I sometimes run past the beautiful Gardens by the Bay on my long runs, and most races now incorporate that beautiful part of this wonderful country in the official route. Every time I run past, I peek in to see this beautiful, paradise-like place on the other side of the glass. I have actually been inside for photoshoots, (you can see one such shoot here), but it’s different when you are there for work and on a tight schedule to get all the shots in – there isn’t the luxury of really enjoying the place. On my list for 2013 was to make the time to take my folks and my gran there to be able to really explore and appreciate the wonderful flora.
I won’t share the many pictures from the day with my family as they prefer it this way (for those who have asked, that’s why I sometimes have food or holiday posts where I am all alone!), but what happened after that outing was that I was so impressed by the beauty of the place, and how lovely their Christmas display was, that I was determined to shoot an episode of ChicPeek there.
I am glad to say we made it happen! Together with my production team, Luff Media, we shot at Gardens by the Bay in December for a special festive edition of ChicPeek.. Many, many thanks to my good friend, Valencia Taye (better known as Val, or tangaci to me, haha), who is a horticulturalist at the Gardens, for being instrumental in getting us clearance!
The Gardens consists of the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Here’s an overview (literally; it’s taken from a higher vantage point) of the Flower Dome, which Val told me is the ‘dry’ part of the Gardens.
This was their super cute Christmas Sugar Mountain display!
And this is the super impressive waterfall at the Cloud Forest, the ‘wet’ party of Gardens by the Bay.
I love the place and I am proud that it’s one of Singapore’s attractions. One piece of advice if you’re planning on going though – take along a jacket as it’s pretty cold in there!