I always love Singapore, usually if have chance will spare to visit once a year 😀 hehe. Interestingly, there’s always something new if I’d been there. Singapore is though a small country, always never stops develop the city. Usually, we stay at our good friend’s apartment which is conveniently located in Commonwealth area (but sadly because the landlord doesn’t extend the rent so cannot stay there anymore :(). It’s more less near city centre so easier to go evrywhere. Or stayed in hotel in Orchard area (we got deals for SGD 138 per night incl.bfast in Orchard Grand Court).
#January Trip (Jan 11-14, 2014)
Day 1 (Jan 11, 2014):
I & my friends arrived safe & sound in the evening. We spent our evening and had dinner in Orchard, met some good-old friends and take a walk in Bugis Junction area.
Day 2 (Jan 12, 2014):
Before we set off for the day, every morning we always had our breakkie near the apartment block area. There is a hawker (Tong-Kee Chicken Rice stall) that sells Hainan Chicken Rice for only SGD 5, then we’re ready for the rest of the day \^o^/
o Morning ‘till afternoon stroll at Esplanade area, Fullerton Hotel & MerLion statue
o Window-shopping at Marina Bay Sands Shoppe 😀
It’s lunch time already and we’re hungry so we looked for somethin’ to eat here. We found Kraze Burger in the Lower Ground, in front of the ice skating rink, then why don’t give it a try hehehe.. Service is a bit slow actually, fortunately the burger tasted ok. I thought I ordered the original one, I forgot what my friends ordered. It must be double somethin’somethin’ lolll. Here we go, we’re ready for our next destination.
o Gardens by the bay @MBS (MRT Marina Bay Station)
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapura 018953
+65 6420 6848
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM daily
Last ticket sale at 8:00 PM daily
Last admission at 8:30 PM daily
Watch out for black out dates!
Standard Admission (includes entry to Flower Dome):
Senior Citizen* $28
* Senior Citizen (≥ 60 years old)
** Child (3 – 12 years old)
You could have the entrance ticket cheaper from kaskus, however do not forget to recheck their credibility first.
There are two parts of the Garden, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.
1. Flower Dome (The Cool-Dry Conservatory)
Step into the Flower Dome and you’ll be standing in awe of nature. Spectacular and innovative in design, it is one of the icons of Bay South Garden. The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions like South Africa, California and parts of Spain and Italy. Home to a collection of plants from deserts all over the world, it showcases the adaptations of plants to arid environments. Stop and smell the flowers in the colourful changing displays of the Flower Field, which reflects different seasons, festivals and themes.
Facts & Figures (www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/)
Footprint 1.2 hectares (approx. 2.2 football fields)
Capacity 1,400 people
Features Plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions, complemented by changing displays in the Flower Field to reflect different seasons and festivals.
We saw lots of beautiful flowers which we couldn’t find in Surabaya, and coincidentally met the cosplay who were doing photoshoot ^^,
2. Cloud Forest (The Cool-Moist Conservatory)
Enter the Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist; entirely different from the Flower Dome. A 35-metre tall mountain covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000-metres above sea level.
Ascend to the mountaintop in comfort by lift before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below. Learn about unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face within.
Facts & Figures (www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/)
Footprint 0.8 hectares (approx. 1.5 football fields)
Capacity 1,200 people
Features Plants from Tropical Montane regions between 1,000 to 3,500 metres above sea level.
A 35-metre-tall man-made mountain (the “Cloud Mountain”) with waterfall.
• Rare & Mysterious: Cloud Forest make up about 2.5% of the world’s tropical forests – yet huge concentrations of the world’s plant and animal species live here; many live nowhere else. Forests on tropical mountains can be hard to get at, so scientists are only just beginning to discover their secrets.
• Valuable yet Fragile: Cloud forests around the world are home to huge biodiversity, including, amongst their rare plants, numerous fascinating epiphytes. 1.1% of tropical mountain and highland forests are lost each year – and this ecosystem is increasingly at risk from the impact of global climate change.
• Hence, it supposed to be our concern to protect the conservatories. In southeast Asia, just 50% of known cloud forests are within protected areas, while the figure for Latin America is 44%, and for Africa it is 39%.
Day 3 (Jan 13, 2014):
This was our last day to enjoy Singapore, are you ready for River Safari Day? Let’s Go & take a look! It’s quite new attraction too here. As usual, we’re having Chicken Rice for bfast again at the hawker 😀
o Singapore River Safari (http://www.riversafari.com.sg)
It is one complex with Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo & Night Safari (Wildlife Reserves Singapore)
Per Adult Per Child (3 – 12 years old)* Per Senior Citizen**
Admission Fee $28.00 $18.00* $14.00**
Amazon River Quest boat ride $5.00 $3.00* $5.00**
River Safari Cruise boat ride $5.00 $3.00* $5.00**
9.00am to 6.00pm daily
(Last ticket sale at 5.00pm)
> if you plan to visit more than one, they also have Park Hoppers Special Price
At that time, because it’s still quite new we can take the boat ride for free \^o^/
We saw many varieties of animals, fishes, turtles & ocean creatures from the five continents. More or less like Singapore Zoo but here you can take boat ride & see Panda. Panda? Yes, there’s also Giant Panda forest 😀 will meet Kai Kai & Jia Jia later.
Kai Kai is the male panda, while Jia Jia is the female one. Watched they ate, walked around & relaxed. They both are so cute but I cannot differentiate which one is Kai Kai or Jia Jia hahaha.
Day 4 (Jan 14, 2014):
We were leaving at 11 am, so it’s better arrived not late in the airport. Bye Singapore, cu next time 😀