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





PIKA PIKA Changi Airport

[ Media Invite ]

Pika Pika Changi Airport has landed!

When Changi Airport changed their social media profile to Pokemon, you know something big and cute is coming!
Pika Pika Changi Airport

There is a 7m Pikachu in T3 plus countless Pokemon Christmas trees all around.

Changi Airport’s social media platforms were blasted with adorable Pikachus, runway too!

PIKA and friends have literally invaded Changi Airport!

I brought two smaller kids to Changi Airport to catch the highly anticipated Pikachu parade 🙂

The crowd went wild when PIKA PIKA waved to us !

PIKAs just need to shake left and wriggle right, and crowd would chant “So CUTE! Kawaii!

I am not a fan of PokemonGo. The kids play the game, just not on my phones (kee kee), and I was swayed by Pokemon vibes.

At T3 Departure Hall, Snowflakes, Christmas trees and Gingerbread house rings in the festive spirit. Do peep into Santa’s workshop and Mrs Claus’ Confectionery too 🙂

Pikachus were ambushed by Pokemon Fans everywhere.

Kids were eagerly waiting to selfie with the PIKAS.

Video (link) : Pikachu Parade dancing

I tell you, some Parents are even more Excited than the kids.

More Pokemons and Pokestops around Changi Airport, some are in Transit.

Meanwhile in T2, the Snorlax is having a chill time 🙂

Every $60 spent, entitle you to grab a cute Pokemon plush toy for $9.90 . Do take note of Plush toys hatching (schedule)

You can experience Z-Moves and Face Painting kiosks, do remember to download your QR code from this link beforehand.

There will be No bouncing castle this year, besides Pokemon, you can still enjoy some fun photo posing (and of course the slides).

All “Pokemon At Changi” activities are listed on this website, participate in the games and win some cute souvenirs.

* Pokemon At Changi display and exhibitions will run till 11 Feb 2017
** Pokemon Fans can meet and greet Pikachu weekends 6pm and 8pm (except 3 Dec) till 01 January 2017.
*** Trainers who take at least three photos at the Poketrail sites and share with hashtag #PokemonAtChangi stands to win a premium (details here)

For those searching for more photos and videos of Singapore’s first Pikachu parade, do pop by Cheekiemonkies, MummyEd and 3WheelingTots 🙂

(image credit Changi Airport)

Last year was Star Wars (we love X-wing fighters!), and Pika Pika Changi Airport for 2016, Cool!

Follow Changi Airport on their Facebook and Website for the latest updates.