Part 2 of day twenty begins after lunch – we headed across to the Gardens by the Bay. This is similar to the Eden Project in Cornwall, but bigger, with two large greenhouse domes that are nice and cool. We spent a while in these simply because it was much more pleasant than the heat and humidity outside! First was the Flower Dome:

Flower Dome

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Flower Dome

The Flower Dome is divided into different areas representing different parts of the world, and contain plants native to each location. There’s also some sculptures including a weird “missing body” family, and a wooden dragon…

Sculpture in the Flower Dome

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Sculpture in the Flower Dome

Wooden dragon

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Wooden dragon

I also found a stone bench to have a stare-off with.

I'm looking at a thing

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I’m looking at a thing

Some of the flowers we saw…

Tree Grape. Looks like a giant ginger root

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Tree Grape. Looks like a giant ginger root

This is a pink flower.

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This is a pink flower.

Another flower.

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Another flower.

Flowers of some description

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Flowers of some description

Next up, we headed across to the other dome, Cloud Forest. This one has a large man-made mountain and waterfall inside:

Waterfall in the Cloud Forest

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Waterfall in the Cloud Forest

You begin by getting an elevator up to the top of the mountain. I was happy to find a small garden of “eating”plants built out of Lego, although I was less keen on the spider…

Cactus garden in the Cloud Forest made from Lego

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Garden in the Cloud Forest made from Lego

Cactus garden in the Cloud Forest made from Lego

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Garden in the Cloud Forest made from Lego

Everyone was doing selfies by the little pond (well actually, everyone was doing selfies *everywhere* here, and selfie-sticks are definitely a thing) so we took photos ourselves…

Me at the cloud forest

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Me at the cloud forest

Georgie at the top of the cloud forest.

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Georgie at the top of the cloud forest.

We then started the walk back down. You go around various walkways where you can see down to the bottom

Looking down to the walkways of the cloud forest

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Looking down to the walkways of the cloud forest

And part-way along you get to a lookout point alongside the waterfall, and there’s also a crystal garden

Crystals in the cloud forest

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Crystals in the cloud forest

Lookout point high up on the waterfall

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Lookout point high up on the waterfall

As we got towards the bottom, they turned on all the misters (they do this a few times a day) which added to the Jurassic Park feel of the place, although there were no dinosaurs, just a snail.

Misting session in the cloud forest.

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Misting session in the cloud forest.

Snail sculpture in the cloud forest

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Snail sculpture in the cloud forest

We left the Cloud Forest and headed along the waterfront to find food, ending up at “Satay by the Bay”. This was cheap and tasty, although the tables and chairs were only about a foot high meaning I had to adopt a rather awkward sitting pose. I know the people here are a bit smaller than westerners, but this was a bit extreme.

Cooking at Satay by the Bay

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Cooking at Satay by the Bay

It was now getting dark, so we walked over to the Supertree Grove for the light show. Various soundtracks (and music from the Lion King) did a colourful display vaguely in time to the music. It lastest 10 minutes or so and was quite fun. A few pictures…

Supertree light show

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Supertree light show

Supertree light show

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Supertree light show

Supertree light show

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Supertree light show

Supertree light show

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Supertree light show

Finally we walked back to our hotel round the edge of the bay, but on the way out of the gardens, I caught sight of this odd baby:

Creepy giant baby scuplture

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Creepy giant baby scuplture

Anyway, for the walk back, the first stop was the Helix Bridge. While walking across here, a convoy of guys came past on bikes that were completely covered in lights like the worlds’ worst Christmas tree playing cheesy 90s music. No idea what that was about, but there’s worse hobbies to have.

Walking across the Helix Bridge

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Walking across the Helix Bridge

After the bridge, there was a nice view back towards the Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience building

ArtScience building, Helix Bridge, and Marina Bay Sands

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ArtScience building, Helix Bridge, and Marina Bay Sands

Walking along a section of the Formula 1 track, there was a good view across the water to the towers of the business district, too.

View of the Business District across the Marina

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View of the Business District across the Marina

We made a stop at a kiosk for some coconut ice cream, and to watch a little of the tradition dance show that was taking place

Traditional music and dance on the marina.

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Traditional music and dance on the marina.

Next, we walked across the Jubilee Bridge. Part-way across, the Marina Bay Sands hotel lit up with some lights- there then followed another surprise light show which we stood and watched. Close to the hotel on the other side of the water, there seemed to large spray fountains, so it might have been one of those “projection onto water” displays- we could make out the music from other side of the bay. The highlight was the green lasers swooping around though!

Light show at Marina Bay Sands, with light trails from the boats

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Light show at Marina Bay Sands, with light trails from the boats

Light show at Marina Bay Sands, with all the lasers

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Light show at Marina Bay Sands, with all the lasers

At the end of the bridge is the Merlion – well one of them, there’s a larger one on Sentosa island, although this one does shoot water out of its mouth…

Merlion sculpture

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Merlion sculpture

We then walked along the river and back over North Bridge up to the hotel. Feet were tired by this point, so I wrote part i, and then went to sleep.

North Bridge with rainbow illumination

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North Bridge with rainbow illumination


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