Tag Archives: Marina South

Explore Gardens By The Bay with Mobile App!

Have you visited the beautiful Gardens By The Bay in Singapore? I had been visiting and covering Gardens By The Bay in Singapore before she was officially opened, during her official opening and over the time Gardens By The Bay had grown and expanded in the subsequent phases such as the Children’s Garden and Sun Pavilion. Over the past few years, I had seen Gardens By The Bay expanding their events, activities and facilities to constantly attract more local and international visitors to Gardens By The Bay.

IMG_2203

As much as I walked and explored a lot around Gardens By The Bay, in my birding photography adventure. There is still a part of Gardens By The Bay that I still haven’t explore and discover about. There is a big list of many different types of flora and fauna at Gardens By The Bay and I can never remember all of their names! On top of that, there are also more flora and fauna that I still haven’t explore yet! When you visit Gardens By The Bay, do you face a challenge to identify the plants, trees, flowers etc?

IMG_2200

You don’t need to worry anymore now! You can now explore Gardens By The Bay together with your smartphone application! They recently launched its first mobile application, designed using cutting-edge technology to enhance visitors’ experiences. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the app will engage and excite visitors through a series of interactive trails, games, educational tools and information about the Gardens’ unique horticulture. Check out the Gardens By The Bay mobile application screen shots below!

4) Activities - Hidden Secrets

5) Activities - Build Your Garden

6) Activities - Where in the World

7) Tree of Knowledge

The Gardens by the Bay mobile app will serve as a practical multimedia guide, providing an introduction to the vast collection of plant life throughout the Gardens and explanations of the diverse habitats around the world. Using GPS and way-finding technology, the app will offer an interactive map and encourage visitors to explore hidden locations, earning them virtual rewards for finding these secret spots and completing scavenger-like challenges. Available in five languages – English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and Japanese – the app will engage visitors through educational games that reinforce horticultural learning, augmented reality that encourage users to uncover virtual plants, and sharing on social media. The Gardens by the Bay app is now available on both Apple and Android platforms and can be downloaded for free via iTunes and Google Play. Information on the app is available at www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/mobileapp.

IMG_2210

I was introduced to the Gardens By The Bay mobile application very recently, before her official release on Monday 17th November 2014. We had a fun time exploring Gardens By The Bay, looking for the trees, leaves, flowers, tree trunks and scanning their QR code! This Gardens By The Bay mobile application is very useful for the family with children! Not only the whole family can have fun together to explore and learn more about nature, flora and fauna. There are also games for the children to play and learn!

IMG_2192

Not only can you explore with your smartphone, the tablet can be ideal too for exploring Gardens By The Bay! The children is going to have a fun time, running and looking for the various flora and fauna at Gardens By The Bay! The school holidays are here and it’s a great family bonding and learning experiences activity that you can do at Gardens By The Bay with their mobile application! Come on down and explore Gardens By The Bay with the mobile application!

* I would like to thank Gardens By The Bay for hosting us to a preview of the mobile application, for the snapshot photos of the mobile application and having a tryout with it before its official release! *

STEPS In The Park 2014 by EmancipAsia

The weather on Saturday morning, 5th April 2014 was adverse with heavy rain pouring down over Gardens By The Bay skyline. However, this did not deter the enthusiastic and supportive group of over 1,200 people that took part in the inaugural STEPS In The Park event, choosing to run or walk in the 5km event, to help raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

STEPS in the Park was conceived by EmancipAsia, a Singapore based not for profit organisation made up entirely of volunteers, with the aim of enabling people to ‘take their first step’ towards gaining a better understanding of human trafficking and modern day slavery. Participants were also invited to take a further step by taking a pledge where they committed to ‘Raise awareness by telling at least 2 more people about the cause’, ‘Be more informed about sex and labour trafficking’ and to ‘Reduce their Slavery Footprint’. The supporting partners were Singapore Government Interagency Taskforce against Trafficking in Persons and ACS International Singapore. Joining the STEPS in the Park event today was Speaker of Parliament, Madam Halimah Yacob, who addressed the participants with a speech, before she signed the EmancipAsia ‘Pledge Board’, and flagged off the 5km non-competitive event.

