2016 Singapore Garden Festival

[ Media Invite ]

2016 Singapore Garden Festival (SGF 2016) blooms till 31st July. Let flowers, Plants, Landscapes and creative ideas indulge your senses smell, taste, and visual πŸ™‚

We look so small under the CHAIRS.
Chairs of the Giants Singapore Garden Festival

Those parking at Meadow or near Flower Dome will enter via Entrance D and C respectively. Those taking MRT will enter via Entrance A (Market Place).
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Three sections of SGF 2016, we only visited Meadow and Bayfront. Do take note only Market Place is free entry, but we had to skip due to time constraint.
Singapore Garden Festival map
(Image credit SGF 2016)

[ Meadow Stage ]

Kids acting behind the tea cups.
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Indulge in some “Fantasy Gardens”.
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Maui culture anyone?
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Upsize down fantasy.
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Flower fields and a huge Bee hive.
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Inter school competition
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There are 15 landscape and garden designers from around the World.
You can imagine the long queues as I suspect this corner has the most photogenic landscapes.

I love Kyoto!
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.. even Sugarcanes maze is quite fascinating. We were half-expecting a sugarcane drink stall at the corner :p
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The fringe flower displays are amazing and beautiful in their own patterns and lights.
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Beautiful Orchids and sculptures in “Secret Gardens”.
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A stalk dedicated to our founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Is the red ruby flower (on the right) also know as itchy-powder? We used to disturb each other during our primary school days!
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Get up close (yes Wefie) with huge bugs πŸ™‚
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Complimentary buggy ride for ticket holders.
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[ Bayfront Plaza ]

If you are coming from Entrance C or D, the path to Bayfront Plaza area (8 minutes walk) is next to Hospitality Pavilion.

Gardeners’ Cup with 60 community gardening groups. Kudos to these volunteers, my neighbourhood “garden” is definitely not so fanciful!
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Intrigue your senses.
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My personal favourite section at 2016 Singapore Garden Festival could be the Amazing Bonsais! So delicate!
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Miniature landscapes. Life like humans and buffalo.
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Cool! Chinese characters of Dragon and I Love Singapore πŸ™‚
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Tables? Not sure whether practical but they sure look nice πŸ™‚
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Some designs are very abstract!
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Edible displays.
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Sushi are all made of plants! (and wasabi too). Check out the “flower bento” sets too. Edible?
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More details about SGF 2016 :

– Opening hours : 10am to 10pm
– Ticketing Adults (Local resident): $12/$16 (Weekday/weekend), Child(3 to 9 years) and Senior citizen: $6/ $9
(Do buy tour tickets online at SGF 2016 website to avoid the crowd!)
– Each ticket allows one entry to Flower Dome (Orchid Extravaganza at Flower Dome). You need not cover Flower Dome on the same day.
– Weekends will be crowded and carparks will definitely be full.

For the latest updates, follow 2016 Singapore Garden Festival on their Website and Facebook, or Instagram #SgGardenFest

More flowers loaded on our Fanpage album πŸ™‚
Click link to view our GardensByTheBay visits.

NDP 2016 at National Stadium

NDP 2016 at National Stadium.
No Red Lions, Flypast, or Big bang fireworks.

However, the best part of the show is watching the kids enjoy themselves.
Singing, Cheering, Reciting the Pledge, Mari Kita (National Anthem Majulah Singapura).

When did they memorised the lyrics (link) for Tomorrow’s Here Today? (I even have problem remembering the tongue-twisting song Title)

Nevermind, kids are showing us Singapore’s future is bright πŸ™‚

Seeing Alethea and Boon Xin enjoying themselves, can I nominate them for the BEST motivators award?
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Band 53a crooning NDP 2016’s theme song.
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Military band.
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Huge LCD screens all around ensure we never miss any action. Motivators are decked in white to rah-rah the audience and raise the tempo.
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We enjoyed all the segments and goosebumps. Nothing like singing favourite Singapore songs together πŸ™‚
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Two items are memorable, hand-signing of “Count on Me Singapore!” and Kallang Waves (endless haha).
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Video (Link): NDP 2016 “Count On Me” Hand Signs (Not easy for me to coordinate my left right hands haha but give us points for our enthusiasm)

To be truly successful, Singapore must embrace everyone in the society.
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Proud Singaporeans.
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Contingents form-up.
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When the Chinook flypast with Singapore flag (look at big LCD ok), sing Majullah Singapura with Gusto!
I want the kids to be proud to be Singaporeans, hope they will not take our Nation’s peace for granted (especially in these uncertain times).

Some folks will get to Pull the Singapore flags up the seats!
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Stand-in President reviewing Guard of Honour.
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Feu-de-joie (Indoor), super LOUD as the blanks echo around the stadium πŸ™‚
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Sky turning dark, but the atmosphere and mood indoor is electrifying.
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March past
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Police and soldiers file onto the steps, symbolising everyone need to play a part to keep Singapore safe.
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More smiles
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Shine wrist band, SHINE! Thousands of little lights will be synchronised off our wrists πŸ™‚
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Twinkle Twinkle little stars lit up the National Stadium, so NicE!
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Folk hero “Legend of Badang”, and a Singapore Stone πŸ™‚
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Story telling, Ah Gong sharing Singapore’s growing years.
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2065 Singapore, is that our home in the sky?

Look at the “rolling” multimedia screen below the stage, as children paintings (and aspirations) are projected, the performers form the shape too. Impressive act!
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Fireworks seem a distance away (over at Kallang Basin).
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Rousing audience, indoor fireworks too! Indoor fireworks feel closer and definitely more impactful! Let us sing patriotic songs together again πŸ™‚
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Video (Link) : NDP 2016 theme Song by 53A

We can see the Singapore flag projected onto the roof.
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Happy family, NDP 2016 went beyond our expectations, Kudos!
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Thank you to all the volunteers and participants for such a splendid performance!
Funpack comes in Red and White, and they got water proof cover too, Cool.
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Video (Link) : Songs , and more Songs

NDP show and performance is always better when we participate with buddies, Cheekiemonkies πŸ™‚
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This was our NDP 51 preview (NDP 2016 at National Stadium), and we are sure more families will enjoy the upcoming previews too! Gather more details and highlights about NDP 2016 on their website and NDPeeps Fanpage.

– SG50’s NDP celebration was poignant because we lost Mr Lee Kuan Yew
Old National Stadium (Kallang Stadium)
– More NDP parades here http://sengkangbabies.com/tag/ndp
– Nearest MRT is Stadium, followed by Kallang and Mountbatten stations
– (updated 27Jul, Leisure Dome carpark no longer available from 30July onwards)
Leisure Dome carpark will still be available but expect jams (Carpark 4 and 5 reserved for NDP)

– More photos uploaded on our Fanpage album.

Have a Good 51st Birthday Singapore, we LOVE you!

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