I have a confession to make! Today my Sony Mirrorless Camera had a little meltdown on me, therefore all the photos used for the 2nd day of Singapore Diaries were taken with my newly purchased Samsung Galaxy 8, not a bad substitute if I say so myself, because in this edition photos were essential because this time I’m living it up in the outdoors of Singapore.
Coming to this great Island Country of Southeast Asia, the lure can be the city parts, not a surprise really with the likes of Gardens by the Bay, Clarke Quay and Sentosa Island being a tourist mania, but living it up in the outdoors of Singapore really is quite a breathtaking experience with plenty of colour and scenery to marvel at.
On day 2 I covered a lot of kilometres on my own 2 feet, and I also got the hang of their train system, without getting lost, good thing too, because there was a lot to see and do in the outdoors and I even had mySony Mirrorless camera on the go by bedtime. Happy days!
Singapore Diaries: Day 2 – Living it up in the outdoors of Singapore
The Chinese Garden is a cyclist and jogger’s paradise as they are out in their numbers and clocking up the kilometres amongst a beautiful garden backdrop, with stunning pagoda’s, water features and structures on display throughout the entire garden.
The Chinese Garden is free to enter and can quite easily take a few hours of your day if you are in no rush to leave, and why would you be with all the open parklands and the fresh smell of nature on offer at this very well-designed garden.
The Japanese Gardens are also on the same parklands of the Chinese Garden with a large walking bridge separating them, while not as big as the Chinese version, you can still catch a glimpse of some wonderful structures and a few bonsais.
To Get to the Chinese Gardens, catch the train on the East-West line (green line) and get off at Chinese Garden MRT station.
Jurong Bird Park
One of the big 4 wildlife parks of Singapore, The Jurong Bird Park comes to life with our feathery friends of the sky in full action.
Wandering the grounds of the beautiful parklands is a picturesque walk that the whole family including kids will enjoy. You will see a little of everything in these parks including a whole range of species from penguins, flamingos, the peacocks, pheasants and many, many more that you can think of.
The park holds regular shows that will have your favourite friends showing off and putting on quite the performance, the singing cockatoo in the High Flyers Show is a real treat for tourist, as well as those amazing birds that fly close over your head.
While the park has many aviaries with different themes, it will be the Waterfall Avery that will get your cameras clicking the most, with delightful waterfall backdrop that is surrounded by many species of birds and a beautiful garden that is simply a treat to stroll around.
To get to the Jurong Bird Park, catch the train on the East-West Line (Green Line) to Boon Lay MRT and from there catch the 194 bus from the terminal to the Jurong Bird Park.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
This mesmerising and gigantic Botanic Garden is a walk to remember as you explore, lose yourself and be in awe of the many species of plants and trees that make up the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
I always thought the Melbourne Botanic Gardens was the best I had seen and that was until I stepped foot into the Singapore version. The Botanic Gardens blossoms in its tropic environment with thousands of species of flora that is spread out over 82-hectres of land.
There are many varieties of themes with the Gardens to wander through like the Ginger Garden, The Rainforest, A pleasant Children’s Garden, 3 separate lakes that just beautiful to walk around and even a Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage that host many events throughout the year.
Take your time at the Singapore Botanic Gardens because there is plenty see and do, a few neat restaurants or cafés for a bite to eat and coffee and most of all it is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
To get to the Singapore Botanic gardens catch a train and get off the at the Botanic Gardens MRT station on either the downtown line (Blue line) or The Circle Line (yellow line).
National Orchard Gardens
Situated in the same grounds as the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the National Orchard Gardens comes with a small $5 entrance fee but is worth the admission fee to stroll along with this colourful boutique garden, that offers a perfect romantic setting for any lovers to the city.
Take any path that goes in all kinds of directions and stumbles upon water fountains, miniature hidden falls and delightful flowers in full bloom and admires the Orchard Garden at is very best in what will appear at times a little jungle in Singapore.