Saturday, August 27, 2011

~ Night Ride @ The Peranakan Museum ~

It is the 4th year since the Night Festival has been held. In conjunction with the Voyage Night Festival 2011, there will be late night free admissions to the following museums with a range of programmes and activities.

Date: 26 - 27 August 2011 & 2 - 3 September 2011 (till 2am)
Location: National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q

Date: 26 - 27 August 2011 Only
Location: Peranakan Museum and The Substation

This is a great opportunity not to be missed and we took the children down for a Night Ride at Peranakan Museum. Admission is free from 6pm - 2am with activities starting from 7pm - 11pm. In addition, free goodie bags are given to the first 200 children and free ice-cream for the first 500 visitors from 7pm onwards. (While stocks last).

There was already a crowd lingering outside the Museum and Substation when we arrived. With the colour changing lightings, the museum looks extremely enchanting.

The special exhibition - Sarong Kebaya will take the visitors to a fashion trend of the Peranakan women and it's interesting facts. 

The children collected their goodie bags consisting of a free notebook, an activity book, a mini puzzel, and a bookmark.

Denver and Gladys had a lot of fun participating in the craft section within the glow-in-the-dark room - "Glow with the Flow". There are sand and paper crafts for the children and its fun to see the clothing and crafts glow in the room.

The kiddos spent time doing their sand craft (with Mommy's help) and were very happy to choose and play with the coloured sands.

Before we leave the dark room to check out the other activities outside, we left personal notes on the wall signifying the fun, love we had at the museum.

There are a range of performances lined up at the main lobby and Ixora room of the museum. From shadow puppet show, songs, dance, multi-ethnic drum to sand art performance. It's a night full of entertainment and cultural richness.

Denver and Gladys like the Sand Art performance and were trilled to see how the images are transformed with the slender movement of a pair of hands and fine sand. At the end of the performance, the childen not only had a chance to be up close and personal with the actual set, they also touch and play with the sand, doing up their very own sand display.

Before leaving the musuem, we had our free vanila & chocolate flavoured ice-cream. It was a wonderful experience and exposure at the Peranakan Museum. The Night Ride ends tonight, if you are interested, do make a trip down and join in the night full of lights, music and life.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

~ Hari Raya Bazaar @ Geylang Serai ~

Hari Raya Puasa is around the corner and Geylang Serai has already soaked into the festive mood with it's streets brightly lighted with colourful lights and a stretch of pasar malam (night market) offering a wide range of traditional Malay food, home wares, handicraft etc.

The traffic condition around the area is pretty conjested. We managed to park our car at SingPost (Paya Lebar) and walked over to the pasar malam to have a feel of the festive season.

The Hari Raya Bazaar sale is currently on-going till 29th August 2011. Even as the night falls, the crowd continues to grow. It has been awhile since I have been to such an extensive night market. There are so much to see and makan around the area. Apart from Malay food, there are also other local delights.

We bought snacks, had supper at the Haig Road Hawker Centre, passed by the Malay Village and Tanjong Katong Complex before heading home.

Friday, August 19, 2011

~ Event - Lantern Festival at Chinese Garden 2011 ~

Yeah! Lantern Festival will be held at the Chinese Garden once again! This year, the theme would be "The World of Legends" in tribute to the Chinese Legends that are associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival. Visitors will be in for a special treat with the large scale lanterns, lightings, stage performances, carnival game stalls and traditional culture & food stalls!

The World of Legends
Lantern Festival at Chinese Garden 2011
Date & Time: 26th August 2011 - 18th September 2011
 Opening Hours: 9am to 11pm daily
Ticketing Details: $12 for adults (12 & above) / $8 for children (11 and below)
 Address: 1 Chinese Garden Singapore 619795


Mark your calendar now if you are interested to spend this year Mid-Autumn Festival with your family at the Chinese Garden, Note: Admission charges applies.

Monday, August 8, 2011

~ Family Bay at Lower Seletar Reservoir ~

We heard about the water play area at the Lower Seletar Reservoir and have long wanted to visit it since late last year. Unfortunately, we made a wrong turn then and ended up at Lower Peirce Reservoir instead.

This time, we got our directions right but we did not pack extra clothings for the children. Upon reaching the park, we noticed the limited car park lots. It was almost filled when we arrived and I wonder where would be the next nearest parking destination.

The Family Bay area at Lower Seletar Reservoir has a performance stage, water play area and a Heritage Bridge. Parents bring their children here to play and have fun in the waters while the adults relax and sit down to enjoy the scenary around the reservoir. (Remember to bring an extra set of clothings and towel!)

The waters is shallow (suitable for the younger children) and the surroundings is clean and very well-maintained.

Walking up the spiral staircase, you get a better view of the Family Bay area, Heritage Bridge as well as the reservoir.

Take a little walk on the bridge, you will notice the panels displaying the reservoir’s historical past.

View of Lower Seletar Reservoir - @ Sun Set
View of the Family Bay area from the Heritage Bridge

Denver & Gladys never fails to find things to play and amuse us. Here they are pretending to meditate at the center of the circular stone.

As night drews, we find peace and tranquality by the bridge. At the same time, the lights liven up the water play area with its vibrant touch of changing rainbow colours.