I realise I’m writing to an international community out there, so some local names, places and terms might get lost as you read through my posts. And I also have names for certain things and of course people. I’ll update this page as I go along.

Fort Canning – Previously known as Government Hill during the initial years of Singapore’s founding, the hill has gone through multiple hand-overs as a military base in the past century. It is currently Fort Canning Park and hosts several outdoor concerts/shows occassionally. Nestled in the heart of the city district

Gardens By The Bay – A massive 101 hectare, three-part self-sustainable horticultural park in the Marina Bay district. Houses the iconic Cloud Forest, Flower Dome and Supertree Grove

Ice kacang – A local (Singapore/Malaysia/Brunei) cold dessert comprising mainly of a mountain of shaved ice sitting on a base of red beans, sweet corn and jelly, topped with colourful syrup and evaporated milk

Kaki Bukit – lit. “foot of a hill”; usually used in the context of my neighbourhood and the Kaki Bukit Community Centre that’s right across the street from my house. Located in the Bedok residential district of eastern Singapore

Marina Bay – Refers to either the bay at the mouth of Singapore River, or the district next to the Downtown Core of Singapore which surrounds the actual bay of water

Marina Bay Sands – a.k.a. “MBS” is a luxury hotel and casino development by Las Vegas Sands. Mainly consisting of 3 parts: The Shoppes, a high-end shopping mall housing two theatres and the casino; the hotel, three towers topped with the SkyPark that holds the world’s longest elevated infinity pool;  and the ArtScience Museum. Located at Marina Bay

Minmin & Rayan – My niece Yasmin and her younger brother Rayan

Mount Faber – Not a mountain, just a 106-metre hill in the southern tip of mainland Singapore where you can also ride a cable car to Sentosa (a recreational island where you can find Universal Studios Singapore and Resorts World Sentosa amongst other attractions)

Pulau Bukom – lit. “Bukom Island”; a small island within Singapore, south of mainland Singapore. Non-residential; site of Shell’s oil refinery and other chemical manufacturing plants

Rosa – My Sony NEX C3 mirrorless compact DSLR that I use to take most of my photos

Singapore – A country I was born in and still living in. The mainland is an island just off the southern tip of Peninsula Malaysia in South-east Asia. An independent city-state since 1965, Chinese racial majority but recognises Malay as the national language (and as the “original people”), though due to high multi-racialism, English is the common language in Singapore

Singapore River – Arguably the most historically important river in Singapore’s history. Situated within the Downtown Core, the river passes through areas that are steeped in the cultural values of Singapore’s British colonial days