One of my favourite places to go in Singapore is Gardens by the Bay. Anyone who has been there at peak hours and on public holidays might say otherwise, because elbowing tourists for selfie space can quickly feel like the onset of an Armageddon. Instead, I love to go during the quiet hours, when it feels like I'm completely alone in the tropical oasis.
Stepping into the Cloud Dome feels like entering another world. In true Singapore style, the temperature plummets so drastically that your hair nearly shoots off your arms from goosebumps. A cloud of mist hanging in the air shimmers as it catches the light, and every time I feel awed by the serene waterfall cascading from the heavens. The goosebumps intensify.
After gaping up at the impossibly high ceiling and inhaling the fresh smell of plants until you nearly pass out from euphoria, you'd probably be quite happy to stay on the ground floor for the rest of your life. However, the path takes you up to the towering canopy, where the the walkway meanders down and around until you reach the ground again.
From on high, the view is just as breathtaking as it is from the ground. The waterfall glides past open alcoves and suspended balconies with a magnificent ease. Plants fill every imaginable space, verdant and luscious, in a controlled chaos. It is the epitome of serenity.
From beyond the glass panels, the city looks like it is miles away. The strong steel columns keep out the heat and humidity, and for a moment it feels like a crisp day in spring. After waiting for the huddle of old Chinese women, dressed more vibrant shades of pink than all the other flowers, I ran onto this ledge to take the iconic and obligatory photo. We do it for the 'gram, dahling.
After the splendour of the Cloud Dome, was the Flower Dome a bit underwhelming? Possibly. I would definitely advise going the other way around: Flower Dome First, Cloud Dome Second. However, I still enjoyed myself tremendously. I squealed in delight when I saw a section of plants from Zimbabwe and South Africa. It's not that the plants themselves were absolutely astounding, but the mere fact that they were included made me feel all types 'o ways. Nothing makes me happier than plants and sunlight, so for me this is always the perfect Sunday.
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