May 9, 2017

0974, 2388, 3042 SINGAPORE - Gardens by the Bay

2388 Gardens by the Bay - Aerial view

Posted on 20.01.2014, 19.03.2016, 09.05.2017
Gardens by the Bay is a park found on reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir, which consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. It is an integral part of a strategy to transform Singapore from a "Garden City" to a "City in a Garden". The final construction cost for the project, not including the price of the land but including an access road, drainage works, and soil improvement, will be within a $1.035 billion allocated budget.

0974 Gardens by the Bay - The Supertree Grove

Supertrees are tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens' landscape with heights that range between 25m and 50m. Actually they are vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include planting, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens. They are fitted with environmental technologies that mimic the ecological function of trees - photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy, just like how trees photosynthesize; and collection of rainwater, exactly like how trees absorb rainwater for growth.

3042 Gardens by the Bay - Panoramic view (310x105mm)

Over 162,900 plants comprising more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers are planted on the Supertrees. There is an elevated walkway, the OCBC Skyway, between two of the larger Supertrees for visitors to enjoy a breathtaking aerial view of the Gardens. A food and beverage outlet is planned atop the 50m Supertree. At night, the Supertrees come alive with a light and music show called the OCBC Garden Rhapsody.

About the stamps
On the postcard 0974
The stamp that is repeated four times, depicting a White-Collared Kingfisher / Todiramphus chloris (0.05 SGD), belongs to the definitive stamps series named Pond Life, about which I wrote here. The last one is part of a series of definitive stamps, Vanishing Trades, bout which I wrote here.

On the postcard 2388
The first stamp is part of the series National Day - Modern Art, designed by Chan Willie and issued on August 9, 2009.


The last two stamps are part of the series National Day - Festivals, designed by Tze Ngan and issued on October 20, 2010:
• Chinese New Year (0, 55 SGD)
• Deepavali (0, 55 SGD)
• Hari Raya Aidilfitri (0, 55 SGD) - It's on the postcard 2388
• Christmas (0, 55 SGD)
• Chinese New Year (1st local) - It's on the postcard 2388
• Deepavali (1st local)
• Hari Raya Aidilfitri (1st local)
• Christmas (1st local)

On the postcard 3042
The first stamp is part of the third set of a series issued by Singapore Post (SingPost) and SG50 Programme Office to celebrate 50 Years of Independence (1965-2015), designed by Weng Ziyan. The 'red dot' concept which inspired the SG50 logo is the key design element which flows through each of the stamps. These annual stamp sets have been released in August around the National Day period. The two previous sets were Our Journey Together (48 years of independence) - 05.08.2013 (5 stamps), I am Singaporean (49 years of independence) - 04.08.2014 (15 stamps).
05.08.2015 - A Brighter Future Together (50 years of independence)
• United As One People (1st Local)
• A Smart Singapore (2nd Local) - It's on the postcard 3042
• Hear us Roar (0.60 SGD)
• Realising our Aspirations (0.70 SGD)
• Our Heritage, Our Culture, Our Future (0.90 SGD)
• Harmonious at Heart (1.30 SGD)

The second stamp is part of the series issued on August 8, 2016 to commemorate 50 years of Singapore's National Day Parade (NDP).
• 1st Local
• 2nd Local
• 0.60 SGD
• 0.70 SGD
• 0.90 SGD
• 1.30 SGD
• 2.00 SGD - It's on the postcard 3042

References
Gardens by the Bay - Wikipedia
Gardens by the Bay - Official website
Keeping Alive Memories of Vanishing Trades in Singapore Through Stamps - Singapore Post

Sender 0974: Tom Koh (direct swap)
Sent from Singapore, on 03.01.2014
Sender 2388: Pumipat
Sent from Singapore, on 03.03.2016
Sender 3042: Pumipat
Sent from Singapore, on 02.05.2017

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