Sunday, February 21, 2010

Perfect Dream Date at Singapore Botanical Garden

This weekend, my boyfriend gave me a surprise visit again on Friday night after he had a meeting at his site in Mersing. After planning so many times to take him to Singapore's most famous park, finally yesterday late afternoon I could take a stroll with him at the Singapore Botanic Gardens set around the Tanglin core area, Orchard. From Bishan MRT Station, we headed to Toa Payoh MRT Station to take bus no. 105 at Toa Payoh MRT Station's Exit A. After 20 minutes journey, the bus dropped us exactly in the opposite of the park. It was my second visit to this park and his first one.

5.50pm: Finally reached Singapore Botanic Garden

Yesterday, the weather was perfect. The park was not too crowded. However, as we came there pretty late at about 5.40pm, we had to rush a bit to view some good spots in the park and take some snaps before the sky got too dark.

 
Singapore Botanic Garden's Brochure

The Map

Singapore Botanic Gardens, which was started in 1822, in total has eleven main attraction i.e. Botany Centre, Swan Lake, Bandstand, Ginger Garden, National Orchid Garden, Palm Valley, Rain Forest, Visitor Centre, Evolution Garden, Eco Garden and Jacob Dallas Children's Garden. Due to our limited interest of time, we only managed to take a look at five of them.

Botany Centre: Education and Research Hub

The Main Entrance which hosts the Visitor Service Desk, Toilets, Food Court, Function Hall, Function Room, etc.

Sitting on an interestingly unique wooden bench near the park's main gate
Swan Lake: The Dancing Swans

A serene, pretty and large swan lake but we only saw about five swans in total. According to the information stated in the brochure, the lake is almost as old as the Gardens and was completed in 1866. It is home for few White Mute Swans from Amsterdam.

One Dancing Swan

 Three Dancing Swans

On our way before the Bandstand, we made few stops at the park's several cannot be missed other landmarks.

 
At the Bonsai Garden

 
 Posing with not-so-healthy-anymore Bonsai

YK with the 'Sundial' at the Sundial Garden

At the Cactus Garden

Garden with a Desert look

The Bandstand: A glimpse of Victorian Heritage

According to the brochure, the Bandstand, surrounded by a rim of handsome Yellow Rain Trees is still more or less in it original 1860s form. It is no longer used for music performances and is a landmark feature of the Gardens.

Smart reading pose in front of the infamous Bandstand

A Close-Up Shot in the Yellow Forest by YK

Bright-and-wide smiling YK in front of the Bandstand

Ginger Garden: Celebration with a Zing

This garden displays several hundred species of gingers and other plants from related families. It hosts two pretty mini waterfalls. We were surrounded by green plants with leaves similar to banana leaves' kind. We thought we went to the wrong garden as there's no sign of ginger plants around us. From the information board, we found out that banana is also part of ginger families. No wonder that no apparent ginger plants came to our sights. The ginger families' varieties are just far too humongous and we know nothing much about gingers other than the ginger we usually use in the kitchen.

A pretty mini waterfall

National Orchid Garden: A Fairyland of Blooms

It is supposed to be a place of dazzling banks of colorful orchids. As we missed the last Orchid Garden Tour at 4pm, we could not have a walk inside this garden and only managed to take picture in front of the Garden and peeked a little bit on the so called 'dazzling' orchid beds. From a far, we just saw huge pretty orchid territory. Too bad we missed it!


 
My pretty boy is as pretty as Orchids

In the end, right after we saw the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage which is located right in the middle of the park, we decided to make a way back to the park's main entrance. Sun has disappeared below the horizon and dusk was about to share its evening darkness. It was no longer good to take photo, hence at about 7.40pm, we kissed the Singapore Botanic Gardens goodbye.

We both had an afternoon blast amongst the floras, satisfied with lots of the photos taken and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere in the park.

7.39pm: The very last photo taken in the Park

I'll surely try to persuade him again to take a stroll and capture more snaps some other time in the near future!

As we were already in Orchard area, I thought of having dinner around the heart of the city as well. From the bus stop in front of the park's gate, we took bus no. 123 which goes to the main Orchard Road area. We got out in front of Lucky Plaza. Since I had not had Ayam Penyet Ria for quite sometime by then, so I took my boyfriend to eat Ayam Penyet again for the second time. He said "Okay".

8.11pm: YK with his majesty Indonesian food galore: Empal Penyet, Ayam Penyet and Es Campur

I should tell the restaurant that their sambal is like poison. Darn hot! I had heartburn that night after my Ayam Penyet dinner.

1 comment:

  1. sound like you found a new addiction "again". Sure we will visit the place as many times as you wish.. I'll bring my LX-3 (camera) and tripod this time! :P

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