Friday, 27 November 2015

Christmas Decorations Around City Hall


After dinner in City Hall area, I decided to walk around, getting to know Singapore even better. I don't go out much at night, and I happened to have my camera with me, maybe I would just snap some Christmas photos.

I was attracted by a glass dome structure from across the street. As I got closer, it turned out to be a Christmas snow globe. One that's at least 4 to 5m tall. It's quite difficult to stir up the snow in this snow globe. You need a very large forklift and crane, or the Biblical Goliath to do that.


Giant snow globe, City Hall, Singapore
Nutcracker soldier has German origin

Giant snow globe, City Hall, Singapore


Giant snow globe, City Hall, Singapore
The other side of the snow globe, showing unicorn

Cultural (nutcracker soldier), pagan (unicorn) symbols, and commercialisation found expressions in Xmas these days (ok, always).

This giant snow globe stood not far from The South Beach. I'm guessing that the name is derived from the southern section of Beach Road where this building is locate.

I didn't know about this hotel until now. But then I'm living  - not travelling -  in Singapore because while I constantly explore Singapore (more so than the average Singaporean), I don't need to stay in hotel.

Not surprisingly, Singapore (like HK), being a transportation hub, are filled with hotels of all shapes and sizes. In the more petite, lesser known, but much more interesting is the boutique hotels. They're hotels where they can put on Hawaiian shirts, if they want, instead of a business suites as seen in boring business hotels (which are usually household names).

The South Beach is one such boutique hotel. Instead of Hawaiian shirts, it dressed in eclectic cloth.

They're characterised with a bewildering array of furniture style. When you walk into their entrance, you're greeted with a mural screen that showing bewildering psychedelic images that constantly changing and whirling.

Lobby, The South Beach, City Hall, Singapore
Entrance, The South Beach, City Hall, Singapore
Top:  Main entrance
Left:  Lobby


The nutcracker soldier and unicorn that flanked the entrance to The South Beach suggests that they put the snow globe there. The giant snow globe captures the quirky playfulness of this hotel's architecture. I wold love to inspect the rest of the hotel, but that's only reserved for their hotel guests.

Entrance, The South Beach, City Hall, Singapore


Entrance, The South Beach, City Hall, Singapore

Entrance, The South Beach, City Hall, Singapore


Suntec City, City Hall, Singapore
Suntec City that locates across the hotel

Across the street (away from Suntec City) on Beach Road is the more famous iconic Raffles Hotel. Needless to see, I went and snoop around. You don't have to snoop around, you can strut around if that's more your thing.

Raffles Hotel, City Hall, Singapore
Raffles Hotel decked in Christmas ornaments
Raffles Hotel, City Hall, Singapore


Raffles Hotel, City Hall, Singapore


Raffles Hotel, City Hall, Singapore
The Courtyard cafe with its elegant gazebo

Raffles Hotel, City Hall, Singapore
Raffles Hotel at the corner of Beach Rd and Bras Basah Rd

Raffles Hotel, City Hall, Singapore
Raffles Hotel's facade on Bras Basah Rd

Its time to hop onto City Hall MRT and head home.



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