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These Singapore Photos Were Shot During a 50-cent Bus Ride

Singapore City Photos - Taken During a Public Double Decker Bus Ride © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Singapore City Photos - May, 2017
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Singapore's city buses are made in the U.K. and Germany (Mercedes Benz), and their public transportation system is quite efficient & affordable. A few of these sleek buses are double deckers, and provide a spectacular view as you ride through the city. I did what any self respecting photographer would do when presented with scenes like this: I started taking photos.

 


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Out the Window of a Double Decker

If you are lucky enough to get a front row seat on the upper level, you will have an elevated, panoramic view as you pass by some beautiful and historic Singapore landmarks. In the photo below you'll find colorful Rochor Centre, which is actually scheduled for demolition sometime soon.

 

Bus passengers & Rochor Centre - Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Bus - Singapore © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Bus passengers & Rochor Centre out the window

As you can see, up here you can sit directly behind the windshield. The driver is down below, so the view is 100% unobstructed. From this vantage point it kind of feels as if you are flying above the city streets.

 

 

Also, being up so high provides a unique perspective on everyday life in the city. As you are just on a commuter bus, you can observe the comings and goings on the streets below...and do so unnoticed.

Biker on the streets - Shot w/ Ricoh GR II, from a Double Decker City Bus - Singapore © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
A cyclist on the sidewalk below - Shot with a Ricoh GR II

 

Here you'll find St. Andrew's Cathedral, which is the largest in Singapore, and quite a prominent landmark.

 

St. Andrews Cathedral @ City Hall MRT Station, shot from a Double Decker City Bus - Singapore © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
St Andrews & pedestrians

Also note the subway commuters, as this is the City Hall MRT Station. I had to be quick to capture this picture...the trees block much of the view, and the bus passes this area quickly.

 

 

Below is the same location, but view of North Bridge Road & Peninsula Plaza (on the right).

North Bridge Road & Peninsula Plaza, from a Double Decker City Bus - Singapore © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
North Bridge Road (City Hall MRT is on the left)

Clean, Uncongested City Streets

Sim Lim Square - Intersection of Sungei and Jln Besar Roads, from a Double Decker City Bus - Singapore © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Sim Lim Square - Intersection of Sungei and Jln Besar Roads

Along with Tokyo, Singapore has some of the cleanest streets in Asia. However, what Singapore doesn't have is the crowds. I remember when I first visited Singapore, I asked a local when rush hour was. They just laughed.

 

Elgin Bridge & Cityscape, from a Double Decker City Bus - Singapore © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Elgin Bridge & Cityscape - North Bridge Road

It is prohibitively expensive to own a car in Singapore, and in my opinion, that's a very good thing. With hardly any traffic, Singapore is very efficient, and residents enjoy some of the best quality of life in the world.

 

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Yes, fewer cars on the road means cleaner air...but also helping out in this department are the beautiful trees that can be found all over the city. Not only do they help to clean the air, but they shade and cool the landscape as well. When it comes to heat and humidity, Singapore, being right on the equator, could use all the help it can get.

 

Shady Tree-Lined Streets - Singapore © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Singapore's Beautiful Tree-Lined Streets

Seriously, these stately trees are one of my favorite things about Singapore. These are even small compared to some of the giants I have seen while exploring the country. I'm so glad they incorporated all this green space into such a modern, metropolitan area. I hope to write more about this soon.

 

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Photos of the Bus Ride Through Chinatown

I "hovered" right through the heart of this historic district - where tradition and modernity collide.

 

Neil Road in Chinatown & The Pinnacle@Duxton a Double Decker City Bus - Singapore © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Neil Road View - A shot like this could only be taken from a double decker bus

Above you can see the base of The Pinnacle@Duxton, a 50 storey high-rise with the largest sky gardens in the world.

 

Below is the "Buddha Tooth Relic Temple", which is not only incredibly striking, but also (clearly) wins the award for best named temple.

 

Buddha Tooth Relic Museum & Temple, shot from a Double Decker City Bus - Singapore © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Buddha Tooth Relic Museum & Temple - Taken with a Ricoh GR II

If you were wondering, yes, this photo was taken from the bus, too (you can see the window border in the upper left hand side). Hard to believe, but there really is a LOT to be seen on this route!

 

Church of St. Teresa - Further Down the Road

Seriously, could this bus commute get any more scenic?? St Teresa Church sits on a small, picturesque hill just beyond Chinatown.

Church of St. Teresa, shot from a Double Decker City Bus - Singapore © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Church of St. Teresa

Labrador Park MRT / Overhead Bridge

West Coast Highway & Alexandra Road Overhead Bridge @ Labrador Park MRT - Singapore © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
West Coast Highway & Alexandra Road Overhead Bridge

 

A few kilometers later I decided to get off the bus...though I do wonder what else I would have seen if I continued! Next time, I guess. I just walked around Labrador park and enjoyed the sunset before returning back to the city center.

 

A DIY "Commuter Tour"

So yes, if you're ever in Singapore on a nice day, don't hesitate to take one of these double decker buses! Sure, the SMRT train might be faster, but as you've seen above, you'll miss out on a lot of colorful scenery on the way to your destination.

 

SBS Transit Double Decker City Bus - South Bridge Road © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
SBS Transit Double Decker Bus, with The Pinnacle@Duxton in distance

 

Again, every photo on this page was taken from a window seat on one of these buses.


(If you were wondering, these pictures were shot with a Ricoh GRII camera. It's basically a DSLR that fits right in the palm of your hand.  You can check it out on Amazon...or if you're in Asia, on Lazada. Using these links will find you a great deal, but also help me out...doesn't cost you anything extra at all)


 

- Nathan Allen

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