There are a lot of gardens in this city. That is why instead of calling Singapore a Garden City, it is more appropriate to be called City in a Garden. True to its slogan, everywhere you go in Singapore, despite its limited size and high-rise buildings, there will always be a garden or a community park within walking distance. Even pedestrian overpasses are decorated with flowers and shrubs.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is one of the nearest parks from our place. We spent one Sunday afternoon just strolling around the area. We could have brought our books as there are perfect, shaded spots for reading. Joggers are the majority of the visitors. Families with their kids are scooping freshwater fish with their nets. Children watch in eager anticipation a group of silver men fishing from a pond. Beautiful bridges decorate the park. There is a place for frisbee and football players and a designated area for those who want to unleash their dogs and let them run around freely.
We waited for the sunset and watched the colors reflect onto the mirrored buildings. As soon as the night unfolds, remote-controlled lit kites lift up to the sky and danced the night away. The juxtaposition of the natural and man-made is very evident here in Singapore. Just beside this park are residential buildings; a park right at your doorstep. And it is a huge park! 62 hectares to be exact. Living in one of those flats, with all the comforts of modern life, it is quite hard to imagine that you can always quickly go back to the simple joys of living with nature.
I have to say, it is a good place for raising a family.