2T2J5075

Participants started the 5km route at the Silver Garden of Gardens By The Bay South, running or walking towards the Marina Barrage, turning towards Gardens By The Bay East before turning back along the same route back to the event ground at the Silver Garden. Back at the Silver Garden, participants were able to view “Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking “- an ArtWorks for Freedom exhibition by photographer, Kay Chernush (check out my coverage of the Bought & Sold exhibition in 2012), as well as posters that informed viewers of the different dimensions of the subject, including Singapore’s National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons.

2T2J5110

I felt great to be able to help out in a small way at the STEPS In The Park event by EmancipAsia, photographing the participants, writing and sharing about this event, helping to spread and raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The spirit and support of the participants running in the heavy rain or walking with umbrellas, showed great support and commitment to the cause of STEPS In The Park. Running in the heavy rain, the runners were still in great spirits, smiling for the cameras! The volunteers and helpers were awesome too, in encouraging the supporters/runners and making STEPS In The Park 2014 a successful event! Through my photography coverage/collection of STEPS In The Park on Flickr, I hope to share with my readers about STEPS In The Park by EmancipAsia.

2T2J5133

You can do a part too! Share with your family, loved ones and friends on EmancipAsia, to help raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. For more information on EmancipAsia, check out the information below –

About EmancipAsia

EmancipAsia Ltd. is a company limited by guarantee registered in Singapore in March 2012. Although registered as a company, our activities are not-for-profit, and our financial records are available for scrutiny to major donors. EmancipAsia is a volunteer run organization, led by our founder Ms Sylvia Lee.

Our mission is to combat human trafficking by raising awareness, advocating change and empowering communities, businesses and individuals to take action to end this horrific crime against humanity. While human trafficking is a global problem, our region of focus is the Asia-Pacific, with our base operations in Singapore.

Our mission is in line with the Singapore government’s national plan to fight human trafficking both in Singapore and the region. An inter-agency task force was formed in 2011 to combat what has been described as “a threat to Singapore’s security as well as its economic and social fabric”. The national plan has a four-pronged approach, namely, “prevent, prosecute, protect and partnership.” Raising awareness is a preventive measure.

See more at http://www.emancipasia.org/ or http://stepsinthepark.com/

* Information courtesy of EmancipAsia and Cohn-Wolfe XPR *


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Gardens By The Bay Update – Children’s Garden & Sun Pavilion

Gardens By The Bay has been an iconic landmark and destination since her days when she was first officially opened to the public. Having been to Gardens By The Bay a number of times, photographing and covering her growth and expansion in stages from her pre-opening days (sneak peak) to the official opening and visiting Gardens By The Bay along the way, she has added and opened more interesting themes to the overall Gardens By The Bay.

2T2J3180

In my most recent visit to Gardens By The Bay, hosted by the friendly staff, a group of social media enthusiasts were given a tour of the latest floral display inside the Flower Dome – Battle of the Roses. Mihkkaail Ng also brought us around for a special guided tour of the various gardens inside the Flower Dome, Succulent Garden, The BaoBabs, Australian Garden and Californian Garden (check out more information of the various gardens here!) Over the period when Gardens By The Bay first officially opened her doors to the public, the trees, floral and fauna inside Flower Dome slowly increases, transforming into a lush and beautiful gardens from around the different continents of the world.

2T2J3152

Sun Pavilion

We then proceed to the newly opened Sun Pavilion, not too far away from the Flower Dome. Sun Pavilion is the prickly garden, home to one of Southeast Asia’s largest cacti and succulent gardens. Sun Pavilion is home to over 1,000 desert plants comprising some 100 different species and varieties and with her opening on 28th February 2014, visitors to Gardens By The Bay has something special and unique to visit and learn more about the different floral and fauna around the world! We were given a guided tour by Anton Steven, an expert of the desert plants under his charge at the Sun Pavilion!

