Every cloud has a silver lining
Despite researching the weather before our trip, we’ve seen rain every single day ⛈. Even though it was pouring, we took a chance and headed over to @gardensbythebay. The rain quickly became a storm and we rushed indoors for cover, only to realize we had the whole place to ourselves! Having this private oasis was the most marvelous silver lining .
When was the last time you experienced a positive outcome from a difficult situation?
Has your travel style changed over the years? Ours has drastically (and I didn’t realize it until this trip). We would spend countless hours researching Michelin eats, looking at menus, and making reservations. More recently, we’ve shifted this energy into creating and finding local experiences outside of food. And this has given us a newfound joy. When we stepped off our 17-hour @united flight in Singapore, we couldn’t wait to get started! We changed at the airport and rushed over to @jewelchangiairport, luggage and all. Definitely a workout, but so worth it! The Rain Vortex is the worlds largest indoor waterfall. And it was stunning!
Bukit Batok’s very own community band, West Winds, did us proud again before an appreciative audience at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. What was special about this performance was that West Winds invited 20 plus students from various secondary schools to attend a 2 week training at the CC. Thereafter, they were invited to play together with West Winds. The 78 strong orchestra played a medley of songs including favourites from Cats, Polar Express and of course, Christmas Carols. The weather cooperated too!
Great fun for families and friends having a picnic at the Garden. Special thanks to ME6 Philip Tng, James and West Wind Instructors for nurturing the next generation of musicians. #ahmu#singapore#bukitbatok#muralipillai#talent#musicians#singaporebotanicgardens
Hellooo Singapore! It has been a hot minute. When I get asked where I’m from, my answer is always #singapore . Even though I spent time in different parts of the world, Singapore feels most like home. I’d like to think this city made me the foodie and aesthetics junkie I am today.
Do you identify with a place you didn’t grow up in? Where are you from? Let me know in the comments!
Fairytale vibes in Singapore 😍 This country is full of modern architecture and (beautiful) man-made plants and waterfalls, so I wasn't expecting to find this simple gem that's completely surrounded by natural beauty! 🌿
You can find this magical spot at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on your way out of the park 💚 The park is free to enter except for the National Orchid Garden, which is $5 per person!
If You Got $1,000 for Travel, Where Would You Go?
🔸Unfortunately this wouldn’t get us too far in Canada, we would consider a quick weekend getaway! 🙂 We would most likely take the train to Montreal or fly to Boston! Those are two of our favorite cities that we can get to in just a couple of hours. The best part, $1000 would likely cover our flight, hotel, and food for the weekend. Let us know where you would go, if you had $1,000 to blow on travel?!🔸
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🇬🇧👇🏼- Ой, ты приехала из Японии! И как тебе в Сингапуре? Не скучно? - с ухмылкой спросила меня на днях коллега.
Про “не скучно ли” пугали меня все друзья и знакомые ещё до переезда: “Сингапур ведь такой маленький, как же вы там!”, “Да там абсолютно нечего делать, такой искусственный город!”😅
Когда мы переехали самое первое, что говорил нам каждый встречный сингапурец было следующее: “Ой, вы из Токио! А вам тут будет не скучно? Ну вот поживете тут полгода - сами увидите”. Прошло полгода, но про “скучно” я слушаю и по сей день.
Открою вам секрет: даже в таком большом городе как Токио в большинстве случаев вы встаёте рано утром, принимаете душ, завтракаете хлопьями с молоком, отправляетесь на работу, возвращаетесь поздним вечером, ужинаете каким-нибудь салатиком с мисо-супом и ложитесь спать, чтобы повторить то же самое на следующий день. Выходные вы тоже проводите в полюбившихся местах, а не разъезжаете с севера на юг по городу.
Прошло полгода: я ни разу не заскучала в Сингапуре. Тут столько истории, что позавидует даже Токио, где эту историю ещё нужно поискать. Один Ботанический сад чего стоит😍
👉🏼А вы живёте в большом или маленьком городе? Вам там скучно?
- Oh, did you come from Japan? And, how do you like in Singapore? Boring? - a colleague asked me the other day.
Even before my move everybody around would tell me: ”Singapore is so small!”, “There is absolutely nothing to do there!” and so on😅
When we moved, the very first thing every person told us was: “Aren’t you bored here? Well, live here for about 6 months - you will see for yourself”. 6 months have passed, but I still hear the "boring" thing every day.
Now, I’ll tell you a secret: even in such a big city as Tokyo, in most cases you get up early in the morning, take a shower, have breakfast with cereal & milk, go to work, return late at night, have dinner with some salad and miso and go to bed... to repeat same thing the next day. You spend the weekend in your favorite area and don’t travel from north to south of the city.
6 months have passed: I haven’t felt bored in Singapore. And how can I? Look at this Botanical garden😍
👉🏼Do you live in a big or small city? Are you bored there?
This ferny gully in the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a study in the calming effects of green.
Human eyes can detect far more shades of green than any other colour, due to our millions of years of co-evolution with plants. It allows us to better distinguish between different plant species, helping us tell the toxic from the tasty. Basically, we are built to be botanists!