Monday, 24 April 2017
Early morning, I directly went for Merlion Park and Universal Studio to see if it’s less crowded compared to Sunday. I was completely wrong, there were so many people I could only stay for a while to take photographs, found a lunch and then came back to hotel.
The sky was cloudy. When I arrived at hotel, it was raining. It turned out to be a great thing because in the afternoon, at around 3 PM, the rain stopped. Leaving only cool and fresh atmosphere. Perfect for a stroll to Gardens By The Bay!
Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares (250 acres) of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The largest of the gardens is Bay South Garden at 54 hectares (130 acres).
The one that I visited was Bay South Garden. It comprises two cooled conservatories – the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest and the most famous Supertree Grove which I saw from height the night before, Sands SkyPark. While the Gardens By The Bay itself was free, to enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, the ticket was $28. I bought mine only for $23 from the hotel.
Flower Dome – Tulip Fever!
This was the place where my mother would very much want to stay forever. Ahahaha… a heaven for flower lovers. As soon as I entered the cooled dome, flowery fragrant struck me. Taking a deep breath never had felt so good. I felt calm in a sudden.
This year’s spring was Vincent van Gogh Tulipmania Inspired. I had never seen so many tulips in one place. It was just so mesmerizing. More than 100 varieties of tulips and hyacinths – including Darwin hybrid tulips often appreciated for their large blooms – were displayed in a palette of colours.
Cloud Forest – Mysterious Mist
The Cloud Forest replicated the cool moist conditions found in tropical mountain regions between 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) and 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) above sea level. It featured a 42-metre (138 ft) “Cloud Mountain”, accessible by an elevator, and visitors were able to descend the mountain via a circular path where a 35-metre (115 ft) waterfall provides visitors with refreshing cool air. I got a little wet the time I went inside this dome.
Inside the dome, there were not only plants and waterfall, but also a mini theater showing global warming effect, presentation of how the conservatories sustained and a mini display of stalactite and stalagmite inside a cave. What a dome.
May the 4th be with you all!