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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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June 5, 2014

singapore | nightscape: clarke quay at night

Clarke Quay Colored Umbrella

If there is another spot in Singapore that looks spectacular at night, aside from the Marina Bay area, that would probably be Clarke Quay. Situated upstream along the Singapore River, this historical quay puts on her best night lights as the sun goes down.

I was fortunate to stay in the area for a couple of days because of this thing and here's a couple of things you might enjoy on a night out in Clarke Quay:

(1) watch Clarke Quay transform at dusk

From your usual drab urban scene to stunning  night scene in a matter of minutes. It helped that I had a great room with an overlooking view of the area. I had such a great time shooting here that I nearly forgot about dinner.

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay Dusk

Lightshow from Clarke Quay

(2) the local cuisine

I nearly forgot about dinner, until somebody mentioned Singapore's chilli crabs! There's a good number of dining options in Clarke Quay [check this out], but if you are craving for seafood, there is probably no better place than Jumbo Seafood.

Jumbo Seafood

I got to try their chilli crabs and black pepper crabs and these dishes are simply sinful!

Jumbo Seafood - Chili Crab

Jumbo Seafood - Black Pepper Crab

(3) explore up and down the river

Singapore: Boat Quay

You can walk from Clarke Quay to Marina Bay in less than an hour. Its highly recommended after you have over-stuffed yourself with seafood.

By the Singapore River

There are good number of historical buildings you would be able to see. If you like street art, check out the murals in several of the underpasses there. Or maybe jam with one of the street musicians.

But you know what the best thing is? Being able to walk and shoot anywhere without fear of being mugged or having your camera equipment stolen. You can practically leave your camera and tripod while doing long exposure shots!

Street Musician in Underpass

(4) take the river cruise

River Cruise

This is a great way to see Singapore River if you do not want to walk.  We took the river cruise at day time and I could image how spectacular at night.

(5) ride g-max swing

Gmax Swing

Or not.  I did not, nor I wished I had. I don't think I need that "100% adrenalin rush".  By the sheer volume of shrieking and by the looks of those who just got themselves flung over the passing boats, I say that this is one ride you don't take ride after dinner. More info about this insane reverse bungy here.

(6) party!

Clarke Quay Nightlife

Clarke Quay has been advertised as Singapore's top party spot, with plenty of nightclubs and bars to choose from.

Clarke Quay Nightlife - Bars

Clarke Quay Nightlife

Clarke Quay Nightlife
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