If you missed my previous post about my layover in Frankfurt, you can check that out here. If you’d like to see all of the photos that I didn’t share in the blog post, you can check out the Flickr album with 131 photos here.
So after my uneventful layover in Frankfurt, I finally arrived in Singapore, 12 hours ahead of my timezone and absolutely exhausted. I spent all day Monday working, although I did get to have some great food and drive through China Town and Little India. But on Tuesday, I had the entire day to myself before beginning my late-night return, so I decided to visit Gardens by the Bay.
One of the first things I noticed when I arrived in Singapore was how green the city was; even the highways were forested with gorgeous lush trees on the sides of the road. This is because the founding Prime Minster, Lee Kuan Yew, was also the Chief Gardener and he promoted a plan that would make Singapore a “Garden City.” Later on, that plan has been transformed into making Singapore a “City in a Garden,” by continuing to prioritize greenery and gardens within the city. While you can see the trees and flowers as soon as you step out of the airport, this dedication to being a City in a Garden really shows at Gardens by the Bay, a 250-acre park that was developed on reclaimed land.
I had done some research in advance on Singapore and its unique attractions, and since Gardens by the Bay seemed quite promising for some photos, I brought my camera and a couple lenses. I packed my Nikon D3300, 18-55mm kit lens, and 50mm f/1.8 lens in a Travelon Crossbody and set off for lunch and then the gardens! Even though Singapore is very low in crime, I much prefer bags that don’t look like camera bags, and this crossbody had the sturdiness, water resistance, and zippers that are important to me as well.