No trip to Singapore is complete without a visit to the Merlion, the mythical creature who acts as a mascot for Singapore. The fish body represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name — Singapura — meaning "lion city" or "kota singa" (thanks to Wikipedia for the text).
Here is a night view across to the Marina Bay Sands, the integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land. The remarkable building on the left hand side is the ArtScience Museum. The architecture is said be a form reminiscent of a lotus flower (again, thanks to Wikipedia for the information).
I would love to return to Singapore soon in the form of a tourist, it is an amazing city full of vibrant energy. With Singapore National Day coming up on August 9 and the Formula One in September, there will certainly be plenty for visitors to see and do.
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