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Museum Escapades: Gardens By the Bay

Museum EscapadesWhen Sarah told us she had a spare ticket to the Gardens by the Bay, the Tiger and I knew that the first adventure of 2015 was afoot. After getting a single ticket for one of us (Sarah had 2 tickets), we made a line for the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome.

Awww yes!
Awww yes!

Hoping to avoid the crowd, we headed for the Cloud Forest first. Scanning our tickets and going through the turnstile entrances, we got reminded that we were on and adventure upon seeing this.

I dub this the unofficial hanging gardens of Babylon that is actually not.
I dub this the unofficial hanging gardens of Babylon that is actually not.

The Cloud Forest gives an overview of the cloud forests of the Amazon. Centred on this grand display of falls, we walked around the cool, misty display of hanging creepers and plants until we reached the lift which would bring us to the top of the falls.

The moldy car on the way up.
The moldy car on the way up.
The misty gardens at the top and the arches indicating the exit.
The misty gardens at the top and the arches indicating the exit.

Then, it was time to walk down.

Beautiful view on the way down.
Beautiful view on the way down.

Vertigo aside, the Cloud Forest had an amazing layout – a pathway which really made you feel like it was a good start to an adventure. Going straight to the top, you slowly made your way down to the middle levels, where the Crystal Stalactite and Stalagmite displays were, and where you could see the different vegetation throughout.

Towards the end of the dome, we walked through to a short slideshow of Global Warming and another show on how Gardens by the Bay is self-sustaining, energy-wise (which is always good to know), before going through the Secret Garden itself.

How Gardens by the Bay is self-sustaining.
How Gardens by the Bay is self-sustaining.
Waterfall to the Secret Garden.
Waterfall to the Secret Garden.

Passing the gift shop, we then made our way up again to head to the Flower Dome. By comparison, the Cloud Forest definitely beat the Flower Dome hands down on first impressions. However, due to its wide architecture, there was a greater variety of plants from all over the world, with wider paths to walk through as you appreciated the well-curated place.

Entrance to the Flower dome.
Entrance to the Flower dome.
Remnants of Christmas Trees
Remnants of Christmas Trees
Fish in a Desert Sea-ene.
Fish in a Desert Sea-ene.
Baobabs!!
Baobabs!!
I call this the Desert Rose.
I call this the Desert Rose.

The Christmas decorations were still around when we were there as well, so it did give a nice vibe together with the Christmas songs and colder temperatures. So in the end, there was a central area to look forward to as you passed the flora of the world, which seemed to transition from succulents to trees, to plains, and to desert flora quite seamlessly.

A kind of Winter Wonderland. And it was quite cold.
A kind of Winter Wonderland. And it was quite cold.

After leaving the same gift shop at the exit, our first adventure of 2015 was done. A great experience, especially with the cool breeze underneath the hanging humidity and the ever-changing weather we seem to be getting.

The nearest MRT to Gardens by the Bay is Bayfront MRT (Circle / Downtown Line). You can find out more about them here.

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