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14 photos of a deserted Singapore

It's a ghost town out there

Nicole-Marie Ng
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Nicole-Marie Ng
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Updated, April 14. One week into the 'circuit breaker' and Singapore has gone quiet. Tourist attractions are only visited by Java myna birds, once packed shopping streets are desolate and you won't find signs of life unless you're queueing to get into your neighbourhood supermarket. But this emptiness is a good thing – it means that people are taking staying home seriously, and with all of us playing our part, we can get out of this together, faster.

We asked our readers to tag us in pictures that show the stillness of the city – here's a glimpse of Singapore's new normal.

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Looking out over a mostly-empty Marina Bay ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ

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Wednesday 08.04.2020 @ 0741hrs. Keep safe & stay healthy. #iluvsg #whatissingapore #timeoutsg #timeoutshare

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ใ€Š4โ–ช๏ธŽ3ใ€‹ ๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ, ๐—ข๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฟ. ๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—œ'๐—บ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ, ๐—ช๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฟ? Sometimes you fell in love, and sometimes you fell out of love, life happens. She gave you that chance to move on but it was you who chose to stay. And it was you who made that abrupt mistake and now you're trying to reclaim what you lost. And to this point, everything you did seems hopeless, as you yourself know that what once was will never be the same again. And you, especially you, will never feel the same again. You will never ever be the same person again. You've changed, not for her, not for anyone else, but for yourself. Who says time heals? Time never heals a scar, time changes people. A broken plate will never be perfect again so why would a broken heart be? But all that leads to this day is because of your own foolishness. You're too foolish to see that she was suffering and now it's your turn to suffer, for you are the one who made that mistake.

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April 4. Even before PM Lee addressed the nation to 'stay at home', many of Singapore's streets and attractions were already eerily empty due to the Covid-19. On April 3, right before the nation-wide speech, Time Out's designer Kashmira Kasmuri went down to some of the city's most popular spots to catch of glimpse of what things are like now.

Here's a peek of what Singapore will look like come April 7 when everyone has to stay home and only go out for essential services.

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Orchard Road

Orchard Road

Photograph: Kashmira Kasmuri

Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore

Photograph: Kashmira Kasmuri

Robinson Road 

Robinson Road

Photograph: Kasmira Kasmuri

Lau Pa Sat 

Lau Pa Sat

Photograph: Kashmira Kasmuri

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands
Photograph: Kashmira Kasmuri

Helix Bridge

Helix Bridge

Photograph: Kashmira Kasmuri

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Esplanade

Photograph: Kashmira Kasmuri

Jubilee Bridge

Jubilee Bridge

Photograph: Kashmira Kasmuri

Merlion Park

Merlion Park

Photograph: Kashmira Kasmuri

Have a picture of a local landmark that's now empty? Send them our way by tagging us @timeoutsg on Instagram.

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