Singapore: Outtakes

Following my trip to Singapore and the posts I put up last week, I was going through some additional photos and came across some that I loved and felt deserved to be shared. I will do this again with more images from the Botanical Gardens as well, but in the meantime here are some photos from the city, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and anywhere else I wandered in Singapore. I hope you enjoy them and come back soon to check out more photos from the Botanical Gardens.

Little India

Little India

Near Chinatown

Near Chinatown

Food Street in Chinatown

Food Street in Chinatown

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Panoramic view from the Singapore Flyer (click for full image)

Panoramic view from the Singapore Flyer (click for full image)

Panoramic view from the Helix Bridge, not perfect but one of my favourite shots (click for full image)

Panoramic view from the Helix Bridge, not perfect but one of my favourite shots (click for full image)

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Singapore: Orchard Road

A trip to Singapore would not be complete without visiting Orchard Road. This road is like the high-end shopping zone of the city, but because it’s almost Christmas it was covered in lights and decorations.

Among the unexpected sightings was this owl…

Why?

Why?

Now enjoy some of the photos that made a little more sense.

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These were my favourite

These were my favourite

 

Singapore: Botanical Gardens

While in Singapore a few weeks ago, I took some time to wander through the Botanical Gardens which are massive. It would probably take days to do justice to the entire area; so bound by time I went to the Orchid Garden – the national flower of Singapore. Luckily there was a promotion happening so admission was free!

Here are some select photos of the Orchid Garden and of the Orchids, including some close-ups because the patterns were just so stunning. I hope to go back one day and see more and I hope you find the photos as beautiful as I found the gardens.

Canopied walkway

Canopied walkway

Waterfall! I can never get enough of these.

Waterfall! I can never get enough of these.

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Just for good measure - they seemed so happy.

Just for good measure – they seemed so happy.

Singapore: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

One of the highlights of Singapore for me was the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve where I was able to spend time outside in a rainforest free from traffic, pollution, smog, people, and all the fun things I experience on a daily basis in Ha Noi. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve was established in 1883 and is a primary forest, an ASEAN Heritage Park, and the forests in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve are original to Singapore and have remained untouched throughout the nation’s history and development (during British colonization and intense logging).

It is also home to Singapore’s highest natural point, Bukit Timah Hill, at 163.63 metres; which of course had to be climbed. As the summit wasn’t too high, we chose to add a few kilometres to the route; adding on the Jungle Path (slightly harder than the Summit Path) and part of the Seraya Loop (to be able to see the Singapore Quarry.

There were absolutely beautiful trees, plants, and remarkably massive ants throughout the entire hike. It was really peaceful and the Jungle Path was rewarding because there were freshwater springs and pools of calm water. Getting to the Seraya Hut was also beautiful as you could see over the Singapore Quarry and there were much less people so it was very calm.

In other news, it has made me want to climb Fansipan (Fan Xi Pan) here in Vietnam even more. Which will be sometime in late February so if you have any pointers please send them my way.

Here are some photos! Including one of a tree for my sister.

The route (badly drawn by me in teal).

The route (badly drawn by me in teal).

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See those stairs? They are around 1/4-1/3 of my height.

See those stairs? They are around 1/4-1/3 of my height.

Still alive!

Still alive!

Made it!

Made it!

 

Singapore: the city

Arriving in Singapore entailed a bit of culture shock – everything was so clean, efficient and organized.

The first thing I did was drink from a water fountain (which will probably be the first thing I do in Canada too – or a tap, whatever’s available) and then walked through the airport and customs in minutes. It was just that organized.

The city streets were calm, empty, traffic lights functioned, there was visible greenery, there were no motorbikes, and it was not chaotic in the least. Best of all, I think I only heard two horns the entire weekend.

We spent the first night up on the Singapore Flyer seeing a beautiful skyline of the city, then walked through the Helix Bridge to the Marina Bay Promenade along the Singapore River near some stunning gardens.

The next day was spent exploring the rest of the city, using the MRT system which was the cleanest, safest, most efficient transit system I have ever seen. I seriously would have eaten off the floor in there (had food and drink been allowed). . .

Some highlights included Little India, Arab Street, and Chinatown but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

View from the Singapore Flyer.

View from the Singapore Flyer

Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Sands.

Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Sands

View from the Helix Bridge.

View from the Helix Bridge

The Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Promenade.

The Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Promenade

 

Little India

Little India

Little India

Little India

Little India

Little India

Little India

Little India

Arab Street

Arab Street

Arab Street

Arab Street

Arab Street

Arab Street

China Town

Chinatown

China Town

Chinatown

China Town

Chinatown

China Town

Chinatown