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.

Sakura Blossom Bliss at Gardens by the Bay

White, Pink, Red, Yellow, these Sakura Blossom all look stunning 🙂
Gardens By The Bay’s latest campaign Blossom Bliss has brought Sakuras (樱花) to humid Singapore!

sakura blossom

Sakuras in Full Bloom, but do hurry as the flowers will wilt away by 24th Mar.
Blossom Bliss

No bad shots. Just aim in any direction, capture some bokeh effect and the Sakuras just pop! I would recommend morning Sun for the dreamy effect.

The bokeh effect, either front or back seems to pull us into the beautiful Sakura domain.

Go low and shoot skyward with the dome (and blue sky overhead) for that dreamy effect (sun rays). Personally, I would recommend viewing the Sakuras in the day rather than night.

Everyone is eager to snap a Sakura memory, it would be a challenge to avoid photo bombers 🙂

Take a Sakura shot with the Japanese style bridge or pavilion, or even cosplayer, it does add another dimension of “Feel”.

Gardens by The Bay’s (GBTB) Sakura Blossom Bliss is unique and sensational in an unique way because so many variety of Sakuras have been brought under one roof (I meant Dome). Although we cannot Hanami (picnic under the blooms), the picturesque landscape does make our hearts flutter and camera clicks.


This pink variety does looks a bit like Chrysanthemum.

I got one recommendation for GBTB, do introduce some man-made breeze, let the Sakura branches sway and petals fall. It would be such a romantic sight.

Even the buds look so pretty.

Do book your tickets online to avoid the crowds, and be prepared for long queues at carparks, and entry to Flower Dome. More updates about Sakura Blossom Bliss can be found on Gardens by the Bay (GBTB) Website, Facebook and Instagram.

Click to visit GBTB’s first season of Cherry Blossoms in 2016 here. We have uploaded more photos on our Fanpage album.

family portraits Flower dome

While you are exploring Gardens By The Bay, do capture some Dinosaurs with Children’s Festival’s Dye-Nosaur Gardens. Huge Dinosaurs are roaming on the grounds of Gardens by the Bay!