Housing in Singapore

Singapore Housing

I can’t remember the first time I went to Singapore – I suspect in the early 1980s.  I went with my daughter for a conference – arranged by a company that I worked for.  It was just a 5-day trip, as I recall, time to do some exploring and participate in the one day conference.  We did a bus tour over the border into Indonesia, to Jahor Baru, and various trips around Singapore.  It was somewhat overwhelming, for it was one of my first trips overseas, and Singapore with its huge multistory buildings was unfamiliar to us.

Airline Magazine

Of course we travelled via Singapore Airlines, and I collected the magazine from the pocket in front of my seat and enjoyed reading it so much that I kept it for many years.

aerial photography of high rise buildings

Photo by Mike Enerio, Unsplash.com

I kept the magazine because of an article about housing in Singapore.  (BTW the above photo is of more recent times than my first visit there.)  It detailed the housing plans for the country, and we travelled to one of the newer areas.  There were high rise buildings of accommodation, surrounding schools, shopping complexes, libraries, gardens and a movie theatre I remember.   It was all detailed in the magazine and gave information on the (small) size of the units.  I was impressed by the large number of accommodation units and that they had positioned them within a short distance from a railway station, and with so many amenities close by.

Later Years – Back to Singapore

It was 2008 before I went back to Singapore, and the ensuing years travelled to and through on several occasions.  I was teaching in China, and made many trips.  Often the stopover was Singapore, and less often in Hong Kong.  I stayed for several days there at times, exploring this wonderful place.  I was so impressed with the cleanliness of the city, and I remember that the first time I was there, that chewing gum had been banned.  It was a very orderly country, clean and easy to get around and it felt very safe.

Singapore Housing Update

Recently there has been more in the media about the housing there.  Here is one interesting article.

I remember travelling around a few years ago, and again admiring the way they have built many multistory accommodation blocks, and in the last few days I found this article.

The way public housing is done in Australia does not impress me.  As a new resident of public housing I am very disappointed.  I am in an old property (perhaps around 60 years old and it looks its age, and the maintenance is disappointing, but I suspect that because of its age, there are plans for redevelopment.  I don’t know how that will go.  I have been in a recently refurbished property which has facilities that the residents her would love.

It’s hard not to feel that because we are unable to purchase our own properties, we are treated like second-class citizens.

Beautiful Singapore

I hope I get back to visit Singapore again soon.  To me, it is a wonderful place, and I have many photos, though these on this page are from Unsplash.com.

Garden's by the bay, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay Thanks to Duy Nguyen for sharing their work on Unsplash.

I have been to Gardens by the Bay, but not at night.  I loved it during the day, so maybe next time, I will get to see the views after dark.

Certainly I am a fan of Singapore for many reasons, as I do think it is a great place for tourists.  There is so much to see.

The last time I was there, I was between flights, having returned from London via Dubai and was very sick, so I spent the day sleeping in the hotel at the international airport.

Next time, I plan to do more sightseeing.

Any thoughts on Singapore?

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