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!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 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. 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! There are flowery sections featuring the Australian & South American gardens like those below … 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. 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!