Happy New Year!
This is my first post of 2018 and I’m beginning to feel quite lazy with blogging, and a lot of backlog posts. Opps. I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season and a great start to the New Year. The holiday break has flown by! My family and I escaped the unpleasant English winter for sun-filled trips in Down Under, Perth and beyond. Hello Vitamin D!
Starting with Singapore before we enroute for Perth. Singapore has a reputation for being a boring stopover destination of endless skyscrapers, luxury hotels, fast paced (hey, Hong Kong is worst), too clean (chewing gum is illegal there), lack of culture and so on. Well you need to dig a little deeper to find hidden gems, little temples, street art, foodie and photography hotspots, and plenty of lush greenery to entice your green fingers. Singapore has lots to offer for first time visitors or repeated visitors more than just a stopover destination, like I said before there’s lots to see, do and eat eat eat, it’s overwhelming. I chose Gardens by the Bay as my favourite highlight from the trip.
Having visited some wonderful places, shopping, eating and being exhausted by the outdoor heat, I finally had the chance to visit Gardens by the Bay recommended by friends. Gardens by the Bay is located next to Marina Reservoir and a stone throw away from the iconic Marina Bay Sands and Louis Vuitton floating maison store. I particularly wanted to visit one their conservatories, Cloud Forest which houses a wide variety of tropical plants and trees. Inside the column-less dome of flora and fauna, in awe of by its architecture and nature, elevated walkways, and refreshing indoor waterfall. It seemed just like lush heaven in my imagination. Their adjoining conservatory is the Flower Dome, it houses assortment of unique blooms and exotic plants and trees, such as the African and Australian Baobab trees which I have never seen before in real life, what a beauty they were. There’s also an education centre for visitors to learn about the importance of plants as a source of energy for animals and to humans, as well as the sensitive environmental issues on plastic pollution in the marine environment, logging in the Amazon rainforest, it sources, human effects and solutions.
What I loved about this visit was its stunning architecture and conceptual design based on its efforts on environmental sustainability. Built on reclaimed land what used to be a scrub palmetto wasteland, the domes are made of recycled materials, uses renewable energy, recycle rainwater to generate energy to sustain the adjoining conservatories and the park itself, making Gardens By The Bay as one of the best eco-friendly horticultural and recognisable attraction in the world. It is truly a worthy visit, highly recommended!
Who says Singapore is boring? Not this.