Passing through Singapore

Merlion

Merlion

On a trip back stateside, I passed through Singapore's Changi Airport. For both my "to" and "return" flights I had quite long layovers so I got to explore the airport and the country a bit.

Changi Airport Butterly Garden

Changi Airport Butterly Garden

Changi Airport Orchid Garden  

Changi Airport Orchid Garden  

In the airport, there were wonderful orchid gardens with fish ponds and an outside garden walk as well as a beautiful butterfly garden!

Traveller's Cactus Pub in Changi Airport

Traveller's Cactus Pub in Changi Airport

I also found a cactus garden and pub with some Optunia sp. that reminded me of my time working on the short grass steppe in Colorado.

View from Jubilee Bridge

View from Jubilee Bridge

On the "return" leg of my trip, I had over a 6hr layover which gave me enough time to visit the country on a free tour. A group of about 30 transit passengers (i.e. with a long layover) got to view a few sites including the Merlion Fountain and the Malay Heritage Centre.

Malay Heritage Centre in Singapore

Malay Heritage Centre in Singapore

 It was an amazing introduction to the place and made me want to go back - I am planning on returning soon for a longer stay!