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Fortress of Solitude

Living on an small island that deems itself a megalopolis, it is not easy to find places to pull back from the city's pace, observe things from a distance and recharge. It is probably wiser to never blog about these places and hide them away from mainstream attention, but some things are so beautiful they are worth sharing.
Everyone think that the Gardens by the Bay project only opens next year, so not many know that part of the Gardens has been open to the public for some time now. Faith and I serendipitously stumbled on the Gardens by the Bay East, across the water from the main Gardens, during one of our bike rides around our home.
Imagine our excitement when we rode beneath the Benjamin Sheares bridge and found a green oasis with an amazing view.
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We rode all the way to the end and were thrilled to discover that the Gardens were linked to the Marina Barrage. We've always wanted to go to the Barrage, but it used to be terribly inaccessible without the use of a car. Now that we could ride there on our bikes, I planned to make it one of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/annegirl/sets/72157626258605163/">my routes to work</a>.
The night view at the Gardens East is arguably even more astounding. When you walk into the Gardens at night, the footpath is lit up with tiny twinkling lights so you feel like you're walking on a belt of stars.
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My photos don't do it justice. You really need to be standing there to experience the wonder.
Watching the nightlife of the city from the quiet and breezy corner of the Gardens by the Bay is invigorating.
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The contrast between the exciting city and the quieter gardens is probably best visually represented by the juxtaposition of Gardens by the Bay South and the Marina Bay Sands.
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It probably isn't the wisest thing telling everyone about my nice quiet corner. But as always, when the crowds start swarming, I'll be looking for my next fortress of solitude.

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