With new camera in hand, the second order of Singapore business was to head over to the Botanical Gardens for some quality plant time.
First though, time for lunch. I picked a suitably random-looking Singaporean place and looked for something interesting-yet-edible. I ordered ‘friend carrot cake’; I say ordered because I don't know if that's what I actually got – it didn't look to much like the photo when she was cooking it, so I asked what was in it and she said “egg, and preserved vegetable…”, which is notably absent of a. carrot, and b. cake.
It was tasty though, and filling – the smallest size, 3 SGD, was more than I could eat.
Heading gardenwards I let myself wander around the city areas, and ran into various interesting things happening – decorations were up for one of the many festivals in the calendar, and a rubber duck race was in progress not far down the river. Most of the ducks were just sort of chilling out by the steps, no-one seemed to mind too much – I think it was more a “participation is its own reward” kind of race (special duck olympics?).
For the afternoon I spent a few hours wandering around the Singapore Botanical Gardens, in particular the well-known Orchid garden. Not much to say here; there's some flowers, and some plants on which flowers grow, and you can prolly tell whether you want to see it from that description right there.
The rest of the gardens are nice too; I went for a good walk around a few parts, the swan lake had some of the expected birds doing their ever-graceful thing, and the tropical plants throughout the garden are always interesting to look at.
It's free, by the way, so there's no harm in popping past for an hour or two even if you aren't hugely excited by the things. Singapore Botanical Gardens: Recommended, casually.