Singapore, a memoir

Singapore is a city close to home. Living in Jakarta, I would make frequent trips to Singapore. We would go there to enjoy the food, shop and definitely get all the Indian snacks possible from Little India. Everything kept aside, I didn’t really like Singapore till I spent one summer exploring the country. So I dedicate this blog to the first time I fell in love with this city.

I have a friend who study’s in SIM and one summer I decided to take that trip. I asked her to take some time out for me and be my tourist guide.

The first place wee went to is Gardens By the Bay. Opened to the public in 2011, Gardens by The Bay is the country’s iconic garden city. The large land holds multiple conservatories and places to see ranging from the flower dome, supertree grove, cloud forest, and the dragonfly lake. A fun fact, this place contains more than 500,000 species of plants. Isn’t that just amazing to find the most beautiful part of nature under one big roof.

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The 2015 Guinness World Records listed the Flower Dome as the largest glass greenhouse in the world. This place was beautiful inside out! Taking pictures among the different species of beautiful flowers definitely made me feel like a flower princess or something!

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Outside the conservatories, there are these are tree-like vertical gardens designed with large canopies. They are called the Supertree Grove. The heights ranges from 25 to 50 meters, with the largest one being 16 story high. You are allowed to take an elevator up to these structures and see the gardens from different points of view.

The next day we took a trip to Clark Quay. This place is bliss, especially after eating and shopping all day, you would want to come here and enjoy the sun set. I sat next to the river and as I listened to a group of students sing and dance, I got my favorite road-side ice cream sandwich. Singapore is best known for its ice cream sandwiches that are sold by vendors at every corners of the street. And my favorite is pandan bread with mint chocolate chip ice cream. It definitely is the best one!

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And how could I forget the iconic symbol of Singapore, the Merlion. This is a major tourist attraction and you will see hundreds of tourist taking a picture just like the one I did.

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This city, like others has its own charm. No doubt that sometimes people can be mean and the traffic is so bad, but none of these matter at the end of the day. For some people this is home. And for someone like me, this place tops my best cities I have every visited.

xoxo

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