Sunday Discoveries – Of a Whale, Dancers and Starbucks

Look, a Whale leaping out of the waters over Marina Bay Sands?

Look, a Whale leaping out of the waters over Marina Bay Sands?

Sometimes, when you go out for a walk without any preconceived ideas or notions of what you will do, or what you will see, the heavens rewards you amply with the most serendipitous of moments – such was a day last Sunday when I took a walk along Marina Bay, despite the sweltering heat and high humidity so typical of a tropical country like Singapore.  This huge “whale” of a cloud soared over the towers of Marina Bay Sands, looking as if it had just leaped through the waters of the sea and into the air, stealing a glance at this island which had changed beyond recognition over the years.

The changing Singapore landscape - the building of an additional bridgre across Marina Bay

The changing Singapore landscape – the building of an additional bridgre across Marina Bay

Foreign workers taking the day off on Sunday along Marina Bay Singapore

Foreign workers taking the day off on Sunday along Marina Bay Singapore

It was the light that had first drawn me that Sunday after church, the deep blue skies and golden light beckoning me to brave the 30 degree heat. And in a way, I needed that walk – I needed to be alone, and what better way to indulge in some “me” time than to pick up my Leica, and witness the gifts that life sometimes hand out – the little moments often gone unnoticed, the places that were taken for granted. Like for example, this group of dancers practising out in the open.

Dancers rehearsing in public in front of One Fullerton, Marina Bay

Dancers rehearsing in public in front of One Fullerton, Marina Bay

I also had the opportunity to discover Starbucks’s 100th store in Singapore, opened on the 14th of February 2014, now occupying the elegant Fullerton WaterBoat House – a landmark store fittingly located near the mouth of the Singapore River, where merchant ships and boats used to ply years ago, bringing trade and commerce into Singapore.

Starbucks Singapore's 100th Store at Fullerton WaterBoat House

Starbucks Singapore’s 100th Store at Fullerton WaterBoat House

Not quite sure what this counter is for in this huge Starbucks - this one is different from the main one near the entrance where one places orders and collects drinks.

Not quite sure what this counter is for in this huge Starbucks – this one is different from the main one near the entrance where one places orders and collects drinks.

Featuring 3 bar counters, a huge spacious interior with glass windows offering great views of Esplanade bridge, and Marina Bay Sands, this latest Starbucks is a great place to relax after walking around the surrounds of Marina Bay – though it is the second major Starbucks located in the area, the other being the one at One Fullerton.

Students studying in Starbucks is a common sight, even in Starbucks in Japan. Here at Starbucks' 100th store, there is a lot more space for that!

Students studying in Starbucks is a common sight, even in Starbucks in Japan. Here at Starbucks’ 100th store, there is a lot more space for that!

Inside Starbucks' 100th store at Fullerton Waterboat House - this place is huge!

Inside Starbucks’ 100th store at Fullerton Waterboat House – this place is huge!

The 100th Starbucks store also gives back to the community by hiring barristers with autism – it is the community spirit of inclusiveness and the idea of a shared space – the “third place” concept of Starbucks (after home and office) which made me love going to Starbucks – for me it’s not about the coffee at all, but the place.

The 100th store features historical references throughout the place, such as depiction of Samsui women, the women from China who helped build the backbone of Singapore, carrying cargo to and from boats coming into the harbour along Singapore River. It also features nostalgic photographs of old Singapore.

Walking into the Fullerton Waterboat house Starbucks is walking into a piece of Singapore's history.

Walking into the Fullerton Waterboat house Starbucks is walking into a piece of Singapore’s history.

The 100th store features historical references throughout the place, such as this depiction of Samsui women, the women from China who helped build the backbone of Singapore, carrying cargo to and from boats coming into the harbour along Singapore River.

The 100th store features historical references throughout the place, such as this depiction of Samsui women, the women from China who helped build the backbone of Singapore, carrying cargo to and from boats coming into the harbour along Singapore River.

A couple chilling out on a Sunday afternoon at Starbucks' 100th store in Singapore

A couple chilling out on a Sunday afternoon at Starbucks’ 100th store in Singapore.  You can see photos of old SIngapore on the wall in the background.

I walked out of Starbucks after a short break into even more glorious light, and walking back towards Raffles place as I prepared to call it a day and look for dinner, I was rewarded with this fascinating scene of Acro Yoga practitioners – I had to ask the internet for the name of this activity!

Acro yoga practitioners at Raffles Place on a Sunday

Acro yoga practitioners at Raffles Place on a Sunday

Sunset over Anderson Bridge, Singapore

Sunset over Anderson Bridge, Singapore

And that’s how a walk with my camera on a lazy Sunday turned out to be a fruitful photography trip!

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