Singapore Home Prices Drop for 15th Straight Quarter

Singapore has put in place measures to cool the overheating in home prices since 2009. Those measures have helped reduce the developing bubble in prices. They have achieved a slow deflation in prices without a crash (so far at least). Prices declined just .3% from last quarter and have declined 12% from a September 2013 peak.

Singapore Home Prices Extend Longest Losing Streak on Curbs

Singapore’s leaders, determined to keep a lid on home prices in the city-state, have unleashed a series of measures to cool the market since 2009. The government in March rolled back some property-market restrictions for the first time in eight years, although has cautioned that those adjustments don’t signal an unwinding of the measures.

In March, the government reduced stamp duty imposed on sellers and some mortgage restrictions. That helped stoke optimism that Singapore’s property market is rebounding, with home sales jumping and developers making more aggressive bids at land auctions. Home sales in the first five months this year have risen about 75 percent from the same period a year ago, data showed.

Singapore has managed this issue well. They waited a bit too long to act in my opinion but once they decided to act they have done well taking manful measures while also not moving too drastically and spooking the market.

photo of a driveway leading to a house with many plants in the yard

The house our family lived in while my father was a professor in Singapore. I took this photo years later while on a family vacation.

Their neighbors across the straits in Johor Bahru waited to long to act and didn’t take significant enough measures and that situation is still precarious.

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Singapore is Expected to Approve a Trial of Self-Driving Taxis in the City

Singapore is expected to again show that their government can be quite innovative and action oriented. Singapore plans to allow a trial of self-driving taxis on Singapore’s roads.

A Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) is a research consortium that’s applied to run the driverless taxi pilot project on the normal public roads in Singapore.

Singapore Is Already Planning for a Future of Driverless Taxis

the basic idea will be that people can book a driverless ride via a smartphone. Initially service will be limited to the “one-north” district of Singapore, a massive business park full of biomedical, digital media, and technology companies. The first round of rides will be free, he says, and might be restricted to “one-north” employees.

Frazzoli says SMART was the first applicant for the trial, and hopes to get its testing permit soon. When approval does arrive, the consortium plans to role out a modest robotaxi trial in “one-north” within about six months. But Frazzoli believes Singapore has much bigger plans for driverless cabs; he thinks officials will broaden the program to the whole city-state within about a year.

Driverless cars really seem to be expected, by those who should know, to be on the roads much sooner than I ever thought possible. It is great to see Singapore leading in this effort. This is exactly the type of thing Singapore needs to pursue to continue to succeed economically.

Related: Profiting from Self-Driving CarsTaxis Vanish in Rain as Singapore Gets CongestedTransportation from Singapore to Johor Bahru MalaysiaJB to Singapore by TaxiCMU Wins $2 million in Urban Robot Auto Race (2007)

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Masjid Sultan Singapura

Sultan Mosque, Singapore

The Sultan Mosque is located in Kampung Glam next to the Malaysia Heritage Center. The mosque was gazetted as a national monument in 1975.

The current structure was built in the 1920s. An annex building, in a similar style was added in 1993. The site originally had a mosque built in 1826 by Sultan Hussain with funds from the East India Company. I found it interesting the architect for the mosque in the 1920s was Irish.

Sultan Mosque and annex

I am guessing that the building on the right of this photo is the annex, but that is just my guess. All photos by John Hunter – see more of my Singapore photos.

The area around the Mosque is interesting. This street had several shops and restaurants. It is a nice area to walk around, very near Arab street. Little India and Little China are also nearby. The closest metro station is Bungis: East-West (green) and DownTown (blue) lines – use exit E).

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Battlestar Galactica: Human v Cylon Reopens at Resorts World at Sentosa

Battlestar Galactica: Human v Cylon, returns to Universal Studios Singapore after being out of service undergoing upgrades for 2 years.

Located in Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, Universal Studios is the most popular theme park in Singapore. Opened to the public in 2010 it is the first Universal Studio ever built in Asia.

See a few more videos of the Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cylon ride.

Related: Universal Studios SingaporeSingapore Marina Bay Sands SkyparkMegazip Adventure Park, Sentosa Island

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Singapore Polytechnic Circa 1970

photo of Singapore Polytechnic in 1970

Photo of Singapore Polytechnic in 1970 by Bill Hunter. My father was a professor at the University of Singapore then.

See more photos he took from his travels around the world.