2T2J3232

When you are visiting Sun Pavilion, you will be able to spot the amazing Mexican columnar cacti, which bring to mind the desert landscapes reminiscent of those in olden-day cowboy films, and the large succulent Euphorbias, which while less spiny, are interesting as they produce latex to protect themselves against hungry predators. The Sun Pavilion also houses smaller succulents with eye-catching details such as the Brazilian species of Turk’s Cap, and the Brain Cactus.

The various and unique desert plants really make a walkthrough the Sun Pavilion very interesting and visitors can get to learn more about them and how countries with deserts look like with the desert plants. More information on the Sun Pavilion – at Gardens by the Bay is available here at –  http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/sunpavilion.


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Far East Organization Children’s Garden

There is a star attraction now at Gardens By The Bay, the Far East Organization’s Children’s Garden, making Gardens By The Bay truly a park for the young and the old! The Children’s Garden was made possible with a SGD10-million contribution from Far East Organization. The Far East Organization Children’s Garden encourages playfulness by giving children the liberty to explore, imagine and create – in a way that no smartphone, tablet, or game console can offer – all within a garden setting that will spark the child’s imagination and appreciation for nature and the environment. The Far East Organization Children’s Garden is now open to the public and admission is free. The play area operates from 9am to 9pm, and closes for maintenance every Monday (or the next working day if a public holiday falls on a Monday of that week.

2T2J3275

Hanging around the Children’s Garden, the Water Play, Adventure Trails, Tree Houses and Forest Adventure, we can see that it is very popular with the children, running around and having a fun and leisure time either with the water or the playgrounds in the Forest Adventure. The adults accompanying their children, I am pretty sure they are also enjoying a bit of themselves too, remembering the days when they were young and carefree playing in the playgrounds.

2T2J3252

2T2J3262

For more information on the Far East Organization Children’s Garden, as well as other features and programmes of Gardens by the Bay, is available at www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.

Gardens By The Bay has now transformed into a very nice and beautiful park, there is something for everybody from the young to the old where everybody can have fun, relax, enjoy the outdoors and sunshine, flora, fauna, the children’s playground, watching sunrise or sunset at the Marina Bay area, and there is also bird/wildlife spotting opportunities as well!

Have fun at Gardens By The Bay and see you there!


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Gardens By The Bay – War of the Roses

The season of beautiful and glorious roses are now in bloom at Gardens By The Bay, engaging in a War of the Roses floral display inside the Flower Dome from 26th February 2014 to 6th April 2014, that showcases one of the world’s most popular bloom.

2T2J3192

Titled “War of the Roses”, it is not about the roses fighting with each other. The floral display draws inspiration from an event of the same name that took place in 15th century England. The historical “War of the Roses” was a series of civil wars between the House of Lancaster and the House of York that were vying for the throne of England. Its name drew reference to the emblems associated with the two Houses – the Red Rose of Lancaster and the White Rose of York. (Source: Gardens By The Bay)

2T2J3152

Gardens By The Bay is transformed into medieval times and visitors are brought back in time. There are two armour-plated knights on horses, amidst in a battle of roses in different shapes, sizes and colours. The “War of the Roses” floral display, which features some 60 varieties of England’s national flower, is part of the Europe leg of the “Gardens by the Bay Goes around the World” series for 2014.

2T2J3212

During my recent visit to the Flower Dome for the War of the Roses, the floral display was really beautiful! The floral display of the various roses was bright and colourful and they will definitely catch your attention to the beautiful roses! Remember to bring your camera along and take many photographs and memories of the War of the Roses floral display! Check out my photographs on the War of the Roses at Gardens By The Bay on Flickr! 

For more details on “War of the Roses”, “A Tale of Roses”, and other programmes at Gardens by the Bay, please drop by and visit http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/waroftheroses.


