Singapore Botanic Gardens

Show yourself love, but not engraving love on me

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“Keep our trees healthy by not engraving on them!” There is a signboard written by National Park in Orchid Garden, Sinagpore Botanic Gardens. By keeping them growing healthily, a gentle reminder for public not to engrave anything on the tree.

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This is Leptospermum Brachyandrum, commonly known as tea tree, weeping tea tree or silver princess etc. Graceful weeping habitual and distinctive aromatic scent are the delightful appearance of this lovely soft foliage.

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This is one of the trees, couple likes to engrave with their heart on the tree body. So let’s start today, show love by care and not by engraving!

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Arches of the Golden Shower

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These arches were cheerfully designed and display with massive Golden Shower Orchids.  Oncidium Goldiana is the first hybrid produced by Singapore Botanic Gardens’ orchid programme in 1939.

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It has two common names, Golden Shower and Dancing Lady.

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The name, Golden Shower arises from the numerous blooming in striking yellow, looking like golden showers in a mass presentation.

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The name, Dancing Lady arises from individual flower that looks like dancing lady dancing in her ballroom dress.

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 Anyone there would like to dance with her under the delightful arches, or just walk through and get showered by this vibrant flora?

A big bird cage in Orchid Garden

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There is a bird cage-like green house in Orchid Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens. It almost fully covers with lash green, and Orchids are the main actors in the cage. It is not very big in size but interesting in the concept.

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Before you step in and become part of the birdie in the cage, there are many different kinds of Orchid welcome you at the doorway.

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There is one fern tree right in the center of the core; act as a umbrella with a spreading arms, shading us from the sunny heat wave.

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He is wearing a sock; with a branded name Orchid Renanthera, also call the Singaporeans.

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And of course many other more, that belongs to the family of the Orchid Empire.

Evans Lodge

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evans lodge 01Evans Lodge is a student hostel that situated at 26 Evans Road.  It is eye-catching as the exterior bear English bond brickwork makes the environment even more charming than ever.

evans lodge 02The protruding portion of the building stands up to speak up for the architectural perfection.

evans lodge 04With the enhancements of the vertical fins, it carries the upward language throughout the whole building without any doubts.

evans lodge 03The proportion of brick wall, color of texture is just too perfect matching the eyes of human level.

evans lodge 06Plantation of pine trees softens the hardiness of the concrete heart brings us a day of joy visiting this residential estate without the clutters of concrete forest.

evans lodge 05Don’t miss out this Indian Prata House next to it.  Nice Indian cuisine and it’s open 24/7.  The reason why they don’t close for business is because the doors are always open for you and the waiters are always happily waiting to serve you with their nice food!

Dempsey Hill

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The present Dempsey Hill was formerly known as Central Manpower Base of Singapore (CMPB) packed with British army barracks.  After eras of long services, it has turned into a new life lined with bistro and lifestyle designer shop spaces.

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The parade square was once used as a place to pick up and ferry new recruits on their first day of national service.  In my memory, I was ferried by a three-tonner military truck from this place before I started my new journey in the army.  Now, some of the barracks are instead occupy by BBQ restaurant with no traces of military soldiers.

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Some has changed over and became art museums where cultures and sculptures do their guarding jobs.

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Some revamped as supermarkets.  No more cookhouse food other than frozen pork and beef steaks!

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This place for hang-out is always a good choice for fine dining and chilling out on Fridays.  Wine and beer will never get away from the cozy lounge with beautiful architecture details.

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Lush greenery is the big selling point of Demsey Hill.  With this resort-like entertainment ground, it’s hard to recall the boorish shouting over to a recruit from an army officer, and the chisel of how army life is going to be.

The feeling between anxiety and relaxation, which one do you choose to boot-out?

Green Roof

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When we enter the lobby of this green pavilion at Botany Centre (Singapore Botanic Gardens), you see a stretch of timber walkway covered by ripple of greens on the top of the roof.  This special feature not only rejuvenate the gardens but also provides the objective of the green pitch roof.

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You don’t find any special elements underside of the pitch roof.  But, by enjoying the reflection of the pond on the ceiling might be a bonus to understand how nature interacts among them.

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Either gets a faraway distant angle from the Green Pavilion, or another option is to reach the 2nd floor of the pavilion to get a closer look of the green roof.

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With the help of lushly covered plants decrease the temperature of the room beneath, obviously also decrease the energy generated.  It is no doubt, green roof are widely adopted eco concept and globally well received in the world.  Then again, did we take this eco steps for granted?  When you enter this blissful green land, the cooling and refreshing ambience don’t come along without the effort of green hands behind.  Without them, we won’t have a chance to enjoy a green and blue combination of this horizon of landscapes.  Should we thankful for that?

A tour to Swan Lake

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What are they staring at? Is it something interesting or something so eyes catching to them?

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Yes! The swan lake. You are looking at the lake as old as the Gardens. It was built in 1866, since than the charming beautiful memories start. There is an island in the lake planted with Nibung palms, these has to be the most remarkable and timeless iconic in Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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The Banyan tree is old enough to be our great grand father, and also wise enough to play the old garden song.

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Though feeding is not allowed, as long as fishes and the feeder is happy, like-wise the cameraman.

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This wooden swan sculpture has been there for many decades but surprisingly; they just couldn’t get out of this place!

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There are 2 white mute swans from Amsterdam, always there be an ambassador, gliding like a sub-marine, shinning like a chandelier.

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Feed me! Feed me! How could you bear not to feed me?

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I’m so lovely and charming bright!