Taking it outside is one way to escape the daily grind. That’s why Singapore’s Botanic Garden is a well-known escapade for kids, school-going children, active adults, families, and groups alike.
For now, with the Circuit Breaker in place, it’s a bummer that we can’t plan an elaborate day-trip to this staid sanctuary.
However, taking a breather and ‘surrounding yourself’ with nature at least virtually, will help with feeling restless.
Virtual tours are not given the street cred they deserve.
When you can't Visit in Person, Go Virtual
Ah...the smell of fresh flowers and native plants wafting to the air, we will miss it for a while.
But there are plenty of free 360 panoramic photos and videos of virtual walks in the Singapore Botanic Gardens online.
Through the virtual tours, there’ll be greenery, chirping birds and rustling leaves. It is a great break after a whole day of chores, homeschooling, and online tuition. These tours are awesome therapeutic remedies during the Circuit Breaker!
They’ll propel you towards planning your next trip to Singapore’s renowned Botanics Garden.
Its official website has loads of information, clear directions to the garden, and around its many hotspots.
"..there is research to suggest that accessing nature virtually can have real health benefits too. Reminiscing about positive experiences reduces our response to stress. Looking at nature photos can also improve health markers, such as one’s blood pressure and heart rate, in comparison to looking at urban landscapes." - Dr Phil Parker PhD, London Metropolitan University
The Slow-Down Solution
In a fast-paced lifestyle, burnout, anxiety, and stress are prevalent issues that are faced by everyone, regardless of age.
Children have back-to-back schedules with classes, tuitions, and enrichment activities. Students are sleep-deprived with piled-up assignments, while adults are seen burning the midnight oil to keep up with just about everything that is home, work, and temper tantrums.
This can take a toll on both your physical and mental well-being. Remember the importance of slowing down and taking a break.
So, here we are, thinking, that maybe it’s time to let the gravitational pull of the garden’s bucolic landscape entice and lure you into a world of beauty, peace, balance, and serenity virtually instead!
“According to experts, surrounding yourself in nature and reconnecting with the earth is the best way to rejuvenate.”
In fact, Cambridge University has started running its own virtual tour, to help those in the circuit breaker and to ensure that the 8,000-plus species of flora and fauna at the garden do not go unappreciated.
An Educational Heavyweight
Situated in the heart of the city, the Botanic Gardens is a peaceful sanctuary that anyone can go to when the need for serenity and inspiration strike. The Ethnobotany Garden is an outdoor garden that showcases over 300 species of plants that are deeply-seated into traditional cultures of Malay Archipelago, Indochina and South Asia.
The different plants are categorized into 4 zones:
- Craft and Construction
The Centre for Ethnobotany is an interactive and informative attraction that demonstrates how plants shaped our cultures and world history. It explores the relationship between plants and people which is often an inspiration for art, music, etc.
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Alberty Einstein
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How to Take a Virtual Tour around the Singapore Botanic Gardens
First, there are tons of videos out there to help walk you through the gardens. Here’s an example: Singapore Botanic Garden Youtube Virtual Tour.
You can also do this with the help of Google Maps. Google Maps has a Street View feature that lets you wander around the gardens from your laptop and mobile devices.
Click on this link to get started from the garden’s lakeside!
Or do the following:
- Log onto Google Maps
- Type in ‘Singapore Botanic Gardens’ on the top left corner of the site and hit search. You’ll come up with a list of options. Select the garden’s location
- On the bottom right of the screen, you’ll see the icon of a yellow man. Click and drag the icon to a location within the map and it will take you to a street view of the garden!
- Use your mouse to navigate your way around the garden (with slow, relaxing, jazz music playing the background, preferably!)
For example, I dropped the man icon on Tan Hoon Siang Mist House and started navigating my way around from there.
You can do the same with just about any other garden anywhere in the world without leaving home!
With the wonders of the internet, transport yourself to these timeless attractions for a short reprieve. Here are a few places you may want to virtually visit after this.
- Oxford University- The Gardens
- Hampton Court Palace
- Royal Botanic Garden at Kew
- Moosey’s Country Garden
- University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center at Fort Pierce
- The Great Comp Garden in Kent
- The Waddesdon Manor is a Neo-Renaissance style château
- Claude Monet's garden at Giverny
Education and Peace
“Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings...contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones” - TakingCharge.com
Like Mandy Maung’s art piece - Reborn that incorporates the harmonious composition of human and nature, we are desperately trying to save Mother Earth as problems like global warming and climate change arise and escalate.
As the environmental crisis is now fully upon us, the idea of sustainable living and healthy lifestyle is imperative. And we should all do our part to help reduce the negative impact on our home, our planet.
Do consider using earth-friendly products, sustainable household items, subscribe to the slow fashion trend instead of relying on mass-produced products, and offer your support to local NGOs, charities, and non-profit organizations that are geared to supercharge the Green Movement.
Help Move the Goal Post for the Environment
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Going forth, ClubArtisans will be putting pedal to the metal on helping vulnerable communities and charitable organizations that support the Green Movement.
At a time like this, we should try our level best to help small businesses who may be facing a crisis because of the circuit breaker, as well as artisans who pour their hearts and souls into their work.
After virtually touring some of your favorite gardens, indulging in some retail therapy, and a glass or bottle (judge not, people) of awesome wine, take a breather, relax and focus on how to bring more joy to yourself and your family every single day.
Staying positive is the way to go!
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