The Merlion (Malay: Singa-Laut) is an imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot of Singapore. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body comes from Singapore's ancient name back when it was a fishing village — Temasek — meaning "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name — Singapura — meaning "lion city" or "kota singa".
The new casino mega-structure in the background with lots of Junior Olympic facilities below for August gamesWhat a fast weekend with our friends in Sing- we took a riverboat tour Saturday morning to see most of the downtown area, stopped for lunch then headed over to Arab Street for a little shopping. Sunday we went to the Shangri-La for tea and their brunch buffet. They serve over 150 different teas and I have to say we all found one we liked. We came home very stuffed, but enjoyed time with our friends from Scotland.