In search of respite from our northern European winter, we arranged a trip to SE Asia basing ourselves in Singapore with Carol’s cousin and family. Our main attraction here was to seek out some of Singapore’s dragonflies, for which it is quite well known, but we did take some time to play tourist and see some other sites, too. Though definitely in SE Asia, Singapore is a very westernized city so, whilst there, we took advantage of local travel possibilities to investigate Cambodia, which was much more the way one imagines SE Asia to be.
Singapore enjoys a deservedly enviable reputation for being spotlessly clean, unsallied by either litter or grafitti, and a very relaxed, safe environment. We came across nothing and nobody that felt in any way threatening. Given the prices of wine and cars, living a western lifestyle there would be quite an expensive choice but the locals seem to do quite well. The climate is constantly warm and the humidity can take a little getting used to but, all in all, it made a very welcome break and was a refreshingly pleasant experience.
Our dragonfly collection is covered elsewhere but here’s a series of pictures summarizing the more cultural aspects of Singapore, together with some flora and some other fauna.
|The Fauna Section