Singapore day 3

The Gardens of the Bay

Today we visited the Gardens of the Bay and once again, were very impressed. The work in this space is of a high standard and involves designers, horticulturists, arborists, engineers, plant health and garden landscape experts.

The result is a magnificent display of innovative, space age design, full of colour and splendour. This area of arboreal beauty spans 101 hectares and has been designed on reclaimed land in the centre of Singapore adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. You can go up on a high rise path to gain an aerial observation of the gardens, which is breathtaking, because you see them in conjunction with the city.

The flower dome, is a large contemporary conservatory embodying the dry Mediterranean climate and focuses on various places such as Australia, South America and South Africa. This was a spacious display and it is interesting to observe where various plants have originated from.

Again, the Gardens of the Bay, is a must see destination if you are visiting Singapore.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

After lunch, we decided to visit the Marina Bay Sands Hotel observation deck. Must admit to becoming a little obsessed about this conspicuous building. It is a phenomenal structure and when I first spotted it, felt it was part of a dreamscape. As I’ve come closer to it, I’ve taken copious photos and even taken a selfie! Oh dear, have I become one of those self obsessed people haha?

Up 57 levels of this magnificent building, you can see the heart and soul of Singapore and what a marvellous sight it is. Panoramic views including a floating football pitch with racing track. This city has so many extraordinary observations and I was pleased to see many of them at this time. Maybe I will return to Singapore one day, and stay in this hotel. Not sure if I can afford it!

Singapore Flyer

We popped back to the Clarke Quay area, to have a quick drink and break in a bar Brewerywerkz. A very nice pint of  No 36 American IPA. Then rather ambiguously, we ventured forth to the Singapore Flyer to see the city at night. Well worth a slow spin on this remarkable wheel and more incredible views ensued.

Another resplendent day and I was very pleased to return to the hotel, to rest. What a wonderful city Singapore is. Clean, green, friendly, fascinating and safe. Brilliant.

 

Singapore day 2

The Botanic Gardens

Felt a lot better after a full night’s sleep and so feeling refreshed we went to The Botanic Gardens. The gardens were established in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society and designed by Lawrence Niven, who reflected the English garden and influenced the emergence of many English gardens and parks from that time to this.

I found the gardens deeply calming and many areas had quite a serene ambiance to it. As you explore the gardens you encounter people practicing yoga, group meditating, picnicing, playing games or just chilling in this park. Quite extraordinary. The plants are beautiful and impeccably presented. The National Orchid Garden is a stunning display of colour and foliage. This section of the park is busy though, but exquisite and well worth a view.

The park and gardens are a wonderful representation of vision, creativity, expertise and superior landscape design and gardening skills. The work undertaken here contributes to plant research, conservation and education. This space is an impressive example of superb landscaping and I highly recommend visiting the gardens and park, particularly if you are interested in horticulture.

Travel and Singapore Cable Car Sky Network

We decided to get a 3 day MRT ticket which is for the underground trains and also covers you for buses. So we caught a bus to the metro station and then a train to the above area. I can recommend this as using the metro system is a safe, clean and quick method for getting around Singapore.

Again, this was a very exciting experience. The views of Mount Faber, Sentosa and the surrounding bay are breathtaking and picturesque.Truly a dramatic landscape and a sensational experience.

If you want to go on the cable car, catch the metro to Harbour Front station.

Clarke Quay

After a snack of Vietnamese food at So Pho Restaurant, we decided to explore the Clark Quay area. If you go, catch the metro to the Clarke Quay station. This area encapsulates the bustling atmosphere of Singapore by combining two centuries of heritage, history and change which influenced Singapore’s transformation from a fishing village to the contemporary metropolis it is today.

The place is full of bars, restaurants, shops and people enjoying themselves. We stopped for a beer and then enjoyed a ride up the river, along the intricate shaped Esplanade, viewing numerous bridges and old buildings blending with the new architecture. Fabulous.

During the ride along the river, the family riding on the boat with us, (the boat was nearly empty) spent the entire time taking photos of each other, doing various poses and not looking at the fabulous scenery at all! Felt like telling them to sit down, put their phones away, relax and just enjoy the ride. Sometimes you should enjoy the experience, don’t you think? Quite bizarre. Why do people want so many photos of themselves?

After more ambling around we stopped for dinner in the Pump Room Microbrewery and had one of the most delicious sirloin steaks I’ve ever eaten. A great end to another stupendous day.