Lettuce, Cabbage, Tomato, Strawberry at Gardens by the Bay

You heard us correctly. Gardens by the Bay (GBTB) is selling displaying daily fruits and vegetables in it’s lush Flower Dome, themed “Sugar Mountain”.

Normally, we will associate cabbage and tomato with wet market (read our AMK trip), what a refreshing change 🙂

Christmas Sugar Mountain tells the story about a pineapple boy and straweberry girl 🙂

To quote from GBTB and designer Kazuyuki Ishihara:
Stemming from Ishihara’s belief in the power of food to bridge the disparities in society, the display features two characters – a pineapple boy called “Ananas” and a strawberry girl “Berry“. Both have to live apart because of their different growing conditions until one day when they stumble upon a garden with a special mountain that provides for all their needs. In this paradise of theirs, they build a home and live happily ever after.

Fruits everywhere, if we had come a few days earlier, we might be tempted to pluck the strawberries :p

We found a cosy corner near California, our Lollipop corner 🙂

Peep-a-Flyer, behind thick foliage.

Christmas accessories and salad-ingredients side by side, where is our salad bowl?

Kids were busy trying to spot the next Tomato, Pineapple or green capsicum !

Next to us was a group of senior citizens on a community visit, and all the aunties were happily remarking about Gardens’ rich produce.

Love this plot of green leafy lettuce. Is it organic?

We can smell Christmas spirit everywhere.

This cute truck is the center of attraction.

Let us tell you more about Ananas and Berry 🙂

Reindeers were spotted ushering in the festive month.

Hello Maple leaf

Families would enjoy celebrating Christmas at GBTB.

We pop by Cloud Forest again, whose Waterfall never fail to amaze us.

From the top, we can spot Far East Organisation (FEO) playground ! FEO playground is slated to open in 2014Jan, and we will share why this playground rocks in another post.

+5 Degrees, kids have a better understanding of global warming and it’s effect.

Gardens by the Bay is celebrating “12 Days of Sweet Treats” from 13 to 24Dec. Visit GBTB Fanpage daily from 13Dec onwards to win great prizes !

More photos of our FEO playground and Sugar Mountain trip are in our Fanpage.

SengkangBabies are proud to be a Gardens Angel, click on the logo to smell more Tulips from our previous experience 🙂

What can we learn from the Riot?

One whole generation has grown up in peaceful Singapore.
Yesterday’s Channel News footage of rioting did not happen in Bangkok, but right in our own Little India.

We now know the riot was triggered by a bus accident which leads to the death on a foreign worker. A sad incidence, but the actions which happen afterwards were uncalled for.

Youtube footages showcase overturned police vehicles and burning ambulance.
It was fortunate that no one was seriously hurt.

More shocking than the rioting and disorder are the online comments.

Similar to the recent “annonymous hacking” incidence, a group of people were out in force spreading half truths and chanting racial slurs.

The comments were unhelpful and adding fuel to fire. Some examples are :
– send them back to their countries
– insulting slurs to Indian’s darker pigment
– along the way, someone will mention “why Singapore so many Foreign Talents” again
– Police only know how to bully residents

I can explain the physical riot to my children, but I could not find a logical explanation for the online rioters‘ agenda.

Yes, you can hate the government or the politicians, but you do not side with the enemies or troublemakers to harm Singaporeans. It is only a matter of time before we read “sensational” reporting from websites like TheRealSingapore.

(For the record, I seek alternate views, but some websites are only out to draw blood, spread half truths and fan raw sentiments)

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What can we learn from this rioting incidence?

1) Remind our kids that nothing can be taken for granted, be it peace or safety

2) We can be frank and admit that racial harmony and integration is an ongoing process. All it takes is some idiotic comments to stress Singapore’s racial harmony

3) When we see a Police officer or Paramedic (Hometeam), we can show some appreciation, he/she is keeping Singapore safe. Hometeam should organise more events to engage the community, like the recent open house

4) For a few hours during the riot, Singapore Police Force’s Fanpage and ChannelNewsAsia kept Repeating the same message :

“Police confirmed a riot at .. public stay away.. and situation is under control”

We are lucky that the situation was under control.
– What happen if the riot spreads?
– What happen if there are more casualties?
– What happen if we need to contact our loved ones who might be in the vicinity?
– Are we supposed to rely on ChannelNewsAsia (CNA) as the source of update?

During that few hours, with a lack of information, everyone went online for the latest updates. That’s when speculations and untruths spurn out of proportion.

(Most people would feel uncomfortable watching police vehicles and ambulance burning)

We need an official voice and medium, someone with authority to update the latest situation. Having an official update at 1.30am might be too late.

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If you have not been to Little India before, do pop by when things have settle down.
Absorb the surroundings, take in the burst of colours, and yes, the scents.
Our previous trip to Little India.

Majority of Indians (be it from India, Bangladesh) are peace-loving hardworking folks.
They are here in Singapore so that their families can enjoy a better life.

If the kids come up from this episode less gullible, and not taking Singapore’s safety and peace for granted, it will be a positive start.