This little red dot has become the center of commerce and prosperity in Southeast Asia and there is no doubt that it will grow bigger and more powerful as the Little Giant of Asia (“Yes im naming her that!”) .   This is all mainly due to the resilience and discipline of its people coupled with great leadership.  Lee Kuan Yew (former president) was and still is the Uber & Michael Jordan of great leaders and he has made this once shooed away country into the first world country that it is now.  Being progressive has its price though (literally).  Although it boasts of low crime rates and clean environments,  it now has one of the highest costs/standards of living on the planet.

The most expensive city in Asia need not be that costly to visit if you know where to go and what to do.  Heres a couple of things you can do in Singapore in 24 hours.

GARDENS BY THE BAY 

Located next to Marina Reservoir, Gardens by the Bay offers breath-taking waterfront views. This multi-award winning horticultural destination spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land, and is made up of two main areas – Bay South Garden and Bay East Garden.

Super-sized trees
At the Cloud Forest, a 35-metre tall mountain is veiled in mist and covered in lush vegetation amidst the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

Bay South Garden is the largest of the gardens. Inspired by an orchid, the design resembles Singapore’s national flower, Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’. You can’t miss the massive Supertrees here. These tree-shaped vertical gardens are between nine to 16 storeys tall. Walk on the suspended walkway between two Supertrees to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the gardens. In the evening, catch the sky show of choreographed lights and sounds at the Garden Rhapsody amidst the Supertrees.

Head to Bay East Garden for the perfect picnic setting with lush lawns and tropical palm trees. From the waterfront promenade, you will see a picturesque view of the city skyline.

A forest in the clouds

Unique to Gardens by the Bay is the Cloud Forest. Within the enclosed compound, a 35-metre tall mountain is veiled in mist and covered in lush vegetation amidst the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Here, you will find plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level.

The natural beauty of the gardens translates indoors. Dine in style at a range of eateries across the gardens, from casual cafes to posh restaurants, all with interiors designed to reflect the splendour of Gardens by the Bay.

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TIP: Buy your tickets early to avoid the long lines especially during peak season  (June- July & November-December -when the weather is not as hot) (http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en.html)

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Gardens by the Bay is man-made nature park houses one the biggest collections of plant species in the world. For the geeks & movie buffs out there: The planet of Xandar in the film adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy, took inspiration from the location. The park was also featured in the 2015 film, Hitman: Agent 47 and an entire mission is set within the gardens in the 2015 video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops III.