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Tribal Tempo at Gardens by the Bay

Tribal Tempo is the first large-scale South African floral display in Singapore and we dropped by Gardens by the Bay a few weeks ago to check it out. We were simply fascinated with the breathtakingly beautiful proteas, calla lilies and gerberas. David was there with us too and he was more fascinated with the animal sculptures than anything else though.

It was surprising to learn that the arid parts of southern Africa has one of the largest and richest diversity of succulent plants in the world. Some 40 per cent of the world’s succulents grow in southern Africa! Since it is located in the southern hemisphere, spring in South Africa is between August to mid-October and the wildflowers of Namaqualand blossom during this period. And some of these wildflowers are what we often see (and buy) in the florists in Singapore!

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that spider though

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this makes me want to sing Circle of Life

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gemsbuck standing in wildflowers

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just look at the proteas

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a whole field of gerberas

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so beautiful

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never smile at a crocodile

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love the colour of these flowers

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pincushion proteas

 

TRIBAL TEMPO EVENT DETAILS

Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 – Sun, 30 Oct 2016
Time: 9am – 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome

Admission charge to the conservatories applies

GIVEAWAY

We love our Friends of the Gardens Family membership and highly recommend getting it because it gets us unlimited admission to ticketed attractions. This comes in really handy when there’s a crazy long queue for the very popular events such as Tulipmania and Christmas Wonderland. We also get 2 hours of free parking as well as other exclusive promotions and offers.

We have one Individual Friend of the Gardens membership (worth $68) to give away. To qualify, simply do the following by Thu, 29 Sep 2016, 2359H (Singapore time):

1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘Gardens by the Bay’ Facebook page.
3. Like and comment on this Facebook post telling me what you love about Gardens by the Bay.

Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. Winners will be contacted through Facebook message and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. All incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries will be verified before the winners are announced. To be fair to our sponsors, please note that all fake Facebook accounts (e.g. accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends) will also be ineligible to win.

Blossom Beats Floral Display at Gardens by the Bay

It’s sakura season in Japan but we are stuck here in Singapore and it’s so HOT! So what better way to kill two birds with one stone than to escape to the refreshingly cool Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay for their Blossom Beats floral display? This beautiful display is on for a limited time only and ends this Sunday. It’s also super popular and the queues are quite daunting so go early or buy your tickets online before heading down.

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lovely photo spot

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view from above, spot the cosplayers

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Adrian and David

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close-up of some blossoms

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David was very interested in the drum

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such pretty flowers

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pointing at random flowers

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even the leaves are nice to look at!

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tulip magnolias

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cosplayers galore

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fluffy blooms

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Torii gate

 

Gardens by the Bay Children’s Festival

After watching Disney on Ice, we rushed to Gardens by the Bay to enjoy some of their Children’s Festival activities and performances! We got there just in time to watch Rainbows in the Water, a water play performance based on the classic story of The Rainbow Fish. We were seated quite far back in the sheltered area of the Children’s Garden so we didn’t have a good view of the performance but it looked super fun and colourful from where we were.

We also managed to catch Fairy Galaxy at the Supertree Grove. This performance of Cinderella was set in the future with psychedelic costumes and the kids really enjoyed it. There were many other exciting activities and performances that we didn’t get to check out since we were in a rush but here’s the schedule for the festival that ends this weekend!

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hiding from the heat!

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time for a picnic

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water play performance: Rainbows in the Water

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the colourful cast

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with the mascot

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waiting for Fairytale Galaxy to start

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still chomping on the snacks from the picnic basket

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stepmother and one of the stepsisters

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Cinderella’s Fairy God-Robot!

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happily ever after?

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rushing to get glow sticks from the cast

For more information and some amazing photos, check out the post by Life’s Tiny Miracles and these albums by A Million Little Echoes and A Juggling Mom!

Celebrations of Chrysanthemums at Garden by the Bay

Last Saturday, we had a bit of a respite from the hazy weather and spent a lovely time celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival at Gardens by the Bay. In fact, it’s the perfect place to hang out these days. If the PSI goes up suddenly, you can seek refuge in the Flower Dome and admire more than 10,000 pristine chrysanthemums in the latest floral display ‘Celebration of Chrysanthemums’.

Celebration of Chrysanthemums

Celebration of Chrysanthemums

beautiful blooms

beautiful blooms

There are more than 40 varieties of chrysanthemums on display, including magnificent spider chrysanthemums specially brought into Singapore for the very first time. The kids were especially fond of the small round blooms that reminded them of fishballs! Adding to the charming feel of a traditional Chinese garden are bonsai trees that are more than 100 years old and regal maple trees.

a traditional moon gate

a traditional moon gate

how many types can you see?

how many types can you see?

standing in front of a tea house

standing in front of a tea house

their favourite chrysanthemums

their favourite chrysanthemums

With the Mid-Autumn Festival Children’s Promotion, kids aged 12 and below who show up with a lantern at the ticketing counter between 5 and 9 pm from now until 4 October can redeem a free ticket to enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest on the same day. Make it a family outing and bring the grandparents too, because local senior citizens aged 60 and above can enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest for free while accompanying caretakers enjoy 50% off tickets. This SG50 Seniors Special is valid until 31 December.

kids with a lantern get free entry!

kids with a lantern get free entry!

