I decided to visit the Singapore Botanical Gardens today. There is an MRT station right there so it wasn’t a problem to get there. The only thing I regretted was not stopping and buying something for my lunch on my way. I had to pay tourist prices at the restaurant they had there. Pineapple juice for $5. I had spring roles and samosa. They couldn’t tell me what samosa was but it seemed to be a puree of some kind, maybe yam inside of a crispy fried crust.
This is bamboo. I didn’t know it got so big. Some of it was as big around as my arm
There is some original rainforest left in the gardens so I felt really lucky to get to walk through that. The any of the really big trees are called Heritage trees. I can’t even imagine how old they must be.
These are some of the many varieties of ginger. Bananas are in the family.
Orchids are everywhere in town but it was still a little surreal to walk through a garden filled with them. Actually the first thing I noticed when we checked into the hotel after our long trip was how good it smelled. I thought it was room spray or a candle until I saw the orchids all around the lobby. Singapore’s national flower is an orchid.
I knew their were Laura Bush petunias, but she has an orchid named after her too.
When I left to go home school was out and the MRT was filled with kids in their school uniforms. They all had there earbuds in listening to their phones or ipads. I haven’t seen any school buses so I wondered if all the kids just rode public transit. Maybe they get a discount. They were headed to the malls to snack and hang out with their friends just like teenagers everywhere.
Unfortunately, I left my pedometer at home today. Too bad. I walked about eight hours today.