Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Flower Dome, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay is the best place your family for amusement in Singapore. It should be the number one on your To Go List!

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Flower dome is one of the biggest icons of Gardens by the Bay. Featuring a wide variety of flowers and a spectacular experience of nature inside a man-made structure called a greenhouse. The greenhouse is made of glass like eggshells that panels every window of this dome. 

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Once you step foot inside the greenhouse, you are breathing cool air vent while warm air goes out. It was screaming heat that day and I was overwhelmed by the cool temperature inside. I wished we don't have to go out. But no, you have to go out, the best landscapes are out so carry yourselves out in the open. 

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There are gardens made to list the different sceneries here so I have quite a number of flowers, beware of heavy photos. The gardens are:

The Australian garden 
The South African garden  
The South American garden  
The Mediterranean garden  
The Californian garden

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Some of the beauties I found in different gardens are not common ones, some are labeled but some are not. I just love taking photos of flowers they come in different forms and colors.

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If you want a quick view of the Supertrees outside, you can click here for a revisit.
  


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Siliman University, Dumaguete City

I just realized I still have one more place to feature from the City of Gentle People. Our fourth and last day was a blast. We no longer intend to roam around and already packed up from the Majestic Siquijor. We took the 9:30AM trip and as expected, it was still a bumpy scary fast craft ride. 

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We were just glad that our feet meets the land sooner and he managed to board on the upper deck. We opted for a earlier schedule to avoid any delay to catch the plane in Dumaguete. We still got to eat at Jo's Inato, again, and drop by Silvanas for pasalubong. We were more than 3 hours early and I never knew they don't allow people to come in the local airports in 2 hours. 

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Good thing Tara lived near the airport. She arrived with her maroon van and we were thankful she was willing to tour us around the oldest American institution in the city. It was their Foundation day and there were activity booths in the University. 

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The feeling isn't new seeing the old structures. Some has recent renovations done. The most modern though is the Luce auditorium which I didn't take a photo since we were inside the van when we passed by. I am one lazy a**. I know.
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Amphitheater, Silliman University
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We did manage to tour around for about one and a half hour. And had another one and a half hour to wait for the flight. Unfortunately, the flight was delayed for almost an hour. Is there anything new in that? What is there to do but wait.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hotel Review - Cocogrove, Siquijor

We went to deposit our things after Capilay Springs. Took us about 30mins to check us in. Good thing there was a refreshing iced lemon tea served to freshen up a bit. 

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The lady staff said its a seven-hectare area. Its gigantic with 2 swimming pools, the bigger one is an Olympic size about 12 feet deep. 

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The staff were all wearing a smile and friendly. They gave us all the information we needed after we paid for the breakfast for the extra three heads. We got two breakfast stubs for a room we booked on a family suite. Its a big one, a second floor with 2 beds, the other can accommodate 2 people, but we all ended up sleeping on the ground floor. Joy and Em were convinced it was creepy with the windows next to their beds so they gathered the bedding downstairs. 

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We were all exhausted with the 45-min travel time from Guiwanon Spring going back to the hotel but still, we went to the Olympic-sized pool to dive and swim like there was no tomorrow.

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As usual the only thing that could stop us from anything were doing was if our tummies were rumbling. We ended the amusement around 8pm to catch dinner. Dinner was okay, overpriced, small serving on a huge plate. If we only knew, we could've eaten somewhere else that evening. 

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After dinner, we spent some time at the beach playing with lights in the wind writing names.
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In the morning, the turquoise water was still not visible for the monsoon breaks are still pumping up the water. We could've gone to the Fish Sanctuary but it was too dangerous to go. We happened to get a very good breakfast, the food was more good enough to bloat our bellies.

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