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More of Gardens by the Bay Singapore
Part 4 of the Gardens by the Bay series.
It took us around three hours to explore the two cooled conservatories, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. It was 5:30pm and we were looking at buying ice cream, but then, the queues were dauntingly long. So, we scrapped that and opted to have early dinner instead.
In between the two cooled conservatories are these “Hanging Tigers” of
From The Canopy, this path leads to the Indian Garden
This path borders the SuperTree Grove
While this one leads to the “Super Life of Trees”
Our visit coincided with The Straits Times’ 167th anniversary which was celebrated through a Straits Times Appreciates Readers (STAR) party at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay. 4Minute, Jason Derulo, Boys Like Girls and other international artists were supposedly performing but it wasn’t part of our itinerary. Meh. Anyway, part of the STAR party was a cosplayer meet!
Singaporean cosplayers! Interesting…
A SuperTree amid the Marina Bay skyline in the background.
Back at SuperTree Dining, we wanted to have dinner at Texas Chicken for that fastfood-style chicken, haha! But we were advised that the queue would take us at least 45 minutes. For that, we went to the next dining outlet, Casa Verde. (no, this isn’t related to Cebu’s Casa Verde)
Awesome Italian food, trattoria-style!
Clockwise from top-right:
Casa Verde Salad SGD12 – combinations of garden greens, assorted mixed fruits tossed with honey lemon
Bruschetta SGD8 – garlic bread with melted mozzarella, oregano and tomato
Marinara SGD18 – linguine with mixed seafood, chili, garlic, white wine and tomato napoli
Sfilatino Casa Verde SGD24 (must-try!!) – mozzarella, ham and mushrooms a la spring roll style, served with tomato salsa dip.
After our very satisfying Italian dinner, we continued to explore the rest of Bay South Gardens. Above SuperTree Dining was the World of Plants wherein we learned more about the web of floral relationships in the rainforest and the various functions of plant life in their collection of six themed gardens.
An interesting mushroom-themed shed. We got into character as the iconic caterpillar of Alice in Wonderland, and sat on top of a mushroom while we looked at the bugs printed on the tent above. This shed serves to educate about the roles of fungi and bugs as important players of the plant decomposition process.
Those fruits look like coconuts, do they? Wasn’t able to identify the plant though.
We then proceeded to the Web of Life which focuses on the interrelationship of rainforest flora with fauna. The main subject, the web of life, includes the keystone species and food chains in the tropical rainforest. The focus is on the fig as keystone species.
Fantastic topiary animals woven from Indian Laurel showcases eight native animals from Southeast Asia: the orangutan, hornbill, civet, binturong, pangolin, fruit bat, wasp and rhinoceros beetle. Species of fig, from the botanical genus Ficus, are the plants connecting all these animal life-styles, forming an intricate web of interdependent living creatures. Amazing, eh?
Footbridge connecting the World of Plants with the Colonial Garden.
At 7:27pm, the sun has set, but the skies are still bright!
We were already quite exhausted so we walked nearer towards the exit, but waited for 7:45pm for the OCBC Garden Rhapsody.
Not to be missed is this signature nightly display of magical lights and music amid the giant Supertrees! Wasn’t really fully-equipped during our visit since I did not bring my tripod with me but tried to take one photo to give you an idea.
Back view of the Marina Bay Sands at night! More than 50% occupied, eh? Cheers.
And that ends our whole-day tour of the Bay South Gardens at the Gardens by the Bay! The gardens really made me speechless and I guess my photos would speak for themselves in giving a peek of our wonderful experience during our visit to the gardens. The cooled conservatories were totally worth the almost-thousand-peso admission fee! The outdoor gardens are still bound to improve though. As we went there barely two weeks after their opening, most of the plants are still very young. I’m giving them a few months to grow and bloom more and flourish. Hopefully, by December, there will be significant growth as the whole family will be visiting come Christmas time. Weee!