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Rainforest Orchestra at Gardens By The Bay

The SuperTree Grove at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore, distinctive, unique and tall vertical trees with large canopies. The awesome SuperTrees are key landmarks and designs of Gardens By The Bay that are popular with the locals and international visitors to Gardens By The Bay. The OCBC Skyway allows visitors to be high up in the sky walking along the 128-metre long walkway with a height of 22-metres that connects two Supertrees at the Supertree Grove, and take in a different view of the Gardens. The OCBC Garden Rhapsody is the other star attraction/performance that combines beautiful lighting displays on the SuperTree Grove with beautiful music to give the visitors a memorable and beautiful lighting performances!

2T2J4514

There is a new performance, titled ‘Rainforest Orchestra’, the new Garden Rhapsody brings you on a journey through the rainforest of the world. In this first segment, venture into the depths of the Amazon as the forest gradually awakens at night. With the beautiful music and lighting display on the SuperTree Grove, you have to come down and visit the SuperTree Grove, sit down, relax and enjoy the Rainforest Orchestra! It’s a great location to capture the SuperTree Grove and their surroundings, the beautiful lightings and OCBC Garden Rhapsody!

Do remember to check out their Gardens By The Bay website or their Facebook Page for updates on new events and happenings!


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Mid Autumn Festival at Gardens By The Bay!

Mid Autumn Festival 2013 is coming soon and Gardens By The Bay is beautifully and brightly lighted up with many displays of light and colours, bringing the Gardens to life with an enchanting and magical displays of lanterns and flowers! The new Mid-Autumn themed floral display in the Flower Dome features three striking dragonfly lanterns perched amidst a field of vibrant flora such as “lantern flowers” like Begonias and autumn-blooms like Chrysanthemums, Astilbes and Celosias, while Chinese lanterns add to the festive ambience and traditional paper cut-outs illustrate the myths and legends behind this festival.

2T2J2706

In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, there will be an extension of operating hours and a 15% discount on admission tickets to the conservatories from 13 to 22 September 2013. From 13 to 22 September, keep an eye out too for Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens 2013, with a colourful display of hand-crafted lanterns in the outdoor gardens and The Meadow, exciting stage performances, competitions, and activities where proceeds will go to the President’s Challenge 2013. Visitors will also get a chance to win Gardens by the Bay memorabilia gift packages worth $50 in our Snap & Win! Contest, when they upload photos of the Mid-Autumn celebrations at Gardens by the Bay on their Instagram account.

2T2J2726

On Friday 13th September night, I went down to visit Mid Autumn Festival at Gardens By The Bay, I had a fun time photographing the lanterns and light up from the Meadow to the other end of the Dragonfly Lake. The lanterns and light up were combinations of different themes, from Jurassic Park and World of Fairy Tales. I loved the Jurassic Park theme lanterns especially the Green T-Rex! There were also lanterns showcasing our multi-cultural society in Singapore at the Meadow area! Walk along the Dragonfly lake towards the Dragonfly Bridge, you can’t miss the floating Ancient Chinese Palace! Continue walking towards the Dome, you will be to spot the beautiful and elegant Sky Lanterns! There are a lot more different lanterns on display at Gardens By The Bay! Check out their website for more details and drop by my Flickr set and take a look at what are the different lanterns that you can find at Mid Autumn Festival at Gardens By The Bay!

2T2J2766

2T2J2733

Mid Autumn Festival celebrations starts from Friday 13th September to Sunday 22nd September, it will be a great and fun time to bring your family and children down to visit Gardens By The Bay and celebrate Mid Autumn Festival together, under the stars at Gardens By The Bay! Remember to bring your lanterns, take many photographs and participate in the Snap & Win! Contest.

Wishing all a Happy Mid Autumn Festival !! 


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

* Event information provided by Gardens By The Bay and MSL Group *


Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition

At Gardens By The Bay, the City in a Garden, located in the heart of the Marina Bay region, it has been gaining prominence and publicity, with many visitors, both local and international, coming down to visit Gardens By The Bay. The visitors were able o enjoy the greenery and sceneries, a park/garden to rest and relax away from the city life. Over a short period of 1 year since her official opening on 28th June 2012, Gardens By The Bay is developing into park/garden that attracts wildlife to the area. In my recent adventure to explore and photograph the birds that can be spotted at Gardens By The Bay, I was amazed of the diversity and number of bird species spotted at Gardens By The Bay! My bird photography adventure will still continue with the migration season coming soon and we can expect to spot more migration birds en-route to different continents and stopping over in Singapore at various locations.