Anya took this picture of me with her lantern

Anya took this picture of me with her lantern

If the PSI drops to a healthy level, then check out Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay and marvel at the sight of 17 different lantern sets comprising 300 magnificent lanterns. There are lanterns shaped like plants and animals, the zodiac, dinosaurs, dragon boats, and even a majestic sea palace. The lanterns are handmade by master craftsmen from Sichuan, China and will be on display until 4 October.

dinosaurs roaming freely

dinosaurs roaming freely

Year of the Goat

Year of the Goat

Chinese traditions

Chinese traditions and celebrations

dragon boat

dragon boat

sea palace

sea palace

Go on an empty stomach because there’s lots of yummy food for sale at the Food Street. We had Taiwan sausage, fried chicken, muah chee, spiral potato on a stick, and fried Oreo, all washed down with refreshing sugarcane juice.

food street

food street

potato on a stick

potato on a stick

Just a little tip for taking photos with the lanterns. If you’re not using the right type of flash, the background tends to look too bright and doesn’t bring out the warm glow of the lanterns. If you’re not using a flash at all, you’ll appear as a dark shadow in contrast with the brightness of the lantern. We make it a point to pose with our Zodiac lantern every year and we usually try to stand as close to the lantern as possible, turning our face and body towards the lantern so that we are lit up by the light of the lantern as well!

Ox

Ox

Rabbit

Rabbit

Snake

Snake

Every evening from 7 pm, there will be cultural performances at Supertree Grove put up by local music and cultural arts groups such as the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre, Nam Hwa Opera, Dicapella Dizi Ensemble, Malay dance group Azpirasi, and Indian classical dance group Apsaras Arts. The performance schedule is available here. There will even be a fireworks display at Supertree Grove on 3 October at 8pm. Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay provides both indoor and outdoor fun for the family, regardless of the air quality, so check it out while you can!


Celebration of Chrysanthemums
Date: 24 September to 10 November
Time: 9 am to 9 pm
Details: Admission charges to Flower Dome apply, with special promotions for children and local senior citizens (read above)

Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay
Date: 25 September to 4 October
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Details: Free entry

Tulipmania 2015 at Gardens by the Bay

Tulipmania is back and this time, visitors to the Flower Dome  at Gardens by the Bay will find themselves in the magical realm of their favourite fairy tales. Well-loved stories and familiar characters such as Rapunzel, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood are nestled among over 40 varieties of breathtakingly beautiful tulips.

Tulipmania 2015

Tulipmania 2015

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!

Thumbelina waiting for her tulips to bloom

Thumbelina waiting for her tulips to bloom

Anya and Adam were terribly excited to see their beloved fairy tales come to life in the Flower Dome. They shouted to Rapunzel to turn her head so that they could look at her face, peeked at shy Little Mermaid hiding among the plants, and parked themselves outside Snow White’s house to wait for her and the Seven Dwarves to make an appearance.

the Ugly Duckling has become a beautiful swan

the Ugly Duckling has become a beautiful swan

Little Red Riding Hood heading into the woods

Little Red Riding Hood heading into the woods

Cinderella

Cinderella

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

The kids were crazy about the gingerbread house from the story of Hansel & Gretel so it’s a good thing they couldn’t get near enough to attempt licking the walls. I liked how the reindeer from Christmas Wonderful were repurposed and incorporated into the tableau for the Snow Queen. Most of all, I couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous tulips on display!

The Little Mermaid is rather shy

The Little Mermaid is rather shy

the Mill on the hill

the Mill on the hill

There are several exciting programmes ongoing during this period. On 25 and 26 April, fairy tale characters will be roaming the Flower Dome between 11am and 5.30pm. There will be dance performances at 1, 2 and 3pm and characters on stilts at 4 and 5pm.

From now until 26 April, stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to Europe on KLM by taking part in the Instagram contest. Snap a creative pose with your favourite fairytale character on display in the Flower Dome with a caption describing why you love Tulipmania. Upload the photo and creative caption and include the hashtags #GBWishATrip #GBTulipMania #KLM.

the cold never bothered the Snow Queen anyway

the cold never bothered the Snow Queen anyway

wonder what this looks like when it's blooming!

wonder what this ‘Singapore’ tulip looks like when it’s blooming!

yummy gingerbread house

yummy gingerbread house

pretending to be Hansel and Gretel

pretending to be Hansel and Gretel

Tulipmania is at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay from 20 March to 10 May 2015. You can buy tickets online or at the Ticketing Hub at Gardens by the Bay. Local senior citizens enjoy 50% off admission tickets to the conservatories on weekdays. Don’t forget to check out the performances and activities lined up for Mother’s Day as well!

