With the roar of Lamborghini engines completed by the unmistakably futuristic architecture, a guilt trip presented by Bag Down Benny (a public transportation advertisement urging passengers to be courteous) it seems we must have crossed over some sort of boundary into another space and time... but wait is that the smell of untreated sewage; ok scratch that we are still in Southeast Asia we simply crossed the city-state-country border into Singapore. This is a place known for orderliness, rules, keeping clean and green and having an eclectic variety of some of the best food in the world, oh and possibly for the prohibition of import of chewing gum to the neat-freak of a country. We spend our day wandering through China town and Little India, eating as often as our bellies have room. The curry noodle soup we had at one of the local hawker stands was one of my favorite things I have eaten in Asia, and the briyani was out of this world good. Constantly in awe of this building, or that architecture we fumble our way through the city until we finally find our way to Marina Bay Sands, the huge hotel with a pool and 360 degree viewing platform on the top to get to the famous gardens. Walking through Gardens by the Bay is unreal, only completed in 2012 all 101 hectares of this park are astounding! The signature highlight is of course the Grove of Supertrees that tower over the rest of the park, 25-50 meters above and the two domes; Flower Dome (the worlds largest column-less glasshouse) and the Cloud Forest. The "trees" are constructed of metal entwined with ferns, vines and orchids flowing up to flood lights and LEDs in every color of the light spectrum. The engineering of the structures is marvelous with a performance function to imitate the natural processes of a living breathing tree. The solar cells on top help with photosynthesis and power the lighting, rainwater is collected for fountains and irrigating/cooling the gardens and the two domes in the park. Lastly the hot air from the glasshouses is exhaled like carbon dioxide would be from a tree. For only 5 ringgits you can prance along the OCBC Tree Canopy Walkway setup between two of the larger Supertrees. Just after the sun sets we hunker ourselves down for the evenings light show, the OCBC Garden Rhapsody, a display of dazzling lights set to music. There are two fifteen minute shows a night at 7:45 & 8:45. A free show not to be missed! The show was absolutely breathtaking, a phenomenal showcase of man made light effects harmonizing with natural nature.
From Pongal in Kuala Lumpur's Little India to the festivities in the Little India of Singapore
The lights are actually Pongal pots of porridge that are boiling over and cows
The water spouting fellow is the Merlion, apparently the cities mascot
Decorations inside the Esplanade