Photography by Tom Lane


Having lived in Singapore from 1991 to 1998, it’s a special place for us, with many good memories and where we met a lot of good friends. I first visited, on business in 1984 and have been back many times, both before and after living there. It’s a good place for a couple of days but I don’t think I would want to live there again. However, when we get the chance we usually transit through Singapore when flying to some far flung place.

Singapore Commercial District

Taken in December 2017, whilst transiting through Singapore on our way to New Zealand.






(Leica M10 Camera with 35mm Summicron f2.0 lens)

Singapore National Gallery

Taken during the same trip in December 2017.

Fittingly located in the heart of the Civic District, the Gallery is housed in the City Hall and the former Supreme Court—two iconic buildings that have played a monumental role in Singapore’s history.

The Gallery showcases more than 8,000 pieces from Singapore’s National Collection, making it one of the world’s largest and most invaluable public collections of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern art from the 19th century to the present day.

(Leica M10 Camera with 35mm Summicron f2.0 lens)

The Old Hill Street Police Station

Again, during the same trip in December 2017.

The Old Hill Street Police Station is situated on the corner of Hill Street and River Valley Road.

When the six-storey police station and barracks was constructed in 1934 to house some 1,000 policemen and their families, it was billed, at the time, as a “police skyscraper” by The Straits Times.


(Leica M10 Camera with 50mm Summicron f2.0 lens)

Emerald Hill Road

Taken in October 2018 whilst transiting through Singapore on my way to China.

Emerald Hill Road, situated just off Orchard Road has exquisite houses from the era, in the so-called Chinese Baroque style, typified by the use of coloured ceramic tiles, carved swing doors, shuttered windows and pastel-shaded walls with fine plaster mouldings. Unsurprisingly, quite a few now host trendy restaurants and bars, with a few more in a tastelessly jazzed-up row of shophouses called Cuppage Terrace, close to the Centrepoint mall.

(Leica CL camera with Vario-Elmar 18-56mm f3.5-5.6 lens)

Another image of Cuppage Terrace on Emerald Hill                       (Leica CL with Vario-Elmar 18-56mm ISO 200)

Lots of trendy restaurants and bars at Boat Quay along the Singapore River

Singapore’s Commercial District with Boat Quay at the bottom right and Clarke Quay on the left








(Leica CL with Vario-Elmar 18-56mm)

The Commercial District as seen from the Ocean Side. Taken in October 2013








(Sony RX1 camera with a fixed 35mm f2.0 lens)

Another view of the Commercial District this time taken from the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel                    (Sony RX1)

Cuppage Centre on Orchard Road near Centrepoint

Rainy Sunday evening on Orchard Road

Crossroads a cafe/bar located on the junction of Tanglin and Orchard Roads. A great place to have a Tiger beer and watch the world go by

Singapore has some great places to eat. This is a bunch of restaurants near a hotel on the East Side where I sometimes stayed when on business there

Another of my regular eating houses on the East Side

Afternoon tropical storm about to hit, taken from one of the hotel swimming pools