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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.

Imaginarium 2016, SAM at 8Q

We checked out Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea at SAM at 8Q today. While the kids had fun with some of the installations, generally it was a lot less interactive than we had hoped it would be.

First up, there’s Underwater Labyrinth by Janice Wong (yes, the chef) and the corals are made from 1,000 kg of isomalt sugar and 200 kg of chocolate. The installation smells pretty darn good but it’s for your eyes only so don’t try licking it or anything. You’re not in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory!

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Underwater Labyrinth

Also on the ground floor is Dimana Mogus? (Where is Mogus?) by Indonesian artist Mulyana. The sea creatures and the coral landscapes are all crocheted from yarn! The kids liked this because of the giant fish cushions they could throw themselves onto but they aren’t actually supposed to handle the sea creatures and coral which was a pity because they are so soft and cuddly.

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Dimana Mogus?

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skeletal octopus

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viking?

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running from cushion to cushion

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that boy in the background!

Along the staircase landings is Apex Predator by Yuree Kensaku from Thailand. The murals appear happy and colourful but a closer look forces us to think about Man’s insatiable greed and exploitation of the oceans. Some kids may find the murals a little scary.

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posing with the wall

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the baby looking glum

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Adam and little N

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scary for some

My favourite installation was ADA by Polish artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski. ADA is a giant glowing sphere with charcoal studs affixed to her surface and she leaves her mark as she is moved through the room by the visitors. The marks are only seen when she sheds light on them. Be prepared for blackened hands and faces when your kid is done pushing ADA around!

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ADA

The series of sculptures by Thai artist Krit Ngamson was probably the least interactive of all the installations. The 3 sculptures reinterpret iconic artworks to explore issues concerning the oceans and pay homage to artists Marcel Duchamp, Damien Hirst and Salvador Dali. There’s absolutely no touching allowed. The kids got bored here pretty quickly.

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Damien, I’m finished

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run, fishies!

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Bryde’s Fountain

Suara Muara (The Sounds of the Estuary) by Papermoon Puppet Theatre from Indonesia engages visitors aurally with sounds of overlapping waves. The mixed media installation brings to mind an old fishing village that time has forgotten. Pretty interesting to look at but you will have to constantly remind the kids not to touch anything except the headphones.

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Suara Muara

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listening in

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not sure what’s going on here

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helping Adam with the headphones

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turning

Plastic Ocean by Singaporean artist Tan Zi Xi is highly thought-provoking, recreating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with 14,000 pieces of non-biodegradable items. Kids are supposed to walk through and not touch anything and they have to keep to the path instead of trying to duck underneath the suspended trash (in case of sharp edges, I think). The concept is really interesting but I wish it could be more interactive. I probably have enough trash at home to come up with something like this.

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Plastic Ocean

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14,000 pieces of non-biodegradables

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playing it forward

Imaginarium 2016 is worth a visit and encourages kids to think about the oceans and our impact on marine creatures. However, it is not very interactive or hands-on so be ready to supervise the kids closely to make sure they don’t touch anything they are not supposed to.

Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea
14 May – 28 Aug 2016
SAM at 8Q
8 Queen St, Singapore 189555
Mon to Sun: 10 am to 7 pm;  Fri: 10 am to 9 pm
Free for Citizens/ Permanent Residents & Children below 6
Adults: $10, Students/ Senior Citizens above 60: $5
More info here.

Future World at ArtScience Museum

We visited Future World: Where Art Meets Science at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands on Good Friday and it blew our minds!

Our visit didn’t start off so well. The queue to get tickets was horrendously long and after queuing for some time to get the tickets, we were told that we had to proceed downstairs and queue again to enter the exhibition! Good thing the kids were able to entertain themselves by chasing each other around the premises. After we managed to get in however, any irritation that had accumulated from the wait outside dissipated quickly.

Future World is the new permanent exhibition at ArtScience Museum with 15 spectacular art installations that evolve in real-time through visitor presence and participation. Future World is a collaboration with teamLab, an award-winning Tokyo-based art collective of “ultra-technologists” that includes artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects and designers.

NATURE

An interactive world of flora and fauna that invites you to reflect on our intricate relationship with the environment. In Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year per Year | Ever Blossoming Life II – A Whole Year per Year; Dark | Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, a combination of three different artworks, we walked through a field of luminous flowers where the flowers either blossom or fade away. The installation is supposed to evolve throughout the year with the four different seasons, so no two visits will ever be the same.

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can you see Adrian and David?

Next, we got a glimpse into the future wrought by climate change in 100 Years Sea Animation Diorama, which is based on scientific data from WWF, and we were reminded to reflect on the long-term environmental effects of the world’s rising sea levels due to climate change

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100 Years Sea Animation Diorama

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wheee!

TOWN

Connecting! Train Block gave the kids (and Adrian) a chance to design their own transportation network by using physical wooden blocks to design and connect an evolving system of roads, rivers and railways to keep the ever-increasing traffic flowing smoothly.

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Connecting! Train Block

Our favourite installation was definitely Sketch Town! The kids created their own town landmarks by colouring in paper drawings of buildings and vehicles and then scanning them so that they appeared on the wall as 3D animated objects. You can even interact with the objects by touching them and making them move. Adam was so unbelievably excited when the truck he had coloured appeared on the wall and started making its way around the town. Sketch Town Paper Craft then turns the 3D digital drawings into physical paper craft models.

