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Singapore: Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest

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Singapore: Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest

“Architecture is man’s attempt to tame and imitate nature.” Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

The aim of man

Let’s see the Flower Dome.

The Flower Dome is the lower but larger of the two, at 1.2 hectares (3.0 acres). It replicates a mild, dry climate and features plants found in the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions (e.g. parts of Australia, South America, South Africa).

The Flower Dome is 38 metres (125 ft) high and maintains a temperature between 23 °C and 25 °C, slightly lower at night.

The Flower Dome features seven different “gardens” as well as an olive grove with a bistro and a central changing display field has also been incorporated to enable flower shows and displays to be held within the conservatory.

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Regrets: the Comeback

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Regrets: the Comeback

What to do when you are a former rockstar, or not.

Life's misses - Regret

Life’s misses – Regret

It started with an insurance presentation. I had a good but emotionally draining day. She talks a lot. And I also get to talk more. I got to visit parts of my life. And it became a little time for reflection about my life. Sorry guys, this is another melancholly post.

While listening to Goo Goo Dolls on back ground, I took the time to check why the lyrics kind of hit me well. “Iris” was a song from an angel wanting to give up immortality – to be human. All for love.

And then Sympathy. It was written by Johnny Rzeznik, while he was going through his divorce – the song is based on mistakes he made, taking fame for granted and not seeing what he had when he had it.

Sympathy by Goo Goo Dolls
Stranger than your sympathy
And this is my apology
I’m killing myself from the inside out
And all my fears have pushed you outAnd I wished for things that I don’t need
(all I wanted)
And what I chase won’t set me free
(it’s all I wanted)
And I get scared but I’m not crawlin’ on my kneesOh, yeah
Everything’s all wrong, yeah
Everything’s all wrong, yeah
Where the hell did I think I was?And stranger than your sympathy
I take these things, so I don’t feel
I’m killing myself from the inside out
And now my head’s been filled with doubt

It’s hard to lead the life you choose
(all I wanted)
And all your luck’s run out on you
(all I wanted)
And you can’t see when all your dreams are coming true

Oh, yeah
It’s easy to forget, yeah
When you choke on the regrets, yeah
Who the hell did I think I was?

And stranger than your sympathy
And all these thoughts you stole from me
And I’m not sure where I belong
And nowhere’s home and I’m all wrong

And I was in love with things I tried to make believe I was
And I wouldn’t be the one to kneel before the dreams I wanted
And all the talk and all the lies were all the empty things disguised as me

I’m getting isolated in this cycle of changes in my life. A work in transit in Iloilo and Bacolod, trying to find myself. Highlights of my life fly back to me. I don’t have a wife yet, or a “fame” past. But I don’t have to get there to experience what he had. I believe we squander memories reaching for the money, the fame or the girl. You lost track of what really matters – friendships. This is my way of grieving for seasons that have passed. There are many things I take for granted that other people yearn only in their wildest dreams. They say “Life happens when we are busy making other plans.” – Allen Saunders. We were busy chasing dreams when those that really mattered were there all along.

Regret and Frustration

Regret and Frustration

Being gifted is both a blessing and a curse. It’s the temptation of feeling you are invincible and wanting to conquer the world. I’m just glad, God didn’t give it when I wanted it bad. But the lost time is full of frustration of things that could be.

I guess grieving makes you better.

When you have time, take a moment to coffee with the friends you treasure. The cost of the cup is irrelevant. When you can take your friends out to lunch or dinner. Do a favor that your friends don’t expect. Let them know you care. Spend time with your siblings, mom and dad. Joke around and play with your cousins.

I also wished then that I had the muscles of gratefulness. Contentment happens when we trust that God knows our needs better than we know our own. Wish I knew instead of losing more years. But again, instead of rushing thankfulness to make up for lost time, trusting Him again that His timing is perfect.

Thanks Bianc.

What can you be thankful for today?

Regret changes into thankfulness

Regret changes into thankfulness

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Singapore: Leaving for Batam, Indonesia

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Singapore: Leaving for Batam, Indonesia

Staying in a country no matter how delightful leaves one gasping for $$$$. My theory is the more enjoyable the journey the more expensive it becomes. Only time will tell, how enjoyable you became. For every day of stay, is dollars! dollars!

We had to go to our next adventure: Batam, Indonesia.

On a sidenote, Singapore as a city is the way it is because of its laws. They have very green roofdecks and very few hanging laundry on major streets. In our urban commercial streets, our roofs are filled with hanging lingeries.

Singapore's Green Roof Buildings

Singapore’s Green Roof Buildings

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Roma Pizza Italiano

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Singapore: Gardens by the Bay

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Singapore: Gardens by the Bay

The Lion City was celebrating its 50’th Founding Anniversary. Because of these, all kinds of festivities are planned all over the cities from bands playing music in schools to productions, theater and cultural celebrations all over the city. The other day, we went to a crowded Singapore Art Museum in Bas Basah. Today we will be going to the Gardens by the Bay.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore is a nature park in Singapore across a span of 101 hectares that includes three themed gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The complex is part of Singapore’s strategy to transform Singapore into the most beautiful “Garden City”.

By 2006, an international competition was held for the design of the park from architects to landscape designers. The contracts were awarded to Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter.

Gardens by the Bay - Marina Bay Sands Singapore (2)

Gardens by the Bay – Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Gardens by the Bay - Singapore

Gardens by the Bay – Singapore


Gardens by the Bay - Singapore Flyer

Gardens by the Bay – Singapore Showing the Singapore Flyer

Gardens by the Bay - Singapore Supertrees

Gardens by the Bay – Singapore Supertrees


Gardens by the Bay - Singapore Supertrees

Gardens by the Bay – sharing Jesus with the Locals 🙂


Singapore, Gardens by the Bay - Supertree Grove

Singapore, Gardens by the Bay – Supertree Grove


Gardens by the Bay - Supertree Grove - Lion Singapore

Gardens by the Bay – Supertree Grove – Lion Singapore

Supertree Grove.

Singapore’s “supertrees” are man-made tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens by the Bay. They range between 25-50 meter high. The Supertrees are like giant trees where different exotic ferns, vines, orchids grow on. It contains a vast collection of bromeliads. The trees are installed with environmental technologies that mimic the ecological function of trees – photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy which can be used for some of the functions of the Supertrees, such as lighting, just like how trees photosynthesize; and collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, exactly like how trees absorb rainwater for growth. During night time, artificial trees come alive with a light and music show called the OCBC Garden Rhapsody.

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Singapore: The Serangoon Neighborhood

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Singapore: The Serangoon Neighborhood

One big advantage if you stay on bed and breakfast is that you taste a different flavor of the city. While hotels and lodges will always give you the 3-5 star experience, if indeed it is available on the city, there is a certain charm waking up to a home right in the city. You could wake up on a real house, with furniture , sometimes with little children. You could feel the real thing – how it would be to live in the city.

Thanks to our hosts in Lorong Gambir, Serangoon – we just had that for a fraction of the price. It also beats living with relatives, while that would be the costless alternative.

Welcome to – the Modern Asian City!

3 Serangoon Community where we stayed (11)When we first arrived at the BNB, it was 4am. It was expected that a lot of calls are needed to wake the now slumbering hosts. When dawn broke the next day, I was delighted to get my tropical sunshine morning greeted by my hosts. Over biscuits and coffee, I took some books (the guy who owns the house has everything from Art, Graphics (his job), management, marketing and leadership – very well read guy!

Modern Neighbor beside our hosts, of Serangoon

Modern Neighbor beside our hosts, of Serangoon

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