No more TraceTogether but we are still watching you.
With a land area of little over 700 square kilometres (270 square miles), Singapore has more than 90,000 police cameras already installed across the city. The city-state of about 5.7 million people, is one of the safest countries in the world, according to a 2019 Gallup poll.
With about 15 cameras per 1,000 Singaporeans, Singapore is on the 11th spot in the top 20 list of most-surveilled cities in the world. Almost all the first 10 spot are cities in China -except for london at #6 and Atlanta in #10, then Dubai #12, Chicago #13, Sydney #15, Baghdad #16, Dubai #17, Moscow#18 Berlin #19, New Delhi #20
In case one forgets that Singapore is on a Straits, just go to a rooftop to see how many ships/cargo are waiting/cruising by our shores.
The Singapore Strait is a 105-kilometer long, 16-kilometer wide strait between the Strait of Malacca in the west and the Karimata Strait in the east. Singapore is on the north of the channel and the Riau Islands are on the south. The Indonesia-Singapore border lies along the length of the strait. (WIkipedia)
Acting as the link between the biggest consumer markets in Europe and the Americas and China, the world’s largest exporter, the strait is one of global trade’s most important stretches of water.
Nearly 100,000 ships pass through the 105km-long waterway each year, accounting for about one-quarter of the world’s traded goods.
“A vast amount of world trade is coming through there, all the oil from the Middle East, all the iron ore into China, coal from Indonesia to India, it’s an incredibly busy shipping channel. In terms of tonnage, [the] Singapore Strait is still the busiest in the world,” (TODAYonline)
27-Apr-2022: D-53 before departure
We often associate islands with long sandy beaches and vacation. But while Singapore is indeed an island, it very much has a city feel.
Sure we have some sandy beaches and even the “satellite” island Sentosa, “an island resort off Singapore’s southern coast” butit’s also ranked as the top maritime capital of the world so tankers/ships are very much part of the coastline.
Just like when I worked in the south of France in a resort town and people noticed that I wasn’t very tan (I tend to go from white to red and back to white!), I must say that living on an island for the past 6 years hasn’t improved my tan (I just have weird tan lines😂)
~~~Just a little FYI So for my last 200 days in Singapore I have decided to reblog, in no special order, a post from the 6 years I will have spent on the Little Red Dot. PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!!~~~