A Boy In Singapore (Part XI)

There’s 2 domes in Garden by the Bay, Flower dome and Cloud Forest. The domes looks like a giant pupa/chrysalist. We will go to the flower dome first then the Cloud Forest.

Flower Dome
We love the logo of Garden by the bay, using dragonfly and looks very asia feel. Which one is the best taking picture with the logo? Ok, we gave out tickets to the staff and we’re going in. We entered a dark hallway with low colorful light from the screens. The screen shows beautiful flower and a video of the progression of their blooming moments in slow motion, that’s pretty. I love to see how they open their colorful petals. Very pretty. Feel like wonderland.

403 GARDEN BY THE BAY ENTRANCE

At the end of this room is the automatic door to enter the flower dome. Junki and Jesse has been there while I’m watching the video. Then I stepped in front of the automatic door, it’s open and there’s a cold breeze as I entered the dome. It’s Amazingggggggg! Big wide space, white, clean and clear, fresh air… It’s a heaven on Earth! I gasped and speechless to be here.

404 WE ARE HERE

First thing I see is the high ceiling and a beautiful flowers in the giant vase, I feel like inside the giant cage / glass house. The girls also amazed. We’re so happy. This place is so wonderful, so perfect for people who seek for calmness, beauty, cold and peaceful. Also it’s a nice place for pre-wed photo or even for the party. Love it so much.

405 IN HEAVEN

We’re going to the right side, a lot of cactus, bushes, pine trees, palms. The cactus are cute.. different types, colors and shapes.. they look cute and pretty. We saw a lot of new plants and amazed with their shapes such as the lotus shaped plants (very cute and round), the white leaves plants (looks like it’s frozen). The garden also has stone statues, It has been carved like an animal or surreal creature. Looks like an ancient/surrealism art.

411 THE STONE CREATURES

407 CACTUS GARDEN

A little drama at Cactus Garden, Junki acted like she’s the Sleeping Beauty princess that touched the golden spindle. Me and Jesse looks like fighting.. haha Dominating!! Poor girl..

406 DRAMA AT CACTUS GARDEN

Various Cactus Gallery, cute!

408 CACTUS PARADISE

409 BEAUTY OF CACTUS

This one looks like Crystal Castle at The Lord of the Rings movie (might be Elf’s Castle) .

410 CRYSTAL & CACTUS

Me and Jesse has reached the corner of the right wings of the garden, we were surprised at what we saw up here. We can see the whole garden from here. Wide vision across the horizon, 360 degree is all about beauty. This is so beautiful, flowers and trees.. sometime much more amazed to see plants than animals. Junki is busy taking pictures of the plants. When she came to us. I asked Jesse to cover her eyes before she see what we saw. I wanna see her expression when she saw the paradise. Jesse covered her eyes then took her there. She scared and curious – 1..2..3.. she’s speechless and cry.. I knew she will amazed and how she feels.. hehe.. so pretty..

412 WHEN SHE SAW HEAVEN

Flower Gallery! Colorfullll..

413 BLOSSOMS

414 FLEURS

416 THE FOREST

Still feel amazed and probably the best feeling for this day. We walked to the other sides passing the cactus garden again. As the walk along the way, we saw a lot of beautiful things and angle to stop us to take some pictures, mostly the flowers. The garden has a lot of plants and flowers in various countries.

Winter or Spring ?

424 WINTER & SPRING

We’re going down and there’s more things to see and photo. Sometime we found bench, take a rest and enjoy the view. After rest we keep walking and exploring, we found flower garden with various of roses, restaurant and big hall. I wish I can have a wedding party here..

418 GARDENERS

A nice chair with vine canopy, this is nice! I want to put it on my garden if I have a big haouse or mansion! This chair is so romantic, isn’t it? I think a lot  of people will sit and strike a pose, will be perfect if you do it with your lover.

421 ROMANTIC BENCH

The Love Tunnel ?

420 LEAF TUNNEL

419 3 GARDENERS

ROSES!!

422 ROSE GARDEN

415 FLOWERS

417 THE FLOWER GARDEN

Friendship can be colorful and lovely, hugs hugs!!

423 FLOWERY FRIENDSHIP

The Garden Queens with her thrones & Knight.

425 THE GARDEN THRONE

This place just simply amazing and I can stay here whole day. We have to rush to visit another dome. This is a MUST to go place if I visit Singapore again.

(Continue to Part XII)

A Boy In Singapore (Part X)

Tuesday – August 20th, 2013

Officially this is my Birthday, our breakfast is the Birthday cake. What’s plan for today? We will go to Garden By The Bay, the key priority for today trip. We’re preparing now, I wore the birthday present – Black shirt, Jesse wore a colorful flowery legging pants and Junki looks like a fashion designer/editor.

We went out and took MRT to Orchard area. We have brunch at food court in the one of the malls at Orchard (Can’t remember the name). We have rice and pork set, it’s expensive.. but lucky the taste was good. After finished the brunch, we’re going up to the street of Orchard.

