Your Local City Guides - The Green Side of Life

Olivia Choong
Environmentalist, Singapore
Olivia is a writer, publicist and passionate environmentalist. She founded the Singapore chapter of Green Drinks, a monthly meet-up of the eco-conscious and runs her own PR firm, Sustainable PR. In her spare time, she blogs at SocialIntercourse.

The Green Side of Life

In a country known as the "Garden City", Singapore hides tiny pockets of nature waiting to be discovered. To complete her stay at one of Singapore's greenest hotels, PARKROYAL on Pickering, Olivia embarked on a two night stay mission to pick out the top destinations to get on with the green side of life.

Rail Corridor

Rail Corridor

A former railway route between Singapore and Malaysia; the tracks have since been removed and what remains is a 26KM stretch of continuous greenery from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands. Rich in biodiversity, it is not uncommon to spot plenty of butterflies and birds during your visit.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens

A green lung in the city, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a graceful, sprawling garden that contains a collection of plants native to the tropics as well as heritage trees. It’s the perfect place for a picnic with friends, family, as well recreational activities such playing frisbee or taking a walk.

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Bukit Brown

Bukit Brown

Home to more than 100,000 traditional Chinese tombs, Bukit Brown is a charming cemetery off Lornie Road of great historic value. Unfortunately it might not be around by 2030, as the Singapore government has plans to develop the land for transport and housing. A must visit before Qing Ming when construction work begins.

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Sugei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Sugei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Gazetted by the government as a nature reserve, and regarded as a place of importance for migratory birds, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve features mangroves, plenty of plant life, insects, and animals including crocodiles. It is located in the Kranji countryside, tours are available and there are educational activities held there from time to time.

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Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is a scenic 101-hectare plot of land which includes the Bay Central Gardens, Bay South Gardens, and Bay East Gardens. Visit The Flower Dome and the Supertree Grove, which houses plants from all over the world, and if you don’t mind heights take a walk on the Skyway.

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Bollywood Veggies

Bollywood Veggies

Located in Kranji, this organic farm is a restful space that promotes the importance of greenery with witty slogans around the premises. Visitors should dine at Poison Ivy, where the food is affordable and tasty, plus the restaurant sources its ingredients locally where possible. Before leaving, purchase your own greenery near the entrance of the farm.

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Sustainable Living Kampung

Sustainable Living Kampung

Situated in Bottle Tree Park in Yishun, the Sustainable Living Kampung is run by non-profit group Ground-Up Initiative. Each weekend from 9am to noon, the public is welcome to join their community in various activities, such as yoga and gardening. Make sure to also pop by the Sustainable Living Lab (SL2) to check out their innovative products.

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Southern Ridges

Southern Ridges

The Southern Ridges consists of HortPark, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Mount Faber Park, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve, spanning a total distance of 10km. My favourite parts are the Forest Walk and Canopy Walk.

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Bistro @GardenAsia

Bistro @GardenAsia

Located in the Kranji Countryside, the Bistro @GardenAsia serves delicious food in a relaxed setting decorated with plants, beside a large pond. Its menu features locally grown vegetables, which means the carbon footprint of their food is significantly reduced. Opening Hours: Mon to Tues (CLOSED) Wed to Thurs (11am to 6pm) Fri to Sat (11am to 11pm) Sun (10am to 6pm).

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Green Drinks

Green Drinks

Held every last Wednesday of the month, Green Drinks is an informal monthly event that brings together the community, businesses, and people from the media, government and NGOs to exchange ideas and collaborate for change.

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