Traveling in Singapore - 2017

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Yueh Hai Ching Temple, Singapore
Kampong Kapor Methodist Church, Little India
Church of the True Light (Anglican)
Article by Methodist Minister in front of Sri Krishna Hindu Temple
Kum Yam Methodist Church
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd - Church of the Archdiocese - 1827 - Singapore
This Solar Garbage Compacter Also Gives Free WIFI ! -Orchard Street, Singapore
Free WIFI from Solar Garbage Compacter- Too Innovative !!!
Step on Pad to Make the Light Trees Dance ! Orchard St.- Singapore
Christmas on Orchard Street - Singapore
Christmas on Orchard Street - Singapore
Orchard Street Mall -Ballet Shop Decked out for Christmas- Singapore
Koi Pond in "Gardens by the Bay" - Singapore
Classic Old Singapore
Christmas on Orchard Street - Singapore
"May The Force Be With You" -Orchard Street Christmas - Singapore
Maghain Aboth Synagogue - A Very Unique Community of Sephardic & Ashkenazi influences - Singapore
"Gardens by the Bay" -  Aboreal Walkway & Towers for Vines -Singapore
Double Flower -"Gardens by the Bay" - Singapore
Gardens by the Bay at Christmas Time- Singapore
Exotic Masjid Sultan - (in the Heart of the Arab St. Tourist Center)- Singapore
Wardah (Means Rose in Arabic)  Bookshop - Singapore
Highrise as a Garden Refuge - Singapore
Fascinating Architecture - Street Scenes - Singapore
Multi-Cultural City - The Beautiful Synagogue is Now on Waterloo St.

Our friends in Singapore have one of the world’s most beautiful and well planned cities in the world. Many government  
planners, including most in the United States could learn a lot from them.

Since, the last write-up in 2015-16 in CELEBRATE HUMANITY - Singapore concentrated on the Eastern Traditions, this  
time we have included a number of photos of churches, (This year Singapore went all out for Christmas decorations on  
Orchard Street - see above photos). We also have a photo of the Maghain Aboth Synagogue and a photo of the Masjid  
Sultan which was being renovated in 2015-16. (Above) The Masjid Sultan is always crowded with people both from the back  
side facing Arab Street (one of the main tourist destinations) and the street side. So taking photos is difficult.

Government Communications, Population & Ad Campaigns

The government in Singapore apparently believes in strong media communications to keep the diverse and multi-cultural  
residents feeling like an active part of the decision making process. Many notices and ads regarding job fairs and other  
public services, opportunities and decisions are aired on Singapore television with numerous ways for citizens to register  
their opinions on matters -  or participate in civic opportunities.

One curious dual ad campaign offered by the government sponsors parent meetings to discuss the future career  
opportunities for their children. The ads speak of a near future where scientists (Stephen Hawking among them) predict that  
robots will soon replace human workers in large numbers. The general estimate at present being the elimination of 5.1  
million jobs by 2020, including those of engineers and doctors.

Yet, oddly the government is strongly promoting special financial aid and tax relief for Singaporean couples to enable them  
to have more children(? ! )  The elimination of many jobs is clearly already happening in Singapore according to  
their public service ads and is definitely an issue in the United States with an estimated 102 million working age  
people unemployed. (Embrace Foundation addressed some solutions to this issue in our website section entitled: Ethical  

A Beautiful Synagogue and Unusual Jewish Community

Maghain Aboth Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in East Asia. (1878 ) It was founded by Sephardic Jews (from the  
Middle East) but their current Rabbi attended the Ashkenazi Chabad - Lubavitch theological college in Brooklyn.  (The  
Lubavitch are a new Hasidic movement based on an old lineage of rebs originally from the Eastern European/ Russian  
tradition founded by the Great Baal Shem Tov of Ukraine.) The Sephardic and Hasidic traditions are totally distinct so it is  
fascinating that this synagogue has united with their current rabbi.  Until we read about their rabbi, we were quite confused  
about the Yiddish terminology and Hasidic practices discussed in their website.  Although the original synagogue was on  
Synagogue Street (1841 -see photo of sign) the new synagogue was built on Waterloo Street just down from the famous  
Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple and the Sri Krishna Hindu Temple.

Gardens By the Bay & the Botanical Garden- A Reminder of Our Planets Verdant Heritage

It would be remiss not to mention the 250 acre “Gardens By the Bay.”  This tropical botanical extravaganza should not be  
missed. There is also an exceptionally beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site - Botanical Garden with so many species of  
orchids, we can not even speculate as to their number.  Singapore is the hot and humid tropics so take the opportunity to  
see what is truly unique and special about this part of the world.

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