Saturday, November 30, 2013

~ Interactive Maritime Journey @ Singapore Maritime Gallery ~

Singapore is known as one of the world's busiest port with ships arriving or leaving Singapore in every few minutes. About a million visitors cruise into Singapore annually and no doubt it is a leading International Maritime Centre.

Singapore Maritime Gallery was officially opened on 12 September 2012. Through exploring the various zones in the gallery, visitors can learn the history, changes and how Singapore transformed into a major hub port.

Check out the zone map in the gallery.

Our first stop is a short video of the vibrant and dynamic maritime industry.

Moving into "The Sea in Our Lives", visitors can learn how Maritime Singapore brings us our daily necessities like rice, fruits, oil, medical supplies and others through interactive panels.

We cruised through the history board learning about Singapore's past and its milestones. Transforming into a major port from a simple fishing village. It is amazing how much we have achieved as a little red dot on the globe.

If your kids are ships lover, this is the place to be! Various ship models are on display and remember not to miss the interactive panel where you can 'sail' your ship!

Gladys thought it was fun to have a little 'ship race'.

The children called this the 'radar' room. Gladys sat in front of the panels and trying to figure out what the lines and dots means on the screen. It is actually a mimic display of the Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS).

This is Denver's favourite zone - Ship Bridge Simulator. The children get to be captain and experience steering different types of vessels in different weather conditions.

Ah Hoi Captain Denver! ^_^

I love this zone as we can look out and view the blue sky, ships and open sea. Just sitting on the waveline bench and enjoying the view is a pleasure.

Zooming in to have a good look at the ships.

The fun didn't stop here! Check out "Fun At Sea", a children's corner specially designed for the little ones. Children can play with the interactive walls and floor, colouring and have fun building on the Lego wall.

Admission is FREE! The children had fun and we learned more about the Maritime industry. There isn't any crowd during our visit and we had all the space and time to look through the display boards. Lovely place for families to share quality bonding time and embark on a learning journey together. 

*Updates (Apr 2014) : Rooftop garden and playground has completed renovation and its opened to public! I love the open space overlooking the sea. Another playground to explore and bring your kids to after visiting Singapore Maritime Gallery.

Picnic Art and lots of space for children to round about.

 Playground overlooking the pier and sea.

Singapore Maritime Gallery

Marina South Pier, 31 Marina Coast Drive, S018988
Phone : +65 6325 5707
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Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday : 9am to 5:30pm
Closed on Monday (Except for public holidays)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

~ December 2013 School Holiday Activities ~

Gardens By The Bay
Christmas Sugar Mountain
20 November 2013 - 5 January 2014 (9am - 9pm), Flower Dome

Be enchanted by a whimsical gardenscape of fruits and vegetables at the Flower Field display - the first ever designed by an award-winning Japanese guest designer, Kazuyuki Ishihara. Stemming from Ishihara's belief in the power of food to bridge the disparities in society, the display features 2 characters - a pineapple boy "Ananas" and a strawberry girl "Berry".

Be wowed by supersized Christmas Supertrees and celebrate the season with festive activities!

Jurong Bird Park
Be A Jr. Wildlife Reporter
7 - 29 December (Weekends only)

Jurong Bird Park's Birdz of Play has been transformed into a Penguin Playground and all children are invited to join in the Penguin Party there!

Kids Come In FREE!
Check out the details at Jurong Bird Park Website

Penguin Party
7 - 29 December (Weekends only : 1:30pm - 2:30pm), Birdz of Play

Penguin Razzi
7 - 29 December (Weekends only : 11:45am and 2:30pm), Penguin Coast

Penguin Feeding
7 - 29 December (Weekends only : 10:30am and 3:30pm), Penguin Coast

Night Safari

Wildlife Wonderland
13 - 31 December 2013

Night Safari's clumsy resident Forest Fairy accidentally unleashes powerful magic, transforming the deep, dark rainforest into a Wildlife Wonderland where things and animals don't seem to be the way it's supposed to be...

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S.E.A Aquarium
We Are ONE!
23 November 2013 - 5 January 2014

Join in the 1st anniversary celebrations of S.E.A Aquarium with a host of fun-filled performances, games and activities. Check out SEA website for more details.


Make A Wish, Have A Blast!
23 November 2013 - 1 January 2014 (2:30pm - 9pm daily), Merlion Plaza

Enter into a world of colours and well-wishes! Participate in creative handicrafts, kids pizza-making, band performances, and the unconventional Christmas trees along Sentosa Broadwalk designed by students from Temasek Polytechnic to help raise funds for the needy. *Charges applies - check website for more details.

