My Second Visit to Gardens by the Bay

The place felt even more artificial the second time around and I guess I kept comparing it to the Botanic Gardens and wishing that it could have been a another Botanic Gardens with free entry. This didn’t quite feel like a green space. Even though it is touted to be eco friendly it just didn’t quite feel that way, considering how much less green there was compared to the Botanic Gardens. It’s a great tourist attraction though and I would say a must see if you’re in Singapore. I was thinking even if I got a yearly pass, would it get boring after a while? Say I want to walk around in the cool air of the Flower Dome, would it still hold my interest the 5th time around? But I never say never. Perhaps this place will grow on me the way Marina Bay Sands did.

This time we took an MRT and walked quite a bit, so it was good exercise. Saw a bit of the ethnically divided gardens which I didn’t quite care for. The constant ethnic divisions in Singapore annoy me. Can’t we just be known as Singaporean on our Identity Cards? I always hope for that.

The Dragonfly Bridge where you can get a good view of the supertrees.

The clay horse in the Indian section of the Gardens.

Inside the Flower Dome – which is my favourite part of the whole gardens.

D told me that these are found in her garden back home in Australia.

What’s still impressive is the skyline through the sexy, curvy Dome. Architecturally it reminds me of the interior of Marina Bay Sands.

I am still impressed by the tree in the Australia section that evolved after the forest fires to develop fire resistant bark.

What I meant to focus on went out of focus. Sorry.

Wish there were more roses.

We took a lunch break and then did the Cloud Dome. I was surprised to be thrilled again by the cold mist from the artificial waterfall. The tourists started pulling out their cardigans as they felt chilly.

I think this is Singapore’s national orchid. I love the pretty lavender and I’m not usually that fond of purple.

My new thing is close up shots of water. Like how it looks frozen.

I wonder which country allowed their limestone to be cut out and displayed here. I think it’s such a waste. And D was not quite feeling all the eco educational stuff after a billion dollars was spent on this attraction. Just seems counter intuitive. Doesn’t sit well, if you know what we mean? I could be wrong I guess, and perhaps this will truly educate kids to be more sensitive to nature? Who knows. D did express that this is the kind of city we will end up with – artificial, if we keep on developing and the population keeps growing. And that would indeed be sad. So much concrete.

One good thing I guess if that rainwater and collected and used for the cooling of the air? That makes sense as Singapore has heavy rainfall. But then again what it does is just maintain this attraction and keep the status quo?

Walking Back to Marina Bay Sands as we had taken the MRT to Bayfront to get here.

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