Yesterday I met up with Yaone, a friend I knew from Twitter. She said she got some angpao recently so she promised to treat me out. Hooray for people who share their blessings 🙂
We were supposed to have a snack at SEVENTH HEAVEN, an ice cream shop but lo and behold, they already ran out of ice cream when we got there. And to think I was already looking forward to devouring this:
We went to Bakerzin instead, a shop that specializes in desserts. Lately I’ve been craving for waffles so I ordered their Warm Waffle with Cream Cheese Ice Cream and Strawberry Drizzle.
To be quite honest, the waffle was a bit of a letdown. The waffles were warm alright and crispy. The ice cream though, which I supposed jacked up the price, was not something worth writing home about. It made me miss even more the waffles sold off sidewalks in Seoul. Yaone, on the other hand, tried their Irish Cream Souffle and she said it was very delicious.
After food and conversation, we were off to exploring! The surrounding gardens requires no fee but tickets are required for the Super Trees, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Since it’s already night time, we opted to just visit the Flower Dome. Lucky for us, the lady at the ticker counter gave us these fancy angpao envelopes in celebration of the Chinese New Year!
Flower Dome was huge! Curiously though, plants with just leaves outnumbered those with flowers. Must be the season or something. There were about two floors. The first floor houses the plants from daisies to hibiscus to roses to so much more while the second floor featured cactus and African trees.
And then, just as we were leaving Gardens by the Bay, we were greeted with this sight:
Yes, that is a giant baby suspended in mid-air.
Actually, it’s a massive white-painted bronze and steel sculpture by British artist Marc Quinn. Named Planet, the sculpture has been donated for permanent display at the Gardens by Mr and Mrs Putra and Imelda Masagung. According to an article from Huffington Post, “Planet is one of Marc Quinn’s most important works. The sculpture, which is a depiction of the artist’s infant son, appears to float above the ground and is a technical tour-de-force. It has been shown internationally to great acclaim in the Beyond Limitsexhibition of contemporary sculpture at Chatsworth House in 2008, and in the exhibition The Littoral Zone at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco in 2012.”
With that, seems a day trip to Gardens by the Bay is in order. Until the next adventure!