Symphony Lake

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  • Day4

    Botantic Gardens

    November 23, 2016 in Singapore

    Good nights sleep our double sleeping pod then the day at the World Heritage Botanical Gardens. 74 hectares and over 600 species of orchid their was a lot to see. Saw the flowers of my favourite tree (Cannon Ball tree in Sri Lanka).

  • Day3

    Botanical gardens

    March 8, 2017 in Singapore

    We kicked off the day with a run in the botanical gardens a world heritage site, the only tropical garden that made it to Unesco's list. In the middle of the city, this is gem even has a rainforest inside. I am amazed by all the individual gardens and the how incredibly well kept it is. It was a great way to explore the park and enjoy nature. This place is beautiful and every nature lover, fitness fanatic and yogi's playground.
    Again Singapore impress, a world class city that just knows how to roll.

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  • Day13

    Singapore Botanic Gardens

    April 9, 2017 in Singapore

    I was determined to make today both start and end with flowers. A trip to the botanic gardens was a must - especially for their national Orchid garden!

    Most of the park is free with exception of the orchid garden (5$). Many runners, families, dogs + their humans, and - of course - tourists wandered the park today taking in the "beautiful" hot and humid weather of Singapore. There were even groups that gathered for prayer and (hot) yoga!Read more

  • Day32

    Day 32: Last day in Singapore

    July 17, 2016 in Singapore

    Accidentally slept in quite late this morning, and only just made it down to breakfast by 10:30 am when it closes! The only thing we really had planned for today was meeting up with a former colleague of mine from GALKAL who now runs the Singapore operation. By the time we finished breakfast it was 11am so we decided to wander over to the National Gallery and check out a modernism exhibition we'd noticed a couple of days earlier.

    Arrived at the gallery to discover that it was the last day of the exhibition so entry was free! It was called "Reframing Modernism", and compared the modernist styles of European artists like Picasso, Matisse and others with South East Asian artists from the same period. Spent a couple of hours looking at the various paintings and comparing the styles. We ended up doing it out of order as there was a large guided tour going through at roughly the same time as us, making it very crowded! So we did the second and third halls first before coming back to the third. Also very happy to see a ban on selfie sticks which are absolutely everywhere here!

    While waiting for Shandos at one point I logged on to the gallery's free wifi, and noticed an email from my colleague saying she was unwell and wouldn't be able to make the meet-up as planned. Disappointing, as I was looking forward to seeing a familiar face and having a decent conversation with someone who wasn't Shandos, but alas. At least we had more time in the gallery!

    Finished looking at the art and had a quick sandwich at the cafe before deciding to head for the Botanic Gardens. I've got this idea in my head that I'm going to visit as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as possible while we travel, and this is one of them. In fact it's one of only I think four gardens on the list of 1100+ locations, and the only tropical garden.

    So we descended into the metro just nearby, bought some tickets and followed the trains out to the Botanic Gardens stop. I should mention here that the metro is fantastic in Singapore - trains are every few minutes and the stations cover the downtown/interesting areas quite densely. We've never had to walk more than a few hundred metres to a station, though some of the junction stations have quite long walks between platforms.

    By the time we emerged from the underground, the ominous clouds I'd noticed on leaving the gallery had turned into a full-on thunderstorm! Lots of lightning and pelting rain, so we joined a crowd taking shelter at the metro exit, right next to the gardens entrance. It took probably 30 minutes to subside, and by now it was past 4pm. Luckily for us everything stays open late in Singapore!

    Eventually the rain eased off and we wandered into the gardens, which are absolutely beautiful. I'm not a huge gardens person but the care and attention to detail were very obvious. It also seems to be a great park, full of people jogging, walking dogs and having family picnics, rather than just looking at the flowerbeds and moving on. We walked over to the Orchid Garden (the highlight apparently), paid our admission and had a wander around. Again this was excellent - lots of orchids on display in their native-ish habitats ie tropical gardens and so on. There's also a nursery where they cross-breed to create new types of orchids in honour of visiting dignitaries which we found amusing! It started with Very Important People like Kofi Annan or Margaret Thatcher, until down in the back corner there's orchids in honour of the vice-president of Laos and the Petroleum Minister for Equatorial Guinea and so on. Found a couple of "Australian" ones too - one for former GG Michael Jeffrey, and another for Dame Quentin Bryce.

    Finished with the orchid garden around 6:30pm as the sun was beginning to set, so we walked back through the park (a brief diversion at the fish & turtle pond) and hopped back on the metro into town. For dinner we had our hearts set on a local specialty - Singapore Chilli Crab. We figured it might be a little pricey, but I nearly choked when the first restaurant we looked at had a special for $70 per kilo! The next place we checked it was $120/kilo and they had a 90 minute wait! The next place we tried had crabs for $75/kg but the smallest crab they had was about 2.2kg. Our hunt wasn't going very well.

    Eventually we found a place that was doing a fixed price of $108 per crab, so we decided to just get one with some garlic bread and share it, which we did! It's delicious (and not very spicy like the name implies), but like with lobster I'm not certain the deliciousness is completely offset by the amount of effort involved in accessing the meat.

