Things to do in Singapore – Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s ever changing skyline has yet another new addition- The Gardens by the Bay! Built on reclaimed land, the entire park is home to over a quarter of a million rare plants and being here feels like being on a set of Alice in Wonderland and Avatar combined! The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden, two conservatories and super trees!!

Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay (Taken from Wikipedia)

At 101 hectares, this amazing garden at the heart of Singapore’s arts and entertainment belt cost over $1 billion to build.

Dawn view of Gardens by the Bay, Singapore (Taken from Wikipedia)

The glass and steel cooled conservatories bring the climates and plant life of Mediterranean and Cloud Forest regions to tropical Singapore. The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions like parts of Europe, Australia, Chile, South Africa and California. The Cloud Forest is a cool, moist conservatory of misty forests and a 30-meter waterfall, a replica of the climate found in Tropical Montane regions between 1,000 to 3,500 metres above sea level, such as Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, and high elevation areas in South America. Both the conservatories are open from 9.00am to 9.00pm daily and admission costs $28 for adults, $15 for children.

This may resemble a scene from the movie Avatar, but what you see here are the garden’s supertrees. The Supertrees are not just aesthetic features; they also collect rainwater, generate solar power and act as venting ducts for the park’s conservatory.

The supertrees at sunset  almost look unreal, from certain angles!  These structures are uniquely designed  between 25m and 50m tall (9 to 16 storeys) and boast vertical displays of tropical flowering climbers, epiphytes and ferns. An aerial walkway linking two of the Supertrees offers visitors a breathtaking view of Bay South Garden.

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The supertrees light up completely when darkness falls.

Getting there from Capri by Fraser
Driving there is a breeze, as the East Coast Parkway Expressway (ECP) directly connects Changi Business Park to the Marina Bay area. Head towards the city along ECP, take Exit 17A and turn left onto Marina Place, all the way through Marina Boulevard and then turn left at Marina Gardens Drive.

If you’re going there by public transport, Gardens by the Bay is located right outside Bayfront MRT Station along the Circle Line.

The outdoor gardens are open from 5.00am to 2.00am daily, while the cooled conservatories  and OCBC Skyway are open from 9.00am to 9.00pm daily. All attractions at the Gardens are free except the two glass dome conservatories.

A look at 2012 London Summer Olympics

The 2012 London Olympics has come and gone. Although the crowds have left, the great sporting memories and achievements have been firmly etched in our minds. Here’s a look at some of the highlights that have been captured. Now we just have to wait another four years till Rio de Janeiro 2016.

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Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd Launches Hotel Residence Brand That Tunes Into iPad Generation

Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd Launches Hotel Residence Brand That Tunes Into iPad Generation

Global Roll-Out Starting with Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City

Singapore, 9 May 2012 – Drawing on its experience as a world leader in serviced residences, Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd (Frasers) today unveiled its new brand, Capri by Fraser, the latest addition to its portfolio, which will include more than 73 properties in 39 cities worldwide within the next three years.

Designed to meet the lifestyle needs of the digital generation, Capri by Fraser cuts through the conformity of typical hotels by offering residents an extensive range of facilities and customisable services together with the comfort and convenience of a full serviced residence. This includes the option of cooking and doing laundry while being constantly connected through high-speed and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel residence.

Urban inspired, high-tech and intuitive, Capri by Fraser empowers residents with a menu of intelligent services to choose the way they want to rest, relax and recharge. Its “always on” e-efficiency experience includes iPad activated check-ins, interactive e-concierge, AirPrint and Wi-Fi e-Print facilities for business, meeting rooms with interactive walls, and a Data Box to charge all digital devices. Should residents so wish, a selection of unique leisure experiences, ranging from Harley motorbike rides and sports car drives to salsa dancing and personal pilates sessions, are also available as part of Capri by Fraser’s customisable online menu.

The hotel residence’s spacious suites, complete with premium bathrooms, walk-in wardrobes, fully equipped kitchenettes and living areas, provide a relaxing abode for residents that allow more freedom of space than that of the average hotel room. They also come fitted with impressive home entertainment systems that include LED TVs, DVD players and iPod docking stations to add to the pleasure of “staying in”.

Public areas become expanded social living spaces that adapt to different moods and functions with a wide range of food and beverage options including a bar, an all-day café and deli where food is accessible 24×7. A laundrette offers different types of play from Wii and XBox Kinect to boardgames so that doing laundry becomes more of a social experience. The 24×7 flexibility also extends to that of working out in the Gym.

“Capri by Fraser bridges the gap between hotels and serviced residences to meet the short term accommodation needs of the 24×7 digital generation who work and play to a different beat from that of the business travellers of the past,” said Mr Choe Peng Sum, Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd.

“Market feedback has indicated that while regional travel stays are becoming shorter, usually between one to two weeks, they are also becoming more frequent, with professionals working longer, irregular hours across different time zones. So whether it is the home comforts of a personalised space where they can have the convenience of preparing their own meals even at 4am, or the independence of doing their own laundry whenever they want, Capri by Fraser is focused on enhancing the work-life balance of our guests with the flexibility and freedom to rest, relax and recharge according to their individual lifestyle needs.”

All Capri by Fraser properties will have hotel licences and there are plans to roll out the brand aggressively across Asia, which will start with the launch of its flagship property Capri by Fraser @ Changi City, Sinagpore in the third quarter of this year. This will be followed by the opening of two more properties Capri by Fraser @ Bangsar, in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and Capri by Fraser @ District 7-HCMC, Vietnam.

Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd’s current portfolio, including those in the pipeline, stands at 73 properties in 39 key gateway cities, and more than 12,200 apartments worldwide.

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