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Thursday, 14 August 2014

miss b loves .......Singapore, a city of contrasts (Part 2)

What makes Singapore so interesting is the contrast between the old and the new .... the melting pot of cultures. Some might say that Singapore lacks soul and is too sanitised but I would disagree .....A traditional Singapore still flourishes and we headed to Chinatown on Day 2 of our recent visit....

In complete contrast to the mainly low-rise buildings of Chinatown, the three 55 storey towers of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is an integrated resort complex topped by a SkyPark. Designed by Moshe Safdie, it's the world's most expensive building....

It's an eye-catching, iconic design which has transformed the city's skyline.

One of the many attractions of the resort is the stunning ArtScience Museum shaped like a lotus flower .....

...and the Louis Vuitton Island Maison store, housed in a striking glass pavillion with a distinctive nautical design to reflect Singapore's location. 

Our plan was to spend the rest of the day at Gardens by the Bay, a spectacular park. The approach to the gardens via the bridge from Marina Bay Sands Hotel left us speechless.


The Supertrees looked so futuristic.

We had booked lunch at Pollen before leaving England. It takes its name from chef Jason Atherton's flagship restaurant, Pollen Street Social, in London .......What a perfect name, as this restaurant is housed in the Flower Dome! Creative, innovative and beautifully presented food.The flavours were intense with some unusual combinations.

One of the most memorable meals we have eaten and most certainly worthy of its own post! Dining at Pollen gives guests free access to the huge Flower Dome .....

We were mesmerised by the diverse, rare and unique plants from around the world .....

We headed over to the Supertrees Grove and walked along the 22 metre-high Skyway which links the largest Supertrees .....

The Supertrees are tree-like structures, vertical gardens which dominate the landscape. They mimic the ecological function of real trees and are fitted with photovoltaic cells which harness solar energy.

Our next stop ....the second conservatory, Cloud Forest, which replicates the cool moist conditions of a tropical mountain. We descended the surreal 'mountain' via a mist-filled circular path.

The 'mountain' is covered in anthuriums, orchids, ferns and other exotic plants .......

One of the aims of the Gardens is to educate visitors about the effects of climate change through interactive displays and short videos.

It was impressive to see that horticultural waste is used to produce energy to chill the conservatories .....minimising reliance on the Singapore grid.

At night the Gardens come alive with the spectacular Rhapsody Light and Sound show. Spectators on the Skywalk were silhouetted against the night sky ....

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel
looks just as impressive at night

It had been a long day but we could not visit Singapore without sampling a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel...... Quite an experience! There's a never ending supply of peanuts served in mini sacks and a tradition of throwing peanut shells on the floor! 

Back at our hotel, The Fullerton, we couldn't resist a nightcap, one of their famous Lychee Martinis in the Post Bar. I mentioned here in Part 1 that the hotel was at one time the General Post Office and the bar was the original transaction hall.

Another truly memorable day!

Please join me for Part 3 .....Little India, shopping and amazing street food

If you missed Part 1, you can read it here


  1. Magnifiques tes photos ! Je suis impressionnée par ces arbres futuristes, c'est de la science fiction :) j'ai encore plus envie d'aller découvrir Singapour maintenant !!!! Bonne journée à toi.

  2. That light and sound show sounds spectacular! Fabulous photos as always!

  3. Oh my Goodness....!!!
    Great spectacular city is it!:)))
    Love,love,love all details and stories if you about Singapore,dear friend!!!
    Impressed me those huge awesome buildng and this absolutely and totally fantastic garden.....
    Oh, if I can anywhere coming to Singapore!!!
    Thankyou so very much for share your experiences here with us:)

    My warm greetings,

  4. Well I love the sanitized look! HaHaHa I saw that Louis Vuitton building somewhere and was wondering where it was! So beautiful Miss B. Also those buildings that are 55 stories (3 of them). Those "trees" are gorgeous!!! Yummy food!

  5. From what you've shown here in this post of Singapore, I would say that the place definitely does NOT lack in anything.. especially not culture! Also, the Louis Vuitton exterior looks impossibly artistic and I'd just have to go in and justify buying something! All of these photos make me wish that I could visit Singapore myself at some point in the near future, thanks so much for sharing them and opening my eyes to Singapore!! :)

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  6. Oh my, I would certainly like a Lychee martini right now! You have really opened my eyes to the notion of travelling to Singapore, now. Thanks again, of course for such great guided tour to marvel at.

  7. It looks tremendous fun! thanks for taking us along with you!

  8. Hi Miss B,

    Singapore looks wonderful and thanks for taking us along there.
    Have visited Hong Kong but never to Singapore.
    Happy weekend

  9. Oh those are fun cocktails with the peanut slinging and whatnot! we have a seaside peanuts on the floor place here and the kids love it (but its not Singapore elegant)

  10. Merci de me faire voyager si loin!! Cette ville pareil fascinant, j'adore les mélanges de cultures...le supertrees sont spectaculaires! j'aurais bien aimée gouter un de ces cocktails !!

  11. I still have my Singapore sling glass I bought many moons ago when I spent an afternoon at raffles. I agree with you I do think it has culture I remember we went with friend to a local place where we were served outside local dishes with beer on simple tables the atmosphere was amazing. I have been a number of times and would still love to go back

  12. If I ever visit Singapore, I want to stay at the MBS hotel for sure!

  13. How amazing is the architecture! It truly is awe-inspiring and very innovative, I can't believe I missed going to Chinatown so thanks for sharing the photos. Thanks for your insightful comment…Have a fabulous weekend!