386 BREAKFAST

I don’t know much about Orchard. But they said it’s one of the main area of Singapore especially for Shopping Malls. Orchard has a big road and big pedestrian street. Side by side are the big buildings, shops and malls. The famous one is NGE ANN CITY, but people always called it Takashimaya. Too bad we’re short of time, cannot hang out inside the mall, chilling in cafe, window shopping etc. We must go to Garden soon. The malls seem very inviting and tempting to visit. I love walking and feel amazing if I’ll be able to be here at night or christmas season, for a night walk, enjoy the urban life.

387 ORCHARD

389 URBAN

Fountain in front of NGE ANN CITY, Junki said it’s iconic and tourist always take pictures here.. Haha.. just do it! JUMP!

388 SNAPSHOT OF ME AT ORCHARD

We took MRT and reached Marina Bay. We have to walked along the hallway. I love this hallway, wide, big, long… and it has a lot of mirrors and flower backdrop. They’re pretty, various flower and colors. We chose our favorite flower backdrop and took picture.. I love it!

390 FLOWER PASSAGE

Remember I mentioned about Jesse flowery legging pants? There’s a flower backdrop that look alike her pants pattern and color. So when she stood there, she camouflaged like a chameleon. Haha…

391 JESSE THE CHAMELLEONA

We walked to the Garden By The Bay. This place was recommended by my Joseph and Hans, they’re friend of mine and also Fitness First Instructors. They said this place is very beautiful especially The Dome attraction. It is a MUST to go. I amazed with their story so I asked Junki to take me there. It’s also the first time for her and Jesse, so we’re very curious and excited about it.

392 FRIENDSHIP LOVE

From far away, we can see the Tree Branch Tower that looks like fairytale trees.. it called SUPERTREE GROVE, very iconic and unique. It’s really a nice place, right behind us is the massive giant building. Woahhh! There’s also a lake, they called it Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes, I wonder if we allowed to fishing here, haha..

394 OUTSIDE THE GARDEN

I knew Singapore has that iconic building.. saw it on TV, poster, flyer,friends photos etc.. now here I am, Marina Bay Sands! So Big and Magnificent!!  We’re so close. Ahh why the time so short! Can’t even go inside the building. Well, just take the photo at the outside..

“I FEEL GREATTTTTTT!!!!” “MAGNIFICICENT!!”

393 MARINA BAY SANDS

395 ON THE BRIDGE

Garden by the Bay has a lot ot attractions – Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Supertree Grove, Heritage Gardens, Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes, Bay East Garden, World of Plants, Far East Organization and Children’s Garden.  And I’m sure there also have research facility and science, laboratory. We might not be able to visit all the attraction 😦 , So little time so much to enjoy. After crossing the bridge, the first attraction is Heritage Gardens.

402 BLOSSOMS

Heritage Garden is free and open for public, people can visit and look at the flowers and plants. Rest and relax, enjoy the beautiful scene. The Heritage Gardens is a collection of four themed gardens that will take us through the history and culture of Singapore’s three main ethnic groups and colonial past. The first part we visit is the Malay Garden, the garden’s plants are from Malaysia Signature plants and flowers, such as Red Hibiscus. There also has a kampong house. The flowers are beautiful and colorful.

396 COLOR BLOSSOMS

The next heritage garden is very oriental feel, YES! It is CHINESE GARDEN. Very authentic garden design with its big rock, red blossoms, round shaped gate & windows, bamboo trees. Then I just feel like doing Kung Fu! The girls are acting and posing like classic chinese sisters.

397 KUNG FU IN GARDEN

398 CIE MEI

The next Heritage garden is INDIAN GARDEN, there’s a big tree in the center of the garden, instantly remind me of the Holy Tree of Siddharta Gautama Buddha. I think the garden inspired of the real Lumbini Garden. Feel sacred. We also did some yoga pose to match the Indian garden. It looks funny. This garden actually has a lot detail of Indian art too, mostly at the floor tile, fence and wall.

400 UNDER THE TREE

“SMILING BUDDHA” – As we leaving the Chinese and Indian Gardens, We found Bodhisatva or Buddha Maitreya (Ru Lai) statue (cmiiw) at the side of the pathway,sitting under a Sacred Tree. I kneel down and prayed. For the blessings.

399 THE PRAYER

Another part ahead is an open space with rocks.. we’re just do some drama photo here. Try to make some creative photo. Maybe you can put some caption in my photo.. My Fav is Jesse the hobbit is on the rock.

401 HOBBIT IN ROCK GARDEN

Now, we’re at the ticket booth. We will buy 2 attraction tickets – for Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. What’s inside will be very excited.. I’m sure it has beautiful things to see and remember..

Ok, let’s go!

(Continue to Part XI)

A Boy in Barcelona (Part III)

May 6th 2013, Monday

I still in the plane, wake up and having my breakfast – Omelette with Sausage and Harsh Brown, yummy. I’m looking at the flight tracking screen.. we’re almost there, Amsterdam. We arrived at 6.55 am. Transit again for about 4 hours in the airport – SCHIPOL. The airport is BIG and NICE! a lot of shop, cafe and restaurant. I like the book store although I can’t read the language and the flower shop, first time see real Tulip flower.. Cute! Wanna grab a bouquet for my mother :D.  I also took some picture here… really nice!

