Gardens by the Bay – 1

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay is a fabulous botanical garden. I will let the pictures speak for themselves! There are 2 air-conditioned domes – a Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. If you’re visiting, do set aside at least 2 hours for each of the domes.

This first post will focus on the flowers of the Flower Dome which is currently running a special cherry blossom display alongside a Japan Fair. I really enjoyed walking amidst the blooms and capturing the flowers on camera.

My next post will feature the succulents in the Flower Dome. Wait for it!

Sakura or cherry blossom


Japanese gate
The decor adds to the ambience
Prunus yeodensis
Prunus yeodensis
Flower box
Singapore skyline seen through the dome


All the flowers there are real!
Blooming Sakura
I believe the blooms are at their best now. Someone accidentally shook a trunk and petals rained down.


Beautiful but I didn’t catch the name
Prunus kikushidare
A variant of Sakura that is “chrysanthemum-like”
Another Japanese scene


Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

Yellow isn’t a favourite colour. I think in the cosmic scheme of things, yellow does not agree with me, and I often associate it with bad luck. Maybe because it is the colour of flames, and being of somewhat fiery personality, it gets to be too much of a hot thing when we get together. Nonetheless, I like yellow in small doses, and when accompanied by lots of green and blue.

Interestingly, in Malaysia, yellow is the colour of royalty. Hence, you might find yourself advised to avoid wearing yellow during official functions lest you cause offense. At best you will be thought of as being clueless.

Up north in Thailand, the “yellow-shirts” and “red-shirts” are supporters of opposing political factions, so one would be wise to avoid both red and yellow shirts when in Thailand!

Here are my favourite pictures with pops of yellow in them. This first is the front room of a ryokan or traditional Japanese inn in Japan. A very welcoming sight indeed when one is coming or going.


This here is very green ground cover brightened up by tiny yellow flowers


I love a full breakfast laid on pretty crockery such as this one in Noordin Mews, a little boutique hotel in Penang. The yellow of the sunny-side up eggs, and lesser yellows in the banana, pancakes and butter sure stimulate the appetite!


In response to Weekly Photo Challenge