  14. Good morning Miss B! How lovely to see you come by this morning! Your travels to Singapore must have been spectacular. I was in Japan, Korea, The Philippines and Okinowa once, almost making it to Hong Kong. What a lovely trip to see a world totally different from mine.

    It has been a fabulous summer of discovery here in my own city. Back to school for me however, on Monday, to prepare for La Rentrée! Have a fantastic end of summer! Anita

  15. What an amazing City! I would love to visit it one day. It is very modern and futuristic. Just viewing those magical trees light up at night is magical. I would like to try those Singapore Sling too and lychee martini. Have you read the book Crazy Rich Asians? It is set in Singapore and written by a Singaporean.nits a fascinating read.

    1. Thanks Pamela for mentioning this book. I haven't heard of it before.

  16. Thank you for this beautiful post! My son is on the plane to Singapore right now and I passed all of your posts on to him. I think I may have told you that I am going at the end of October so these posts are going to be SO helpful. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend, my dear! xoxo

    1. I'm sure your son will enjoy Singapore and I know that you will too. It's so rewarding to find out that my travel posts are helpful. Thanks, Sandy for letting me know!

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  18. Singapore is grand city, isn't it? The Supertrees are very interesting, and they are lit up in colored lights, wow! Those orange flowers are so unique and pretty. And the colored building in the last picture is wonderful. I would loved to have seen that. You always amaze me with your travels.

    Have a good remainder of the summer, miss b.


  19. It's great to see the inside of the Flower Dome. Most posts I see about that part of Singapore only feature the futuristic trees from afar. I was supposed to live in Singapore 11 years ago for a job but had to come to London instead. I wonder if I would have decided to stay there if I took the job. An English friend hasn't been to Asia and is planning to go. I recommended Singapore to avoid culture shock and still enjoy the very same contrasts you featured. I'm showing her your Singapore series. Thanks for sharing miss b! x

  20. The super trees are just amazing I love the planted walkways/solar power and crazy/gorgeous light show. I want to find our what brilliant mind came up with that! You've definitely convinced me to add Singapore to my list, just incredible!

  21. I'd like to visit Singapore! I hope so soon...
    great pics!

  22. Yet again, you have given me a another city to add to my never ending bucket list!

  23. wow, singapore looks absolutely amazing! that LV store and the hotel are so unique and futuristic in their design. i love that tree forest, especially lit up at night! sounds like an amazing place to visit!

  24. Many thanks! Singapore is fascinating me as a city since decades and therefore I watched your wonderful (postcard-like) picture with joy and amazement and read with interesting your informative texts. Thank you, I think really this wonderful town is a visit worth :)

    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena


  25. Hello Miss B! I remember the contrast between old and new in Singapore from your previous post. Ive heard of Marina Bay Sands and I can image how amazing must have been have seen it from real, it makes you feel in awe and so little!:) The park is outstanding, the supertrees are so spectacular, espcially by night with the lights. Looking forward to the third part dear. Btw, your comment about Sardinia made me very happy and hope you can have soon the chance to visit it :) Many kisses! xo

  26. Amazing photos of the new buildings! And Singapore really looks a fantastic city where old and new live side by side...

  27. Bonjour miss b. I admit I have never been to Singapore, but after reading your last two stories, I am tempted to do so; this city seems to be an interesting mixture of the old and the new. Thank you for stopping by chez moi this week, as always. Bonne semaine. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  28. I have always liked the paper lanterns

  29. I would love to go to Singapore too!

  30. Wow, I have never seen anything similar to those supertrees! Marvelous idea, they look like a backdrop of some SF movie...

  31. looks very interesting I love that you take me to places I will probably never get to in person! thank you !! Hope you are having a GREAT week!!

  32. Hi Miss B, What a lovely city and you share such a great tour. Such an interesting city filled with unique building designs.
    Your pics are amazing. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tour and thank you for stopping by while I was on vacation.
    Wishing you a great rest of the week and enjoy the end of summer.

  33. What an amazing city! I really need to visit. I have heard such amazing things...and these photos just give me more urgency to visit.

  34. What a truly stunning city! I have never heard of it's reputation of lacking soul and from your images I cannot see why people would say this. I would love to as I love looking at iconic buildings and the fact that you recommend the food is the icing on the cake (excuse the pun). I love visiting science museums since I was at school and this one would definitely be top of my list to visit if I ever manage to get to Singapore.

  35. It really is so interesting to see the mix of old and new. Singapore definitely looks like such a vibrant city full of character and the fact that it's so clean and efficient is pretty cool too.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  36. Thank you. I appreciate all your comments. It's a city I can highly recommend as there really is something for everyone.

  37. I want to visit the roof garden of those triple towers. There is something very space-aged about this fascinating city.

  38. AWESOME post as always :) I hope you had a great fall so far dear.

    Check out my new post...Inredningsvis in famous Swed magazine :)

    have a fab weekend.

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis - inredning it's, Swedish for decor :)

  39. YUMMM!! Pollen is definitely in my top favorite restaurants in Singapore, it's truly a unique culinary experience :)

    1. Yes it's a very special experience and I intend to write a post about it.


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