Singapore Gardens

Singapore Gardens

Singapore is the wealthiest Asian country currently. The success of the country shows in the new and mode infrastructures that are being constructed and these that have already been built. These infrastructures including parks, metro lines and skyscrapers are all infused with the latest in technology, some of which are not introduced to the rest of the world as yet. A perfect spot to experience just how mush Singapore has advanced is the SkyPark (photo) on the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This building consists of three fifty six floor towers that are connected at their tops by a three hundred and forty meters long platform. You get a great view from the infinity pool on just how much the country has grown. Almost half of what you will see are new constructs that were erected within the last five year. There are still signs of growth as there are still construction cranes at location where construction is already taking place or should take place in the coming years.

The Marina Bay also known as the Marina Reservoir was transformed into a fresh reservoir by using Marine Barrages and this project was completed in the year two thousand and eight. This body of water used to be the saline estuary of the Singapore River and was also the main focus point of the city. The dam is now a popular place for visitors to have picnics or just a nice stroll around the area. Visitors won't have the need to worry as the barrage was designed to prevent the flooding of the low-lying areas.

The area is design to allow collecting rain water a route to the ocean. The crest gates will open to allow the rain water to run out to sea. This was a needed device as it is very common in the country of Singapore to have very heavy rain fall. The crest gates really regulate the flow of water. During high tide the dam is kept close to keep out the rising sea tides and during heavy rains at low tide the dam opens its gates to allow the excess water to run off. Giant pumps are installed to extract the excess water out the reservoir if necessary. The construction of the reservoir is a construction that might soon be adapted by other countries that flood from the rising sea levels and the ones that suffer from water shortages due to the change in world climate. If the entire tech displayed at this reservoir is not adapted you can be sure that a large amount of it is.

The reservoir serves not only as a cistern for water but it serves to reflect the Central Business District's skyscrapers. Approximately one square kilometers of land located to the west of the bay is being transformed into a project called the Gardens by the Bay. This project will include a set of gardens with a variety of different themes. These themes may include for instance, the Heritage Gardens. This theme incorporates the many plants used by the three main ethnic groups of Singapore. They include Chinese, Indian and Malaysian as well as those used by the British colonies. It was these colonialists who transferred the area into the major trading city it now is.

The gardens have twenty five to fifty meters high man-made trees that tower above the garden. They are palm tree shaped metallic structures that serve the same purposes of an actual tree. The structures are covered by vines and plants making them a virtual vertical garden. These are another iconic structure of the gardens. The center piece of the gardens is the largest greenhouse construct in the world. The greenhouse is constructed to be able to provide a climate that is suitable for tropical plans as well as providing the climate those thousand year old olives trees can survive in.

Reasons to Visit Singapore

Reasons to Visit Singapore

It is quite hard to believe that the National Gallery of Singapore is just relatively new. It started to operate and welcomes the public in November of 2015. It has been the best place to go for those who would like to pay a visit at some of the Arts and history of Southeast Asia and Singaporeans. It took them 10 years and more than $300 Million to make this gallery (in photo) possible. The place now occupies the establishments that have been a haven to the city state Supreme court as well as the City hall. In this place, there is also a cultural center that highlights some of the best regional art and has kept the past of Singapore. There are 7 points why you need to visit this place when you come to Singapore.

This gallery offers a unique benefit in terms of checking the history and culture of Singapore and understanding what and who they are now. The previous court as well as the government structures location is a witness to what Singapore went through before they have reached where they are now. Lord Louis Mountbatten made an announcement in 1945 about the Japanese forces and their retreat. The 2 structures of the establishments were made by a British national in 1920. The old and very classic City Hall, which they call the municipal bldg. in the past has been opened in 1920s and then they open up the Supreme Court just a few years after that. The visitors nowadays will not be able to see the time has captured within the stone foundation of the establishment.

