The daily chronicle of the 2016 POLIS Study Tour to Singapore, “Inside Singapore: History, Politics, Identity”.
Day 10 – !
Following on from yesterday’s exploration of Singapore’s climate policy and environmentalist culture, we looked ahead to what the future has in store for this small and vulnerable nation. We glanced over the previous topics of the last two weeks from a forward looking perspective, discussing some of the challenges facing Singapore in the 21st century. We then watched some short videos from last year’s “The Future of Us” exhibition celebrating SG50 and casting a renewed vision for Singapore’s future, where technology is leveraged to meet most challenges.
Our next adventure was to Singapore’s renowned attraction, Gardens by the Bay. We visited the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories where we witnessed types of gardens from countries around the world as well as man-made features to enhance the wonder of it all. It was an excellent way to view Singapore’s environmental evolution as well as to spend our final day in this unique city.
We concluded our final day of the study tour with a view from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, located at the 56th storey of what is arguably the most iconic building of Singapore. The unrivalled birds eye view, encompassing the Gardens by the Bay, Clarke Quay and the civic buildings of the Supreme Court, Parliament House and the National Art Gallery, and even the Singapore Flyer, was spectacular. Further afield, the harbour lived up to its second-busiest-port-in-the-world status, with over 100 ships anchored offshore. On Day 1 of this trip, we encountered the ubiquitous Singapore HDB housing block at close quarters, and after a brief presentation of a commemorative HDB block to Benito, a final farewell was made by all.
Thanks to the Media Team for providing this entry: Mikaela Groom, Michael Migali, Hollie Seacombe, and Karen Seeley.
Photo credit: Benito Cao, Karen Seeley