It is amazing how well Singapore has done economically in the last 50 years. People forget Singapore was poor in 1970. One of the very smart things they did back then was making eduction and higher education a priority. Bringing in people like my father to teach engineering and economic development is one of the many smart moves Singapore made.

The most recent international grade school for both math and science achievement scores put Singapore at the top of all countries. The National University of Singapore was ranked one of the top 150 research institutions in the world.

Related: Singapore Science MuseumTransportation from Singapore to Johor Bahru, MalaysiaSingapore’s Health Care System

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Universal Studios Singapore

Located in Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, Universal Studios is the most popular theme park in Singapore. Opened to the public March, 2010, this is actually the first Universal Studio ever built in Asia.

With over 20 hectares of area, there is so much in store for the public to explore. The theme park occupies the eastern part of Resorts World Sentosa. Spend a day exploring the theme park with a total of 24 theme park attractions available to enjoy. There are 7 themed zones with different attractions the interest of the people.

The park is open from until 10:00pm every day. Watch out for the Hollywood After Hours on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 pm to 10:00pm for a discounted entrance ticket. Pay only SGD 5 to dine and shop inside Universal Studios. Also, watch out for the pyrotechnic displays 9:00 pm every night.

Themed Zones

Designed to feel as if you are walking along Hollywood Boulevard back in 1970, the Hollywood zone features vibrant architectural designs and planted palm trees. Of course, the zone won’t look like Hollywood if there is no Hollywood Walk of Fame. And it includes a 1,500-seat indoor Broadway-style theatre that is fully equipped to host plays, musicals and performances

New York
Designed with post-modern feature of New York City, this zone features the classic landmarks and some impressive cityscape. With neon street lights, the façade of New York zone gives the impression of a lot of fun to be discovered. It is also delivers romantic atmosphere felt in the Big Apple.

Sci-Fi City
Travel to the future in Sci-fi zone. The park features modern conveniences and futuristic ambience. Experience the thrilling ride of the world’s tallest pair of roller coaster with a height of 42.7 meters. The two roller coasters are based on the television series, Battlestar Galactic: Human vs. Cylon.

Ancient Egypt
Based on the remnants of Ancient Egypt, the zone is the adaptation of Golden Age Era of Egypt exploration. See replicas of pyramids, obelisks and roaming characters like Cleopatra while raoming around Ancient Egypt zone. This highlights the roller coaster ride themed after the movie by Brendan Fraser entitled “The Mummy”

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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Nature parks are usually not the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Singapore. But Singapore actually has several excellent parks including the Sungei Buloh Nature Park.

Lots of birds at the Sungei Buhlu Wetlands Reserve

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is located on the North of Singapore bordered by the Johor Strait, with a view to Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The reserve, covers an area of 130 hectares, was designated as a nature park in 1989 and gazetted (with an expanded size of 40 hectares greater than the original area) in 2002 and listed as an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003 (Singapore’s first such park).

Milky Stork at the Sungei Buhlu Wetlands Reserve, Singapore

Milky Stork – they are classified as endangered and are also found in Malaysia, Cambodia and Indonesia.

I actually see these fly over Johor Bahru fairly often in the morning or evening. They mirror the commuters going and returning from work each day.

Malayan water monitor lizard

Malayan water monitor lizard

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Pura Dalem Desa Pakraman, Ubud, Bali

The sign at this temple says Pura Dalem Desa Pakraman Ubud.


I am certain this is Pura Dalem (see entrance sign below), I am not 100% certain that there are not a couple places called Pura Dalem and then this isn’t the Great Temple of Dealth (please comment if you know). I can’t find matching information online using this name.

Some sites online have photos that seems to be this temple and say, Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal is Great Temple of Death. Which is a Hindu temple located in the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Stone carving, Pura Dalem Agung

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Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

The Gardens by the Bay consist of two large buildings and fairly small outdoor gardens. The flower dome includes a wide variety of flowers from regions around the globe. Both buildings are glass bubbles providing a view of downtown Singapore.

view of the interior of Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands is visible in the background.

An audio tour is available which plays short clips of information on numerous plants found in the gardens. I thought it was worthwhile.

photo of deep redish-purple flower

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Photos of Little India

Here are some photos from a walk I took in the Little India area in Singapore when I had visitors.

photo of Masjid Abdul Gaffoor

Masjid Abdul Gaffoor

photo of a Colorful Building in Little India

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