Saturday, August 1, 2015

Garden Rhapsody - SG50 Special



This is probably the best version of Garden Rhapsody I have watched to date. For the first time, laser imagery is used on the Supertrees in the SG50 edition of the nightly "Garden Rhapsody". The Supertrees will light up following the familiar National day songs like Five Stars Arising, Home, We Are Singapore, Count on me Singapore and many more. My heart is touched following to the tunes that are so uplifting.

The music is composed and arranged by Bang Wenfu and vocals by Singapore's most prominent and popular musicians Robert Fernando, Rani Singam, Benjamin Kheng of The Sam Willows, iNCH, Nathan Hartono, and Singapore's future generation of musicians.

Held at the Supertree Grove, the SG50 edition of the Garden Rhapsody is free for all to enjoy as we celebrate Singapore's Golden Jubilee.

Garden Rhapsody (SG50 Special)
Location: Supertree Grove
Daily shows: 7.45pm, 8.45pm

Date: 6 August - 10 August (with laser imagery)
Time: 7.45pm, 8.30pm, 9.15pm & 10pm

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Part 4

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Crane Dance @ Sentosa Waterfront

After more than 4 years, we are finally back to catch the Crane Dance at Sentosa Waterfront! When it was first launched in December 2010, we made multiple visits to view the show but only to be welcomed by the signboard indicating the show was cancelled due to technical faults.

Lady luck finally smile upon us and we managed to catch the dancing animatronics performance created by Emmy-award winning designer Jeremy Railton.


Standing at 10 storeys tall, the pair of mechanical cranes shared their lovely courtship journey and how they transformed into real birds through music, vibrant and colourful lights, water jets, and animation from the gigantic TV screens on their bodies.



Taking flight


The Crane Dance show (~10 minutes) is available every night, 9pm at Sentosa Waterfront. Do check out Sentosa's website to see if there are any scheduled maintenance to avoid disappointment. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sentosa's New Attraction - Fort Siloso Skywalk

Fort Siloso Skywalk is Sentosa's new attraction where visitors can take on a trail on an elevated bridge. Standing at 11 storeys high, visitors will enjoy a panorama aerial view above the forest canopy.

The free attraction is opened to public since 15 July 2015 which offers information on the fort's history as well as the surrounding area.

Group photo with Sengkangbabies and ThePerfectFather :)

Instead of using the elevator, our boy decided to take the stairs instead! A good work out for him and the best part is enjoying the breeze at the top after the climb.



We took the easy way out (taking the elevator) and enjoyed a scenic 360 degree view of the surroundings. 

Gladys enjoying the breeze and hoping to catch a glimpse of the flying fox in action.


View of Siloso Point Station and the Cable Car Sky Network 

If you are not afraid of heights, you may choose to stand on the clear glass panels and look down to admire the view beneath your feet. I must say it took me a lot of courage to do so.

It's windy! 



Starting our trail and through the forest canopy which will lead us to Fort Siloso


Fort Siloso, previously a gated attraction is now permanently opened to visitors for FREE! If you wish to learn more about Singapore's only preserved coastal fort and it's history, paid guided tours are available.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Top activities happening over SG50 National Day Long Weekend

The Golden Jubilee weekend (7 - 10 August 2015) is approaching and lots of fun-filled and exciting activities have been lined up as we celebrate Singapore's 50th Birthday!

Here's a collection of the activities and programmes available island-wide to help you plan ahead!

(Source: https://www.esplanade.com)

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay


1. Esplanade Concert Hall Open House (8 August 2015)
- Time: 1pm, 3pm, 6.15pm, 8.15pm

2. Free Performances/Workshops

Free dance and music performances by local talents, talks, workshops and art installations with a bazaar featuring local entrepreneurs.

More details on the program available at the following website

(Source: https://www.singapore50.sg)

Singapore Botanic Gardens

1. Three-day Carnival at Singapore Botanic Gardens (7 - 9 August 2015)

Three-day carnival at Singapore's first UNESCO World Heritage Site! Activities include free movie screenings, performances, traditional games and crafts.

