unexpected gardens

Hello, my dears! I have a friend from California visiting me in Singapore right now, and yesterday, we spent the day looking at various gardens. I took her to The Botanic Gardens, which really is a lovely place, but its always so dang hot that I never go.

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We started out at Swan Lake, a beautiful little pond that provides shade on such hot days. To be totally honest, the shade is why we checked the pond out.

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Excuse the fingerprint in the photo of the turtle, I saw it and just whipped out my phone to snap a photo, not realizing that my hand was in the shot. This is a red eared slider, and these turtles are super friendly and love basking in the sun. It was great to see this little guy so close to us.

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This waterfall was absolutely fantastic, as it was open near the back, so we could duck into its shade and splash ourselves with the (relatively) cool water, providing a little relief from the crazy intense heat.

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After taking the MRT home, we rested up a bit (unintentionally, as I crashed as soon as I hit my bed), and then went to Gardens by the Bay. It was about 6 pm then, so the heat was far less intense, making our trip really quite enjoyable.

We MRT’d to Bayfront, and entered these avatar-looking gardens. We decided to hit the domes first.

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The first dome we went into was the Flower Garden, which is seriously, as Gabby says, #greenhousegoals. These gardens are beautiful, and are a fantastic way to escape the heat. The flowers are all in excellent condition, and there are so many different plants there. Even if you don’t know anything about plants (like me), you’ll enjoy walking through all the green.

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After the flower garden, we ventured to the Cloud Forest. This is a super fun dome to visit, and I’d have to say the highlight of this dome is the treetop walk. It’s super cool, unless you’re afraid of heights, that is. Another highlight is definitely the view out the dome, especially at dusk/twilight when you can see MBS’s lights twinkling.

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