Well, friends, it only took me a week, but here are the final photos as promised! We spent our last day in Singapore visiting the Gardens by the Bay. It’s a relatively new attraction there, and from what we could tell, every cab driver in the city must have been getting kickbacks for recommending it to visitors.
The gardens featured two huge indoor conservatories: Cloud Forest, a man-made mountain/waterfall/forest, and Flower Dome, a collection of plants from around the world. There’s just something about asia and miniaturizing things. But we love you for it, so don’t stop!
There was also an enormous outdoor component, with more world species and gardens, but we didn’t get that far. We also didn’t get a chance to do the skywalk between a cluster of huge light-up trees. This is the problem with travelling with your kids. But we love them, too, I guess.
After the gardens, we spent the evening deciding where to to eat dinner. We settled on a “Marché” restuarant, where you can have food made fresh in front of you. It was really neat – you get a debit-style card when you come in, and you wander around to all the stalls (like, crepes, bbq, pasta, salads, fresh juice, etc.) and you “buy” whatever you want on the card, then just pay it all off at the end of your meal. The only problem was that we ended up taking turns waiting in different lineups, first for the kids’ food, then for ours, so we never really got to sit at the table together. It would have been good on a less busy night. After dinner, B miraculously found size 13 running shoes in the mall nearby. The only pair on the whole island, probably!
And thus ended our Singapore adventure. Check out the gallery:
At the entrance to the Gardens by the Bay. This is one of many huge, man-made trees. Apparently they light up at night and are quite spectacular.
The falls. The sign says it all.
Heading up the mountain
This is what J sees all the time. She took this one!
Looking up the mountain to the cloud walkway. We’ll be there soon…
This forest was filled with (malay?) totem poles.
Looking out of the falls
Peeking out of the waterfall – you can see the Singapore Flyer ferris wheel in the background. LittleB really wanted to go until he found out it had nothing to do with “ferrets”.
I told LittleB to do a “cool” pose. Yeah, we’ll work on it…
One of J’s better photos. I had to tickle her to get the smile.
A quiet pond on the top of the mountain.
From here you can see the marina bay hotel (featured in an earlier post!) and the other trees of the gardens. There was a skywalk between those tall trees, but we didn’t make it that far this trip. Next time!
Here is the start of the “cloud walk” – you head out away from the mountain on a slightly shaky and see-through walkway…
I’ll admit I was feeling a bit nervous about it. LittleB had to coax me on.
Looking straight down from the cloud walk. B took this one, of course
The whole shebang. Here’s a view of the top of the mountain from the edge of the cloud walk.
Looking out across the bay toward the ocean
What’s inside a man-made mountain? Man-made crystal displays, of course.
It’s not quite the real thing, but still beautiful.
Through the falls
An orchid pond. Now that I live in the tropics, I finally understand why my orchids kept dying in Ottawa.
Here are the kids doing their best lion impressions. The wood carving at the gardens was beautiful.
This time, the kids found lions to actually ride. Then we bought LittleB a dragonfruit juice and he said it was the best juice he had ever had.
Arrival at the Flower Dome! This is the second of the two indoor conservatories, and it featured gardens from around the world – Australia, South Africa, California, Brazil, etc.
This dome was huge. You could fly an airplane in there.
LittleB’s got a thing for being cute next to trees.
A lovely little walkway with vines
Yes, we travelled across the world, paid $30 to see extraordinary exotic plant species and Jovie just played with the rocks.
This was featured in the “mediterranean” garden.
Buddies 4 life.
Now starts a series of photos taken by the kids. This was Barrett. They like macro shots.
Another shot by LittleB. He made a very specific point of framing that barrel into the shot.
Tall trees according to J.
Pink flowers. Another J specialty.
J desperately wanted to photograph these ones. They are nice.
LittleB was obsessed with this terrarium. This is his photo. I think he mostly liked the gems, but the picture turned out great!
Some more cactus.
Some healthy aloes
A beautiful eagle carving
We reached the top of the canopy!
More interesting carvings. It’s quite the horse.