Well, you can make a research about the old Supreme Court using your mobile. It is now made available for Android and Apple users online. That is one of the best and a good alternative as well for people to learn about the history of Singapore without even leaving their homes. The Rotunda library is actually the law library of the past before the Supreme Court Building has established. This occurred after the remodeling and restructuring of the building. There are high columns and even domed roof. There are also bookshelves that were restored to the original look. It has become a part of the Resource Center. It is a trove of archival material that is accessible for public viewing.

Where you able to see the biggest paint in the world? Well, there is one biggest paint in Singapore, it is the artwork of Boschbrand. It was made by an Indonesian painter and it was placed on the wall for some reasons. It is big enough with 396 by 300 cm. It is by far the biggest painting in the said gallery. It has been completed in 1849 and this iconic piece shows some scenes of tigers and beasts trying to fly to escape a jungle inferno. It is located in the gallery of the South East Asia. Being an art fanatic, art collector and enthusiasts, you must come to Singapore to check on the National Gallery.

You will find more than eight thousand modern and conventional Singaporean pieces and Asian works from the nineteenth century to the twentieth centuries. The different collection spans years, movements of the artists and even methods to come up with those pieces. There are also facts that were documented like the Nguyen Van Nhan's Grande Tenue de La cour d' annam which is an album of watercolor paintings with beautiful ceremonial dresses. There are some other highlights that you can find such as the National Language class that has been painted in 1959. It was made by Singaporean artists named Chua Mia Tee.

Family outing spots for the adventurous

Family outing spots for the adventurous

There are many outing spots up for exploration for those who do not have any clues. They are all safe and fun for your young nieces or nephews.

First up on the list if Kampung Lorong Buangkok. It is a complete opposite to the usual concrete jungle scenery we face every day. It is especially educational for kids to experience pre-modernized landscape and feel the kampong air. It is situated between busy roads and skyscraper developments. It has all kampong features intact, ranging from wooden houses, vegetable patches, tin roofs and fruit trees. You can feel yourself stepping into another brand new atmosphere close to Mother Nature. Houses come with open public porches and welcoming courtyards, similar to the olden community spirits. Crime is virtually non-existent due to the strong unity among villagers, unlike modern Singapore which houses are gated and CCTV installation at every corner of the house. Spare some time for a short visit with your family. It is free for all to wander about, but be wary of residents' privacy.

Another family outing spot could be organized at the wet markets. Children are curious about everything from simple questions such as origins of their breakfasts and source for fish and seafood. Bringing your kids to wet markets can give teach them lessons about grocery-shopping. The fruits and vegetables vendor contains the most variety of colorful plants. Fresh raw vegetable scent accompanied the kids every corner of the market. You can pay the prawn stalls a visit. Kids can have a fun time playing with worms and terrapins. Kids can relate to their friends about their exciting adventure to the market and the lessons behinds fresh poultry. Breakfast outlets can be found in the market as well which sells familiar local cuisine as what the kids had long known, namely the ever delicious Nasi Lemak or Roti Prata. It may not be a common family outing for visiting wet markets but the educational lessons are vital for the children's growth.

Next up on the family outing list is Pasir Ris Boardwalk along the mangrove. It is a hidden trekking gem suitable for trekkers of all age categories, including young kids. It has a dedicated stroller lane as well. Fun awaits the visitors who enjoy crab spotting. Humps could be spotted along the walk, created by lobsters on the muddy surface. Mudskippers are well camouflaged and needed more eye-power for effective detection. Once you get the hang of their hiding spots it is easy spot. Boardwalk ends with a jetty that oversees Sungai Tampines. Plenty of uncommon creature sightings can be found such as kingfishers, monitor lizard, archer fishes and water snake. Kid would love the hangout spot. It is the number one hang out spot for many families in Singapore.

