Garden by the bay - a new tourist attraction?

 Do you think this will be a new tourist attraction?

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Field Inquiry on Tourism

The first field inquiry on human geography which we have learned to be more open minded. We have also learned from each other the need to check whether the data collected is skewed.  We did a land use transact and learned to see the pattern e.g goods are sold mainly on the 1st level and services on the 2nd level, higher order goods such as electronics and jewllery shops are found along Pagoda street, Temple street and Trengganu Street which catered more to the tourists as compared to Sago street where there are. more pastry shops as it is nearer to the Kretar Ayer CC where more locals actually shop.  . However there is pastry shop along Sago. For almost all the tourists whom we interviewed, most are attracted by shopping as well as the temples nearby.

As Geographers, we need to look at the spatial distribution of the land use.  There is also a need to see the spatial patterns for Human Geography during post fieldtrip when collecting data.

Interesting findings of the different streets. Smith Street - food vendors of local delicacies but more expensive - a deliberate planning by STB to introduce the local food of the 60s. However almost all the stalls are not opened in the morning. It would be more appropriate to do the survey for this stretch of road in the evening. There are also more restaurants that are cosmopolitan e.g. Thai etc. there. We found out that many tourists would actually go for food that they are more familiar with as compared to trying the local food. There are a lot of accommodation such as hostel and budget hotels along Mosque street -most tourist book online and stayed there as it is relatively cheap. Here we could look at how amenities affect tourism. Most of them stayed there due to the availability of public transport such as MRT and public buses nearby. They have booked the stay online and most would have sourced the accommodation and nearby attractions on the internet. Thus we could also see how accessibility in terms of transport and information can attract tourists.

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Field inquiry on coastal studies

Our first activity at the East coast park was to label the low water mark, the high water mark, the shoreline and the coastline.

We then proceeded to our assigned area, cell G. The breakers here are higher and nearer to each other. We observed the symmetrical shape of the coastline so we came up with the hypothesis that the beach gradient should also be the same on both sides behind the breakers. However, after measuring the gradient, we realised that the gradient is steepest at the one on the West compared to the one facing the East. We suspected that the more gentle slope could be a results of the longshore drift. We threw an apple into the sea and the swash brought the apple up the shore and the backwash brought it back to the sea causing the apple to move from west to east. However, it took a long time for the apple to move eastwards. We also timed the no. of waves per min  - 20 per min which showed that the waves are strong and destructive. Thus the breakwater was quite effective - the coast which is actually reclaimed land would have given way to erosion if the coastal protection was not introduced. 


Using the downloaded application clinometer, we measured the gradient at every 1m interval from the high water mark with the tablet. Amazing what technology can do as in the past we have to carry the ranging poles and the clinometer to measure the beach gradient in order to plot the beach profile. When I downloaded the free app clinometer and smart compass from the Android Market , I also saw the 3D earthquake app which was so amazing - the next good app after google map!

The sketch which I did at the area we were assigned.


 The East Coast Park is bustling with activities and can be very crowded during the weekends. Luckily we are there on a weekday. We show people camping, jogging, cycling and a group of students who are ready to start their BBQ. We did interviews with the people and learned quite a bit.

This was our findings which we presented at the post fieldwork session.

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Field inquiry on Weather Studies

We started off the activity with "human thermometer" for the five different sites.
Rating based on our senses without the instruments

Measuring of humidity is tedious with the sling psychrometer as we have to swing the instrument with 2 swings per sec which is like 120 round per min!

Sling Psychrometer - to measure humidity

Using the weather tracker, we compared the readings and tested our hypothesis on how the temperature was affected by the amount of shade and concrete surface area. Some areas are more exposed and floored with cement such as the parade square which resulted in the highest temperature recorded. In the areas which are more shaded and with soil such as the garden recorded the lowest temperatures.

I prefer to use this weather tracker which shows the humidity, temperature and wind speed - less tedious.

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Singapore ranks 4th most popular destination by air

Why do you think Singapore is able to achieve such a high ranking?
Why do you think development of tourism in Singapore is so important?
Why do you think the largest number of tourists to Singapore is from Jakarta?
Why do you think the tourists from London spend the most amount of money in Singapore?
What are the factors which have encouraged the growth of tourism globally?

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World Population

Population Growth
Log onto  and see how fast the counter moves. 
How long do you think it will take world population to reach 10 billion (10 000 000 000)?
Look at the net population growth (births minus deaths) and do your maths!

Refer to the population of the different countries in 2011 - China top the list followed by India.  However if you look at the land area compared with the population - which country has the highest population density? 
Population Density = Population divided by the land area

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