Sunday, November 1, 2009

Singapore Weekend part 2..... Botanical and Orchid Garden, Night Safari



After breakfast... I went down to the concierge and asked how to go around the city without the help of a guided tour. I wanted to go to the Botanical and Orchid garden of Singapore.











The Botanical garden is a large park close to Orchard Road. It took me 15 minutes by taxi to get here. This is a place to relax and admire all the tropical plants. You can wander around the garden at your  own pace. A variety of styles of gardens are present, formal and more naturalistic - theme. They have bonsai displays, the ginger gardens, the succulent gardens, the eco-garden and a section of rainforest.

Inside the Garden.... the Swan Lake..





As you follow you botanical garden map... I was awed with all the other  bronze sculptures found on the garden grounds.







The highlight of this botanical garden is the orchidarium or their orchid garden..  They even have a section of orchids that are named after celebrities or politicians that pass thru Singapore. They have 700 types of orchids from around the world.



here are some photos inside the orchid garden..









The gardens make a pleasant walk. I saw many people wander around the garden with children of all ages. The entrance to the botanical garden is free and to get inside the orchid garden you have to pay $5.

Had an early dinner with a very good friend, Edith, at Marina Mandarin.....Their famous mouth- watering Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice.





After dinner I took a tour to the Night Safari....



Although I was not able to take any photos of the Night Safari... the lights in the park was so dim and we can not use FLASH... but the 40 minutes ride was an experience. There was a walking tour after the ride... I opted to go and watch the Tribal Fire Brigade from Borneo.... I enjoyed the 30 minute show.









After the show I still had another 20 minutes to spare before going back to the bus... so I went to experience the FISH DOCTOR.... The fish are imported from Turkey..... a session of 15 minutes with the little fishes nibbling at your dead skin on your feet costs $18. You will be surprised that these little doctor fishes from Turkey can help promote blood circulation, ease psoriasis , minor eczema, lightening scars and also acts as a stress reliever.



I reached the hotel nearly midnight.... tired but happy..... WHAT a day I HAD!!!

So how did you spend your  weekend???

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