My fourth visit to the Gardens by the Bay within the last six months and I’m still in awe by the beauty of the flora and fauna in the two conservatories – Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. When I was there the first time with my eldest daughter Sheryl, we both had the same feeling – that the Gardens by the Bay is uniquely Singapore and we are so very proud to be part of it! This latest horticultural attraction in Singapore spans 101 hectares and boasts over 250 different types of rare plants from all over the world.
I especially love to be surrounded by nature. It has a very therapeutic & peaceful effect on me, a delightful escape from the concrete jungle & noise of high-rise city living. I love to observe each flower, and even each leaf, on its own; looking really closely at its detail and marvel at God’s ingenious creativity in His choice of colour, shape as well as texture for each and every plant & tree. In my imagination, the garden comes alive with floral fairies, birds & animals and even witches. I love the unbelievable look on my two adorable nieces’ face when I told them about the fairy garden. For a moment, I was pretty sure they thought it was real.. kekeke…. 小 孩 真 天 真 !
I’ve yet to explore the Supertree Grove where eighteen 25m-50m tall “supertrees” covered with more than 160,000 plants dominate the skyline there. The last time I was there, bistro IndoChine was in the process of being set up on top of one of the 50m supertrees. I am so going to check it out soon 🙂
THE CLOUD GARDEN
THE FLOWER DOME
THE FAIRY TALE cooked up for my nieces goes like this….
Greenie is one of the not-too-good-looking but very friendly orchid fairies who dwells in the Cloud Forest. Together with his other friends, they like to venture out to the neighboring Flower Dome to seek new adventure and excitement.
Greenie’s good friends includes twin brothers Gebo and Gabo,…
Gaby, who wears a white pretty hat everyday, and…
Gilli and Gillian, who love everything pink !
When in doubt, they would always consult this thousand-year old wise lady who lives at the peak of the mountain for advise.
On special occasion, they get to watch these dancers perform for everyone. Greenie and his friends look forward to such events.
They also get to feast on Pink Grapes. Greenie and all his friends love this particularly fruit as it is hard to come by. These grapes can only be found in the deep dark forest.
To reach these Pink Grapes, those who are in-charged of food would have to bypass these scary looking monsters and fierce polka-dotted beasts that camouflage themselves to look like leaves….
These are actually fierce-looking polka-dotted beasts…
TO FIND THEIR WAY…..
The stars on these leaves help to light up their paths but on really dark nights, they have to carry lanterns with them. The red & pink lanterns are really pretty…..
Pretty lanterns to carry on dimly lit nights
On dangerous route, the fairies will take these sweet-looking “doggie” guards with them. Don’t be deceived by their demure look as they actually are very aggressive – even the tree monsters are afraid of them !
And this is how they travel – ride on these graceful swans across ponds, rivers & lakes, or…
sit on one of these magic velvety carpets that can fly them to any part of the forest
Guards who look after the fairyland ride on these ‘knight’ carpets instead
Guess what this is? It’s a Thousand-Eye Camera that keep a lookout for suspicious happenings around the garden. And if any one of its eyes senses danger, it will quickly alert the garden fairies through one of these amplifiers (see below)
Announcements are quickly made through these yellow amplifiers, loud & clear! So, if you do come across one of these in the garden, please do not pluck it!
TO JOIN THE FAIRIES….
The entrance to the secret garden where the fairies meet to have fun together. Find it and you may join them! For a really warm welcome, remember to take pink grapes with you too 😉
Hope you have enjoyed the fairy tale too 🙂