#TheKeeper in Singapore – 50 years of independence

This blog post is by Sheenagh Adams, Keeper of the Registers of Scotland.

I am currently in Singapore for the Registrars of Title Conference, which is being hosted this year by the Singapore Land Authority as part of their contribution to the country’s 50th anniversary of being an independent nation. I have been looking forward to coming to Singapore since the invitation was issued at last year’s conference in New Zealand, though I only started counting sleeps in the last week.

Singapore is a modern, thriving city with a diverse – and very friendly – population.  People are really interested when you say you are from Scotland. They know about snow, whisky and the referendum, not necessarily in that order. I managed to squeeze in a visit to the Botanic Gardens before the conference gets started. The Gardens are a UNESCO world heritage site and they are beautiful and so well cared for. Well worth a visit – and free of charge.

The conference is being held in the Suntec conference centre, which is in the marina area of the Downtown core. It is a modern business district with a combination of offices, hotels, leisure and retail developments. The Marina Square shopping mall makes the Gyle look like a corner shop. I am a fan of a lot of modern architecture and many of the buildings are stunning.

I am seeing colleagues from Canada and Ireland tomorrow for a pre-conference meet up. Hopefully, my body will have caught up with Singapore time, which is eight hours ahead of the UK – so I won’t really be tweeting in the middle of the night.

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