Botanic Gardens and National Orchid Garden


Well, it’s been a while since I haven’t written anything here… but I’m back! And even more so, I have now moved to Singapore and am ready to discover new places to share with you 🙂 How great is that? Yoohoo !!

I recently went back to the Botanic Gardens, and re-discovered how big it is. It’s really a great feeling to be able to step out of the buzzing city for a while and relax. I particularly like the Symphony Lake, especially at the end where it stretches out to a little wooden hut where you can cool off and observe turtles swimming by…

Another bit of the Botanic Gardens you really don’t want to miss out on is the National Orchids Garden. It is very famous and is worthwhile for any person who likes orchids (but who doesn’t really?) !! As you may know, most Orchids are bred by humans, and Singapore was particularly skilled in creating orchids and assigning them to political personalities, so as to honour other countries. You can have a look at the “VIP Orchids” wall in Burkill Hall, it truly is very interesting. And did you know who the last VIP Orchid from Singapore was dedicated to? Prince William and Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge…! In September this year.

Here is a selection of beautiful Orchids in the garden:

No wonder the Vanda Miss Joaquim Orchid was proclaimed National Flower of Singapore!!

So if you are planning a visit to the Botanic Gardens and National Orchid Garden (which you should), remember that entrance fee is 1$ for students and seniors, and 5$ for adults.

Also, I would recommend you to find a convenient bus line for you to go there (there are many). Another option would be the MRT station “Botanic Gardens” on the Circle Line, however it will take you to the far end of the park, so you might have to walk a little distance. Enjoy !! 🙂

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See Singapore Pass


Did you ever wish to visit the whole of Singapore in just a few days, but didn’t really feel like spending too much on it? Here’s a perfect deal for you! The See Singapore Attractions Pass.

It’s a card which gives you free and unlimited access to attractions and discounts in famous AND off the beaten track places of Singapore. There are different packages available so you can pick the one which best suits your needs. Go check out their cool website to choose the best option for you.

And together with the card, you will be given a paper brochure with details of the offers you are entitled to. You can enter for free to museums, visit famous parks, take part to fun and interesting activities and even get discounts at participating restaurants and outlets!!

Among the various activities available on the pass, here are two personal favourites:

The Original Singapore Walks are a great way to discover more about Singapore’s history and less known anecdotes. You might think that walking in Singapore is very tiresome because of the heat, but it’s actually quite pleasant. But most of all, the tour guides are very knowledgeable and willing to share their passion on Singapore’s history.

– The National Orchid Garden is really worth it. It is located inside the Botanical Gardens and allows you to discover a large number of different orchids. I had no idea there were so many different types of orchid before I went there!! Did you know that most of them are actually hybrid varieties crossed by men? Click here for more information on Singapore’s gardens.

The best thing about the See Singapore Pass is that no matter which activity you decide to go for, you can be sure it will be a success. The pass provides you with free access to quality tours and museums, as well as interesting activities (a trail up in the tree, a flight in the air, or even a slide down a snowy path!!)…

It’s ideal if you want to cover most interesting places in Singapore in just a few days, and really perfect if you have relatives visiting you in Singapore too. Definitely my favourite sightseeing pass in Singapore!

East Coast Park


This is a post I have been wanting to write for a while! East Coast Park is definitely one of my favourite places in Singapore, and it shows perfectly how surprising Singapore can sometimes be.

Many people think Singapore is covered with skyscrapers. But few know that there is a beach where you can enjoy satay sticks, barbecue, camp, rent a bike, fish and do watersports… all of these in East Coast Park!

East Coast Park is a park on East Coast beach, in the Southeastern area of Singapore. It’s a great place to have a stroll on a lazy Sunday.

If you have time, you definitely should rent a bike (or a tandem!) for an hour or two. It is quite cheap and very, very nice to ride a bike by the sea. The path can actually lead you quite far out in the direction of Changi airport!

Also, if you would like to escape from the urban atmosphere for a while, you can do it the Singaporean way!! Go camping in East Coast Park! There are spots allocated for you to plant your tent, and no need to worry about infrastructures, there are plenty of CLEAN showers and toilets around.

As for food (what else?), I strongly recommend you go to East Coast Lagoon Food Village. They have good satay sticks there (see Local delicacies), and also a personal favourite, Oyster Omelet! Not everyone likes it, but I really do. And it’s pretty safe too, as oysters in Singapore are usually fresh.

Oyster omelet and fresh coconut. What a treat!

And let’s not forget watersports! You can go sailing from East Coast Park, and also waterskiing and wakeboarding. I’m sure you didn’t know about that 🙂

Time to plan your outing! Check out some more information and go have fun!!

Nature at your doorstep


You think Singapore has nothing but skyscrapers ? Wrong !!

Singapore’s climate allows great nature spots to survive in the midst of the city landscape… not only can you find vegetation on the side of the roads and many parks and forests in Singapore, but you can also occasionally bump into wild animals (not to worry, most of the time they are harmless !).

So if you ever feel like you’ve had enough of the city, just grab a bus (or mrt) and go check some of these great places. And the best thing is, there are so many of them !! Click here to learn more.

I would like to recommend these two places :

–      The Botanic Garden : very famous must-do ! A beautiful garden where you can marvel at luxurious vegetation and trees that seem to reach our for the sky… Don’t forget to stop by the Orchid Garden, definitely worth a look.

–      MacRitchie Reservoir Park : perfect for a 2-3 hours walk in a forest, with a great treetop path to enjoy the view. You might see quite a few monkeys there, as well as interesting birds and reptiles.

Also, do not forget to bring a hat, an umbrella and a bottle water when trekking, as Singapore is hot and humid and we wouldn’t want you to dehydrate !