Staying put at home over the weekend may be a good idea to recuperate after a busy workweek. Some households prefer maintaining an active lifestyle, especially families with boy kids who have endless energy for all adventures. Nature lovers can consider going for regular hikes at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. 1 or 2 hours of hike will see hikers reaching TreeTop Walk. Nature lovers can enjoy the fresh and cool forest air and rest under the shady thick canopy. Singapore's nature parks are some of the best parks in world with 1st class maintenance and landscaping. National Parks had performed a great task constructing the boardwalks at MacRitchie Reservoir, allowing hikers to get close to emerald green water coming to life.

Parents always worry that outing spots they have chosen may not be safe for their young kids. A place that is kid friendly need not be extremely safe, but rather places that parents can let go and allow children to get dirty while playing with mud and having joyous moments. Activities should be fun and engaging. They will learn to pick up after a hard fall. The main takeaway is to have an enjoyable moment and cherish the weekend outings together.

The Center For Archipelagos

The Center For Archipelagos

The Smart Singapore is flourishing with the native greenery, offshore islands and with the towering skyscrapers. Hay! Plan your trip to Singapore to jaunt in the offshore, instead in the Crowdy malls. There are nearly seven offshore islands in Singapore to visit.

Pulau Ubin

This Island is also known as Ubin Island. This island is small in area and situated in the Northeast of Singapore. The Island is endowed with flora and fauna. This island is identified as an important bird area where many migrating birds and resident birds build their nests. A visit to this island is a great pleasure one can have by walking under the wobble under the coconut palms, the roads are filled with the mangrove swamps and the wooden houses with iron roofs. By visiting this island one can recollect the missed biking trails and can enjoy the surprising, pleasant ecosystem. One can reach to this island by bumboats from Changi Point. One can walk in and around the island or can rent a bicycle or a bike.

Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park is a landmark which was witnessed with many historical achievements. At inception, this is the Headquarters of the British Army dormitory, and this is the first botanical garden in Singapore. Today the park is well developed to host the concerts, festivals and also theatre productions. This park is a regular venue for marriages, get together parties, etc. The expansive lawns are the reflections of the ancient art and rich heritage, which is a big tranquility for the whole family. There are free tours to this park every month. It's hardly 10 minutes walk from Dhoby Ghaut.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Bukit Timah is a 400 acre nature reserve, which is located on the highest hill area of Bukit Timah Hill. This reserve occupies an area of 12 km. Despite it is small, it can house nearly 840 species of flora and 500 species of fauna. Today this reserve area occupies primarily for rainforest. Some of the activities conducted in this reserve are hiking, strolling, mountain biking. Bukit Timah mountain restricted its bike trails within the Reserve. This reserve is now a training center for the athletes who are undergoing training for the mountain climbing. The reserve after an effective research opened the bridge to the public for guided walks. The reserve is towards the north of the Hindhede Dr. Bus accessibility is more to this reserve.

Pasir Ris Park

The 71 hectares, beach park of the eastern Singapore, covered with the mangrove forests enable the visitors to revisit the place. The awesome three storey bird watching tower in the dense mangrove forest is an attraction for the nature lovers. It is connected with the six- hectare road where the pedestrians and cyclists can have their enjoyment. Kids are more enthusiastic to visit this park, for its pony rides and it is best entertainer in the evening for the breezy bars and icy cold desks.

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

The great place for the families to visit is the Bishan Ang Mo Kio Park, the largest urban park in the Singapore. The deconcretised beautiful meandering river with full of wild flowers and with its lush banks is a recreational place for the visitors. The wide open lawns and grassy river banks on both sides of the lush river developed as a picnic spot for the local people and nature lovers. The well maintained track side of the river accompanied the people who are regular to their fitness programs. The walking tracks are attracted by the café bars and serves beverages and brunches to the visitors.

Kusu Island

The little hilly island with the best swimming spot is Kusu Island, with 5 to 6 km of area in the south of Singapore. This island has a significance that there are more visitors to this island in the months of September or October for the pilgrimage. This Island has no regular visitors, so no regular refreshment centers on this island.

So the Small Smart Singapore is surrounded by many tiny and worth seeing islands. Why don't you plan for a trip.