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!