Friday, August 10, 2007

Singapore River: past and present

This is a post in attempt to distract myself from feeling down and worried. I am not in the mood to do anything that requires a lot of concentration and focus, so I figured I shall just search for photos from the past and present.

I went online to search for fairly similar photos of Boat Quay. Boat Quay is located along the Singapore River.

I have a special liking for this part of the Singapore River. Unconsciously, this is one place that I would tend to go when I am feeling down, when I need some respite, or when I need to have time for quiet reflections. Furthermore, the colonial buildings nearby the area somehow have an attractive appeal to me. I simply love their designs.

Here are three photos of Boat Quay:

The Singapore River and Boat Quay
Late 19th century
NHB Collections
National Museum of Singapore
Source of image: Singapore Collection Online

Singapore River, Boat Quay and Fort Canning
Early 20th century
NHB Collections
National Museum of Singapore
Source of image: Singapore Collection Online

This photo was taken by me quite some time ago. Fort Canning is located between the white and blue skyscrapers.

What are the similarities and differences that you have noticed between these photos?


Jason Heath said...

Cool post about the Singapore River!

eastcoastlife said...

Nice post on Singapore River.

oceanskies79 said...

Hi Jason and Eastcoastlife: Thank you. It fascinates me to see how the Singapore River has transformed over the decades. If I could afford it through my own means, I would like to live near the Singapore River.

dawn said...

PY, you did a great job with the picture you took. The similarities, is it some of the old buildings along the river? Sure looks the same to me.

oceanskies79 said...

Dawn: Thanks. some of the old warehouses (godowns) were conserved. Thanks to people who advocated for them not to be destroyed. Afterall, their existence reminds us of our country's history and humble beginnings.

Simple American said...

I love these pictures. Interesting how things have changed with the passage of time. :)