Unfortunately Singapore was no cooler than Japan and but it was really fun!
I'd always wanted to see Merlion.
Because last time we went there, it was in the middle of being renovated.
But finally I saw you, Merlion!
It was so hot in the afternoon and the sunlight on the water was dazzling. (Don't forget to bring your sunglasses!)
Have you ever heard of Pranakan?
The Pranakan are Chinese immigrants who moved to the south and married local people. (Please click here for further info).
I heard that the Pranakan Museum had beautiful bead work so we visited and enjoyed Pranakan art.
Traditionally, Paranakan girls were expected to learn beading before marrying. It was food for thought. Nowadays many people don't do crafts that take a long time.
The pieces in the exhibition were gorgeous and fine examples of embroidery and beading techniques. You can tell they devoted a lot of time to making them.
Gardens by the Bay was celebrating its one year anniversary!
It is a large garden across Marina Bay Sands hotel and has a lot of attractions! (Click here to visit its website)
These trees are called "Supertree Grove". The twelve unique trees which are sixteen stories high are placed throughout the garden.
Two of them are connected by a long walkway high in the air.
We had to go up!
Actually it was scarier than I expected but I really enhoyed it.
Masako is afraid of heights but tried to go up anyway.
She made it up five steps but had to go back down.
The walkway is 22 meters high and 128 meters long.
What a nice view! It was so refreshing and fun!
The two white buildings on the left are new museums.
As we didn't have time to visit both, we went to "Cloud Forest".
It was heavenly. Walking around the gardens had sapped our energy so Cloud Forest was a true oasis with its cool mist and mysterious atmosphere. It was like a hidden world.
As soon as you enter you are greeted by a 35 meter tall mountain and the world's tallest indoor waterfall.
You go to the top of the mountain on elevators and then stroll down among the tropical plants and flowers.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
In the afternoon
Which one do you prefer?
It's been only 48 years since Singapore became an independent and democratic nation.
We tend to be attracted to those nice commercial buildings, but can enjoy the rich history of this wonderful place. It was truly idyllic. Thank you so much, Zen and WuXi!