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10 Must-See Sites in Singapore (10 Pics)

Singapore is one of the most attractive cities in the world. Singapore is renown for its stunning skyscrapers, magnificent parks, exotic animal safaris, and ancient temples. The beautiful Southeast Asian country should be high atop your list of places to visit in your lifetime. These 10 images will certainly convince you to book a flight right away! 

1) Clarke Quay

10 Amazing Places to Visit While in Singapore

 Clarke Quay was named after Singapore’s second governor, Sir Andrew Clarke. Clarke Quay is popular among the younger crowd for the vast selection of nightclubs and reverse bungees, but there are many boutiques and restaurants worthy of checking out as well. Clarke Quay is located upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River and Boat Quay.

2) Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

10 Amazing Places to Visit While in Singapore

The temple originates from the Tang dynasty, in terms of structure. It is said that the relic of Buddha was found in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar in 1980, hence the name of the temple. You can find the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in central Chinatown.

3) Singapore Flyer

10 Amazing Places to Visit While in Singapore

The giant ferris wheel reaches over 541 feet (165 meters) and offers a view that is simply incredible, to say the least! The Singapore Flyer opened in 2008, and it was the largest ferris wheel in the world at the time. Each car can hold around 28 people, perfect for accommodating large groups. As long as you don’t have a fear of heights, you must check out the Flyer! 

4) Marina Bay Sands

10 Amazing Places to Visit While in Singapore

The Marina Bay Sands first opened in 2010, and set the record for being the most expensive building in the world. The cost to build the Sands was over $5.7 billion! The luxurious resort features shops, a skating rink, fine dining at top restaurants, an art science museum, and one of the largest convention centers in all of Asia. 

5) Singapore Botanic Gardens

10 Amazing Places to Visit While in Singapore

Nature lovers will simply adore the beautiful outdoor environment of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The garden is open all day from 5 a.m. in the morning until midnight, making it the only garden in the world that offers a full day viewing experience. Admission is free, but there is a fee to enter the National Orchid Garden. The orchid garden is the most visited site there, with over 60,000 species of plants and animals.

6) Resorts World Sentosa

10 Amazing Places to Visit While in Singapore

The Resorts World Sentosa are located on an island off the southern coast of the country. The main sites to visit if you’re staying on the Resorts, are the Marine Life Park and Dolphin Island. There is even a large casino on the resorts, if you’re feeling a bit lucky! The seaside views are simply stunning as well. 

7) Orchard Road

10 Amazing Places to Visit While in Singapore

 If you’re in the mood to do some shopping, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to Orchard Road. Orchard Road is one of the premier shopping places in the world that stretches over 2.2km (1.3 miles). The Botanic Gardens can be found on the northern side of Orchard Road. The Istana, which is the White House of Singapore, is based on the southern side of the famous road.

8) Gardens by the Bay

10 Amazing Places to Visit While in Singapore

 Gardens by the Bay consists of three separate gardens, which are called the Bay South Garden, the Bay East Garden and the Bay Central Garden. The Bay South Garden features The Flower Dome, The Cloud Forest, and a children’s garden with an adventure trail. You won’t want to miss the conservatory complex either. You’ll definitely want to have your camera ready here! 

9) Night Safari

10 Amazing Places to Visit While in Singapore

 As the name suggests, the Night Safari, is ideal for people who love to go out when the sun goes down! The exotic safari first opened its doors in 1984, and has since remained one of the country’s premier tourist attraction sites. It is also the first nocturnal zoo in the world. The safari attracts over a million visitors each year.

10) Raffles Hotel

10 Amazing Places to Visit While in Singapore

This legendary hotel dates all the way back to 1887, and was frequented by world renown authors. Among the well-known authors who stayed at The Raffles Hotel was Ernest Hemingway, Somerset Maugham, and Rudyard Kipling. The hotel also features a museum that sits on the 3rd floor. Make sure you book a reservation at The Ruffles Hotel if you plan on traveling to Singapore.

There’s a “Cowboy Boot House” for Rent in Huntsville, Texas (14 Pics)

At $1200

Barbara Eldredge

On the spectrum of totally bizarre U.S. homes, Huntsville, Texas’s Cowboy Boot House falls somewhere between whi…

Cowboy Boot HouseWhip up your meals in the unusual and custom featured kitchen.

Cowboy Boot House

The home features lots of unique handcrafted details, including these belt buckle drawer pulls, which infuses some western flair.

Cowboy Boot House

This uniquely shaped house located in Huntsville, TX, is currently available for rent and it just might be the home of any cowboy or cowgirl’s dreams. Designed by artist and builder Dan Phillips of the Phoenix Commotion, the shoe-shaped abode features a more conventionally-shaped annex too.

This two bedroom, 1 bathroom home features handcrafted custom features throughout the space including mosaic granite flooring and shower surround, high ceiling in living room, covered porch with ample deck space. Magnificent spiral staircase leading to a stunning roof top deck.

