Three meter high barbed wire fence, police men at every nook and corner, a dozen fire engines, riot police...does this sound like a scene from the high security camps? Well this is how it is around the Suntec area in Singapore. The IMF meeting is taking place at the Suntec Convention Centre. All roads leading to the convention centre, including the overhead bridge are blocked to public. A whole battalion of police is located behind the convention centre, ready for any challenge. There are a lot of fire engines, police vehicles and ambulances stationed there.
The hotels where the delegates stay have security checks including baggage screening similar to the ones we see at the airport.
But, the road blocks have not caused traffic jams as expected. We are still able to reach office with minimum discomfort.
All shops and restaurants in the Suntec vincity have special offers or discounts for the IMF delegates. But I have not seen many delegates shopping :)) Have to check with the shoppers...
The pedestrian way along Nicoll Highway had beautiful flowers. There were bees bussing in the morning. Gives a refreshing feeling when you walk to office. But I feel a bit sad to see the plants. These flowers are all temporary arrangements and so they are still in pots. The pots are buried under sand, to give an appearance of being planted directly. Each potted plant is tied together, so that the flowers are bunched at the top. But this looks so artificial, although it gives a neat look. I would prefer the unruly bushes with flowers :))