Most people associates Tulip with the Netherlands but do you know that it is also a national flower of Iran and Turkey? I was compelled to find out more about this pretty flower, as I had a great chance of experiencing a Dutch spring… right here in Singapore!
This year marks KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 80 years in Singapore and they have flown the tulips in directly from Netherlands. About 20,000 tulips are on display at the Gardens By the Bay and they called it Tulipmania!
“The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a greater temptation to the ego.” ~Northrop Frye, Mythical Phase: Symbol as Archetype, 1957
Apparently, Tulipmania also refers to a darker period whereby the contract prices for the newfound Tulip inflated at an extraordinary level during the Dutch Golden Age and crashed shortly after. Indeed, the pursuit of beauty is dangerous and Tulipmania marks severe shock to the Dutch commerce centuries ago.
While the BFF and I toured the Tulipmania at the Gardens, we saw countless people posing with the flowers as well as ooh-ings and ahh-ings while they snap away frantically at the pretty blooms. We are no different, although I would like to think that we are a tad more reserved. I asked the BFF what is it about flowers that make people go “ga-ga” (Singlish term for crazy) and she attributes our
moronic behaviours enthusiasm to the beauty of the flower. There goes the power of beauty again…
The approximate distance as the “Tulip” flies in miles from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Singapore is 6520 miles. It was a wonderful experience to be able to see part of Dutch’s spring in Singapore, even if I am unable to see the actual scene. Thank you, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Gardens By the Bay!