2T2J0237

2T2J0250

Have you ever wondered what kind of wildlife can be spotted at Gardens By The Bay? There is a bio-diversity of many different birds, butterflies and dragonflies that can be spotted at Gardens By The Bay! The Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition that is currently ongoing at The Colonnade at Gardens By The Bay (where the SuperTrees Grove is located) and visitors can have a greater understanding and knowledge of the diversity of the various birds, butterflies and dragonflies that can be discovered at Gardens By The Bay that were captured by a group of nature photographers. You will be amazed by the bio-diversity present at Gardens By The Bay and if you loved bird photography or macro photography, bring your camera gear out and head towards Gardens By The Bay!

2T2J0258

2T2J0259

I submitted a few bird photographs taken at Gardens By The Bay and two of my photographs were selected for the Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition! This was indeed a great honour and achievement for my photography portfolio! My fourth time (at this point in time) that my photographs were selected for photography exhibitions and my second time (at this point in time) that I contributed to a photography exhibition at Gardens By The Bay (my first time was for Gardens By The Bay Official Opening titled “Where Wonder Blooms”). Here’s my photography collection on Gardens By The Bay and the birds at Gardens By The Bay!

2T2J0247

When you are visiting Gardens By The Bay, do drop by the Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition and spot my two photographs that were showcased!

Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition Information

Location: The Colonnade (Map Link)

Admission: Free

Dates: 1st August 2013 to 31st October 2013

Do check out Gardens By The Bay website for their Calendar of Events for more upcoming exciting activities and events!

Aberdeen Extreme Sailing Series 2013 – Singapore

Extreme sailing right in the heart of Singapore’s spectacular city Marina Bay area, close to the sides of the Bay whereby the spectators can get a close up feel of the high octane sporting action in the beautiful sunshine and winds. This is the Aberdeen Extreme Sailing Series 2013, Act 2; location is Singapore, with the action-taking place from 11th to 14th April 2013.

2T2J5596

What is Extreme Sailing all about?

“The Extreme Sailing Series™ is a unique concept, pitting some of the best professional sailing teams in the world against each other on identical Extreme 40 catamarans, on close to shore, challenging and tactical courses, to provide spectacular, stadium-style entertainment for the public. The Stadium Sailing format created and developed by the Series has been revolutionary for the sport. It has brought the boats and action to the public like never before, putting guests at the heart of the battle with the unique ‘Guest Sailor’ spot and dramatically increasing the pace on the water.”

** Information above provided by Full Circle Public Relations **

Indeed, right in heart of the Marina Bay area, the Marina Reservoir is definitely the perfect location for the Extreme Sailing Series and I was there to watch, enjoy, photograph and write about the Aberdeen Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore. Guests and spectators were treated to 3 days of extreme sailing sporting action around the Marina Bay, with some vantage views from Marina Bay Sands, Merlion Park and the best location would probably be the Marina Promontory whereby the Extreme Sailing boats would sail as close to the side as possible, where the events village and VIP hospitality are located. I took the opportunity to walk around the Marina Bay area, took photographs from One Fullerton, Esplanade Bridge, Marina Bay Sands and Marina Promontory for my Extreme Sailing Series collection. You can find them here on my Flickr collection!

2T2J5632

The hosts/commentators on the ground were awesome in sharing their knowledge of the Extreme Sailing Series, the rules, tactics employed by the various captains, sailing routes taken by the Extreme Sailing boats. This was especially helpful for the spectators who were there to watch the Extreme Sailing Series whom were not too sure on the rules and regulations of the Extreme Sailing Series. At various locations, I would try to capture different boats in action when they are turning into the wind and getting a good sail towards the finishing line. The tricky wind conditions around the Marina Bay posed a challenge to all the various boats captains to plan the right tactics and make the right call in each round of sailing. It’s a test of the captain’s nerve of steel, patience and a cool head to make the right call in Singapore’s tropical heat and humidity.

