On a Friday before the Mid-Autumn Festival, we went on an outing to the ever-crowded Gardens.
We stood in the middle of the bridge, leaning over to feel it shaking ever so slightly, feeling the cool night air against our faces.
We sat by the waterfront, watching the Supertrees light up for a second time, commenting about the musical arrangement and how the lights look better further away.
I am again reminded of the fact that with some, it really is easier for friendship to grow when you don’t have to work professionally together. When you don’t have to draw clear lines, maintain boundaries, worry about your shortcomings and inadequacies, knowing that a friend would support you in ways a colleague perhaps would not and could not.
We saw supertrees, man-made structures which reached heights of 25-50m. According to Wikipedia, they are supposed to be:
“home to enclaves of unique and exotic ferns, vines, orchids… They are fitted with environmental technologies that mimic the ecological function of trees… just like how trees photosynthesize; collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, just like how trees absorb rainwater for growth. The Supertrees also serve air intake and exhaust functions as part of the Conservatories’ cooling systems.”
Of course, there were also “real” trees around.
Although, if I were a tree in this environment, I’d be pretty intimidated by these steel mega-structures.
After a while, you can’t help but start to wonder: What happened to the natural part of nature?