Sunday, January 27, 2019

Bae Yong Jun, Zhou Xun, Elton John, Ricky Martin Orchids In Singapore

Bae Yong Jun
VVIP Orchids:

At the National Orchid Gardens @ Botanic Gardens many celebrities, from all over the world, have specially bred orchids named after them. 

I Overlooked An Orchid (While Searching For A Rose): Mickey Gilley.

These celebrities include politicians, world leaders, royalties, movie stars, music makers, etc. This practice started in 1956 and to date, there are about 200 names. 

Offhand, some of the names included
Lee Kuan Yew, 
Kwa Geok Choo, 
Lady Anne Black, 

Indira Gandhi, 
Emperor Akihito, 
Queen Elizabeth 2, 

Princess Diana,  
Margaret Thatcher, 
Nelson Mandela, 

Gloria Macapagal-Aroyo, 
Laura Bush, 
Annika Sorenstam, 
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The 1950 song, I Overlooked An Orchid While Looking For A Rose was first recorded by Carl Smith but became a number one hit for Mickey Gilley in 1974. It has been covered by other singers. 

Yes, an orchid, never an outrageous beauty like the rose but an everlasting, lovely, and strong presence in the living room or garden, and great for a country symbol. 
The list goes on as the celebrities visit Singapore and the Botanic Gardens. They include:

Zhou Xun (image above), 
Jane Goodall,
Joe and Jill Biden, 

Paloma Picasso, 
Shah Rukh Khan, 
Michael Kors, 
Serena Williams,
*Xi Jinping/Peng Liyuan

Ban Ki-Moon, 
Amitabh Bachchan, 
Aun San Suu Kyi.
Prince William/Duchess of Cambridge

Even our pop stars are honored
Elton John (below), 
Ricky Martin, 
Andrea Bocelli,

Bae Yong Jun (image above),
Stefani Sun and 
Jackie Chan.
If there are more names to add, please write in on the Comment Connection below.



This posting, like all other ones on this blog, does not promote any person, place or product. It is my own personal musing.

Andy Lim.
Stephanie Sun, Singapore Pop Star who has made it big overseas, has an orchid named after her.

1 comment:


Hi Andy,

I haven't heard the song, I OVERLOOKED AN ORCHID before.
First time listening to it and liked it immediately.

Thank you for posting it on your blog.

Wishing you a Happy Lunar New Year in advance.