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VIP Orchids at Orchids Garden – Dendrobium Tien Soeharto

I was in Singapore Botanical Gardens recently and visited the Orchids Garden there. There is a section where you can find beautiful orchids named after Very Important People ( VIP ). These VIPs were either the Head of State in the government or from the Royal family. Surprisingly I saw a orchid that was named after the late Tien Soeharto, whom was the wife of the former President of Indonesia Mr Soeharto.  In Indonesia, she was commonly known as Ibu Tien. The orchid is named Dendrobium Tien Soeharto.

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VIP Orchid - Singapore OrchidsGarden

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I think the orchid Dendrobium Tien Soeharto is a bright and beautiful orchid. It is bright yellow in color with some elements of green color added to it. This orchid was named after her in 1974 when Ibu Tien visited the Singapore Botanical Gardens. There were many other orchids named after different VIPs such as Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of Britain and even Princess Masako of Japan. The Orchid Garden is a must visit place if you are in Botanical Gardens. The entry fee for adult is S$5/- per entry. I was amazed at the sight of so many beautiful orchids over there.

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Dendrobium Tien Soeharto
Dendrobium Tien Soeharto

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I have taken photos of the orchids in the Orchid Gardens as well as the Botanical Gardens in Singapore. If you are keen in viewing these photos, just follow the link to my website below:-

ImageSingapore.com

On the website, click on the photo gallery, then click on the category – Parks. You can see 2 categories – one is for Botanical Gardens and the other is for the Orchids Garden. Do make a point to visit the Botanical Gardens if you are in Singapore, it is definitely worth your time.

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Dendrobium Tien Soeharto
Dendrobium Tien Soeharto

Beautiful Mannequin on window display

Whenever I do my shopping in the mall, I will also looked out for beautiful window displays. Some retailers have put in lots of effort in ensuring  that their window displays are attractive and with a focus theme. Unfortunately there are also many retailers in the mall who are not bothered at all on window displays.  They simply placed the products in front of their store windows and expect the consumers to notice them. They do not realized that it only takes a couple of seconds for me or a consumer to pass by a retail store. So if the store fails to capture the shoppers attention, they will lose a potential sale.

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Beautiful Mannequin
Beautiful Mannequin

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I happen to pass by an exclusive boutique and saw this beautiful window display; and so I took a couple of photos of this beautiful window display. You can see a beautiful mannequin sitting in an artistic manner.  The entire big window was simply focus on this beautiful mannequin and it has the ability to capture shoppers passing by. So when I stopped and see, I will be drawn to focus on the clothes that this mannequin is wearing and the colorful bangles on the mannequin wrist. Lastly I will see the color socks and shoes that this beautiful mannequin is wearing. Effectively this store had managed to capture my attention on the clothes and accessories that they are selling in their store.

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Beautiful Mannequin
Beautiful Mannequin

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I have this habit of bringing my camera along with me whenever I go shopping. So when there is a beautiful window display that captures my attention, I will take some photos of it. We can learn from successful retailers who are good in the art of selling through their window displays. I will put more photos of beautiful mannequin and window displays in my future blogs.

Wood Carvings in Indonesia

Whenever I am in a store or gallery that displayed art, pictures, paintings or wood carving statues, I will take some time to browse through the works. Most of the art works that I have seen shows a reflection of the cultures and people of Indonesia.

I am particularly amazed at the display of wood carvings in Indonesia. Taking a block of wood and turning it into a beautiful art piece is really amazing to me. Wood carvings can indeed brings out the emotions in us when we appreciate the beauty of the art piece. Perhaps that is the reason why so many tourists coming into Indonesia would buy them and take it home.

The art of wood carvings in Indonesia has been handed down from one generation to the next. It is in central Java – Bali and Jepara; that the art of wood carvings thrives. Most of the work that you see are ornamental, statues of men and women, animals, mythological animals, jewel boxes, puppets and antique furniture. So there is a wide spectrum of works that you can see and appreciate.

Basically there are a few types of wood that are being used. You have the soft white wood – Belalu, which is cheap and is normally used to carve out for wooden toys or small souvenirs. Hard wood such as the crocodile wood which is white in color and the rain tree (Suar wood ) which is type of brown hard work, are also commonly used. However you seldom see Teak being used. This is because it is very expensive. Teak is regarded as a “Royal” or King of all woods. It is a real beauty and can last for generations.

Statutes of wood carvings in Indonesia are popular among tourists. Examples are statutes of Javanese woman, man or couples. You can see it in the photos here as well as in my website. For myself, I like statutes of Javanese woman, especially when they are dressed up in their traditional costumes. They look beautiful when you displayed them in your living room.

So the next time if you are in Indonesia, take some time to view some wood carvings. I am sure you will love it as much as I do. Prices of wood carvings are rather subjective. There are large stores that sells them on fixed prices and there also small vendors on the streets where bargaining is the norm.

For more information on wood carvings, arts and life in Indonesia, please visit our website at – Indonesiapics.com