Singapore Photo Essay | FOGG Odyssey

There are a lot of top travel bloggers who take excellent travel photos that capture the imagination of their audience; however, there are a select few who really ‘standout’ from the crowd and take things to entirely new level. T-Roy, the man behind Fogg Odyssey, is certanly one of these individuals & I’m thrilled to be featuring a guest photo essay (he’s selected on Singapore) that showcases a variety of stunning shots he took back in 2009 while visiting one of the true pillar cities found in all of South East Asia.  _____________________________________________________________________

In 2009 I had to exit Thailand for a visa run and decided it was time to explore Singapore.  I packed a small bag, bought a cheap ticket from Air Asia and grabbed my camera to see what all the fuse was about on this tiny island nation.

I spent a full week there and even though it’s a lot more expensive then the rest of Asia I quickly fell in love with the country. I spent most of my time walking around the city and taking random photos, this is what I got.


(The original Singapore Sling drink at the famous Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel. Be warned though, one drink costs about $15 USD!)


(Singapore’s national icon, the Merlion, half lion and half fish. There are only five Merlions in Singapore recognized by the STB.)


(Marina Barrage… would you believe this is an industrial water plant? Looks more like an art museum doesn’t it?)


(On top of the Marina Barrage is a grass park where people are famous for flying kites.)


(Girls jump for a photo with cranes in the background. This was taken on top of Marina Barrage)


(People might not know it but Singapore is full of Indians and Hindu is a big religion there.)


(A girl dressed up for an event called Cosplay. Big in Asia it’s where you dress up as your favorite cartoon character and you can see people who actually go to work looking like this sometimes.)


(The Esplanade is a theater center for performing arts. Like the Sydney Opera House it’s a national symbol for Singapore.)


(A boy playing in a fountain inside a shopping center.)


(The metro system in Singapore is one of the best in the world. Every 500m is a stop and it’s very affordable but yes it sometimes can get over crowded at certain times.)


(…and one last shot of the beautiful city at night. It really is a photographers dream place!)

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T-roy is taking an extended holiday from being responsible. Quitting his 6-figure salary job that was killing him with 12hr work days, he decided that this wasn’t the life. He moved to Thailand and spent 3 months living a humble backpackers life and loved the experience so much he kept going. He’s currently hanging out in Medellin, Colombia doing photography work while running his own travel blog www.foggOdyssey.com.  You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter or Google+


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Erin September 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Gorgeous shots. Reminds me a bit of Hong Kong – we’ll have to get to Singapore while we’re in Asia.

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T-roy September 10, 2011 at 3:33 am

Agree, would love to go back to Hong Kong and photograph, esp now that I know what I am doing.

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Dragos September 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Amazing images , Singapore is a vibrant city!

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Nomadic Samuel September 12, 2011 at 5:12 am

Thanks, I agree with you. I was last there in 2008.

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Phil September 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Incredible stuff, Troy!!

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T-roy September 10, 2011 at 3:34 am

Thanks Phil, was a fun week there and ended up being some of my best shots in all of Asia.

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fotoeins September 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm

These photos are adding colourful grist for the (Singapore) mill. Thanks, T-Roy and Sam!

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T-roy September 10, 2011 at 3:32 am

Glad you liked but what is “Singapore mill”?

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nod 'n' smile September 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Wow, these photos are unreal. I love that they capture so many aspects of the place as well. I’ve never been to Singapore but have been told that it’s a bit sterile- these photos seem to indicate that it’s anything but.

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T-roy September 10, 2011 at 3:35 am

I heard the same thing but in a way I liked that it was so clean. Was a stark contrast to the rest of Asia that is for sure. Will say though that maybe they have a tad to many malls for my liking but thats all good i guess! lol :)

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Micamyx|Senyorita September 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Postcard quality pictures! My first and last trip to Singapore was in October 2009. Hoping to go back soon! *fingers crossed*

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T-roy September 10, 2011 at 3:31 am

Thanks… but if you want to see some postcards I have done you can actually check them out on my site. I did a bunch on India and have to say by the end I was getting better and better at making them.

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T-roy September 10, 2011 at 3:32 am

Thanks… but if you want to see some postcards I have done you can actually check them out on my site. I did a bunch on India and have to say by the end I was getting better and better at making them. :)

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Jordan September 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Beautiful!!

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Nomadic Samuel September 12, 2011 at 5:13 am

Thanks Jordan – T-Roy has some skills!

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Abby September 10, 2011 at 3:15 am

Really amazing photos, Troy! When are you coming back to Vegas?

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T-roy September 10, 2011 at 3:30 am

Vegas… heck I don’t know even when I’ll be back in the US. Plan to stay in South America till the end of the year I think. Afterwards who knows but always a trip to Vegas is fun. I wish it hadn’t been raining when I went last time. I’d like to do more photography when there this time. :)

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Mica September 10, 2011 at 6:29 am

Sweet pics man. Did you get any good shots of the Singapore flyer? I didn’t pay to get on in London so sure as heck not going to in Sing, but it looked impressive.
Singapore was so expensive. Wayyyy to expensive.

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Nomadic Samuel September 12, 2011 at 5:14 am

Mica, Singapore is really expensive! Especially compared to anywhere else in SE Asia. It’s the only place in SE Asia that I’ve ever stayed in a dorm (which was double the price of a normal guest house in neighbouring Malaysia).

