I spent my last morning in Singapore at Gardens by the Bay, a truly remarkable botanical park quite close to my hotel. I’d also considered paying to go up to the roofdeck of the adjacent $5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands to see one of the most famous infinity pools in the world, but given that I only had a limited amount of time and MBS, as it’s known locally, is owned by Sheldon Adelson, Trump’s single largest financial contributor in the 2016 election, my choice and conscience remained clear. Besides, I had probably the best view possible of the spectacular structure from my room just around the Bay (including from the bathtub, shown here, center). Architecturally, Singapore screams City of the Future. Since 2006, the country has embarked on a master plan of turning itself into a “city within a garden” and places a heavy emphasis on green space. You’ll find gardens hanging off of alcoves built into the side of skyscrapers, parks reclaimed from prior development space in the middle of the business district, and, at Gardens by the Bay, a stunningly vast, modern take on celebrating nature. Seemingly inspired by Avatar, the park features two enormous glass-domed structures containing a six-story high cloud forest, interconnected by suspension bridges, and a flower garden. The most famous structures at the park, though, are the Super Trees, a collection of giant steel canopy structures strung together by elevated walkways and lit up at night with musical accompaniment.
Who knows, perhaps some day when Sheldon Adelson’s hiers own MBS and have repudiated the injurious actions of their ancestor toward countless people and our nation’s reputation around the globe, I may even pay to stay in the hotel and swim in their pool. In the meantime, as you can tell from my social media feed, there is no shortage of spectacular pools around the world and my principles will remain intact.
Just going through some old pics and stumbled on a gem from about 3 years ago. My first Long Tail Pygmy Possum sighting and was within arms reach. One of the best wet tropics endemics. Top FNQ experiences in the cloud forests. #possum#cloudforest#ausgeo
Stairway to cloud forest heaven ☁️🌿🍃
Costa Rica is considered one of the most valued environmental destinations in the world. There are over 100 protected forests and reserves to visit, and over 25% of the country is protected 🔒💚