If I were to describe Singapore, I would call it Southeast Asia’s most energetic city. It changes at a continuous, unrelenting pace. Each time I find myself there, they are always building something. And each time, it’s always something grander than the last one. It’s as if the city never runs out of energy (and cash) to build.
On our last visit, the newest thing to pile unto Singapore’s growing list of world-class anythings is the Gardens by the Bay, a huge, sprawling garden with two of the largest air conditioned greenhouses you might find anywhere, called the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. The Gardens contain an amazing variety of flora, but what is even more amazing is that when I first came to Singapore, this area was nothing but sea water. Yup, the garden – like most of the city’s newest attractions – stands on reclaimed land. And given their scarcity of real estate, you’d expect that a garden with two giant refrigerators would be the last thing they would put on precious reclaimed land. But no, this is Singapore, the small city that can build anything.
The Flower DomeCloud Forest Sky Tree Grove
* Photos taken November 2015.