Singapore Diary #4: Nature And Street Scenes

Singapore is known as the “Garden City”, so I thought it would be fun to have a post on the contrast between the modern, even futuristic-looking architecture and the pockets of nature in the city (no wonder they shot a sci-fi film there.) During my 3 weeks there, I revisited the Botanic Garden (and the National Orchid Gallery, of course) and did some short hikes/walks around Mount Faber Park and Sungei Buloh, a wetland reserve near the Malaysian border. As fun as the city is, it’s great to get out once in a while and just lose yourself in nature.

The Helix bridge

The Henderson Waves bridge

It was raining heavily while I was at Mount Faber, but it was super relaxing to simply sit (there is always a covered rest area along the way) and listening to the rain or enjoying the incredibly sweet and refreshing smell of the tree. If my shoes weren’t soaked through, I would’ve stayed longer.

View of the Singapore River toward downtown

Mangrove forest at Sungei Buloh

Some of the flora and fauna of Sungei Buloh

We didn’t see any crocs though – just these signs

The ION Orchard, one of the most famous shopping malls along Orchard Road

Orchid arches at the Botanic Garden

Colorful houses along Clarke Quay

Colorful orchids at the National Orchid Gallery


The national flower of Singapore (the Vanda “Miss Joaquim” orchid) and a crazy-looking (but sweet-smelling) flower at the Botanic Garden

A mother hen and her chick at the Botanic Garden

There is still one more Singapore post left, so stay tuned!

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4 Comments on “Singapore Diary #4: Nature And Street Scenes”

  1. maxymilano says:

    Nice post and great photos…

  2. I’m loving these posts! It’s so exciting to travel through your words and images. šŸ™‚

  3. Audrey says:

    I have sighted crocs at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve at most of my visits there. But you really need to look for them as I am sure nobody would like to spot wild crocs up closed.


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