Sorry about not posting last Wednesday, we have been extremely busy at our jobs! Also, congrats to the big sister for getting a new job as a Middle School computer teacher! (Your little sis is proud of you!)
As we're sure you guys know, back in May, we went on a trip of a lifetime in Southeast Asia. Although we visited amazing places like Indonesia, Thailand, and Taiwan, Jackie’s ultimate favorite country was Singapore, the land of new age technology and modern architecture.
Because it was such a jam-packed overnight stay, we decided to break down our stay in Singapore, to really describe how great the country is.
Finishing our four-part Wednesday blog post series on Singapore, the last step on our Singapore trip - exploring the world famous Gardens by the Bay! Make sure you read Part 1,Part 2and Part 3.
Jackie: Exploring the Gardens By The Bay was one of the activities that I was dying to do in Singapore. I have seen pictures on TV and the internet, and have always dreamed of seeing the skyscraper tall structures in one of the most fantastic countries in the entire world.
Alyssa: As most of you know by now, I am in love with planning trips and tend to go a bit overboard by picking all the activities myself. But when Jackie expressed interest in the Gardens, I made sure to include her in planning our itinerary.
Jackie: I did a bit of research before we went, and found that the tickets were a bit pricey ($15 for one conservatory,) but the reviews were promising. There are 2 different conservatories for you to explore: The Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Although I would have loved to do both, we did not have time, so after doing some research, I chose the Cloud Forest. When deciding on which conservatory I wanted to see, the pictures of the Cloud Forest sold me. The conservatory has the world’s largest indoor waterfall, and the pictures of the mist cascading down the giant plant-covered mountain looked like something out of a fairy tale.
Jackie: After taking a dip in the infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands hotel (check out our last Singapore article), Alyssa and I made our way to the “Sky Bridge” that connects the hotel to the Gardens. Behind the hotel was tons of acreage, used for a public park, the Supertree Grove towers, and the Gardens. Although not far away, for $2 extra dollars, we could ride a golf cart to the Gardens. We jumped in and were whisked away!
Alyssa: Even though it was early in the morning, we could already feel the stickiness of the hot and humid air. Upon entering the exhibit, we were relieved to feel the famous refreshing and cool clouds of the Cloud Forest. The exhibit is covered with a mist, that cascades down from the ceiling above. The mist keeps the dome at a perfect temperature for the plants … and the people!
Jackie: Walking into the Gardens, you were overwhelmed by a giant waterfall cascading down a giant mountain standing 35 meters above you. The air was brisk and crisp, and there was foliage everywhere you looked. I immediately loved it.
Alyssa: My first thought was “man, are we going to have to hike up a gazillion stairs to get to the top?” The answer: nope! They had an elevator in the bowels of the mountain, to take guests up to explore from the top of the mountain on the Cloud Walk. When entering the exhibit, there were paths guiding you up the indoor mountain. The paths were surrounded by displays of rocks and plants, and sometimes art pieces. As we climbed higher and higher, it became cooler and cooler, a completely different environment from the outside heat.
Jackie: As I have mentioned before in other posts, I am a nature person, so exploring the Gardens was one of my favorite things we did on the Southeast Asia trip. I felt in my element walking amongst the plant life. When I breathed in the invigorating mist, I was happy. At the top of the mountain, Alyssa and I took so many pictures.
Alyssa: As much as Jackie is a plant person, I am a building person. The tower’s architecture was incredible! I loved the complexity of the structure, while the interior kept it simple and to the point
Jackie: The plants and wildlife weren’t the only things that were featured in the exhibit. There were also many displays on protecting the environment around us. Alyssa and I learned a lot, all while having a blast!
Marina Bay Sands wasn’t kidding when they said that you feel like you have discovered a “lost world.” We would highly recommend visiting this stunning and educational exhibit if you ever have the chance.
Thanks for checking out our four part series on our jam-packed stay in Singapore! Have any questions about visiting Singapore or looking at booking a stay at Marina Bay Sands? Shoot us an email on our "Contact Us" page!