You have to hand it to the Singapore government for being efficient. When they announced that they would be developing Singapore's skyline way back in 2008 (or was it even earlier?), they kept their word and stuck to the schedule. Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resorts was opened to the world in end 2010 and I had visited the famous infinity lap pool here. Now just one and a half years down, the long awaited Gardens by the Bay is open to the public too. I have to say that this is really an excellent piece of land reclamation.
At the entrance towards Gardens by the Bay, you can see the Supertrees, on which more than 300 species of floral and fauna grow. From afar, they really look like giant megatrees with its branches stretching out to the blue sky. At night, they will be bathed in light, making the view equally scenic. Gardens by the Bay also houses two main conservatories - the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. There are also small gardens that you can enter free of charge to admire the orchids and other plants carefully landscaped.
I really enjoyed the Flower Dome because I got to see such beautiful flowers that I would normally never get to see in Singapore. Temperatures within the two conservatories are kept low to suit the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions like South Africa, California and parts of Spain and Italy. The Flower Dome features a huge bed of flowers in hues of reds and pinks, while the Cloud Forest is beautifully constructed with a huge waterfall and lit walkways winding around the main steel structure covered with plants. You can take a lift up to the top of the waterfall, and then slowly walk down the walkways rounding the structure to get a 360 deg view of all the plants around.
I wore this all blue outfit to go along with the flowers in the conservatories. This thrifted velvet top must be one of the brightest colors in my wardrobe. I am still rather partial to velvet - the fabric is just very soft and luxurious - it doesn't crumple and its texture makes it rather outstanding. The next time you want to spruce up your outfit, why not just wear a velvet tank top! It would go with a fitted black lapel blazer, dressy pants, or even a pair shredded denim shorts.