From Manila to Singapore

After having spent a few days in Manila, we’ve now arrived in Singapore. On top of our wish-list today was to ride the Battlestar Galactica, an infamous rollercoaster. Sadly, we found that it was closed due to repairs, so we had to replan. We decided to go for a more gentle kind of carousel, the Singapore Flyer, a giant Ferris wheel with a height of 165 meters. So we went over there, only to find it closed to due to a thunderstorm building up…

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It might have been a good idea to stop the ride, because the thunderstorm surely became a reality. We had the “pleasure” of experiencing it first-hand, and it left us soaking wet and did permanent damage to my umbrella.

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As we had to seek cover from the weather, we found ourselves in a very high-end mall down by the harbor. Having visited and seen the poverty in Manila as late as yesterday, the contrast to the luxury found in this place really struck me. Enjoying the comforts of the hightower of capitalism is surely a world apart from how many people live their lives. Quite thought-provoking. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

From Manila:

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To Singapore:

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So we got a little wet but soon enough we were dry again, and could continue our stroll through the metropolis.

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