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TAIWAN AND SINGAPORE

In Taiwan baseball is a very popular sport and I usually attend several games at the local stadium in Taipei with our sports-mad grandsons and family. Taiwan has a very interesting history and is well worth studying. During my latest visit I had a few days in Taroko Gorge in the Taroka National Park in the east of the country. The scenery is spectacular with the Taroka Gorge stretching some 20km. In places the gorge can be several hundred metres above the River Liwu and features many hiking trails, some of which feature short pedestrian tunnels through the mountains. In Taipei I visited the Buddhist Longshan Temple during a religious ceremony.

Singapore is a very modern bustling island with incredible architecture in the business centre by the harbour, which combines well with the old colonial buildings. Singapore also has an interesting history and there is much evidence of its past; a visit to the famous Raffles Hotel is a must. The new casino structure dominates the harbour with its massively high towers. A recent addition in the vicinity is the Gardens by the Bay project covering some 250 acres and includes extensive gardens, conservatories and flower dome with flowers and plants from around the world. I visited the Botanical Gardens during several early mornings to photograph the dragonflies - not easy as they are very skittish. I am definitely not a gardener but these locations do provide good photographic opportunities.