Day 3. Waking up to another dark but beautiful morning. The sun doesn't rise until 7:30ish, so the alarm clock sounds at 6:30 it doesn't seem right to get out of bed in this tropical wonderland. But, the day ahead waits so it is time to get out and embrace the day. After breakfast I pack my camera and map and head out the door.
Today I decided to start with walking up to Orchard Rd. I had actually decided that I wouldn't head up in that direction but after being told numerous times that it was just something you had to see, I decided to go. Orchard Rd is very much like Champs Elysees or Fifth Ave. To your left and right you are just enclosed by the surrounding stores that tower above you. Now these are not just casual stores, they are the highest of the high end. I think it is possible to find almost all of the well known, really "up there" in the high end fashion market. It was an interesting experience to see the architecture that some of these buildings embrace. They aren't just your average rectangle buildings. Another thing, I left relatively early in the morning and it was quite quiet for the first 30is minutes of my walk. Then it was as if someone flipped a switch and the city came alive. Suddenly there was traffic, there were people flowing on the sidewalks, there were people buzzing around like busy bees. I was also interesting to see how as the closer I got to Orchard Rd, peoples outfits changed drastically. It was as if I had entered a fashion work hub.
Once I was done wandering through Orchard Rd I head to the Singapore Art Museum. This experience is one that I really want to highlight! I absolutely loved this art museum. It was just my kind of art. Filled with beautiful, creative, contemporary artwork with just a hint of traditional aspects. It was in this old building that had been redone in order to cater to a art museum aspect. What I mean by this is that, really this building looked like a mansion or maybe a state building that had been transformed into a gallery. It didn't have solid walls and had this terrace wrapping around the edge of the second floor. So, in order to create an environment with air conditioning they added these glass walls to the terrace. Which again kind of embraced this contemporary and traditional aspect. It all really depends on your perspective on art and also what types you enjoy. This just really fit for my taste. So much that I would say that it is the best art museum I have been too. It was just this small museum that only had two floors with a couple of rooms, but everything was so beautiful and creative.
One of this galleries that I thought was incredibly creative was the this completely dark room where you had to use the flash on your phone to see the pictures. For some reason this was totally captivating to me. The pictures inside were not anything out of the ordinary, they were just pictures of people and places. But this idea of using a device that every individual has and uses on an almost daily basis and use that as part of the display for the work. Like how creative is that? Using the views as part of the presentation. Loved it.
Later in the afternoon I headed over to the Raffles Hotel for afternoon tea, or high tea. This is another one of those things that I was told that I must experience while I am here. Specifically, my mom basically said it was a requirement. It was a very beautiful experience. That may sound very weird to say about afternoon tea but it is true. First of all, the Raffles Hotel is absolutely breath taking, simply in the way that is built beautifully but then also the entire vibe of the place. Now the vibe is very "sophisticated", I think that is the most appropriate word to use as a description. The people are quite polite and very kind but many of the attendants have a very "sophisticated" orientation. I mean really, nitty gritty, the whole vibe of the place is slightly snobbish but I guess that is something that is almost expected when a place is so well known and highly respected. The whole Tiffin Room, which is where the tea occurs, was very elaborate and beautifully set up. The food was also beautifully displayed and quite delightful, even had the best dumplings I've ever had this afternoon. But over all it was a wonderful experience.
As the sun set and the city lit up I had back to the Gardens By The Bay. I wanted to see the park lit up. If you haven't read my previous posts, check them out if you want to hear a lengthier description of the park. I made it just in time, well actually I was on my way out of the park again when all of a sudden the "Rhapsody" light show started. It was magnificent and I'm really glad I got the opportunity to see it. With a wide variety of songs being played the "trees" lit up, changed color, flickered and sparkled. It was fun and incredible to think about how some lights and music can create a beautiful show that will never be forgotten.
But that was it for today, another happy, eventful day. Another day ahead tomorrow!