March Monster Mash at Gardens by the Bay

I can’t believe an entire term is over and it’s the March school holidays already. Good thing there’s lots to do at March Monster Mash at Gardens by the Bay from now until 22 March. For starters, the locals get free admission to the conservatories for every child with every paying adult!

There’s so much going on this weekend and the next and in between, so the best thing to do is to refer to the Calender of Events to ensure you don’t miss out on anything. There are puppet shows, craft activities, participatory art, workshops, interactive storytelling, face painting, balloon sculpting, and even a monster parade. Registration is required for some of the activities so do check the details.

Earlier this evening, we attended the movie screening of Where the Wild Things Are at Supertree Grove and had a picnic before the show started. It was a ‘drive-in’ movie and the kids got to assemble and decorate their own cardboard bus that they could sit in for the movie. I don’t think I’ve ever seen my kids so excited about a piece of cardboard before!

It was lovely having our pizza under the stars with a cool breeze blowing. The kids really didn’t want to leave but we had to get them home for bed. We’ll be back next week to check out the bouncy castle and the game booths!

March Monster Mash

March Monster Mash

decorating their bus

decorating their bus

taking it very seriously

taking it very seriously

three kids doing different things

three kids looking in three different directions

mummy fits inside too!

mummy fits inside too!

doubles up as a cot for Baby D

doubles up as a cot for Baby D

with some of the other mums there

with some of the other mums there

knocking heads before Garden Rhapsody

knocking heads before Garden Rhapsody

show time!

show time!

Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay

We’ve been listening to a lot of Christmas music and are in a festive mood. We felt extremely Christmassy on Friday when we visited Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay. The light sculptures were twinkling and it felt like there was magic in the air.

Visiting the Flower Dome made us feel like we were walking through a snowy little Christmas village somewhere in Europe. The cool temperature, the snowman, the reindeer… I wouldn’t have been surprised if someone had suddenly burst out singing, “Let it snow!” You can enjoy 10% off admission rates into the cooled conservatories if you book online at least one day before your visit. You may even meet Miffy there!

Yuletide in the Flower Dome

Yuletide in the Flower Dome

Christmas village

Christmas village

reindeers

reindeers

little snowpeople getting cosy

little snowpeople getting cosy

Christmas is a time to love!

Christmas is a time to love!

charming displays

charming displays

simply stunning!

simply stunning!

Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus is coming to town

candy factory

candy factory

Outside, the Christmas magic continued. Handcrafted by Italian craftsmen, the Luminaire light sculptures are breathtakingly beautiful and truly a sight to behold. The Spalliera is the largest and most impressive at 31 metres wide and 17 metres high. Thrice a day (weather permitting) from now until 21 December, ‘snow’ will fall at 7.30 pm, 8.20 pm, 9.05 pm and 9.45 pm. The kids had such a blast during Blizzard Time.

Another highlight is the Festive Market featuring Christmas merchandise and yummy treats. The spectacular Spiegeltent, a travelling ‘mirror tent’ from The Netherlands, offers an exclusive dining experience and the menu changes every week. Items are priced from $7 and a minimum purchase of a drink is required for entry into the Spiegeltent.

Luminaire arches leading to Supertree Grove

Luminaire arches leading to Supertree Grove

Casa Armonica with the Supertrees in the background

Casa Armonica with the Supertrees in the background

this mini capola will host 12 days of choirs and other performances

this mini capola will host 12 days of choirs and other performances

Geylang Methodist Secondary School choir getting ready to sing

Geylang Methodist Secondary School choir getting ready to sing

Christmas market

Christmas market

sweet treats by Janice Wong

sweet treats by Janice Wong

the spectacular Spiegeltent

the Spiegeltent

the magnificent Spalliera

the magnificent Spalliera

Blizzard Time

Blizzard Time

the snow never bothered her anyway

the snow never bothered her anyway

fun for the whole family

fun for the whole family

stilt-walkers

stilt-walkers

Garden Rhapsody

Garden Rhapsody

There are many activities for children, performances, roving acts and other special events at Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay so do check out the website for details. The kids were quite taken by the fantastical glowing stilt-walkers and had a great time dancing to Christmas tunes during the special Christmas edition of Garden Rhapsody.

I’m simply blown away by Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay and amazed that we get to see and experience a Christmas paradise like this in tropical Singapore. You really cannot miss this and in fact should go more than once because there’s so much happening there.

The Festive Market will run until 21 December, the Luminaire light sculptures will be lit up until 1 January and Yuletide in the Flower Dome will continue until 6 January. Access to Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay is free while admission charges apply to the Flower Dome.

Have a very Merry Christmas at Gardens by the Bay!