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Sketch Town

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Adam posing with his truck

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making her building jump into the air

We created playful and vibrant structures from stacking blocks that glow and change colour when connected together in Media Block Chair. The high-tech blocks communicate information to each other when they are connected, changing colour with every addition or subtraction.

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Media Block Chair

PARK

Park was all about PLAY! In Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses the kids got to design their own customised hopscotch game by arranging circles, triangles and squares on an electronic tablet, which are then projected onto the floor. When you land on the same shapes in succession, beautiful colours and sounds are triggered.

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Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses

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they did this over and over!

Light Ball Orchestra consists of beachball-sized globes of multicoloured light and sound. Touch any ball to change the colour and sound of the balls around it. The kids were screaming so happily as they rolled the balls all over the place that I couldn’t hear any particular sounds coming from the balls! There’s a little section with smaller balls that is set apart for younger children who may get bowled over by the bigger kids in the main orchestra pit!

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Light Ball Orchestra

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so much fun

Sketch Aquarium follows the same concept as Sketch Town. The installation allows you to create drawings of sea creatures and watch them come to life in a virtual ocean after you scan them. The busy sea creatures swim around and interact with each other and you can even feed them by touching fish food bags on the screen!

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Sketch Aquarium

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looking for his fish

I liked Story of the Time When Gods Were Everywhere but didn’t get to spend much time there. You can create your own environment by touching hieroglyphic characters and watch them transform into natural elements such as wind, rain, trees and mountains. The enthralling story of creation begins when you touch the characters, and the movement of your body further changes and evolves the world around you.

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Story of the Time When Gods Were Everywhere

SPACE

We could not take our eyes off the more than 170,000 LED lights in Crystal Universe. This stunning artwork gives the illusion of stars moving in space. The light and body of the installation responds to your mass and motion. You can change the fabric of the universe itself by ‘swiping’ planets and stars from smart devices within the installation, and watch them become part of the dazzling environment around you. Simply breathtaking.

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Crystal Universe

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David lost in the lights

ADVISORY ON ADMISSION TIMES

Please note that timed-entry has been introduced since 1 April. Admission times are: 10 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm, 2.30 pm, 4 pm and 5.30 pm. I recommend getting your tickets online before heading down so that you can save some time to your visit. Apart from ArtScience Museum’s Box Office, tickets are also available at the MasterCard Theatres Box Office (B1, Marina Bay Sands).

FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science
Adult : S$16
Senior Citizen (65 years & above) : S$13
Child (2-12 years) : S$9
Student (with valid student pass) : S$13

FAMILY FRIDAYS

Children go free! Every Friday, up to four children under 12 years old enter for free with every adult ticket purchased.

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

 

Tasmania Day 6: Bruny Island

We said bye to Ratho Farm and drove to Kettering to catch the ferry to Bruny Island. Our first stop was Get Shucked where I promptly devoured 17 ridiculously fresh and delicious oysters (Adrian stole one). We then made our way to Bruny Island Cheese Company and bought some of their awesome cheeses. The Raw Milk C2 and Otto are to die for.

After a very windy climb up to the viewing platform at The Neck where we had a great view of the isthmus of land connecting north and south Bruny Island, we took a rather long drive to Cape Bruny Lighthouse, the second oldest lighthouse in Australia.

Our last stop for the day was Captain Cook Holiday Park for our final night in the camper van. We walked along the beach and then Adrian cooked up some steak, potatoes and carrots for our dinner.

Tasmania Day 4 & Day 5: Tasmanian Devils, Cradle Mountain, Ratho Farm

We had quite a long drive from St Helens to Cradle Mountain on Day 4 and also stopped to buy more groceries for our meals in the camper van. By the time we got to Cradle Mountain, we had just about enough time to go to the visitor centre to familiarise ourselves with the route we were going to take the next day.

We spotted a wombat wandering around outside the visitor centre and some wallabies and echidnas here and there. We also managed to see some Tasmanian Devils and quolls being fed at Devils@Cradle before getting our own dinner.

It was really cold the next morning and even started to snow while we were walking the Dove Lake Circuit. We didn’t bring the tripod with us so I was very thankful that we managed to get a nice photo taken of the two of us by some random stranger. The Cradle Mountain area is simply gorgeous and a must-visit in Tasmania.

We were initially planning to stay at Cradle Mountain for two nights but decided that we were too cold so Adrian randomly booked accommodation somewhere in between Cradle Mountain and our next campsite.

Ratho Farm in Bothwell is home to the oldest golf course in Australia and is a charming property with luxurious rooms. I loved the heated floor tiles in the bathroom. Definitely the most comfortable we had been the entire trip!

When we arrived, they asked if we knew about the special event for the evening and it turned out that Matthew Evans (author and presenter of TV show Gourmet Farmer) was cooking dinner there that day and also filming an episode of the show. That was truly an interesting experience for us!

Tasmania Day 3 – Freycinet National Park, Bay of Fires

We packed quite a bit of sightseeing and driving into Day 3. After breakfast (cooked by the husband using the grill on the side of our camper van), we walked up to see the breathtaking view of Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. There are several walks of varying difficulties that can be attempted and ours was probably the easiest one.

We popped by Cape Tourville Lighthouse before driving to Bicheno for some lunch. I was starving and hoping to sit down to a proper seafood meal, but since we arrived after 2pm, most of the restaurants were no longer serving lunch so we got some fish & chips to go.

Finally, we made our way to St. Helens to explore the Bay of Fires which is famous for the dramatic orange-hued granite rocks.