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sakura Japanese cherry blossoms singapore

Living in a crazy hot sunny all year round country like Singapore, means we don't the the luxury of experiencing spring. Neither do we get to see flowers bloom, or even certain kinds of flowers that only grow in temperate climates.
Tulips, hydrangeas, roses, just to name a few. The flowers we see growing along our road sides are usually Bougainvilleas.

Japanese Cherry blossom at gardens by the bay singapore
Japanese Cherry blossom at gardens by the bay singapore sakura

However, the brilliant minds behind the Flower Dome at gardens by the bay, created a conservatory, where they could adjust the temperature to allow certain flowers that are imported temporarily from countries like netherlands, and japan, to grow and stay alive.

Sakura Japanese Cherry blossom at gardens by the bay singapore
Japanese Cherry blossom at gardens by the bay singapore
flower dome at gardens by the bay singapore
GBTB Singapore flower dome image
cactus and succulents singapore flower dome

Every time they bring in flowers, I never hesitate to go in for a visit. yes, it costs $12, which is awfully expensive just to see flowers, but I have this soft spot for flowers, and when flowers are being shipped in and preserved in their natural state (as much as possible) there is all the more NO reason to say no.

Here's how I justify the $12. I pay $12 to see Japanese cherry blossoms in the conservatory, or... pay $500 for a plane ticket to Japan.
BESIDES, IM NOT EVEN GOING TO JAPAN ANYTIME SOON.
In my head, that is more than sufficient justification!

Japanese Cherry blossom at gardens by the bay singapore
Japanese Cherry blossom at gardens by the bay singapore
sakura Japanese Cherry blossom at gardens by the bay singapore
Japanese Cherry blossom at gardens by the bay singapore images
Japanese Cherry blossom at gardens by the bay singapore

Despite the conservatory being insanely crowded, the beautiful flowers make up for everything. Apart from the typical flowers, succulents and cactus displays (that are there all year round) more than half of the conservatory was filled with amazing cherry blossoms with different shades of pink!
There was a Torii gate at the centre of all the flowers to make it more Japanese like when people were taking selfies with the flowers.

Japanese Cherry blossom at gardens by the bay singapore
flower dome singapore sakura exhibition
Japanese Cherry blossom at gardens by the bay singapore
Japanese Cherry blossom at gardens by the bay singapore

I think tourists who come into Singapore and visit the flower dome should attempt to get their trip coincide with some kind of season or special exhibition (which is pretty easy considering there is one every few months!)

The only down side though, was the crowd. I should have gone during a weekday, I would if I didn't have school and projects, but alas, life of a uni student (or any normal working adult) meant that to see the lovely flower display, I had to squeeze with hundreds of others.

It was still worth it. Flowers make everything worth it.




Here's a little Outfit Diary of my time there, hope you like it!

Japanese Cherry Blossoms

24 March 2016 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 018953

concrete trees in gbtb singapore

Concrete Garden.

I'm pretty sure this will seem rather bizarre. Apart from Huis Ten Bosch in Japan - a theme park created to look so much like Amsterdam with its lights emulating flower buds - i've never quite seen anything similar to Gardens By The Bay in Singapore.

gardens by the Bay at night in singapore

Much like how Parisians never go up the Eiffel tower, I've never made a special trip to the gardens much less felt the need to explore the area and take a look at these super trees. It was until last christmas, when there was a christmas market going on did I head down to the gardens.

The reason for heading down to the christmas market was because I missed actually experiencing one in the snow - oh all the german christmas markets I went to - but of course, it wasn't quite the same in the Singapore heat.

light show gardens by the Bay at night in singapore
attractions, things to do at night singapore gardens by the Bay at night in singapore

When I got to the gardens and got to experience the light show, where the trees lighted up and changed its colour, I got why this place was such a tourist attraction.

It was pretty spectacular, avatar, sci-fi like to have trees that huge, flickering to the beat of the music surrounding the gardens.

When the light show began at about 8.45pm, you would notice everyone in the vicinity stopping in their tracks and turning their heads towards these trees.

gardens by the Bay at night in singapore images
super trees at gardens by the Bay at night in singapore lighted up

Magical is what the experience was. My only gripe? The crowd. Of course, the day I was there, was a Friday evening and coincided with the fact that there were 2 events held at that space, which made it all the more populated.

But, visiting this space on a breezy evening, would definitely make for a perfect evening stroll! Or if you're more interested in having a clear look at the structures of these trees, go look at it in the day. I would love to revisit this garden in the day. Spend some time walking around, photographing these structures. Perhaps soon enough! ;)

Concrete Garden

17 March 2016 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 018953

Coney island singapore

If you've heard of Singapore, or if you've been to Singapore, you'd know that here, the weather is perpetually hot, there are high buildings - lots of them, there are a lot of cars, people, and also trees.

However, there isn't a space untouched by technology and undeveloped.

trees forest nature Coney island singapore

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fashion and travel blogger singapore
Fashion travel blog singapore
nature plants at Coney island singapore

That was until they opened this little plot of land called Coney Island. It stays open and free for access during the day, but closes at night because of the lack of streetlights.
It was Untouched.
No lights, no cars, no buildings, no wifi (my 3G didn't work there), no toilets. Just endless trees and a beautiful beach.


punggol park

Coney island singapore sea

bicycle riding Coney island singapore

blog Coney island singapore
Coney island singapore blog

It rained pretty heavily when I was there thankfully there were some shelters available or i'd have been SOAKED.
Although I was kind of on a date, I wanted to pay homage to nature. To taking time out to appreciating nature, and reminding myself how I could do that even in my daily life.

Even though it's nice, I don't specially have to get to that plot of land to appreciate the green trees, the winds, the sound of the ocean. Im lucky to be in a city surrounded by greenery, and its about time I learned to appreciate the beauty of nature.

A Date with Nature

8 February 2016 Coney Island, Singapore



When I was traveling in Europe, I use to walk into museums ALL THE TIME, especially if I was traveling alone. I don't know why but the thought of walking around a museum on my own,  just seems very romantic to me. It was to the point, I stopped going to museums with OTHER people.
To be honest, I could never spend hours upon hours reading about different things (to be honest, who could, there is NO WAY you could walk through the Natural History Museum in a whole day and read about everything, am I right?)
But Art Museums hold a special place in my heart. I'd spend hours in an art museum. History museums, not so much. But being surrounded by art is something different. It means I could just sit and stare and not read and STILL be inspired. Which is why I went into the V&A Museum 4 or 5 times I was in London.

National Gallery Singapore museum art
Art of National Gallery Singapore museum
art in the National Gallery Singapore museum

I never used to like museums all that much. Maybe it was because they weren't free, or that growing up in Singapore meant having to deal with school, extra curricular activities, and a whole lot of resume building crap, that I just never thought about musuems, or maybe I thought they were boring and never gave them a chance. Anyway, when one of my aunties suggested visiting the new National Gallery with the whole family, I immediately agreed!

art gallery National Gallery Singapore museum
National Gallery Singapore museum art piece
redefining art in the National Gallery Singapore museum
supreme court dome National Gallery Singapore museum
National Gallery Singapore museum architecture interior
Supreme court dome of National Gallery Singapore museum

The National Gallery Singapore was a wonderful mix of art, architecture, history, beautiful interiors, and gorgeous marble tiled floors.
What an interesting way to spend time with the family! Plus it was free for all Singaporeans. ALL THE BETTER (it doesn't cost that much for tourists too if I'm not wrong)!

& Here's a video diary of my day spent at the gallery!

Outfit Diary: Museum Musings | Explore Singapore

21 January 2016 Singapore

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