- Time: 10am to 10pm
- Location: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Palm Valley, Orchid Plaza, Bandstand, Swan Lake
- Admission is FREE

2. National Orchid Garden

FREE admission to locals (till end of August)

(Source: http://www.science.edu.sg)

Singapore Science Centre

Free admission (7 - 10 August 2015)

Singapore Science Centre will be providing FREE general admission to all Singaporeans, including "Human Body Experience" exhibition, "Interplay: Where Science Meets Art" Exhibition, KidsSTOP, Snow City, The Cliff @ Snow City and the Omni-Theatre. (based on each attraction's capacity.

(Source: http://www.sportshub.com.sg/)

Singapore Sports Hub

1. Sing50 Concert (7 August 2015)

Showcasing 50 years of Singapore music, Sing50 features songs from different genres, culture and communities that were composed, performed or made popular by Singapore artists.

- Time: 7.30pm
- National Stadium

Website: http://www.sing50concert.sg/

2. SG50 Carnival (8 - 9 August 2015)

Be part of the two days birthday carnival comprising of performances, games and fun for the whole family during the Jubilee weekend! Enjoy Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen movie, LIVE NDP screening, sports try-outs, plus daily prizes to be won and more!

Programme is FREE

More information available at the following website.

(Source: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/)

Gardens by the Bay

1. Garden Rhapsody - SG50 Edition (6 August 2015 onwards)

The Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay come to life with a special SG50 edition of Garden Rhapsody. We celebrate Singpore's 50th birthday with nostalgic favourites from yesteryear by our local greatest songwriters and composers.

- Time: 7.45pm & 8.45pm (additional 9.30pm show from 6 - 10 August)
- Location: Supertree Grove
- Programme is FREE

2. Mass Dance for SG50 (8 August 2015)

Enjoy a flash mob under the Supertrees and join in a delightful mass dance set to your favourite Singapore tunes!

- Time: 6.30pm
- Location: Supertree Grove
- Programme is FREE

3. Discover Singapore Stories at Flower Dome (Current - 13 September)

Walk back in time and discover the story of Singapore through tales and legends.

- Time: 9am - 9pm
- Location: Flower Dome
- Admission charges to Flower Dome applies
* Local residents enjoy 50% off tickets to Conservatories during the Jubilee weekend! (7 - 10 August 2015)
* Local Senior residents (60 years old and above) enjoy FREE admission to both Conservatories when they visit between 1 June and 31 August 2015.

(Source: https://www.singapore50.sg)

Marina Barrage

1. Families for Life Family Picnic (7 - 8 August 2015)

In collaboration with Families for Life, RSAF, PUB and NParks, enjoy family time at Marina Barrage with fun-filled activities and programme such as Black Knights aerial display, performances by the SAF Music & Dance Company, food trucks, games, bouncy castles and mobile cafe.

- Time: 8am - 11am

2. Live screening of NDP (9 August 2015)

Catch the live screening of NDP on the Green Roof and admire the spectacular city skyline.

- Time: 4pm - 8.30pm
- Location: Green Roof

(Source: http://www.comchestheartstrings.sg/)

Marina Bay

1. Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2015 (7 August 2015)

A fun walk for everyone to join in and an expression of our aspiration as a caring society. The annual community event consist of 4km Fun Walk along the Waterfront trail at Marina Bay, a Vertical Marathon up 57 storeys of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and a fun-filled Carnival at the Event Plaza

Website: http://www.comchestheartstrings.sg

2. Free admission to ArtScience Museum (7 - 9 August 2015)

Singaporeans and Permanent residents enjoy free admission to the ArtScience Museum and MBS Skating Rink. There is also a special 50% discount for Sampan rides along The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (Subject to terms and conditions)

(Source: http://nationalmuseum.sg/)

Museums, Heritage Galleries & Visitor Centres

Museums, Heritage Galleries and Visitor Centres will be opened to all for FREE from 7 - 10 August.

- National Museum of Singapore
- Asian Civilisations Museum
- Peranakan Museum
- Singapore Philatelic Museum
- Sports Museum
- Malay Heritage Centre
- Indian Heritage Centre
- Reflection of Bukit Chandu
- Singapore City Gallery
- Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
- Newater Visitor Centre
- Marina Barrage Sustainable Singapore Gallery

(Source: https://www.faberpeaksingapore.com/)

Faber Peak Singapore

1. Cable Car Joyrides

Hop onboard the Mount Faber line and immerse yourself in the spirit of patriotism as the entire fleet of cabins will be wrapped with the Singapore Flag!

