The ebb and flow of civilisations – my view of East and West

Singapore. This tiny country appears, on the surface, to be liberal, but in fact, it is ruled by a benign autocracy. Fortunately for the citizens of the country, its first prime minister after independence was a true visionary Continue reading The ebb and flow of civilisations – my view of East and West

On NOT being a tourist in Singapore

On NOT being a tourist in Singapore

A trip to an Island called Pulau Ubin. The name means granite (or hard rock) island and the quarry industry thrived here for a couple of hundred years. The granite was reputedly used to build the causeway to Malaysia and was certainly used to build roads and early housing projects on the mainland. Now the quarries are flooded with rainwater and provide a haven for wildlife and great scenery. The island is a seven-minute ride from the Changi Ferry Terminal by bumboat. Continue reading On NOT being a tourist in Singapore