Despite a two-night hospital stay we still enjoyed the visit to Singapore. We saw as much as we could, especially since we discovered we were there over their independence celebration called National Day. Because of that there were a number of festivities – outdoor markets, performances, and fanfare. It was all quite amazing.
On the day I was discharged we simply took a walk around, went to the marina with public transit, and found some food to eat. Since National Day was going on, these visits were even more spectacular. We found a Hawker food centre that was mostly empty because of the time, but we had some small bits of food to eat. Then, we took the subway to the marina and saw so much beauty in architecture, some performances, and more. There were even a group of bagpipers from a local police squad (it could have been firefighters – I forget).
The next day we started by spending time at the Botanic Gardens. There were so many amazingly beautiful plants on display. Large trees and an incredible orchid garden that was so extensive.
We also visited the Singapore Flyer – a huge carousel with observation pods rotating around at a speed of one rotation per half hour. I had never been on anything like it and just loved how we could see everything from afar including buildings, forests, and the sea. I took so many pictures of everything! It was so cool to see all these sites from above – it’s a rarity. While my wife was not so keen to look down I spent a good amount of time just standing by the curved windows. It was awesome!
That evening we took a riverboat cruise along the former main transit corridor of Singapore. We saw so many buildings lit up at night as well as the iconic Merlion, a beautiful sculpture with the body of a mermaid and head of a lion.
The next day we visited the Gardens by the bay, a beautiful park right on the Singapore waterfront. There are small rivers, gardens, pieces of forest, performance spaces, and special exhibits there year-round. One could easily spend an afternoon there reading or painting. We decided to visit two sections of the Gardens: the first was the Cloud Forest and the second was the Supertree Grove and Skyway.
What Singapore has done is created a domed enclosure so that plants that normally grow in colder weather with different humidity than the outside can flourish. A mountain-like structure was erected with a beautiful waterfall and so many different colors of flower and other flora grow around it. It is truly a spectacular sight to see. There are art pieces everywhere as well, made from what looked like reclaimed wood. We spent longer inside that we thought we were going to!
The Supertree Grove was fascinating as well. The artificial trees that were built are of different sizes and have different types of plants built into them. I assume the plants will grow over time and eventually be large enough to go all the way to the top. The pathway between the tall trees was held up by wires from above and seemed to sway slightly as we walked – it was pretty amazing engineering and just a bit scary. At the end of our time in the Gardens we had a small drink at the observation deck at the top of the largest Supertree.
Lastly, we decided to go to different places for our few hours before the plane. I went to a history museum that touched on all different parts of Singapore’s past. My wife went to the zoo because of the large panda exhibit. Sadly we don’t have any photos because at that time we were trying to fit in as much as we could before we left Southeast Asia. It was a wonderful trip and we can’t wait to go back there!