2T2J6061

With Singapore’s Marina Bay hosting the Extreme Sailing Series, this would definitely help and boost Singapore’s sailing in many ways and getting more people interested in sailing activities. This was also helped by fringe events happening in Marina Bay before the Extreme Sailing Series competition from 1500hrs to 1800hrs from Friday to Sunday. It was great to see kids involved and participating in sailing activities at Marina Bay. More sailing opportunities would be available at Marina Bay in the future with regular sailing opportunities/lessons in the Marina Bay (do check out the website Marina Bay Sailing for more details)

2T2J6096

Extreme Sailing Series coming to Singapore definitely puts us on the world map as a sporting hub with different sporting events coming over here.  Looking ahead, we hope to see more international sporting events making a stopover in Singapore and we hoped to welcome back Extreme Sailing Series again to Singapore in the heart of Marina Bay!

2T2J6358

2T2J6394

With Act 2 completed, Alinghi sailing to victory in Singapore, the Singapore leg of the Aberdeen Extreme Sailing Series is over and they are moving up next to Qingdao, China’s Olympic Sailing City from 2nd May to 5th May 2013. Do check out the final results here  –

Extreme Sailing Series 2013 Act 2, Singapore standings after Day 4, 23 races (14.04.13)

Position / Team / Points

1st Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Stuart Pollard, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei,Yves Detrey 198 points.

2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Matthew Adams, Pierre Le Clainche, Graeme Spence 163 points.

3rd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Kostner, Pete Cumming, Mikkel Røssberg, Nicolai Sehested 161 points.

4th Realteam (SUI) Jérome Clerc, Bruno Barbarin, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Cédric Schmidt, Bryan Mettraux 159 points.

5th The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Musab Al Hadi, Hashim Al Rashdi 153 points.

6th Team Korea (KOR) Peter Burling, Blair Tuke, Mark Bulkeley, Sungwok Kim, Sung Ahn Jung 144 points.

7th GAC Pindar (NZL) Will Tiller, Brad Farrand, Stewart Dodson, Harry Thurston,Matt Steven 143 points.

8th Team Aberdeen Singapore (SIN) Scott Glen Sydney, Robert Greenhalgh, Andrew Walsh, Justin Wong, Rick Peacock 127 points.

Extreme Sailing Series 2013 overall standings after Act 2, Singapore

Position / Team / Points

1st Alinghi (SUI) 18 points.

2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 18 points.

3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 16 points.

4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 12 points.

5th Team Korea (KOR) 11 points.

6th Team X Invitational 10 points.

7th Realteam (SUI) 10 points.

8th GAC Pindar (NZL) 9 points.

For complete results, please visit: http://www.extremesailingseries.com

** Details of competition results courtesy of Full Circle Public Relations **  

Do check out the daily highlight videos of the Aberdeen Extreme Sailing Series in Sin gapore, it’s a good recap of the sporting event!

Day 1 Highlights – Aberdeen in Extreme Sailing Series – Singapore 2013

Day 2 Highlights – Aberdeen in Extreme Sailing Series – Singapore 2013

Day 3 Highlights – Aberdeen in Extreme Sailing Series – Singapore 2013

Day 4 Highlights – Aberdeen in Extreme Sailing Series – Singapore 2013

I would like to thank Marina Bay Division for giving me the opportunity to photograph and cover Aberdeen Extreme Sailing Series and being able to share my photos and stories with all my readers.


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Gardens By The Bay in Singapore is Officially Opened !

On the Thursday of the 28th June 2012, this marks a special and memorable day in the history of Singapore. The Gardens By The Bay is officially opened by the Guest of Honour, Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong with over 700 guests inside the Flower Dome at the Gardens By The Bay. I was very honoured to be invited to the official opening and enjoyed the tour of the Cloud Forest that I wasn’t able to visit when I was visiting Gardens By The Bay earlier in the months before that for special preview and photography taking.

