Friends from Taipei were visiting last week and we went on the Singapore River Cruise together. Sketched this while waiting for our boat. Colour added at home. The trip is highly recommended! My heart swelled to see how the place of my youth has become such a beautiful city.
Looking upriver. The boat goes under several bridges on its route upstream. Elgin Bridge and beyond...
We caught the bumboat at Raffles Landing along the Singapore River and the 40 minute cruise ended at the Fort Canning stop upstream.
Statue of Sir Stamford Raffles considered the founder of modern Singapore. This spot (Raffles Landing) marks the spot where he first came ashore in 1819.
The old buildings along the river used to house shops and warehouses. In my childhood the river was a dirty smelly thriving hub of boats ferrying goods. The area has now been turned into a tourist area of fancy restaurants.
The Fullerton Hotel, at one time the General Post Office. This area at the mouth of the Singapore River with it's old buildings must be my favourite area in Singapore.
A good view of the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
The Merlion Statue. The merlion is a mascot of Singapore. The fish body signifies Singapore's origin as a fishing village and the lion head represents Singapore's original name "Singapura" meaning "lion city" in Malay.