195 BLUE SKY

193 SCHIPOL

192 FLOWER

194 SHOPS

Continue the journey, we departed at 10.30 am, still using KLM. It’s about 1.45 hours to reach Barcelona. We got sandwich for snack and of course Red Wine! I wish I can sit next to the window and see the view form the sky. We passed a snow mountain.. ahh so cool!! Is it Alpen? hahaha.. First time to see mountain with snow on top.. Awesome! After that we can see Barcelona!! Yeay!! We’re hereeeeee!!

196 ABOVE THE SKY

197 WELCOME BARCELONA

Arrive!! Welcome to Barcelona! We gathered and register for immigration then we’re heading to the bus with a Special welcome snack package by BUBO – Healthy Mix Fruit Juice, Grain Bread + Butter, Fruit Pie. We’re going to have lunch. The Tour Leader took us to the harbour. A lot of people there.. Hang out, walk with their pet, jogging, tanning, play beach volley, cycling etc. The place is called Port Olympic. We’re having lunch at an Asian Restaurant – Pato Pekin. Eating chinese food in Europe ?? Quite good..but I want to taste the original Barcelona food.

198 FIRST LUNCH

199 JUMP

After lunch, we took some pictures in this area. Like usual, I want my signature Bodyjam jump photoshoot… Thank to the Camera, I can capture a great picture, i love it! The next destination – Parc de Montjuiic. It is a big park at the uphill where we can see a great view of Barcelona city. It’s beautiful!! Love the view.. Big park, It will be nice to relax and bring boyfriend/girlfriend.. Feel the fresh air and beautiful natural and city view. OK, it’s time to take pictures !! snap snap!!  jump n pose!

200 UPHILL VIEW

201 BEAUTIFUL GARDEN

They also took us to the football field, It’s my first time too, but the field is under construction so it’s not interesting for me. No green grass field 😦 .But I can feel a great atmosphere looking at the wide view of the stadium. We just spend a little time here.

202 THE FOOTBALL FIELD

OK, where do we stay ? We’re going to the hotel now. The hotel is Rennaisance FIRA. I see it as a tall building with a palm tree on the wall. A very nice 5 stars hotel.. I love the building material using ‘steel fence’ as wall/floor, kinda futuristic and Palm tree as the natural and signature element. I stayed at 1110 room with Mr. Derry Kurnia. The room is aweesoommeeee… All is whiteee! Clean and Clear!! I love it!

203 WELCOME TO RENAISSANCE FIRA

204 THE HOTEL

We will leave from hotel at 6.00 pm for dinner. It’s 6 pm but it’s still like daylight.. the sun is still so bright… What we have for dinner? Ahhh Chinese food again… +_+ We have dinner at Gransiglo Restaurant. After finish dinner it’s about 8 pm, It’s still bright! The sun start to set at 9 pm.. And now I’m start getting sleepy and get my first  jetlag.. We went back to Hotel. The hotel is near Carrefour and IKEA, ahh so convenient!

206 DINNER

207 MODEL WANNABE

I went to IKEA by myself. I love what I see and feel along the way to IKEA, the sky is turning into dark blue color and the street light is start to turn on. Wide road, Trees, clean and cool air.. I wish I can walk along this kind of street with my best friend or lover. Very romantic. And now I’m feeling kinda lonely haha.. Sometime I saw people jogging at night, Is it good? The air is very cold!

Here we are at IKEA! I love this store, well who don’t? I like how they put a lot of things in a small space and the flow of this place. I wish I can take pictures here.. love the design.. but is it allowed ? Ha..ha.. I’m hungry, and IKEA sell hotdog for only € 1.50. Yummy! Good for my wallet, good for my tummy.

208 IKEA

It was a very happy and nice trip for the first day in Barcelona. Hopefully tomorrow will be more and more interesting.. back to the hotel, take a bath and rest.

Good Night

Home 2012 Part II

The next day, my sisters went to work. Me and Ben had our breakfast Mie Lindung then going to see Mr. Sarman, my ex-highschool teacher and also a Wedding Organizer. It’s been a while I’m not see him. We’re arranging Ben’s Wedding and he took us to see the Recommended Wedding Services Tenants for the video documentary and the florist,They’re all great! I’m glad I can help my brother. After finished, We went to the traditional market to buy flower bouquets and some items for Qingming Festival with my Aunt. I felt nostalgic with traditional market, so I took some photo, It looks classic (but also, the market’s look like has been attacked by zombies). Qingming Festival‘s items, gifts or offerings are cute.. They all made from paper and look so real. The offering items such as money, cigarettes, Ipad, Iphone, Ipod, Massage Chair, gold bar, silver bar etc.

Heading home, then I had my lunch with Min, my favorite food – Nasi Campur Gedhe. I also bought a box of Durian Pancake, it’s delicious! After that we’re going to Perbaungan to fetch Wie at work. We waited for her and buy some snacks. Heading to Kisaran, chattering in the car along the way to Kisaran. I like to talk anything with my sisters. Arrived at home, Kisaran. Happy to see my mom.. I hugged her.. “I’m Home, Mom..”

Continue to Part III