    Although we'd eaten at Clarke Quay only a few hundred metres from our hotel, we walked past a Japanese ice cream parlour and figured we'd spend our last few Singaporean dollars. Shandos had a green tea flavoured ice cream, while I went half traditional and half Asian with macadamia chocolate and lychee (in separate scoops). Finally to bed around 10:30pm after our third day in a row of 25,000 steps! Tomorrow is a bus trip into Malaysia, so not too much walking thankfully!
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  • Day98

    Flower power im Botanical Garden

    January 13, 2017 in Singapore

    Heute stand der botanische Garten von Singapur inklusive des Orchideengartens 🌸auf dem Programm. Eine Oase der Ruhe und Entspannung bis die Steinzeit-Reisegruppe der AIDA auftauchte und alles für sich in Beschlag nahm. Mit jeder einzelnen Orchidee wurde ein Selfie 🤳 gemacht 🙈. Was für ein Spektakel, schnell weg hier! Also schlenderten wir in Richtung Ausgang und nahmen den Bus 🚌 (auch die sind voll klimatisiert 😉) in Richtung Gardens by the Bay.

    Da es nach einem kleinen Schauer 🌦auch wieder freundlicher aussah, entschieden wir uns über den Wolken von Singapur einen Drink 🍹 zu genehmigen. Wir fuhren mit dem Fahrstuhl des Marina Sands Bay Hotel in die 58. Etage, gönnten uns einen sündhaft teuren mini Cocktail 🍸und genossen die Aussicht im Stehen. Ein Sofa zum lümmeln gibt es nur, wenn man sich was zum Essen bestellt oder Champagner 🥂 trinkt. Was für eine Abzocke! Fazit dazu: Ausblick ist ganz nett, aber auch nicht mehr. Charme und Flair ist dort oben nicht vorhanden. Nächstes Mal gehen wir wieder ins Raffels Hotel, dem ältesten Hotel am Platz mit tollem Innenhof und einem original Singapur Sling.

    Das wars auch schon mit unserem Stoppover in Singapur. Morgen geht es in einem kurzen Zwei-Stundenflug nach Phuket zum baden und relaxen.
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  • Day1

    Botanical Gardens

    August 30, 2015 in Singapore

    Pretty walk around the gardens

    The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 156-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore's main shopping belt. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Day2

    Botanic Gardens & Gardens by the Bay

    January 3, 2017 in Singapore

    Morgens durften wir im grünen botanischen Garten ein echter Regenwald erleben, es hat dazu passend auch wie aus Eimern geschüttet. Am Nachmittag machten wir uns mit Jürg auf den Weg zum Gardens by the Bay, welcher zwei grosse Doms hat, der Wolkendom und der Blumendom. Auch sieht man noch die grossen künstlichen Bäume wie man auf dem Bild hinter uns sieht. Natürlich gehört dort auch das Marina Bay Sands Hotel dazu, welches gigantisch ist.Read more

  • Day6

    Abreisen oder länger bleiben?

    February 22 in Singapore

    Eigentlich wollen wir heute abreisen, aber wohin?
    Wir entscheiden uns zu bleiben und verlängern um eine weitere Nacht in unserem Hotel. Immerhin sind wir mit der Wahl des Hotel G sehr glücklich.

    Beim erneuten Frühstück im Curious Palette, wo ich endlich meinen Hotcake mit frischen Früchten bekomme, wählen wir unser nächstes Reiseziel: Koh Lanta
    Rasch übers iPhone die Flüge und Hotel gebucht und schon können wir unser Frühstück genießen. Ok, so schnell haben wir das Hotel dann auch wieder nicht gebucht. Immerhin hat Alex schon eine Vorauswahl getroffen. Es ist der Perfektionismus, der ihn antreibt.

    That´s taste amasing!
    Das Warten auf meinen Hotcake hat sich gelohnt. So unbeschreiblich lecker. Yummy!

    Heutiger Hotspot: Der botanische Garten
    Singapurs Garden of Eden, nicht weit von der Orchard Road entfernt - ein riesieger Park mit kleinen Seen und Themen Gärten. Bis auf den Orchiden Garten ist der Eintritt hier überall frei. Man merkt sofort wie viel Zeit und Liebe in diesen Park gesteckt wurde. Ein Paradis im Herzen einer Metropole.
    Kleiner Tipp: Unbedingt in den Orchiden Garten gehen.

    Vom botanischen Garten aus, geht es weiter weiter zurm Dempsey Hill, vorbei an einer alternativen Farm (Open Farm Community) und einer zum Restaurant umgebauten Kirchen (White Rabbit). Dempsey Hill hat in der Vergangenheit viele Veränderungen durchlaufen. In den 1850er-Jahren befand sich an dieser Stelle eine Muskatnussplantage, die unter dem Namen Mount Harriet bekannt war. Später wurde hier Tanglin Barracks, eine Militärkaserne, angesiedelt. Trotz der vielen Veränderungen behält dieser Ort seinen ruhigen und urigen Charme. 2007 wurde der Ort saniert und erstrahlt nun mit unzähligen Restaurants, Cafes und Shopping Centern. Der ideale Platz um den Abend entspannt bei einem Wein und leckeren Essen ausklingen zu lassen.
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  • Day16

    Today we woke up to rainy weather...again. Cynthia, our new helper was supposed to come by but wasn't able to make it so, being we were already ready to go, we ventured through the rain to INSEAD so that Alex could run around in the family room they have there. Sammy met us for lunch and soon after it was time for Alex's nap. So, not knowing what to do, I head out to the mrt station where I got a delicious chocolate lava bread and headed to the botanical gardens. This place is amazing! It's so peaceful and beautiful is amazing. We strolled through the evolution garden, took a quick glance at the breaking garden and headed back. Will definitely come back, I think do far this is my favorite place in Singapore.Read more

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