24 Hours In Singapore: Gardens By The Bay & Pollen

February 10, 2014
Warning, ocular overload ahead. A hefty sixty nine photos awaits in this blog post, but it is all so full of beauty (in my humble opinion, anyway) that I feel it is not superfluous, rather I'm trying to do justice to all the stunning, breathtaking sights I saw last Friday on my visit to Gardens By The BaySingapore.

Which by the way is the best S$12 anybody could ever spend.

If lush greenery, incredible billion dollar structures, a perfect marriage of nature's splendour and the ingenuity of man, and food porn is not your cup of tea, maybe you'd do best to look away. But if you think you might enjoy that sort of thing (and some serious flower porn), then read on...

Last week I spent 24 hours in Singapore. I drove down from Kuala Lumpur on Friday afternoon to visit family in the little red dot and had to drive back to K.L the next morning for a birthday party. With such little time on my side I had to make the most of it. So a visit to Gardens By The Bay was in order, where my family and I wandered away the entire afternoon through the verdant billion dollar project that has captivated the imaginations of so many.




One starts by entering to the Cloud Forest, wondering what all the fuss is about.

And is greeted with a blast of cool mist, the sound of thundering water, and an imposing 35 meter waterfall gushing from the top of an artificial mountain bedecked in greenery.


A cool and moist conservatory, the temperature, humidity (cooling rather than cloying), and variety of vegetation is a showcase of plant life from tropical highlands up to 2000 metres above sea level.




The entire conservatory was shrouded in mist, it was all terribly romantic and mystical.












We climbed walkways that snaked around the waterfall, and ascended levels within the structure itself. Each level had a different theme; crystal caves, an educational film about climate change, 'the lost world', and so on.


Spotted from a higher level behind the waterfall, a couple shooting their pre-wedding photos! I shouted 'Congratulations' and waved. Happy wedding and blessed marriage, guys.


The lost world---








The walkways are not for those with a fear of heights, but the abundance of beauty, details, and sensory overload is enough to make one forget about mortality.



The crystal caves---






I've always loved hiding behind waterfalls in a little cove...it is one of the most romantic things I can think of, to snuggle with a lover in a secret cave and watch the world go by behind a curtain of thundering water from your little nook. On my bucket list, to cuddle behind a waterfall.






We left the cool, misty Cloud Forest and headed outside to Supertree Grove just as the sun was about to set.


"These unique trees of up to 16 storeys in height can be found all around the Gardens - twelve at the Supertree Grove, while the remaining six are placed in clusters of threes at the Golden and Silver Gardens. Providing scale and dimension to the Gardens while marrying the form and function of mature trees, the Supertrees also create height to balance the tall developments in the Marina Bay area. Take a stroll along the OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre long walkway with a height of 22-metres that connects two Supertrees at the Supertree Grove, and take in a different view of the Gardens."


Selfie fail on the roof of Indochine bar. Which I felt was a complete waste of time bar the view of Singapore.



The view. But I had just as good a view from the OCBC Skyway. But not before waiting for the light and sound show.


The Supertrees lit up with dancing lights, flashing every colour imaginable, as atmospheric music and sounds of the rainforest pounded from speakers above.


It was really beautiful. Definitely a reason to visit Singapore.

The view of surrounding Marina Bay Sands and Singapore from the Skyway were rather enchanting by night.






We had barely realised it was night, so distractingly wondrous it was all that we only just noticed how hungry we were. 

Keeping with the flora theme, we had dinner at Pollen in the gardens.




I only ordered an appetiser for myself, steak tartare, because I'm trying to be good. But! We were brought all sorts of canapés, amuse bouche, and baskets and baskets of the most delicious bread with an unbelievably good garlic butter. By the end of it, I was uncomfortably but happily fat.


I can smell the truffles from here. 





That bread. That butter. It will be the undoing of any semblance of willpower I've managed to scrape together this last month.



Finally, the mains.


Venison.


Steak and foie gras.


Oh, beautiful foie gras, how I miss you. To think I am now repulsed by you when only last year we had such a sordid affair.


My steak tartare, only the second or third one this year...!


Bellies heaving, we left Gardens By The Bay.

And as if to bid us goodbye, fireworks lit up the sky and rumbled the air.


A fitting end to a lovely day.

x

7 comments:

  1. Wow!
    I was casually scrolling through the flower photos and then saw the skyway and night pics. Amazing! I wanna go! I will bring my best hayfever medicine just to experience it all. :)

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    1. Do tropical and rainforest flowers set off hay fever?
      Either way, a trip to Gardens By The Bay is totally worth taking antihistamines for! x

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  2. Amazing!! Those are some gorgeous pics of Gardens! Also your food pics always makes me super hungry especially the foie gras pic.... Super tempted to abandon my diet for one day and gorge myself silly and regret later!! Sherry

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    1. Thank you!
      One or two cheat days a week is totally acceptable. That was my naughty day, I gorged everything in sight. x

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  3. When I read Crystal Caves, I imagined it to be a dark cave filled with colorful sparkly crystals dropping down wards. Glittering, shinning and oh so pretty...till the pictures smashed my imagination in to a million pieces. Woe is me.

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    1. Oh nooooo! Email GBTB with a proposal for a new and improved crystal cave! x

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    2. I'll get them to include singing working happy dwarfs while they're at it!

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