Day of the Dead: Terlingua, (West) Texas (7 Pics)

Terlingua is an obscure little ghost town out in West Texas, the glory and riches from back in the day when it was a Cinnabar mining town long gone and faded. Today, it is a pocket-sized magnet for creatives, artists, eccentrics and some retirees. But, Day of the Dead celebrations bring this small, tight knit community to the local cemetery in full swing. This day is not one of mourning, in fact far from it. It is a day of paying respect, sharing and feeding each other. Children are introduced to family members who have departed and each of the four hundred graves in the cemetery are lit with candles late into the night. The rugged Texas desert and the bright starlit sky provide quite the backdrop. Uncanny costumes, painted faces and body art are integral to this day, along with music, a campfire, food and beverages. But above all is a purposeful sense of reflection and remembrance for those that have left and their spiritual journey after life.
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© Ayash Basu. Local artists and musicians gather at “The Porch” of the Terlingua Trading Post, a social hub in the afternoon as people mingle over beers and get into the spirit for the evening.

© Ayash Basu. The local community and visitors gather at the cemetery to pray for the spiritual journey of the departed over a potluck. A massive campfire starts at sundown and everybody sings over drinks and food late into the night.

© Ayash Basu. One of the early visitors to the cemetery, other than the organizing family are the King and Queen (some call them Bride and Groom).

© Ayash Basu. Women adorned in red roses is a common sight. Red roses signify memories of the lost that will not be eroded by death.

© Ayash Basu. Grace, a young woman from the area dons the role of Queen in 2016.

© Ayash Basu. Randy McLaughlin – the “King” for the last many years ponders sitting next to the fire as the candles are lit by 400 plus graves.

© Ayash Basu. The candles light the graves late into the night, much after people have left. Even after the candles burn off, millions of stars radiate upon the graves – pretty symbolic.

All Heros: Georgia Sheriff Rewards Deputy-Life-Saving Inmates Slashed Sentences

Each inmate will have his sentence reduced by about 25 percent.

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When a Georgia deputy suddenly collapsed while on duty, the six inmates he had been supervising could have made a run for it. But they chose instead to save the officer’s life.

The group of inmates were out on a work detail last Monday in a remote area of Polk County when their supervising officer, who has not been identified, suddenly fell face-first on the ground, WXIA-TV reports.

Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats said the inmates could have easily taken the officer’s gun at that point and escaped in his van.

“They could have done anything they wanted,” Moats told Time. “They were out there by themselves with this one officer. If they would have left him there, it could have been hours before anyone came across him.”

Instead, the inmates rushed to revive the deputy. The group opened the officer’s shirt and removed his bulletproof vest to keep him cool. The humidity that morning had reportedly reached 100 percent.

The inmates also used the officer’s phone to call 911. Emergency medical services soon arrived on the scene.

The inmates have been credited with helping to save the officer’s life. The deputy, who’s believed to have collapsed due to the humidity and a previous medical condition, has reportedly recovered and is now back at work,

“They stayed right there with him,” Moats told Time. “If he didn’t have any help, I don’t know what would have happened to him.” 

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The sheriff’s office said the incident was especially meaningful given that Georgia prison guards Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue were killed on June 13, allegedly by two inmates escaping a prison bus.

“As we watched the horrific manhunt this week of the two inmates that killed two correctional officers, we all know that Monday could have ended differently for our officer,” wrote the sheriff’s office in a since-removed Facebook post.

But the inmates involved in the officer’s rescue, all of whom all serving sentences for minor criminal offences, said there was never any question of the path of action they would take.

“When that happened, in my opinion, it wasn’t about who is in jail and who wasn’t,” inmate Greg WIlliams told WXIA. “It was about a man going down, and we had to help him.”

As a token of gratitude, the officer’s family prepared lunch and desserts for the inmates last week, WSB-TV reported.

“The inmates did a really good job. I’m extremely proud of them,” Moats sa

Joke: Clever Blonde

A blonde walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the loan officer. She says she’s going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000.

The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of security for the loan, so the blonde hands over the keys to a new Rolls Royce. The car is parked on the street in front of the bank, she has the title and everything checks out. The bank agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan.

The bank’s president and its officers all enjoy a good laugh at the blonde for using a $250,000 Rolls as collateral against a $5,000 loan.

An employee of the bank then drives the Rolls into the bank’s underground garage and parks it there.

Two weeks later, the blonde returns, repays the $5,000 and the interest, which comes to $15.41. The loan officer says, “Miss, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled.

We checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire. What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000?”

The blonde replies….. “Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return?”

Sleeping Around in the 30s, 40s and 50’s (WOW!) (12 Pics)

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 1935 Pontiac with Turquoise Canned Ham

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 1936 Pierce Arrow with Travelodge

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 1947 Custom Buick Sedanet with Matching Trailer

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 1949 Studebaker Pickup with Purple Trailer to Match

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 1951 Hudson Commodore with matching Trailer

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 1955 Ford Customline Wagon with Shasta Trailer

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 1952 Buick Riviera Hardtop with Matching Trailer

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 1956 Ford Ranch Wagon with Teardrop Trailer

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 1959 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop with Shasta Travel Trailer

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 1959 Chevrolet El Camino with Shasta Travel Trailer

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 Pretty Pink Pair 1959 Cadillac Sixty with Shasta Trailer

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1962 Ford Cortina with Custom Travel Trailer