3D Video Mapping @ Sentosa Merlion
23 November 2013 - 1 January 2014 (Fri & Sat : 7:30pm, 8:30pm & 9:30pm, Sun - Thurs : 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm & 9:30pm), Merlion Plaza

Witness the Sentosa Merlion come alive with dynamic 3D video projection mapping, transforming it into a canvas of colourful display. 

Singapore Botanic Garden

Movies Under The Stars
8:30pm - 10:30pm, Lawn E

Indulge in an outdoor theatre experience, complete with popcorn and candy floss with your family! These films will be screened for FREE! 

Epic (30th November)
Avatar (7th December)
Wall-E (14th December)

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Singapore Philatelic Museum
Family Day Open House
8 December 2013 (9:30am - 7pm)

Enjoy fun family activities including creating your own stamps, making your stamp buttons and browsing through the local and international stamp products. Admission to the museum is free. Programme charges apply.

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Singapore River
Christmas Market
15 November - 15 December 2013, River Promenade
Operating Hours : Thu/Fri : 6pm - 10:30pm, Sat/Sun : 2pm - 1030pm
The market consisting of stalls (from participating outlets based in Singapore River), selling Christmas themed treats as well as gifts and souvenirs.

Singapore Turf Club

Fun For All Under The Stars
5 December 2013 (5pm - 9pm), Free Admission & Parking

Its FUN at the Singapore Turf Club with Meet & Greet Racer & Clover, Horse-patting & Feeding, trial gallops & pony rides, bouncy castle, colouring contest and Free movie screening of Madagascar 3 on the giant Astrovision screen! Not to be missed for the entire family this holiday!

Singapore Zoo

Zoo Hoo 2013 - Wild Wild Birthday
30 November - 22 December 2013 (Weekends only)

Zoo Hoo is back to mark the grand finale of Singapore Zoo's 40th anniversary celebrations. Come join in the "Wild Wild Birthday" with plenty of fun activities and surprises!

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Universal Studios Singapore

Celebrate Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore
19 - 30 December 2013 (10am - 10pm)

USS will be extending its opening hours to 10pm daily for a special Christmas programming. Guests will enjoy live Sesame Street show, featuring an original Christmas tale. The event will feature the theme park's annual Christmas light show and snowfall 5 times nightly.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

~ Animal Crafts Galore with Canon Pixma ~

Gladys and I are crafts lovers but I am guilty of not sparing more time with my girl to engage in craft works together. Hence, I was really looking forward to spend some quality time with Gladys this holiday in the midst of the busy work schedule. Thanks to Canon and OMY, we were able to participate in  Canon Pixma's Animal Crafts Galore Workshop at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Hall.

Step 1 : Directed straight to Canon Pixma's MX series all-in-one printer to have our photos printed. :) Simply insert your thumbdrive or via smart device and you can select and print your photos swiftly. The colours are vibrant and the quality of the photos comes out looking great!

Step 2 : Checking out the materials. As the theme of the workshop suggests, the print outs given were filled with cute and lovable animals! We will be making a calendar, a bookmark and a door greeting hanger

Step 3 : Planning! Before we start working on our crafts, Gladys and I had a little discussion and did some planning before we laid out the materials nicely on the table. We can't wait to start!! :)

Warm up session! Our Emcees - bubbly hosts Joanne-Marie Sim and Johnny played games with the children and the little ones had fun jumping and stretching out before running back to their parents. We were also honoured to be part of the near 200 pax team to be listed in the Singapore Book of Records making calendars at the same moment! Well Done!

Step 4 : Crafting hour! Time to work on our project! We started personalizing our family's 2014 Calendar by using our initials - B.P.D.G. I helped with the punching of holes while Gladys cut out the designs that she liked. We made use of the foam letters and 3D foam tapes to give our calendar a special touch of 3D effects. Next is putting everything together and make it our very own!

Our Family's 2014 Calendar

"Knock Knock - Who's there?" - Gladys put in her best effort here! Designing the headings and sorting out the colour combination for her very own Door Greeting Hanger. She loves Giraffe and naturally picked it as the animal to welcome her guests. 

I adore the paper craft templates that was showcased and totally in love with the assorted craft ideas at Canon's Creative Park

Gladys' Door Greeting Hanger
Its hanging beautifully on her bedroom door now!

With only 15 minutes left to work on our bookmark, we managed to stick our colourful 'worm' at the top and designed the cover. Simple yet heartening. :)


It was a fun-filled event for Gladys and myself. Thank you Canon and OMY once again for having us and giving us this wonderful opportunity to share a memorable afternoon together and fulfilling our wishes. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

~ Christmas activities at Singapore Shopping Malls (Nov/Dec 2013) - Part 2 ~

Part 2 of the Christmas activities happening in various Shopping Malls is out! Simply love going through the colourful flyers and hopping to malls to immerse into the festive season. 

