Singtel’s Home without Walls photo contest

Through “Home without Walls” photo contest, SingTel aims to inspire Singaporeans to connect with their families and forge stronger bonds with their loved ones.

To bring families closer together, the “Home Without Walls” Open Category photo contest encourages Singaporeans to submit photo entries under the following four themes relating to precious family moments with various members that make up the family:

– Father Figures (Fathers)
– Grand for a Reason (Grandparents)
– Mum’s the Word (Mothers)
– Just Kidding (Children)

View the gallery here –> http://www.homewithoutwalls.com/

Remember this photo? Danny Santos had captured our kids back in May.

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The photo contest is open to all Singaporeans and submission is done through the SingTel FaceBook page (dated 27Jun entry). Photographs can be taken with any camera, including mobile devices.

Participants are encouraged to share the story behind their photos by a caption of not more than 140 characters on what the photo represents. You can summit up to twelve photographs.

Contest ends on 5 August. The Grand Prize winner for the Open Category contest will walk away with S$2,500, and the individual winners for each of the four category themes will enjoy S$500 in cash prize.

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Good luck, and have fun taking more family portraits 🙂

Gardens by the Bay opening

Whether you are riding on the Singapore Flyer, swimming at Marina Bay Sands’ infinity pool or driving along East Coast Parkway, you will be able to spot Gardens By the Bay‘s (滨海湾花园) iconic structures like the SuperTrees, and the conservatories (Flower Dome and Cloud Forest).

Costing a cool $1 billion and spanning five years, Singapore’s latest Gardens for the people was officially opened last Friday. And we are telling you the night lightings and ambient is totally different from the day. The SuperTrees glow ! (pun intended).

We arrived on Sat afternoon, to be greeted by “Insects.” The performers don grasshopper, Ladybird backpacks, and kids were encouraged to pick up the loose balls.

Has Spring arrive in Singapore, nope, it is still 33 degrees :p

Grab your tripod along. There are so many vantage points to capture your family portraits.

This is one Garden build for families to enjoy.

As NDP is carrying out their rehearsals every Sat till 09Aug, you can see a lot of actions in the sky. The F15s Eagles were LOUD !

SengkangBabies is proud to Marina Bay’s amBAYssador, it gives us extra privileges at the Gardens 🙂
Gardens attractions are mostly free, except for the two conservatories and skyway. Do drop by Gardens homepage for pricing.

We started with Cloud Forest, as we have seen the cool waterfall and mist from news ,and other bloggers’ postings. Enjoy the spray of mist as you are welcome into another world, 100% different from humid warm Singapore.

The man-made waterfall seems to be cascading from a green mountain, we need to start from storey six and walk down the “mountain”. You will be mesmerized by the cascading waterfall. Someone say Cloud Forest resembles
Jurassic Park’s “Lost World”, we Love it !

As you follow the spiraling pathways downward, the glass wall allows you to peek out at neighbouring icons like Singapore Flyers and Marina Bay Sands.

The plants and landscaping are supposed to be the highlights in the dome, but Daddy thought the glass wall is an important feature. From any corner, you can just look up and be amazed at the amazing reflections.

Love the green reflections off the “mountain”! You do not realised how tall are the walkways unless you purposely try to look down. When you look up from the base, the feeling is surreal, you just conquered a scenic mountain 🙂

Six storeys, Six stories. Each floor offer another page to explore. Crystal mountain offers stalagmites.

Kids will learn about how our earth is coping with rising sea level, global warming etc. Will mother Earth still be around in 100 years? Will Singapore be submerged because the melting ice at both North South poles are raising the sea levels?

What happens when Earth’s temperature raised by another 5°C degrees in the next century? Kids will be exposed to the environment issues facing us today. The 3D projections at 5°C is Cool!

We pop inside Gardens by the Bay’s concept room, to find out more about Garden’s designs and functions.

Peep behind every window to discover another awesome sight !

We quickly pop into Flower dome, as time was running out. The conservatories and Skyway normally stop visitors from 2030 onwards. As we have visited Flower Dome at last Nov’s preview, we quickly headed to the central area to take more photos.

Outdoor, we headed back to the SuperTrees. Did you notice the yellow pathway linking the Trees? this is OCBC’s skyway, and day-entry fee is $5, L-O-N-G queue! You must make this your first stop at Gardens !

The SuperTrees will be illuminated in the evening. You must see it yourself to soak in the ambient. We can imagine the cool breeze if we are walking on top ! From 1945 to 2000, you can expect Laser shows too.

As we bid the Gardens good night, we notice more cars are streaming in. Gardens will close at 0200, in case you are in the mood for romance.

Thank you Gardens By The Bay, and Marina Bay for the invitation ! One day is definitely not enough to explore the Gardens. Daddy is confident the Dragonfly will agree with your tagline “Where Wonder Blooms!

Follow this link for our preview of Flower Dome last Nov ( Day and Night offer different perspectives). More Flower photos are available at our fanfage.

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Marina Bay Sands Infinity pool

At Marina Bay Sands Infinity pool, what did Boon Yi do to make Daddy so angry again? Daddy also threw him in Malacca’s pool ! Read on to find out why we are hanging out at Marina Bay area again.

Click on video for a preview of SengkangBabies’ Water FUN !

Some of the icons spotted in and around MBS, including our Merlion friend.

Actually, we had pop by Jiu Jiu’s Marina Bay Sands (MBS) staycation last month. When Daddy told the kids that we can swim in the world’s tallest swimming pool, kids agree to behave immediately 🙂

Daddy brought Kang up to skypark for a sneak peek first. The weather is HOT, and we can already imagine ourselves soaking in the pool !

Skypark is really lush with greenery. Hello, this is a roof, but it is also an oasis, and not your usual concrete and mortar. So NICE !

Everyone must pose next to the “edge” when you up in MBS’s infinity pool :p

Although there is a safety gap beyond the wall, we would advise parents to ensure active kids do not try to scale the wall. There are also lifeguards on duty.

There is a wading pool for the younger ones

Needless to say, Yi and Xin truly are water babies too.

We went on a weekday, and it was already quite crowded. It will be hard to imagine how crowded the pool will be on a weekend. Forget about doing your laps 🙂

From the front, you can view Singapore’s Central Business district..

On the other side, we can catch the paranomic Gardens by the Bay. We did a short introduction about 29th Jun’s opening yesterday. This garden will be a nice picnic spot for families 🙂

Click for more Skypark and Swimming photos at SengkangBabies fanpage.

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