A Garden like No Others ~ Gardens By the Bay – Flower Dome [Part 2]

Many of us know that Gardens By the Bay doesn’t just consist of 1 dome but 2. In addition, there is also the non-domed area where we can see the Super Trees! The Super Trees reaches far into the skies at 16 stories high (~50 metre tall) … If one has the guts, there is the OCBC Skyway (~22 metres tall excluding the tree dome that is) that allows you to walk between two Super Tree at height with a panaromic view of the Garden as well. While the views are unique by the day (though hot haha…), it is even more picturesque and colorful in the night!

[Super Tree with the Skywalk for the brave at heart :) ]
[Super Tree in the day with the Skywalk for the brave at heart 🙂 ]
[And the Super Trees at night in flashy colors to the accompaniment of music]
[And the Super Trees at night in flashy colors to the accompaniment of music]
Well … if one happen to be around in the evening, this musical symphonic is definitely worth watching with the colors on the Super Tree moving in synchronization to the spectacular music! The musical spectacular is on daily for about 15-20min if I am not wrong, at two timings of 7:45pm and 8:45pm. And what’s more, it is FREE 🙂 🙂 🙂 … to be honest, there is not much good stuff in Singapore that comes free hehe!

Coming back to topic hehe …. whilst the Garden has more to offer (most of the contents are in the hot sun during the day) … the other worthy destination in my opinion to explore without breaking into perspiration would be the Flower Dome. It is another spectacular dome that showcases plants and flower collections from different parts of the world …. from as dry and arid as South Africa desert to flowery displays from Australian to Mediterranean theme!

[Look at the Giant Balls of Cactus!]
[Look at the Giant Balls of Cactus!]
[Look at this weird-looking Cactus ...]
[Look at this weird-looking Cactus …flowering right at the tips!]
Look at the Dragon & Galloping Horses sculptures that are complemented among the foliage and floral here … I don’t think I saw them the last time I was here 3 years ago. It seems that the garden theme changes every now and then! Also do not just look at the plants at eye level. This dragon photo taken is way above head level. One would never see it without looking up! Also the subsequent photo of the Galloping Horses … they have to be sighted across the opposite gallery … and could be easily missed out as well.

[Majestic Dragon gazing down from above]
[Majestic Dragon gazing down from above]
[Spirited Horses galloping across the Flower Dome]
[Spirited Horses galloping across the Flower Dome]
Oh yes … not forgetting the giant Orangutan romping among the flowers and grass. Did you spot the Orangutan ? Hope you didn’t manage to miss it …hahaha!

[Spot the Orangutan in the photo ... ;) ]
[Spot the Orangutan in the photo … (^-^)/ ]
There are flowery sections featuring the Australian & South American gardens like those below …

[Oh .... carpets of White Daisies! ]
[Oh …. carpets of White Daisies! ]
[Not sure if these dangling flowers are called Red Lanterns ... or at least they look like one :) ]
[Not sure if these dangling flowers are called Red Lanterns … or at least they look like one 🙂 ]
And of course the trademark flowers from Singapore … more aptly called the Orchid nation …hahah … where our Singapore Botanic Gardens have cultivated and grown so many new species of Orchids and named them after famous dignitaries that have visited this little Red Dot here.

[A Lion amidst the Orchid displays]
[A Lion amidst the Orchid displays … admiring the beautiful foliage or waiting for its first prey ??? ]
[Redhill ... One of the oldest town in Singapore]
[Redhill … One of the oldest town in Singapore]
[A Legendary tale of a Princess named Radin Mas that once lived in Singapore before the time of Raffles]
[A Legendary tale of a Princess named Radin Mas that once lived in Singapore before the time of Raffles]
This year is SG50, Singapore’s 50th Birthday since gaining Independence in 1965. So there is quite a fair bit of the Flower Dome themed to items uniquely Singapore. Catch it soon or miss it until 50 years later at SG100 \(^-^)/

On the whole, there is really a good deal of walking to be done, and I didn’t manage to complete my quest to visit all the segments in this nice Dome though I did visited the bulk of it so much so that even my camera’s battery went flat after taking lots of photos! To reward those that still have stamina after touring the two domes and the Supertree grove, you could then chill off at Satay by the Bay … probably about 100-200 metres walking distance, enjoying a nice glass of cold beer with traditional Singaporean food like Satay, Fried Chicken Wings, Fried Kuay Teow and the likes… Yummy! Yummy!

A Garden like No Others ~ Gardens By the Bay – Cloud Dome [Part 1]

Yes, there are many gardens in the world. Gardens with nice themes, beautiful flowers, historic relevance even nice accompanying weather. But there would be nothing like this in the world that can only be found on the little red dot on the map, called Singapore.

Singapore … a humid and hot country all year round, maybe wet sometimes but still humid all the same. Small country, but nevertheless, after the visit to Gardens by the Bay, I am almost certain that the beautiful sights in this garden will keep you going and going and going … and until you feel that you are too tired to go on anymore, that your legs are just about to give way below 🙂 …. that’s just how good it can get!

[Dual Domes ... by the name of Cloud Dome & Flower Dome]
[Dual Domes … by the name of Cloud Dome & Flower Dome]
The moment one steps into the Cloud Dome, you will be greeted by the majestic manmade waterfall ~ 35metres above thundering down …. sending gusts of cold air towards you. Spraying anyone that dares to approach closer with fine water droplets but wet all the same… in that split second, one could almost feel transported magically out of the humid and hot environment of Singapore into a new world of tropical rainforest area more than 1000m above sea level, one that is cool, colorful and damp!