Orchard Road

Christmas Light-Up Ceremony
23 November, Sat (6pm), Shaw House
Guest-of-Honour : President Tony Tan

The Orchard Road Christmas Light-up is one of the most photographed events of the year. Witness the magical moment when the streets lights at Orchard road lights up in dazzling splendour! In conjunction with the Light-Up Ceremony, thousands of candles will also be lit. With every candle lit, Orchard Road Business Association will donate $1 to the Community Chest. Be part of this meaningful event and join the volunteers in front of ION Orchard.

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Parkway Parade

Jam Along with the Jumpin' Jammin' Elves
30 November - 8 December (3pm, 5pm & 7pm), Basement Atrium
*excluding 2 December

Get access pass to jam with the Jumpin' Jammin' Elves by spending $50 and redeem at Level 1 Customer Service Centre 15 minutes before each show. 

Meet Those Funny Little People
14 - 22 December (1pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm), Outside Marks & Spencer (1pm & 5pm) In front of HSBC (3pm & 7pm)
*excluding 16 December

Be amazed and entertained by Those Funny Little People - one-of-a-kind singing and dancing life-sized Christmas elves who will be roving the mall to perform their quirky little number. 

Roving Santa Claus & Santarina + Christmas Carolling
14 - 15, 21 - 24 December

Raffles City

Barbie Mariposa & The Fairy Princess Live Show
15 November - 1 December (Tue - Fri : 1pm & 7pm, Sat & Sun : 1pm, 4pm & 7pm), Level 3

Admission is open to the first 50 kids per session

Magical Meet Up
3 - 8 December (Tue - Fri : 1pm & 7pm, Sat & Sun : 1pm, 4pm & 7pm), Level 3

Here's your chance to meet Barbie as Mariposa, the magical butterfly fairy up close! Don't miss it as admission is open to the first 50 kids per session.

Sembawang Shopping Centre
Get Your Care Bears Jingle On!
10 - 12 December (Tue - Thurs  :  1pm & 4pm)
13 - 15 December (Fri - Sun : 1pm, 4pm & 7pm)  
(No shows on Mondays) @ Stage Area 

If you missed the Care Bears' at Junction 8, fear not. Catch Funshine Bear, Bedtime Bear, Love-a-Lot Bear and Share Bear at Sembawang Shopping Centre and they will be spinning and dancing to Christmas tunes! Spent a minimum of $30* and get to take a commemorative shot with all the Care Bears! 

Singapore Flyer

Captain Flyer Meet & Greet
7 - 8, 14 - 15, 21 - 22, 24 - 25 & 31 December (10:30am - 11:30am & 3:30pm - 4:30pm), Roving around premises

Uncle Ringo Christmas Carnival
28 November - 31 December (12:30pm - 9pm daily, operating hours extended till 11pm on 24, 25 & 31 December), Ticketing Promenade, Waterfront Promenade & Greek Theatre

Square 2

Lego Playground
15 November - 26 December

Lego fun is not restricted to Legoland. Start your day at the free-play LEGO building stations. Your little ones can activate their creativity and stimulate their minds as they build and play with their imagination. 

Young Builders Playtime
1 & 15 December (Sun : 12pm - 1pm, 2pm - 3pm, 5 - 6pm)

More build and play sessions where children take home a LEGO toy worth $25, a Young Builders certificate and a fun learning experience! Spend $120* ($160 with FairPrice) and register at Level 1, Information Counter. Limited to 15 children (aged 5-12 years old per session on a first come first served basis.

Come Alive with LEGO Legends of CHIMA
14, 15, 21, 22 & 24 December

Meet Laval, the Prince of the Lion tribe from LEGO Legends of Chima to add a little magic to your Christmas. 

Christmas Carols
14, 22 & 24 December (1pm), Atrium

Soak up the spirit of Christmas as a group of carollers perform your favourite Christmas tunes!

Suntec City 

Minions Invasion
6 - 22 December (Tue - Fri : 1pm & 7pm, Sat - Sun : 1pm, 4pm & 7pm)

Minions are here to stay this Christmas! The wacky bunch has dominate Suntec City and see what mischief they have in store as they scurry around on stage.  


