INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY.
I had a marvellous weekend in the "world's most expensive city" (The Star 8/3/2014) to celebrate the 103rd International Women's Day!
I joined my friend and a group of wonderful ladies (plus a handful of men) for a 2D/1N trip to Singapore. This is a typical "get rich" trip to the casinos with a visit to the Gardens by the Bay throw in.... which I was more interested in. Since I missed the Gardens the previous visit, I grab the opportunity this time.
We departed from Kuala Lumpur around 9 a.m. Stopover at Skudai for a 8-course lunch at a Chinese Restaurant (forgot to note the name) and by 2pm we crossed the Singapore border.
By now I guess most of the passengers must be experiencing the "itchy hands syndrome":D!.... so our first stop was to the Marina Sands Casino. Since this is my first visit to the casino, I joined my friend at the Roulette table ....the one with a minimum bet S$5.00 of course. Lady Luck was with us that day.
After S$50 bet, I won S$80! So with the S$30 win, I decided to quit and went out to take some photos as well as paid a visit to the Skypark.
The observation deck with its panaroma view - the Gardens by the Bay on the right and the "Durian" on the left - which is the Esplanade building along the waterfront which is the venue for performing arts.
On the opposite side is the Singapore Flyer
The ArtScience Museum which is beside the Marina Sands
View of the river.. actually it is not hazy at all.. infact it was so hot that I just snapped without focus!
I must say that most of these ladies were very punctual... on the dot, everyone converged in front of the casino and we were taken for a breath of fresh air next!
The Flower Dome -spanning 101 hectares with over 380 thousand plants! It is the world's largest columnless greenhouse- the conservatories glass sits on a steel grid shaped like an eggshell.
Up close with the knight in the shining armour on his "wooden" steed!
There are changing floral displays year round and the present theme is "War of the Roses" ie the feudal war in the 15th century between the Royal Houses of Lancaster and York and featuring over 60 varieties of roses!
various sculptures among the plants
a very very old tree-
"not so old aunty"
My friend sitting among the roses..
By the way do you know that there is no black rose .... they are actually very dark red roses!
From here we strolled over to the Cloud Forest...
I felt instantly refreshed.... looking at this and getting sprayed with the falling mist!
This indoor waterfall is 35 metre tall!
a miniature train station display.
fancy driving this "green" car?
From the ground floor, we took the lift up to level 6 and started our descend via the walkways..which encircle the mountain and the waterfall...
The cloud walk started from this mystical lake....
and we stepped out onto the aerial walkway ..
sticking as close to the mountain as possible......
You are so high above.....
the mist provide a ethereal and cooling walk and imagine yourself walking on the clouds.... unless you are scare of heights..... hahaha!
We completed the cloud walk and went down the escalator to the next level -- the tree top walk. Here you can see and admire the vertical wall of the plants.
Soon we reached the ground floor again
a miniature model of the whole Gardens
enter.. if you dare.....
into the lions lair!
Hence ended a wonderful and happy day!