Autumn Harvest at Flower Dome

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We were invited to Gardens By the Bay’s  (GBTB) Autumn Harvest. Pumpkins were strewn everywhere, in all shapes and sizes. Love the spread of orange and yellow hue through Flower Dome.

 

Autumn Harvest

What comes to mind when we think of Pumpkins?

Halloween? Pumpkin soup (南瓜)?

Or perhaps the mice which can turn into a Pumpkin carriage in Cinderella?

Look at the Golden Harvest, I am curious where did GBTB flew in so many varieties of Pumpkins! GBTB brochure highlighted “Season of Abundance”.

Take a closer look, some of the pumpkins have painted faces haha, quite adorable too 🙂

We got to know that Pumpkins originated from Greek, and it meant Large Melon. A special breed “Atlantic Giant” can weigh 1 ton!

(L) Jack and the beanstalk folk tale and (R) a busy elf crafting a pumpkin house

 

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, you will not miss this huge 6m tall fruity statue. Very creative vegetable and fruit giant, how many fruits can you identify?

 

These Pumpkins and scarecrows definitely look spooky, especially in the evenings. Spotted some psycho Joker face too! I guess they will be recycled for Halloween haha 🙂

 

 

Besides visiting the Pumpkin harvesting in Flower Dome, we got an opportunity to design some Pumpkins too.

Pumpkins need not be Orange in colour (haha), and kids were invited to stretch their imagination. Did I mention these pumpkins are heavy, easily 3 to 4 kg.

Who say Pumpkins must have two eyes :p
The boys’ green “Monster Inc” inspired pumpkins, I suggested adding some spider legs too. It comes with a headset for some pumped-up music juice too.

Pumpkin infused arts and craft. Families had Fun decorating the melons, we got some creative inputs from Elves too haha (IG @ThePartyElves)

I was half expecting some Pumpkin ingredients in our refreshment :p

 

Presenting SengkangBabies Pumpkins, we did not bring the pumpkins home. We found a delightful video Pumpkin fertilisation and harvesting too, YouTube link.

 

Besides Autumn Harvest, Flower Dome never fails to amaze us, love the other flowers and decorations too. 

If you are a fan of Autumn (sorry no Maple leaves yet), or Pumpkins, do pop by Flower Dome soon. “Autumn Harvest” display will end on 29 Oct 2017.

 

Do follow Gardens by The Bay website, Facebook and Instagram for the latest update. You can expect the beautiful Mid-Autumn lanterns to shine again from 22 Sep.

Do pop by our Gardens By The Bay outings here.

Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep temple might be the most visited temple in Chiang Mai. Besides the golden stupas (Pagoda), the panoramic city view at 1676m is impressive.

Doi Suthep Temple
Doi Suthep Temple

Doi Suthep temple is not only visited by pilgrims and tourists, it is a favourite circuit for cyclists too, they love the crazy and torturous slopes!

The first question, climb 309 steps or take a lift?

Ticket entrance is 30 THB, the lift would cost 50 THB.

This temple is glittering with gold! And an endless stream of visitors throng its sacred grounds. Status of Buddhas can be spotted everywhere in shrines.


The real name for this temple is “Wat Phra That Doi Suthep“, Doi Suthep is actually the name of the mountain.

That famous Golden Dome! Looks splendid under the afternoon sun.

 

 

There is a white elephant legend too, how Buddha’s relic was brought to the temple’s site.

We can see Chiang Mai city from the top, look closely and you will see aeroplanes taking off too! Some folks actually drive up mid-way just to catch the marvelous Sunset (so romantic).

Wear a light jacket as temperature was between 21-23 degrees when we visited in December.

There is a small market at the foot of the steps, selling bbq and grilled meat. Try the deep fried pig skin, crispy and addictive.

I felt so guilty describing this sinful collagen snacks haha :p

 

Back in town, our driver recommended this eatery for authentic Thai cuisines.  We would highly recommend “Aroon (Rai)” to our friends 🙂

GPS For Doi Suthep Temple – 18.804317, 98.919974
Besides cycling, there are hiking trails too. Doi Suthep is about 20km West of Old City, do check with local guides on which pear period to avoid (jams) cars and human)

GPS For Authentic Thai restaurant – 18.786239, 98.993550

 

If you are looking for shopping centres in Chiang Mai, you would be disappointed. All our 5D4N Chiang Mai Family Itinerary photos have been uploaded :

– 5D4N Chiang Mai Family Itinerary
– Day 1 photos — Airbnb stayGrand Canyon Waterpark
– Day 2 photos – Doi Inthanon
– Day 3 photos – Buatong waterfallSiam Insect ZooDoi Suthep temple
– Day 4 photos – Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Old city

Follow out hashtag #skbChiangMai

Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty

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To celebrate the upcoming LEGO Ninjago Movie, a new set of Ninjago kits were released. We were gifted the awesome Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty.

I had wanted to build the boat the boat with the kids over the weekend, but kids were addicted and constructed the boats in under 5 days!

I would prefer Lego over Smartphones any day 🙂

Working hand in hand, one person took charge of one section. We see the sections connecting, from sampan upsize to boat and then a full scale old Chinese junk ship.

This ship would not sail without teamwork and collaboration. I understand from Mum that the kids managed to solve all the constructions between themselves, with minimum supervision.

5 days, 2200+ pieces, weighing a hefty 2.7kg.

Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty is an impressive ship!  No one would dare to disturb the heavily armed Ninjas.

Ninjago Destiny's Bounty
Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty

What we like about Lego is the simple yet detailed instructions. Kids can always celebrate a mini milestone, before embarking on the next segment.

Kids are learning about Project Management, the Lego way 🙂
Breaking down complex tasks into digestible modules.

Ahoy, these anchors can really move!

 

The honorable Sensei with his staff and Jay checking out the lavatory :p (comes with toilet paper too!)

 

Video (YouTube link) : Checkout how Ninjago Destiny Bounty sails the sea and its hidden compartments!

Ninjago Destiny Bounty in details. There are certainly a lot of corners for the Ninjago characters to hide.

Zane never miss with his crossbow.

 

Cole looked intimidating with his sledge hammer!

Ship “commander” Nya standing right at the tip of the bow.

 

Lloyd keeping watch, ready to drop anchor.

Kai steering the ship.

 

All the Ninjagos are in good hands, and we trusted engineer Boon Xin to construct a robust and strong boat.

 

Ninjago Movie premieres from 28 Sep 2017, and this is a short trailer. The soundtrack “Bad Blood” rocks!

From 28 August to 10 September (11am to 9pm), head down to Plaza Singapura to attempt to defeat evil Warlord Garmadon!

Video (YouTube Link): #NinjagoChallenge preview

This event is open to all Lego Ninjago fans, do pop by Lego Facebook for the latest updates.