Bright and not so early, we decided to get some food into our systems and visited the HP themed restaurant Platform 1094. The ambience of the place was all things perfect but the menu was unimpressive. We grabbed coffee and hustled to our next location on the hitlist, the iconic Gardens by the Bay.After much debate, we decided on the mode of transport and settled to take Grab taxi as we were a company of 6. For shorter groups or for solo travelers, I recommend the famous MRT metro for commute to any place in Singapore.If you are somebody who likes nature and anything green, this is your haven. We did not plan to spend the entire day inside the Gardens, but that is precisely what we did. We spent solid 8 hours inside the Gardens and believe me, there is so much to see and you will be pleasantly surprised. The Gardens is split into different attractions, you can read online in advance and book the tickets accordingly. First we headed to visit the coveted "Cloud forest". The artificial clouds appear every other hour inside this giant dome of a forest. Inside the dome, flora from all over the world are planted in every direction possible. It is quite a sight to behold.After spending much time strolling through the Cloud forest and pretending that I understand different kinds of plant species, we quickly grabbed a snack and headed towards the "Flower dome". In this particular section, the flowering plants are split geographically from where they originate and planted quite artfully. If not for the crowd, this would have been a really romantic place. Nonetheless it was pretty darn beautiful. The decor was very Christmas themed and colorful as we visited during the holidays.I would also recommend to visit the "Floral fantasy" section of the Gardens as well. We missed this out sadly, maybe next time as I somehow feel Singapore will invite me again :)By then it was almost sunset so we decided to extend the visit and watch the light show at the Gardens. It was quite spectacular and a very peaceful experience, just sitting there in silence with friends and taking in the sparkles and twinkles.After a very long day, we decided to turn ourselves in as we had an exciting day planned and wanted to be our best selves, after all it was the 31st December of 2019, ending of a decade!
1. Wander through Gardens by the Bay
Reached the hotel at about 2 PM and ordered our lunch. After an hour, relaxed for 2-3 hours and left for Gardens by the bay and saw the most beautiful light and sound show ever! It was so serene that everyone was lying down and looking at the sky and experiencing the magical lights!
This is one of the most intelligently and thoughtfully made attractions, I must say. One part which is called the Flower dome hosts hundreds of different varieties of plants that belong to different geographical areas around the world. This fully air conditioned glass dome is sectioned in the same way and you could spend around 1 hour inside.The second glass dome called the Cloud forest houses the tallest indoor waterfall in the world. You can walk around the structure on multilevel pathways winding from top to bottom which helps you closely see hundreds of different types of plants that are grown all around the structure. Truly mesmerizing!Head straight to the Supertree grove for an out of the world experience. Late evening is the best time to be here as you can see this outdoor garden with gigantic tree like structures lighted up in shades of blue and green and setting sun in the backdrop. Wait till 8 at night for a mind blowing light and music show called the Garden Rhapsody which is definitely not to be missed.
Gardens by the Bay was our next destination, which is horticultural place located in the heart of the city which offers the view of variety of ordinary to very rare species of flowers gathered across the globe in Flower Dome. Cloud Forest is a worth watch on a sunny day, where an indoor waterfall surrounded by lust green atmosphere along with a sky walk and when we reached on top, it was a breath taking view of a small lake of varieties of plants which was a must to click pictures in front of them.