Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Singapore Orchid and the Botanic Gardens

If one wants to relax on weekends, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a place to go. In this pace you can also find the National Orchid Garden, the Evolution Garden, the Healing Garden and the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden.

One of the highlights of the Botanic Gardens is Vanda Miss Joaquim commonly known as Singapore Orchid. It was hybridized by Agnes Joaquim from Vanda hookeriana and Vanda teres. In 1893, the orchid was recognized as a hybrid by Henry Ridley, the first director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.      

In 1981, Vanda Miss Joaquim was chosen as Singapore's national flower because of its resilience and year round blooming quality. These characteristics were deemed to symbolize Singapore's uniqueness which built pride among its citizens.

Singapore orchid bred by Agnes Joaquim.

The tomb of Agnes Joaquim at the grounds of Armenian Church
in downtown Singapore. 
Singapore orchids in front of the National Orchid Garden.

Plants in the botanic garden belonging to aloe family.
A passage way with curtain plants. Ideal for pre-nuptial photo shoot.
One of the sculptures found in the botanic gardens. 
The Lily Pond.
The EJH Corner House, which was already converted to restaurant.
Marker for the EJH Corner House

A fountain with Koi fish.

Orchid breeding exhibit at the Heritage Museum.

Orchid culture at the Botany Center. This center breeds orchids which are being named after dignitaries or celebrities visiting Singapore. 
Location: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Tel. No.: +65 6471 7138
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/  

Raffles Hotel and Singapore Sling

One iconic edifice in Singapore is the Raffles Hotel. It's architectural style is reminiscent of Singapore's colonial past.
When one strides along its corridors, it feels like your own home. The courtyard provide  spaces for socialization and the greeneries a place to relax amidst the hustle and bustle of the city-state.
There are a lot of shops in the hotel ranging from art shop, antique shop, souvenir shop, fashion and accessories shops.
This hotel aside from a heritage landmark is also the home of iconic Singapore Sling concocted in its Long Bar by Ngiam Tong Boon.   
The colonial architecture of the hotel which reminded me of Alabang Town Center.

A wing of the hotel with lush scenery. In this place, you just can't believe that you're in the city center.

An open hall in colonial architectural style.

One archway along the hotel's corridor.

The fountain in one of the hotel's courtyards.

The mini lake with fountain at hotel's lawn.

The iconic Singapore Sling being served at Long Bar.
Location: 1 Beach Road, Singapore, 189673  
Tel. No.: +65 6337 1886

Monday, September 29, 2014

Emerald Garden Roxas Boulevard

During my birthday, we had breakfast at Emerald Garden before proceeding to Pico de Loro in Nasugbu, Batangas.
I highly recommend Emerald Garden for those whose favorite are Chinese foods. The foods they serve taste really good.
Among those in the menu that you should try are pancit and the jumbo siopao. They also serve variety of dimsums
I think the best offering of Emerald Garden is the jumbo siopao. Its size is bigger that the usual siopao and two persons can share it. The filling is rich in meat and other ingredients. It does not taste like Goldilock's siopao but also contain salted egg yolk and Chinese longanisa (sausage).  
The pancit served to wish me longevity. 
The delicious jumbo siopao.
Emerald Garden's meaty siomai.
Location: Roxas Blvd., Ermita, Manila
Tel. No.: (02) 523-8510

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Nami Island: A Place of Love

Koreans are romantic people and Korea is a romantic place. As such, Nami Island was conceptualized to exude the "romantic" that is Korean.
Autumn season is the best time to visit the island. At this time, the leaves are turning to different colors and still fresh. Towards the end of autumn however, the leaves become withered but the magnificence of the island remains the same. 
This is a place to go to for lovers who want to enjoy nature and experience intimacy far from the worries of this world.
So, come to Nami Island and experience love in its most authentic form.
The magnificent tree-lined lane with leaves turning to bright yellow during autumn.

 Hues of autumn at Nami Island.
A memento of "Winter Sonata"
Location: 198 Bangha-ri, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, South Korea
Tel. No.: +82 31-580-8114

Lau Pa Sat: A Place to Dine

In the bustling Singapore downtown, one can find a dinning place called Lau Pa Sat. This edifice is different from the surrounding buildings in that its architectural style is still that of colonial era.

