Singapore 15th January 2016
Dave still isn’t feeling too good, so we had a late start today and decided to do to the Gardens By the Bay. This is gardens under several huge domes.
The first one we went to was the Cloud Forest which was for cool moist plants. It was a very pleasant temperature after the heat outside, and needed to wear my jumper.
There is a huge plant covered hill at the centre of the dome, and the highest artificial waterfall cascades down from the top.
Dave doesn’t get that excited about flowers, but even he was impressed!
At the top there is a black reflecting pool, with islands of orchids and bromeliads. We sat and drank in the beauty of the surroundings.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, the cloud water came on and a gentle mist drifted across the pool.
There were some beautiful flowers, but this one stood out amoungst them, a Pink Grape, I hope I can grow it in my garden.
The Flower Dome was next. This was laid out by geographical areas, the California Garden, the Australian Garden etc.
It wasn’t as spectacular as the Cloud Dome, but still very interesting. We were amazed at the size of some of the trees that were growing there.
Interspersed throughout both domes were beautiful and skilful carvings made from tree roots.
We walked to the Marina Sands Hotel that was close by. According to Daves pedometer, we walked 8ks today!!
We have travelled around the world, but have never seen a hotel on this scale before, it is a small vertical town!
The hotel is built on three columns, connected on the 55th floor by a canoe shaped infinity pool.
Rooms start from $550 a night.
The entrence foyer is huge, and the ceilings so high high, we felt like a small insects.
We had a delicious lunch at a nearby food court, then caught a taxi to Raffles.
This is Singapore’s iconic hotel, built in 1887 and named after Singapore’s governor, and where the Singapore Sling was created.
During the Japanese occupation the invading forces were surprised to find guests dancing one last waltz, while the waiters buried the silver!
The renovation in 1989 cost $160 million!
The famous Long Bar was dark and crowded, so we sat in the courtyard, surrounded by white colonnades, sipping our $29 cocktails, relaxing and soaking up the history. It was an oasis in a high rise jungle.
We both tried two different versions of their famous Singapore Sling, $29 each, and sat in the courtyard soaking up the atmosphere.
A lovely end to our time here, as we fly out to Malaysi tomorrow morning.