SINGAPORE - Eager to bear witness to a historic event, crowds gathered at key points on Sunday (June 10) to photograph the passing motorcades of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as they arrived in Singapore and were whisked away to their hotels.
First to land at about 2.30pm, Mr Kim, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, was taken from Changi Airport to the St Regis hotel, with curious onlookers thronging Scotts and Tanglin roads to catch a glimpse of his over 30-vehicle convoy.
Waiting outside St Regis for several hours with his three children aged five to eight was Mr Henry Tng, 46. The business development manager said: "I hope this can let them know that there are many conflicts in the world, and the best way to resolve them is to create opportunities to talk it out and find solutions."
There were also crowds outside the gates of the Istana in Orchard Road, where Mr Kim was due to call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Just before 6.30pm, their patience was rewarded when a black Mercedes limousine pulled into the driveway, to the salute of a guard.
Mr Trump's official plane, Air Force One, landed at Paya Lebar Airbase at around 8.20pm. Among some 10 people waiting outside was photography buff Joe Tham, 48. The property agent, who held a Canon 5D Mark III SLR camera, got a photo of Mr Trump's motorcade. He said: "It's a rare opportunity."
Kilometres away in Anderson Road, American Heide Angell, 57, and her daughter Kate Angell, 18, waited as night fell for the Trump motorcade to make its way to the Shangri-La Hotel. The teen called it a momentous event, while Mrs Angell, a housewife, said: "It was better than what we had expected because President Donald Trump waved at us. It was pretty amazing."
However, not everyone was pleased about history being made in their backyard. A cook in his 40s, who wanted to be known only as Mr Xu, said he was inconvenienced by the closure of the bus stop in Tomlinson Road. "I work at the hotel nearby. But now I have to walk for about 15 minutes from Orchard Road," he said in Mandarin.
- Additional reporting by Seow Bei Yi and Jan Lee