When one dines there, it gives a different feeling of being relaxed as compared to the busy ambiance of the surrounding areas.

There are variety of foods offered in this place such as Vietnamese foods, Malay foods, Chinese foods, Indian foods and to my surprise even Filipino foods.

The colonial style fa├žade of Lau Pa Sat as seen from outside.

The dining place inside Lau Pa Sat.
The distinctive roof architecture of this place mesmerizes me for its elaborate style. 

I chanced upon this Filipino food stall.

This place is located near Raffles MRT Station just across the Hong Leong Building.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fort Canning: Cradle of Singapore's Past

Singapore being at the crossroads of civilization, has a vibrant heritage that resonates well with its present. Vestiges of its colonial past makes one feel a lovable place to belong.
The Fort Canning heritage trail will let you experience what I really mean by "a lovable place to belong."
Here are pictures of sceneries around the historic site where nostalgia for the past is deeply being felt.       
The entrance to Fort Canning Green, which was a former cemetery. 
This gothic gate bears the monogram of Jesus, IHS.

 The epitaph-lined wall around Fort Canning Green. 

The "Cupolas" designed by G.D. Coleman.

The description of "The Cupolas."

The "Memorial to James Brooke Napier."

 Description of the "Memorial to James Brooke Napier."

The former military barracks during the British colonial era. Now it is named
Fort Canning Center and used as an exhibition venue.

Excavation for artifacts at Fort Canning Hill.

Keramat Iskandar Sha, a place of pilgrimage for our Muslim brothers.

The tunnel at Fort Canning Hill

Remnants of the colonial fortress. 

The cute emblem of Singapore sitting on an inspiring message.

Epitome of the Exquisite

A visit to Albay will not be complete without visiting Cagsawa Ruins. Taking a picture by the ruins is tantamount to an iconic shot with Singapore's Merlion. As such, a common picture of Mount Mayon that is frequently seen is the one taken in Cagsawa.
It was of late that I realized that there are spots in Albay where one can take exquisite photographs of Mount Mayon. Take for example the picture below taken in Sto. Domingo with the vast rice fields.   
A different photograph of Mount Mayon, which still captures
its majestic beauty. 

In my hometown alone, there is a spot where you can take Mount Mayon's photograph as if it is Mount Fujiyama.

But this only tells us one thing, that whatever perspective a lens may capture, Mt. Mayon is still an epitome of the exquisite.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Simply Peranakan: Distinct Singapore Dinning

Singapore is a place known for its delicious foods and you can just choose from a wide variety. But what is distinctively Singaporean is its traditional foods of Peranakan origin.
It is good that Peranakan recipes of long ago were preserved in Nonya's (aunt's) kitchen and transmitted through generations of descendants. 
As such, our generation is not deprived of Peranakan gastronomic experience as "Simply Peranakan" brings it to life in its dinning place.  
A fancier look of the restaurant's entrance.

The foods served at the resto.

A Peranakan dessert.
Location: #02-12 Esplanade
Opening Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tel. No.: +65 6333 9382

Book Review: The McKinsey Way

Author: Ethan M. Rasiel
Title of the Book: "The McKinsey Way" 
Year of Publication: 1999  
Place of Publication: New York   
Publisher: McGraw-Hill   
Number of Pages: 185  
Price: USD 16.21  
ISBN: 978-0-07-136883-4  

This book is a good read for business executives, entrepreneurs, MBA students and MBA aspirants. The book presents in a succinct manner important business concepts which you can learn typically in a 16-month MBA program.

It portrays the science of management consulting which McKinsey perfected through years of consulting engagements.  

I like the book because it is enlightening and provides insights on first steps to business problem solving even if the problem is not yet clearly framed in business context.

I also like their data-driven approach which can unearth significant insights on their clients' current situation, thereby helping them decide on the right course of action to take.

The book is compelling in its recommendations for it provides illustrations both from the author's actual experiences as well as that of his colleagues'.