Went exploring today. This is at the orchid corner which was dedicated recently in memory to Lee Kuan Yew. It's really hot I wonder how the orchids are going to survive.

The Vanda Miss Joaquims. Read up on it and found this interesting:

"The designation of Vanda Miss Joaquim var. Agnes as Singapore’s national flower in 15 April 1981 was part of an overall effort to foster national pride and identity. Singapore has the unique distinction of being the only nation to have a hybrid as its national flower. The choice of an orchid as Singapore’s national flower is most appropriate because orchids have long been identified with Singapore.

The Vanda Miss Joaquim was picked from among 40 flowers, out of which 30 were orchids, as Singapore’s national flower. Among the several varieties of Vanda Miss Joaquim, the variety “Agnes” was chosen particularly for its vibrant colours, hardiness and resilience – qualities which reflect the Singapore spirit."

(http://www.nlb.gov.sg/sure/why-is-singapores-national-flower-an-orchid/)

So suitable because we all hybrids!

The da jie wanted to be photographed too, but she didn't want to stand under the hot sun so she opted for sitting on the bench.

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