[Majestic Waterfall greets your entrance into Cloud Dome]
[Majestic Waterfall greets your entrance into Cloud Dome]
As one marches onwards from this spectacular sights, one could see the ‘mountain’ top covered in misty clouds …

[Looking up at the 'Mountain' to see the misty clouds above ...]
[Looking up at the ‘Mountain’ covered in lush vegetation, and seeing the misty clouds above …]
Using the ‘advances of technology’, one could take the ‘elevator’ and quickly transport oneself to the top of the mountain to enjoy the bird’s eye view from the top!!! (Lol … if this is a real mountain … that would be really an advanced technology haha!)

[Pitched precariously from the top, taking a shot down ... just kidding :))) ]
[Pitched precariously from the top, taking a shot down … just kidding :))) ]
After reaching the peak of the ‘mountain’, one could sit by the large lake where the water of this lake eventually flows down the waterfall. It’s not exactly like this but just imagine …. put your imagination to work :)))

[The tropical lake on the mountain top ... just put on your thinking cap and imagine ...]
[The tropical lake on the mountain top … just put on your thinking cap and imagine …]
And as one makes his journey down the mountain, one can see the lush vegetation on the mountains, and the beautiful flowers that co-exists in the tropical vegetations along the way… not to mention signs left behind by mysterious tribes that inhabit these highlands …

[Menacing Canivorous Plants ... surprisingly mixed with some Lego vegetation !!! What have we ... a Lego Rafflesia Flower ??!!]
[Menacing Carnivorous Plants … surprisingly mixed with some Lego vegetation !!! What have we … a LEGO Rafflesia Flower & LEGO Giant Pitcher Plants ??!!]
[Beautiful pink flowers ... hmmm ... could be a new species of plant heheh]
[Beautiful pink flowers … hmmm … could be a new species of plant]
[Opps ... there seem to be some tribes abound. Cautions up !!!]
[Opps … there seem to be some tribes abound. Cautions up !!!]
After walking for what seems like minutes whilst being totally absorbed by the amazing sights that this ‘mountain’ offers, one just realized that hours has actually past! And suddenly … you spotted what looks like a cave into the mountain!

[The secret entrance into the 'Mountain' is right ahead ...]
[The secret entrance into the ‘Mountain’ is right ahead …]
Within the mountain, you spotted what looks like deposits of semi-precious stones !!! Oh Wow!!! It’s of the likes that one had never seen before!

[Semi-Precious Stone buildup in the form of a Stalagmite]
[Semi-Precious Stone buildup in the form of a Mushroom-head Stalagmite]
[Deposits of Purple Amethyst abound as well!]
[Deposits of Purple Amethyst abound as well!]
Right at the exit of the cave that we have just found … stands a statue. Looks like the native tribes have staked their ownership here. Maybe this could be their sacred ground ??

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[This stone sculpture by the tribe seems to telling a message. What could it be?]
Well … this amazing dome’s story doesn’t end here. There is much more to be explored, to be recorded, to be photographed, to be experienced … but I shall not let the cat out of the bag. I shall stop my writing here… Isn’t it time for lunch? A hunger pang has suddenly strike me … hahaha!  Till the next time that I write again, Ciao! 😛

ALIVE Museum @ Singapore

One of the best optical illusions from Korea is also here in Singapore … Yay! Tis is located at Suntec City Mall, Level 3. And this is also my maiden attempt to share more about what’s good and where to go when coming to Singapore 😉

It just won’t do to blog about nice things about other countries when Singapore too has nice scenery and entertainment …hahah!

Skyfall
[Privileged to skydive with the Penguins from Madagascar !!!]
ALIVE museum actually look small from the entrance … well … I believe the area used is not too large either, but do not judge the value from just the exterior look, afterall, Singapore just a small dot on the map has one of the best GDP in the world! This ‘small’ little museum actually boosts some of the best 3D artpieces that can be blended in with a real person! This really makes for some exciting photography!

All you need is to have a good camera, throw away your inhibitions, put some really nice postures that blends into the picture theme, come with some friends or family members that could take photos for you or with you … and there you have it 😀

Giraffe
[I didn’t know there is Giraffe in Singapore city besides the Zoo ??? But that’s nice! ]
Amazing Split
[Did you see my resume ? I was once part of the famous acrobatic team with ‘Alive Museum Circus’ 😉 ]
You can literally spend quite a few hours getting the best photo shots that look as real as possible on the film. My children love it just great !!! They were zipping here, running there, faster than my camera could click, eventually I was hot even in air-con keeping after them lol …

Now you can understand why most of the photos here are only of me wahaha!

Table Tennis Competition
[A photo of the last SEA Games when I played against one of China’s best Table Tennis Player … oh by the way, I only picked up Table Tennis last month…hehehe]
[It was only like yesterday when I partnered with MJ ...]
[It was only like yesterday when I partnered with MJ …]
[I thought my back was itchy ... but guess what it sprout out into !!! Hey Look --- That's Angel Ken ;D]
[I thought my back was itchy … but guess what it sprout out into !!! Hey Look — That’s Angel Ken ;D]
Ken n Ryu
[Oh … don’t worry. It’s just a sparring session with Ryu. Afterall I am his best friend Ken. Hmmm … something is not right today. I feel Ryu’s powerful gust …. what happened to my special effect … :P]
I have to give credit to Michelle for spurring me to blog this 🙂

Check out the Korea version of the “Trick Eye Museum” in the link below…

https://michellaneousness.wordpress.com/2015/08/09/trick-eye-museum-and-ice-museum/

And to Nicolas for loving to come to Singapore. The least I can do is to write something for Singapore ;D

This is the last photo for the day… but one that i think is the cutest!

[Don't mind ... I can be naughty at times]
[Don’t mind … I can be naughty at times]
 Alright! That’s it for now. I shall not reveal all the good stuffs here at ALIVE Museum. Come … come and see it yourself! You will not be disappointed.