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If I had a hammer....... I would hammer in the morning........I would hammer in the afternoon, and the evening, I would hammer right on up until 10pm most nights, including Sundays! Such is life with ongoing construction in Singapore. Not such a sweet song.
Unfortunately, construction is not easily avoided here in Singapore. Everywhere you look you will see construction cranes blighting the skyline. Will this small island ever be finished?! With land reclaimed from the sea, Singapore is expanding all the time. Land, especially near to the CBD (Central Business District) and Orchard Road hub is at a premium, so older buildings soon fall prey to the developers, as we personally discovered.
Living right next to construction has been a pain. Noise and dust every day, seven days a week. The work starts at around 7am, even on Sunday, and goes on until at least 10pm at night, again, including Sundays! I knew city living would be noisy but I hadn't bargained for this noisy. Still, after awhile you do become accustomed to it. Kind of. It has been interesting to see how things progress and from time to time I take some photos.
The picture to the right shows all the houses gone bar one (plus another one which is tucked behind it out of shot). This is now October 2011, heavy equipment has been moved in and the pile driving has started. The building with the long roof to the left in the foreground, is the porta cabin for the construction staff.
Safety for the most part does seem pretty good, all workers wear hard hats and yellow gum boots. They also wear long sleeved jackets which in the heat and humidity of Singapore must be oppressive.
The long white building you see to the right in a lot of the pictures, is the ISS International (Elementary and Middle) School here in Singapore. The back of our condo overlooks the majority of the school. This one building of classrooms is unfortunately, right next to the construction. I can only imagine how incredibly noisy and disruptive it must be for the poor students.