(Source: https://www.faberpeaksingapore.com/)

2. Ang Ku Kueh Girl Paper Craft Workshop (8 - 9 August 2015)

Get your creative juices flow with a special paper craft workshop organised by home-grown talent Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Friends. You and your little ones will be taught how to create a multi-fold greeting card with a unique Cable Car envelope.

Available with a minimum spend of $30 at Faber Peak Singapore or Singapore Cable Car.
Each Faber Licence Member below the age of 12 gets to attend the workshop for FREE!

- Location: Level 1, Faber Peak Singapore

(Source: http://www.sentosa.com.sg/)

Golden Jubilee Promotion on Sentosa

1. Wings of Time (7 August 2015)

- 1000 Complimentary seats for Singaporeans and PRs for 8.40pm show
- Vouchers will be given to guests with valid ID on 18th July at Sentosa Station (10am to 6pm). First come first serve and while stocks last!

2. Sentosa Merlion (8 August 2015)

- Free entry throughout the day from 10am to 8pm (last entry at 7.30pm)
- Guests to present valid ID (Singapore Pink IC and PR Blue IC) at entrance on 8 August to gain entry to Sentosa Merlion.

3. Fort Siloso (9 August 2015)

- 4 guided tours timeslots for Singaporeans and PRs (Maximum 25 pax per group and total of 100 pax)
- Guests who have successfully registered for the tour to gather at meeting point as advised.

4. Singapore Cable Car (10 August 2015)

- Free rides on Singapore Cable Car Sky Network for Singaporeans and local residents from 9am to 9pm.
- Guests to flash their ID before boarding.

5. Universal Studios (8 - 10 August 2015)

- S$50 day pass (For Singaporeans and Permanent Residents)

6. SEA Aquarium and Adventure Cove (8 - 10 August 2015)

- Two-for-S$50 for SEA Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark

7. MegaZip Adventure Park (8 - 10 August 2015)

- One MegaZip Experience + One on Ride Video at S$50. Usual Price (S$59)

8. Sentosa 4D AdventureLand (8 - 10 August 2015)

- Free admission for 62 years old and above for 1 Day Adventure Pass (Unlimited). Show/rides include: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Extreme Log Ride, Desperados + SG50 Special - Pirates in 4D!

- Free SG50 Special - Pirates in 4D with the purchase of 1 Day Adventure Pass (Unlimited) for ages below 62 years old.

(Source: https://www.nparks.gov.sg)

SG50 Family Picnic in the Park

7 August 2015
Enjoy family picnics at three heartland parks - West Coast, Pasir Ris and Sembawang. Look forward to a day of fun-filled activities and picnic in the park. Register to receive an exclusive Families for Life funpack.

- Time: 4pm - 10pm

For more information, click on the following link.

(Source: https://www.myactivesg.com)

Celebrate SG50 with ActiveSG

7 - 10 August 2015
Expect  large and fantastic array of sports over the Golden Jubilee weekend where Sports Centres islandwide come alive with sports try-outs, competitions, challenges and a cycling excursion.

FREE entry to all ActiveSG swimming pools and gyms

Learn about the various fun-filled activities at the different sports centre at the following website.

Free Bus and Train rides

9 August 2015 
Free travel on National Day from the start of service to the end of operation! Fare gates will be opened for train services allowing people to board the trains for free. Commuters can board any bus free of charge without tapping their fare cards.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Handicraft - Toilet Paper Roll Cross

As the saying goes "One man's trash is another man's treasure", I like to keep toilet or kitchen roll tubes to do recycled craft projects. Not only it is a fun activity you can do with your child, it also helps to guide our children the importance of recycling and how we can transform the discarded materials into purposeful and useful items at home.

Toilet roll tubes are an excellent source of inspiration where you can come up with multiple pieces of art works. Here is one that I did in my course of work which is really easy to make.

Materials

- Toilet/Kitchen Roll Tubes
- Glue Gun
- Scissor
- Paints
- Glitter (Optional)


Instructions

  1. Use a scissor and cut strips of equal width from the tubes. (You need about 30 to make the Cross.)
  2. Paint the toilet roll strips with the colour of your choice. Leave them to dry. (Optional: you can add some glitter glue on your art work after the paint is dry)
  3. Use a hot glue gun to glue the strip together, following the pattern that you like it to be.

