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A Super Grove in Singapore

By Linda Tancs

There are trees and then there are “supertrees.” In Singapore, the latter consists of a trunk core made of reinforced concrete wrapped with a steel frame. Planting panels are installed on the trunks for the planting of the living skin. Each canopy, shaped like an inverted umbrella, provides shade during the day and a light and sound show at night. Over 162,900 plants comprising more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers have been planted on the panels. Towering at 16 stories, these unique trees can be found all around the Gardens by the Bay– 12 at the Supertree Grove and six at the Golden and Silver Gardens. Take in a different view of the Gardens and stroll along the OCBC Skyway, a 419-foot-long walkway at a height of 72 feet connecting two trees at the grove. Admission to the outdoor gardens is free. Tickets can be purchased for the Skyway and conservatories.

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Heavenly Bliss in Singapore

By Linda Tancs

Thian Hock Keng (Temple of Heavenly Bliss) is one of the oldest and most important temples in Singapore.  A few things make this place of worship unique.  First, it stands at the location of Singapore’s waterfront before reclamation.  Also, its construction represents an international venture of sorts, with ironwork and tiles from the British Isles and granite from China, among other contributions.  A national monument, this amazing structure was built in traditional southern Chinese architectural style, without nails.

Rollin’ On the River

By Linda Tancs

They say the wheels of progress move slowly. The problem is when they stop moving at all. In Singapore, the city’s observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer, stranded almost 200 tourists riding in its capsules overlooking Marina Bay for six hours last month due to a fire in the control room. This isn’t the first mishap for a giant ferris wheel. The London Eye likewise stranded passengers a while back due to a mechanical fault. The good news is that the error there was fixed in an hour. The Flyer has been closed for evaluation since the incident. Hopefully, it will open again in time for New Year’s celebrations in February. The Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel at a whopping 541 feet, followed by the London Eye at 443 feet and Australia’s Southern Star in Melbourne at 393 feet. With a little tweak here or there, let’s say good things come in tall packages.

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Singapore

By Linda Tancs

In this week’s edition of Travelrific Travel Show, the topic is Singapore.  Although this city-state might resemble an urban jungle with its towering office complexes in the very cosmopolitan financial district, Singapore has its fair share of park-like ambience, too.  Hear about it at www.travelrificradio.com

Be One of the First to Fly A380

By Linda Tancs

There’s jumbo–and then there’s superjumbo.  Jets, that is.  A380, the largest passenger airplane in the world,  is set to make its debut courtesy of Singapore Airlines in October.  Starting on August 27, however, you can participate in a charity auction on Ebay sponsored by Singapore Airlines to win a seat on the historic maiden voyage, set to depart on October 25 from Singapore to Sydney.  Return seating the next day will also be up for grabs.  Visit www.singaporeair.com for details.

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