From my short visiting experiences earlier, once in 2011 when the 20th World Orchid Conference was held in Singapore and the Gardens By The Bay was opened to the public for a sneak short preview, I was there too enjoying the special preview of Gardens By The Bay. I was amazed by the design, layout and different types of flora and fauna that will be located there especially the SuperTrees whom I was really looking forward to its opening. Closer to the official opening date of The Gardens By The Bay, I was invited for another sneak preview to photograph and share with my readers and followers the upcoming opening of the beautiful and magnificent Gardens, visiting the SuperTrees over two days in the early morning and evening.

One of my photograph taken during our sneak preview was selected for Gardens By The Bay roving exhibition around Singapore at Far East Organization shopping malls. Currently, it is now on display at the Gardens By The Bay along with its official opening! Once again, I would like to say a Big Thank you to the organisations National Parks Singapore, Gardens By The Bay and Marina Bay Singapore for selecting my photograph! Along with the official opening of Gardens By The Bay to the public on the 29th June 2012, there are a series of events and activities, do check out the events listing page on their website for more details.

Inside the Cloud Forest Dome, there is a 35m tall mountain complete with the tallest indoor waterfall covered in beautiful lush green vegetation. My impression upon entering the Cloud Forest and looking high up at the mountain and waterfall is a WOW ! The Cloud Forest portrays plant life from about 2,000-metres above sea level at the top of the mountain to around 1,000-metres at the bottom of the ravine. Taking a lift up to the top and walking down towards the ravine, it was like my trekking adventure to Mount Kinabalu, the mist and coolness of the high altitude. Admission charges apply and the information can be found here on their website.

The Flower Dome is a cool-dry conservatory that replicates cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions like South Africa, California and parts of Spain and Italy. There is a great collection of plants from deserts all over the world, showcasing how these plants adapt around different environments. This is a place for everybody to slow down and relax, enjoy the cooling atmosphere, admire the beautiful flowers and smell the beautiful fragrance from the different flowers. Admission charges apply and the information can be found here on their website.

The SuperTree Grove, 16 storeys in height, with 12 of the SuperTrees located at the SuperTree Grove, these SuperTrees give Gardens By The Bay an iconic tall landmark of tall and mature trees, complementing the high rise buildings of Marina Bay region. You can take a stroll up above the SuperTrees, 128m long walkway that connects the two 25-metre Supertrees at the Supertree Grove. The views along the walkway will give you a bird’s eye view of Gardens By The Bay and surrounding areas of Marina Barrage, Marina Bay and Central Business District. You will definitely love it up there and I will be returning soon to cover more of the SuperTree Grove! Admission charges apply and the information can be found here on their website. Do check out the photos collection here on the SuperTree Groves !

Let’s all welcome the opening of Gardens By The Bay !! You have to visit this beautiful place and check it out!! Here’s some photographs taken during the official opening of Gardens By The Bay on 29th June 2012 ! I have created a folder collection of Gardens By The Bay during my earlier adventures and future explorations here on Flickr !


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Upcoming Events at Marina Bay

The Marina Bay in Singapore, had underwent a metamorphosis since her independence days, transforming from big piece of land, to a beautiful bay/reservoir area, encompassing the financial hub (Central Business District and Marina Bay Financial District), recreational, hospitality, fun and leisure hubs of Singapore, for everybody here in Singapore.

It’s a great place to explore, exchange and entertain, highlighted in their vision page of Marina Bay website. From the many different events that graced Marina Bay, internationally recognised events that put us on the world map to our local events, there is something for everybody here. For the upcoming months, there are some awesome and interesting events that might be of great interest to you, the events calendar list can be found here! Wonder what kind of activities/events can be spotted in the heart of Marina Bay ? Or where can you go and take beautiful photographs of Marina Bay? Take a look at my photos collection of Marina Bay on Flickr!

Some interesting upcoming events that might interest you are

SailFun at the Bay from 8th July to 10th July 2011

Singapore Food Festival from 15th to 24th July 2011

Baybeats 2011

2011 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore GP

An exciting list of upcoming events are waiting for you! Do drop by and check them out!