 DIY Toilet Roll Cross


With the same principle, you can come up with many focal wall art that does not comes with an expensive price tag for your home. Try it and have fun!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Official Launch of Singapore Cable Car Sky Network

[Media Invite]

14th July 2015 marks another important milestone in the history of Singapore Cable Car network as it opens a new line on Sentosa island. Over the past 40 years, millions have taken the cable car between Mount Faber, Harbour Front and Sentosa. With the new additions of three cable car stations - The Merlion, Imbiah Lookout and Siloso Point Stations, guests can connect from Merlion Plaza to Siloso Beach while enjoying the scenic aerial view of the island. 


Feeling excited and happy to be here for the official launch of the new Sentosa Line! 

Our family has been taking the cable ride frequently as we hold the Faber Licence membership for 2 years. The children are very accustom with the heights and enjoyed every single trip whenever we decided to hop on and take a loop ride between Faber Peak and Sentosa. It is double happiness for us as we now get to enjoy unlimited joyrides on both cable car lines!

Meet Louie (乐乐), the friendly blue bird who is the official mascot for Singapore Cable Car.

As the saying goes, the more the merrier! We are delighted to meet up with SengkangBabies and The "Perfect" Father at the event.

Mr Iswaran, Minister (Prime Minister's Office) and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade Industry, officially launched the new Sentosa Line.

Guests now have seamless connection and easy access to the various exciting attractions in Sentosa! After alighting from Sentosa Station, it takes about 3 - 5 minutes walk to Imbiah Lookout Station. Nearby attractions include Sentosa 4D AdventureLand, Skyline Luge Sentosa and MegaZip Adventure Park.

Taking the ride towards Siloso Point Station, you might be lucky to catch the flying fox from MegaZip Adventure Park in action!


Beautiful sea view and the vessels

Approaching Siloso Point Station with Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa and Fort Siloso Skywalk in view.

Shadow of our cable car among the greenery.

A glimpse of the cable car network from Siloso Beach.

From Imbiah Lookout and towards Merlion Station, you can wave and say hi to those on the Skyline Luge ride. 

You know you are approaching Merlion Station as you get closer to the Tiger Sky Tower. 


Other attractive destinations includes Madame Tussauds Singapore, Sentosa Merlion, Universal Studios, Trick-Eye Museum and S.E.A Aquarium.

Gladys looking out at the Mount Faber Line

It has been a joyous ride and I am sure we will be back for many more, utilizing our Faber License to the maximum. For those who are keen to hop on, here's some helpful information.

GOOD NEWS!
To celebrate Singapore's Golden Jubilee, rides on the Singapore Cable Car Sky Network will be free for Singaporeans and local residents from 9am to 9pm on 10 August

Cable Car Operating Hours: Daily 8.45am - 10pm (Last boarding at 9.30pm)

Pricing : 
Mount Faber Line & Sentosa Line - Standard : Adult ($29), Child^ ($18)
Mount Faber Line & Sentosa Line - Local : Adult ($19), Child^/Senior Citizen+ ($12)

Sentosa Line only - Standard : Adult ($13), Child^ ($8)
Sentosa Line only - Local : Adult ($9), Child^ ($5.50)

Add $10 to enjoy One-Day unlimited rides and free Back-of-House tour!

^ - Child (3 - 12 years old)
+ - Senior Citizen (60 years and above)
*Pricing not inclusive of Sentosa Island admission

Website: 
http://www.faberpeaksingapore.com

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/SingaporeCableCar
https://www.facebook.com/FaberPeakSingapore

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Doodling - All about School

Another doodle piece that I did over the long Hari Raya weekend. Whether is at home or outside, my sketch book, pencil and marker pens are my companion whenever I have an urge to sketch.

My latest addition, Sharpie coloured marker pens added more flavour and vibrancy to my usual black and white doodle. Simply fill up the paper with items that surrounds you and it makes wonder to your picture.


Doodling is a therapeutic activity. An outlet for me to clear my thoughts, uplift my spirit and feeling good after seeing the completed artwork.




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