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Amer September 10, 2011 at 7:05 am

I’ve always love Fogg Odyssey’s photos. They’re always amazing. Love the Marina Barrage photo during sunset. Singapore is such a futuristic city in a tropical surrounding. That’s why its so appealing to me. Been there like 20 times back when I used to live in Malaysia and will definitely go there again. Great article!

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Nomadic Samuel September 12, 2011 at 5:15 am

Thanks Amer, it’s a great city and quite unique in the region. I find it impressively clean and modern – although it lacks a bit of the hustle and bustle that make places like BKK & KL so fascinating.

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Jim September 10, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Loved this but loved old Singapore even better. First visit was 2 weeks stay in ’74 and we loved the old owner operated shops along the now modern highways and streets. The smell of dried fish everywhere, the street vendors and food markets. A very modern city now, but it’s lost it’s appeal for us. However, it’s a great stopover city on those long haul flights from NZ to the rest of the world.

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Nomadic Samuel September 12, 2011 at 3:33 am

Jim, I can imagine the city has transformed itself and would look nothing like it did in ’74. I think that’s the story of many modern cities in Asia. I know in Seoul even a 5 year period brings about a lot of change.

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Cam @ Traveling Canucks September 11, 2011 at 1:56 am

Great collection – we’ve enjoyed following T-roy’s adventures and awesome photography.

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Nomadic Samuel September 12, 2011 at 3:32 am

Yeah, when I was discovering travel blogs I was instantly drawn to his photos.

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Bethany September 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I love Troy’s photos too and these are fantastic!

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T-roy September 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm

ok, since I posted your reply on the wrong comment I’ll leave inspiringtravellers.com comment here to hep balance it out! lol

“I just check out your photos on Istanbul, way cool shots, esp the ones inside the church!”

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Nomadic Samuel September 12, 2011 at 3:30 am

Thanks Beth! He really captured Singapore well in this gallery. I was there in 2008 (prior to using a dSLR) and I wouldn’t dare show anything on my blog from that time :P

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Andrea September 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Gorgeous photos! Singapore has changed so much from when I was there (over ten years ago) – I really want to go back…

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T-roy September 11, 2011 at 11:11 pm

same to you girl, your work always gets my attention! :)

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T-roy September 11, 2011 at 11:12 pm

sorry that was for Beers and Beans! lol Been drinking.. again! :)

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Michael September 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Singapore has such an awesome nightlife too.

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Nomadic Samuel September 16, 2011 at 6:43 am

Michael, wish I could have experienced that! I was getting low on funds when I was went to Singapore in 2008 :)

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Raymond @ Man On The Lam September 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I’m a big fan of Troy’s — and images like these are the reason why :)

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Nomadic Samuel September 14, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Raymond, so am I – he knows what’s he’s doing behind the lens.

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Trans-Americas Journey September 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Great photo of Singapore. Troy’s images always ROCK.

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Nomadic Samuel September 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Definitely agree with you on both counts :)

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Jade September 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

The metro shot definitely reminded me of Hong Kong- and I love the kite flying one! Great selections

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Nomadic Samuel September 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm

T-Roy did a great job of capturing the diversity of the city.

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Lily Leung September 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm

These are absolutely stunning photographs! Singapore is one of my favourite big cities and being there was the first time on my current RTW trip that I wished I had a tripod when I saw the harbour at night.

Thanks for sharing these shots!
Lily

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Nomadic Samuel September 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Thanks Lily, I appreciate T-Roy sharing them here.

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Marina K. Villatoro September 19, 2011 at 3:15 am

Wow!!!! Singapore is one of those countries that you think you know something about, but really nothing at all comes close to what it really is.

You captured it beautifully!!!

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Marina K. Villatoro September 19, 2011 at 3:16 am

I meant T-Roy:)

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Nomadic Samuel September 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

T-Roy’s photos are certainly stellar

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Maria Alexandra September 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm

WOW – such vibrant, gorgeous photos! My favorite shot is the one of the Hindu temple – love how intricate they are =D

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Nomadic Samuel September 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Maria, thanks for checking it out – T-Roy’s a talented dude!

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Nicole September 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Beautiful photography T-Roy!

I went to Singapore when I was young and really want to go back again soon – these photos just reinforce that want!

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Nomadic Samuel September 23, 2011 at 2:24 am

Thanks Nicole, it’s definitely an impressive gallery.

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Greg Goodman October 11, 2011 at 3:16 am

Great photos. It looks like I should spend more than 24 hours – possibly with Swine Flu – in Singapore next time I’m in the area! I think my favorite is Marina Barrage. Thanks for sharing!

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Nomadic Samuel November 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Thanks Greg, I was really happy to have this photo essay by T-Roy on my site. He’s an awesome photographer.

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Travel Service In Singapore September 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

Awesome…Singapore is very beautifully capture through the lenses…thanks for sharing…
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D.J. - The World of Deej January 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Great shots…Singapore is at the top of my list…

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Samuel January 19, 2013 at 2:19 am

Thanks DJ, it’s a very diverse and clean city to visit :)

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Peter Lee July 15, 2013 at 10:29 am

You have captured the best shots of Singapore. The lovely shots, I have ever seen. Singapore has always been a beautiful destination spot to travel.

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Sing December 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Singapore isn’t “full of Indians”. If Singapore is full of Indians, then America is full of blacks. Most indians are in Singapore as foreign construction workers. Indians who are Singaporean citizens are less than 10% of the country. Singapore is 75% Chinese. We are also the only Chinese majority territory in the world outside of Greater China.

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