One of my favourite things to do when traveling in a new city is to go explore it late at night. I love late night walks, when most of the tourists have retreated to popular night spots and the streets have emptied. Singapore has a wonderful Promenade by the water with a fantastic skyline which is crowded with tourists in the day but completely empty at night with fabulous lights shining brightly in the water.
I walked with Megs and Rahul around the entire Promenade slowly taking in buildings, listening to Meg's stories about the time she worked in Singapore. She explained the history and the significance of the skyline. I guess it was just wonderful walking with my best friend taking in little details of the night. I was grateful that Rahul and her walked with me so late at night with barely anyone around. Once we got to the massive towers that balance a ship on top (the view from the top I hear is outstanding with an infinity pool and gardens in the sky), I saw the alien like structures of the Gardens by the Bay. I decided to go across the various connecting bridges and walk through the alien structures. Here I was, one in the morning, standing under these giant mystical and slightly out of this world forms. As Meg's explained that I probably liked these crazy supertrees is because they reminded me of my project in school- a whimsical and seemingly impossible home for an alien and a human. Though highly criticized, The Gardens by the Bay, are quite amazing. For a country as small as Singapore, it continually invests in making beautiful public spaces, free to its people, for recreation that would capture their imagination. Gardens by the Bay is in its 1st phase, it probably has several years to go before all the plants grow on the structures and the vision is fully realized.
So before I get carried away telling you about all the things going on in my mind that very very late at night, let me share the photographs I took that night.
Perfect song for this magical city walk.