I’m sure we’ve all seen the beautiful pink and white flowers carpeting our roads and fields in the recent weeks. Even if you’ve been living under a rock, or have been hiding in the comfort of your home to escape from the unrelenting heat, scrolling through your Instagram feed would have informed you of these glorious sightings.
In fact, I double-checked the location to confirm that my friends weren’t posting these pictures from Japan, but from Singapore. It really is pretty spectacular. I mean, I had expected this:
And then my Instafeed just surprised me further the more I scrolled, because can you believe it…
This is Singapore! I’m sure we all had this thought running through our heads: “Don’t need to go to Japan to see Sakura anymore.”
While these flowers are not truly the authentic Cherry Blossoms that symbolise the ephemeral nature of life, they do resemble them. They come from the Trumpet Trees and Mempat Trees, and have been boasting pink and white blossoms as a result of the crazy dry spells and sudden downpours in Singapore. Well, at least we’ve gained something beautiful out of the erratic weather we’ve been experiencing recently. The next thing we know, we could be drinking sake and feasting in a field of “Sakura”.
To help you capture this moment, we’ve put together a list of places you can go to catch a glimpse of this unexpected phenomenon. It may never happen in Singapore again so here’s a list of places you can go to right now to check them out!
1. Gardens by the Bay
2. Pasir Ris Drive 1
Source: Nori Ishmael
3. Sembawang Avenue
Source: Anne Yong
4. Tampines Street 21
Source: Nazreen Shakeel
5. Changi Business Park
Source: Apoorva Desikachar
6. Bedok Road
Source: Nori Ishmael
7. Woodlands Street 32
Source: Gordon Wong
8. Old Chua Chu Kang Road (Opposite Home Team Academy)
Source: Bin Hee Kwee
9. Toa Payoh Estate
Source: Eugene Sng
10. Sembawang Park
Source: Lee Siew Peng
11. Old Holland Road
Source: Oh Chew Hiang
12. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Source: Lufang Wang
13. Warren Country Club
Source: Adeline Chang
14. Katong Road
Source: Gregory Chan
15. Robertson Quay
16. Telok Blangah Hill Park, Stream Garden
Credits: Simon Soh
After Spring… comes Autumn
Japan has their own Cherry Blossom Association, and with the unpredictable climate change these days, we could very well be opening Singapore’s very own association in the near future!
I’m just kidding. But do note that the peak period of “spring” has passed and we are very well near the end of this season. So if you still want to catch a glimpse of these beautiful flowers, do it quick!
In fact, autumn has already arrived at Outram Park. You know, if you’re unable to catch spring, autumn’s not so bad either. Singapore, you keep surprising me!
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