art Science Museum 
Marina Bay Sands and the helix Marina Bay Sands and the helixRemoving Chinese New Year Decorations removing decorations Chinese New Year Rabbits Chinese New Year Rabbits Fountain display Fountain display Fountain display Fountain display with dragon boat Gardens on the bay under construction Garden construction

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