5 Lights out activities in Singapore this Christmas

Chill out Singapore this Christmas season. Let your hair down after 6pm. There are lots of new activities this season. Besides chilling out at night markets. Who says Singapore is boring.

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Orchard Road Christmas lightup

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Credit: Passion made possible
The halls, malls and the entire 2.8-kilometre stretch of Orchard Road are decked with glittering lights and stardust. Head for the 24 Dec eve countdown party. .

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Gardens by the Bay Luminaire

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Credit: potgardening.wordpress.com

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Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Dr,
Singapore 018953
6420 6848
https://g.co/kgs/bNHffv

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Flashbang Singapore

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Credit: Flashbang
A multi-sensory event featuring a F&B and retail market, interactive exhibitions, neon light art installations, music performances, creative workshops, games,

#Flashbang# Singapore
3pm-11pm
96 Somerset Rd, Singapore 238163
6556 2123
https://g.co/kgs/XwYdo1

4. Marina Bay Carnival

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Credit: Marina Bay Carnival

22 rides and other games and activities at Singapore’s largest carnival. Thrill and Rides not for the faint-hearted.
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/singapore-marina-bay-carnival-opens-9500026

5. Don Don Donki
24hr Shopping at 15,000sqft mall with Japanese products and discount items. The strawberries were very sweet. Get Japanese sweet potatoes.

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When I was there at 11pm, it was still very crowded. Check out the gournet halls for hokkaido products. A second outlet due in Tanjong Pagar next year.

Orchard Central, B1 & B2, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore, 238896
https://g.co/kgs/qBKm5v

#visitsingapore#

Things to do at Night

Senoko Fishery Port

Fun things to do at night in Singapore

Super trees – a magical evening at the GB

Magical evening at Gardens by the Bay

Hanami? Shall we view the blossoms together?

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At the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. Go early in the morning. There are very few people. I spot some tourists.

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Only the Japanese can think of this. Growing the cherry blossom upside down.

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Cherry blossoms are known as Sakura in Japan. When I was in university some thirty years ago, I went to Nagoya on a school trip and was very fortunate to catch an unexpected  late bloomer in April/ May. It’s really beautiful especially the canopy of feathery soft pink.

There’s mixed feelings of being lucky, joyful and reminder that joy and life is transient.

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Even in Japan, you will not see the groupings of many cherry blossoms under one glass roof. Even in Japan, not all the trees flower on the same day.

Some of the trees are flown in from Europe, Germany. Flowers are double petalled, which look more voluminous.

It’s very cold in there, temperature has to drop to ensure the blossoms open.

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Transported into a different world.

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This was from last year’s show and the Gardens managed to get it to bloom again. Talk about recycling. Ummm. Renewal and rebirth. :-))

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The wings are made from the roots of the lychee tree.

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There’s a dinasaur display for children.

I walked to Bayfront MRT station and transfered train at Chinatown where I had breakfast.

Otherwise if I’d company, breakfast at Marina Bay Sands will be a nice morning outing before going to work in the afternoon. Do your own hanami, or hana- flower, viewing with your friends and have breakfast.  Who said having fun must only be on weekends?

If you want to make your day count. 

Magical “Christmas is here” feel at Gardens by the Bay

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Luminarie lights at the Gardens By The Bay from 2 Dec to 5 Jan 2017.

Lights originated from the Kobe Luminarie, a light festival held in Kobe, Japan every December since 1995,  commemorating the Great Hanshin Earthquake. After the quake, the people lived in darkness as electricity, gas and water supplies were unavailable.

“The putting up of lights symbolised hope and recovery and continued even after normalcy returned due to its popularity.”   These dazzling lights can be found at  the Outdoor Gardens!

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Near Meadow Green, where fun and games, even ice skating awaits.

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Going down the ice slide. $4 per ride.

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I brought my 7 year old niece who said that Gardens by the Bay is her favourite place in Singapore. And her favourite place in Gardens by the Bay? Currently it’s the sculptures outside the Flower dome. A piece of dead tree trunk sculpture with military strategist Zhu Ge Liang carved out of it. And one with giant ants crawling out.

When she spotted the OCBC skywalk, she said she wanted to try it. Well, another time. She has not spotted her favourite place inside the Gardens yet as there are more places to explore. She has not been to the Children’s garden. Come to think of it, I’ve yet to bring her to Jacob Bellas Children’s Garden as she was only 1 years old when I brought her older siblings.

Inside the flower dome, celebrating the theme of “Nutcracker”.

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Nutcracker dolls in the form of a soldier, knight or king!

According to German folklore, they are believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.  Place a nut in the mouth of the nutcracker doll! Maybe easier to buy pre-shelled ones from the supermarket.

Wooden nutcracker dolls originated in the Ore Mountains (German: Erzgebirge) between Germany and Czech Republic (formerly part of the now dissolved Czechoslovakia), sometime during the late 17th century. This region was once a mining area with abundant gold, silver, tin and cobalt. As these resources dwindled, miners turned to wood-crafting as an alternative source of income! I wonder if these dolls came from Germany?

Lovely Christmasy red from the  poinsettia, Christmas rose and Holly to give you that cheer and the crisp air inside the flower dome.

Come and catch the Christmas rose which some historians attributed the death of Alexander the Great to an overdose of this plant.

Where: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Getting there:
Tickets apply but 25% discount if you buy tickets online with Visa credit card.
Enter promo code VISA to apply the discount.

Admission charges
2 – 8 Dec 2016 $4
9 – 15 Dec 2016 $6
16 Dec 2016 – 1 Jan 2017 $8

Tulipmania 2016 at Gardens by the Bay

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Next change at Gardens by the Bay Singapore! A year long membership is certainly worth it. Place to bring the kids in the summer heat. Beware that carpark queue can be horrendous. So go on a weekday.

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So pretty maids all in a row.

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Iris

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Inspired to take out your easel.

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Pansy is an edible flower, popular garnish on salads

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Where in Holland can you view these beautiful tulips?

The theme is Turkish. Notice the pale blue tiles. That’s because tulips originated from Central Asia and Turkey before being introduced to European gardens. The botanical name for tulips, Tulipa, is derived from the Turkish word “tulbend” or “turban”, which the flower resembles. It’s considered as the King of Bulbs.
http://www.allaboutturkey.com/tulip.htm

Source: Dr TG

Hanami? Shall we view the blossoms together?

Gardens by the Bay Supertree

With Alice and the Succulents

Unbearable lightness of being

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No time to fly to Japan for Sakura season. This is the closest alternative.

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“In this calm and peaceful spring sun, the flowers are falling without calm mind” (by Kino Tomonori)

“The flowers withered, Their color faded away, While meaninglessly, I spent my days in the world. And the long rains were falling.” (by Komachi Onono)

In Japan, the cultured will view sakura and recite waka poem. This poem implies the transient beauty of sakura flowers wilting, as briefly as life.

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Cherry blossom viewing up close and personal. At the Gardens by the Bay Singapore.

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Get an annual pass. It’s truly worth it if you’ve a family. Only March and already there’s a change in December, Jan and March. Soon, they may change the display for tulip mania.

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