Singapore is a an eternal journey of surprises. The architecture, the never-ending shopping malls on Orchard Road, the fusion of cultures, amazing street food and out of this world plantlife. I didn’t even mind that we got one day of sun and the rest were pretty gray and rainy. Right away I have to say, the feeling of walking around the Gardens by the Bay at night was unforgettable. Very reminiscent of Avatar, but real life!
This was otherworldly and I hope you guys get to experience this at least once in your life. The Gardens by the Bay plays a big part of a strategy developed by the government of Singapore to transform this city from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. By enhancing greenery and flora throughout the city, the quality of life is raised. The whole park is actually reclaimed land. It consists of three gardens, each with its own specific design and theme. The Supertree Grove isn’t the only breathtaking sight that is offered at the Gardens by the Bay, I was also amazed by the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. These two are two independent conservatories, housing little worlds inside of them. They are intended to be a showcase of energy efficient, sustainable building technologies. Apart from the almost magical interiors, the construction is really where the beauty lies. The aim is to minimize environmental footprint and one of the ways the Gardens by the Bay succeds is by collecting rainwater from the surface of the conservatories and circulating it through the cooling system which is connected to the Supertrees. The Supertrees then also vent hot air and cool circulated water. You can read more about this amazing feat here. Here is the view of the Gardens by the Bay from the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
The plantlife inside the Cloud Forest is incredible, nothing that I have ever seen before. They also have a couple of waterfalls, including a massive one right as you enter. It is pretty humid inside so you can forget about your ‘do and best not to wear water-sensitive fabrics. I spent so much time in the Cloud Forest that I came rushing to the Flower Dome just about 45 minutes before closing. It was difficult to take pictures as it was already evening out but there are a few good ones!
Now if you are going to be a regular reader (which I of course highly encourage, we got some amazing stuff coming up for you guys!), you are going to learn that I love tea. I know that in itself is a pretty ‘basic’ statement, but guess what I dont care, I love it and it has been my saviour on many occassions. I’m not going to be rambling on about how its also a way to say gossip, which is pretty genius, and how it warms your soul, because you know it freakin’ does don’t deny it. So instead I will share a picture from the TWG Tea shop at the Takashimaya Shopping Center on Orchard Road. One of many, many shopping centers on Orchard Road.
Yes, I have a jacket on in the middle of summer in Singapore, because just like Dubai, the AC is on full-blast 100% of the time (especially in the cabs). Did my overjoyed facial expression give you a hint that I am actually sick with the flu in this picture? I hide it so well. Over the next few days I ventured out on my own around the city and was lucky enough to discover the Sri Mariamman Temple. The temple was built in 1827 is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple, featuring a tower densely ornamented with deities. Another unforgettable experience in this amazing place. You can see more photos of the temple in the slideshow at the top of the post.
I couldn’t let you go without mentioning the world-famous infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands. Another extraordinary experience in Singapore. Unforgettable view of the city, lots of space so no matter how many people there are you don’t feel cramped and of course great service. Have you ever been to Singapore?