Sakura Singapore 2018

Gardens by The Bay (GBTB) is celebrating Sakura Singapore (樱花) from now till 08 April and families are rejoicing! (Sakura Matsuri event)

Matsuri (祭) is Japanese word for Festival, and Japan is already forecasting first blooms in Tokyo.

Spring is here 春天来了

If you are an anime fan, today is the last day to catch the cosplayers in action (schedule and programme link). Sorry Pikachu Parade was only one run on the 17th.

Temperature in Flower Dome is kept at a cool 19 degrees to prolong the sakura’s lifespan. Also known as Cherry blossom, the flowering will normally last around one week.

Torii gate greeted us at the entrance of Flower Dome. Whip out your cameras and phones 🙂

Besides the beautiful Sakuras, GBTB has added dolls into the landscaping.

These life-like dolls infuse a dimension of Japan into the setting. Many are dressed in intricate Kimonos!

Tea house in the center.

Introducing the stars of Sakura Matsuri, the Sakura flowers 🙂

They look splendid from all angles, I like to look up and see the sakura canopy above us. Closeups macros are even more endearing.

More wefie and family photos 🙂

Popular corners will need to queue too, but I am only piqued by the constant stream of photo bombers (we are guilty too haha!)

Japanese themed bridges, umbrellas and Torii gates add to the feel 🙂

Look closer, some sakuras are still budding

The cosplayers are attracting some attention too! The makeup, costumes, are elaborate and the actors really spend a lot of efforts to craft the desired appearance.

We must have seen at least 50 cosplayers, mostly females. I only noticed the hair and iris colours haha, purple, red, blue, white, green or orange.

Any colour except black :p

Our kids are not anime fans but we find these folks (and culture) fascinating. You can spot many more characters at hashtag #SakuraMatsuri

You can catch anisong concerts and even a cosplay parade from 5pm onwards.


Map below indicate that most of the activities are confined to three areas. Except for Flower dome entrance, all other activities are free.

Fringe activities include posing with famous cosplayers from the region and do look out for the pulsating Taito drums performance.

 

Refer to the first photo of no1 Wei, he is imagining the splendid spread of Sakura Blossoms in Tokyo 🙂

We hope your family will enjoy Singapore’s magnificent Sakura Matsuri too. One day, I will bring them to see the real deal in Japan 🙂

Tips to enjoy Sakura Singapore (Sakura Matsuri) at GBTB :

-It will be crowded, buy the tickets online to avoid the queue

-Take note of the ‘special events” timing, so you plan accordingly (refer link to Sakura Matsuri below)

-Carpark space will be packed, alternate carparks at Satay, Barrage will be full house too. Drop your family at Gardens by the Bay Visitor area, and try parallel park at “Marina Mall”

-Flower Dome itself will be swamped!  It will be super difficult to get your perfect portraiture, even harder to mount your tripod

-Although official cosplay activities are only on 17/18 Mar weekend. You will still spot many cosplay enthusiasts (with wings and swords too!)

-Leave the mat and picnic at home, you cannot hanami in Flower Dome :p

Sakura Singapore
Sakura Singapore

Additional links :

-Gardens by the bay Sakura Matsuri – from now till 08 April
-Do follow GBTB Facebook and Website for sakura’s blooming status

-Read our previous Sakura Singapore experiences at Gardens by the Bay, all magical! (2016 and 2017)

-SengkangBabies Gardens by the Bay stories

 

 

 

 

Christmas at Gardens By the Bay

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We love Christmas at Gardens By the Bay.

Very few places in tropical Singapore can match Gardens by The Bay’s (GBTB) Christmas celebration. We enjoyed Poinsettia Wishes (Flower Dome) and  Christmas Wonderland last week.

 

“Poinsettia Wishes” at Flower Dome let us enjoyed the festive spirit and atmosphere, celebrations will end on 06 Jan 2018.

 

 

With Santa’s cabin and Lavvu (a shelter), and many more Christmas trees around, we needed more family photos but there are too many photobombs too 🙂

 

Toy soldiers, ringing in the Christmas carols.

Look up and you might spot Aurora (Northern Lights), from 7pm daily. I love the reflections off Flower Dome’s glass roof.

Outdoors, “Christmas Wonderland” awaits.

Entry is ticketed and gated, for crowd control. Areas like the Super Tree Grove and Meadow had Christmas markets, carnivals and even a skating rink.

 

We changed our tokens at “fairground” and had a go at some carnival actions.

 

The mini train rides were popular with the little ones.  

We loved the festive moods within the compound itself.

Christmas at Gardens By the Bay
Christmas at Gardens By the Bay

The highlight for Christmas Wonderland would be ice skating.

The Luminarie Lights are attractions themselves, so bright and beautiful.  They look so radiant under the dark sky, like sparkles of stars or snow flakes.

     

Luminarie Lights

Only a small complain from us, there was no shelters at the Meadow area. We were caught in three sudden downpours and everyone needed to rush and hunt for covers.

Christmas Wonderland might have ended, but you can still enjoy Flower Dome’s Poinsettia Wishes (till 06Jan).

Christmas at Gardens By the Bay is always an amazing experience, do pop by our previous celebrations (2014 and 2016).

Our GBTB experiences are documented at this link.
Happy New Year everyone!

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.