Destination Life Rambles My Singapore Travel Rambles

Explore SG ~ Ruralism in the West

Someone who creates beautiful pictures and words told me this, “Love comes in many shapes and sizes, places too. It is always there, when we open our eyes, we see it.


He was right. I think I was blind, and I feel contrite to admit that I am still blind at times. Apparently, there are people or things that are always there but I simply fail to take notice. In the course of trying to fall in love with Singapore, I realized that there is so much more to this tiny nation. The more I find out about Singapore, the more ignorant I feel. Yet, there’s a sense of wonder and pride too.

A couple of days ago, I ventured out early for a photo assignment. They say that the early bird gets the worm. Well, in my case, I get… the teapot!

(D.I.Y bird feeder, cool stuff!)

At my backyard lies the tranquil Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden. Despite the frequency of my visits, it seems that there are always old new things for me to discover. This time round, I stumbled upon a whimsical garden with a little of everything from spices for medical purposes to ornamental plants and unique pieces of recycled toys! Easy bantering among the most mismatched group of friendly faces caught me in my tracks.



The sight ahead of me was unfamiliar yet so beautiful that I could not resist asking the lady who looks like the person-in-charge. Susan is her name. Apparently, all of them are volunteers who help maintain this beautiful greenery that emphasizes on Recycle, Reduce and Reuse. There’re no procedures and whoever wanna join can just turn up about 6/7am in the morning to help out with some weeding or watering of the plants.



Stumbling across this lovely, beautiful corner with the innovative reuse of old and discarded materials, I was struck by a thought: When things are broken, you don’t throw them away. You fix them. And in return you get something more beautiful than ever.

Well, guess what? Despite weeds being the bane of my life, I am going to volunteer next week! So, stay tuned!


Built in 1975, Chinese Garden is designed based on classical northern-Chinese imperial architecture and landscaping. Open daily 6am – 11pm. Free Admission.

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The above information has been complied based on various sources, including my own experience and should only be used as a reference.

2 comments on “Explore SG ~ Ruralism in the West

  1. I think we have all felt a little blind at times as life whips some amazing things right by us. The lesson, as you point out, is to mitigate that from happening, get up early, and catch life. Love following your posts. Tim

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