Singapore’s Secret Garden

This is a post with just the title inspired by my favourite Korean drama.

Let me digress a little by doing a mini promotion for the Korean drama before I begin on what I want to blog about.

 

Secret garden is a Korean Drama starring Hyun Bin (Isn’t he cute? Hee hee!) and Ha Ji Won.

The drama tells the story of Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin), an arrogant and eccentric CEO who maintains the image of seeming perfection, and Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won), a poor and humble stuntwoman whose beauty and body are the object of envy among top actresses. Their accidental meeting, when Joo Won mistakes Ra Im for actress Park Chae Rin, marks the beginning of a tense, bickering relationship, through which Joo Won tries to hide a growing attraction to Ra Im that both confuses and disturbs him. To complicate matters further, a strange sequence of events results in them swapping bodies. (Credits: DramaWiki)

The synopsis is just the tip of the iceberg. This drama is not only hilarious (I would laugh til my core hurts and giggle at every thought of the silly scenes between the two lead), there were tear-jerking moments that would make my eyes watery and scenes that would make me feel so frustrated with either of the lead because of the things they do to hurt themselves so as to protect each other. Ah! Love, such a simple noun, yet too profound a verb.

Alright. Enough about me going ga ga over the Korean Drama. If you have not watch it, catch it. NOW! 😀

What I would like to share today is a secret garden discovered by Poh.

Self shot while waiting at petrol kiosk

After we picked up Mum, Nicole and Iko, we cruised down the ECP,  keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that the weather would be kind to us. Although the sky remained overcast throughout our journey, serving as a constant reminder of the ominous clouds that hung above us, we arrived unscathed at Gardens by the Bay.

Tucked away behind the Tanjong Ria Condominium, one may noticed it on your left if you were observant while driving down the ECP.

Much as my mum and I were astonished by the presence of a garden spanning over the coast opposite Marina Barrage, the ones who were truly excited by this new-found place were my niece and my dog.

THE ADVENTURES OF THE LITTLE WHITE DOG

(a.k.a 3 dots of Black at Gardens at the Bay)

From where we were standing, one could get a clear view of the Marina Barrage on the opposite coast as well Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer.

A spectacular view

No doubt the park is opened to public, there were few visitors and construction work was still going on at the far end of the carpark. Perhaps the smoke emitted from the machines were also putting people off . Nonetheless, the bridge connecting Marina Barrage to this garden is built and one could easily get over to the other side of the coast. A bicycle is definitely handy to tour the park.

Nicole also made interesting discoveries about some of the plants grown here.

Nicole with a tree that has cone-like flowers

Heart-Shaped Leaves

A barren plant. Where did all the leaves go?

Upon close inspection, we realised there was were many black and yellow caterpillars feeding off the plant.

Can you spot it?

By the end of our excursion, Nicole was scorched and Iko was burnt out.

"Miss Lobster"

I would also like to give special mention to the washroom!

Airy, Spacious and most importantly, CLEAN with TOILET PAPER! Yays!

Then, it was time for us to go for an alfresco dinner! Poh drove us to our favourite dining place at Changi.

Blk 3 Changi Village Road, #01-63

Not only were we allowed to bring Iko here (so long as we occupy a seat nearer to the edge and not disturb other patron’s dining experience), Nicole also got to order her favourite dish, Salted Fish with Bean sprouts. She is one fussy eater and when we saw that she was able to finish one and a half bowl of rice with the dishes at the table, we knew at once this is a place we had to frequent.

Apart from this simple yet tasty local dish, we also ordered Seafood Tofu soup, barbecued stingray and the one dish everyone ought to try when they visit this stall, the Chili Crab.

Specialty

BBQ Chicken Wings as a Side Order which is also available at the stall

Enjoy the pictures and while you are at it, do plan to visit this stall soon!
Til the next post! 🙂
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