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Live Action Experience
16 - 24 November (1pm, 4pm & 7pm), 16 Nov (1pm), exclusively for DBS/POSB cardholders
 *No performance on 18 November

Sesame Street - The Christmas Experience
28 November - 8 December (1pm, 4pm & 7pm), 28 Nov (1pm) exclusively for DBS/POSB cardholders
*No performance on 2 & 8 December, 1pm

Tampines 1

Jolly Rovers All Around
30 November, 1, 7 & 8 December (Sat & Sun : 3pm & 6pm)

Catch Santa and their roving singer at Tampines 1 with Hi-fives, hugs, balloons and more!

Songs of Christmas
14, 15, 21, 22 & 23 December (Sat, Sun & Mon : 4pm & 6pm)

Sing along with carolers as they perform Christmas favourites to spread the Christmas cheer!

Smiley-Crafts Workshops
14 & 15 December (Sat, Sun : 3pm & 5pm), Level 5

Spend a minimum of $50 to enroll your child in workshops on making Smiley handicrafts.

It's Happ1ness Day!
21 December (Sat : 3pm to 5pm), around the mall

Santa will be giving out free candy-floss and smiley balloons around the mall! It will be a HAPPY day for EVERYONE!

Tampines Mall

Santa Meet & Greet
20 - 24 December (Fri & Tue : 1pm & 7:30pm), Roving 

Santa Claus is coming to Tampines Mall bringing joy and cheer to you!

Chirpy Christmas Carolling
21 & 22 December (Sat, Sun : 7pm), 24 December (Tue : 6pm), Concourse Level 1

Have a chirpy season as carollers gear up to spread the love of Christmas.

Tanglin Mall

A Golden Traditional Christmas
23 November - 1 January 
Avalanche (Weekdays : 7:30pm - 7:45pm, Weekends : 7:30pm - 7:45pm & 8:30pm - 8:45pm)
Snow (Weekdays : 7:45pm - 8pm, Weekends : 7:45pm - 8pm & 8:45pm - 9pm)

Tanglin Mall is 'snowing' during the December holidays and its no exception this year! Treat yourself with the majestic carriage and lovely reindeer around the grand Christmas tree and enjoy the snowfall while taking memorable pictures with the life-size horses, reindeers and Santa Claus! *Subject to weather conditions.

Christmas Carolling
21 - 22 December (5 - 5:30pm & 6 - 6:30pm), Around the Mall

Christmas carollers will be roving around the mall.

The Star Vista

Creative Christmas Crafts
21 November - 22 December (Various dates and timings) - check listing

Spend a minimum of $50 and immerse yourself in a line-up of fun Christmas themed workshops. There's Reindeer Candy Art, Christmas Candy House and more!

Jolly Jingles
7 - 22 December (Various dates and timings) - check listing

Jazz your way to Christmas this season at Star Vista

Photo Taking Corner with Gingerbread Man & Snowman
7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 December (Sat & Sun : 5pm - 8pm)

Redeem a photo pass with a minimum spending of $30 at The Star Vista.

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United Square

'LIVE' Musical Shows/Meet & Greet
Lots of fun awaits at United Square! Meet Barney & Friends, Fireman Sam, Pingu, Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina at this Christmas!

Barney & Friends, Fireman Sam & Angelina Ballerina
29 November - 9 December (Mon & Fri : 2pm & 7pm, Sat & Sun : 12:30pm, 3:30pm & 7pm), No shows on Tuesdays 

Barney & Friends, Bob the Builder & Pingu
11 - 16 December (Mon & Fri : 2pm & 7pm, Sat & Sun : 12:30pm, 3:30pm & 7pm)

Superhero Fest
18 - 26 December
Meet Kamen Rider 000 (Live in Person!)


Skate with Santa
26 November - 22 December (Tues - Sun Only)

For those below 1.4m in height: 1:30pm, 2: 30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm (all skaters must be above 3 years of age)
For those 1.4m and above in height : 7:30pm

Skate, Shop & Celebrate!
26 November - 22 December (Tues - Sun Only : 12:30pm & 6pm)

Come watch enchanting ice skating performances by professional ice skaters!

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Vivo City
Roving Performances
16 November - 29 December (Various dates : 4pm & 7pm)

Christmas Tree
Don't forget to take a photo with the Christmas tree standing at 107ft tall at the Sky Park. One of Vivo's city decorations every Christmas. This monumental tree has been growing a foot taller each year since 2007!

West Mall

The Trash Pack Show + Meet & Greet
14, 15, 18 -22 December (1pm, 4pm & 7pm)

Join your grossest, most disgusting buddies from Australia for a fun and interactive experience. Explore the different ways Planet earth can benefit from RECYCLING this Christmas! Spend a minimum of $20 to redeem a meet & greet pass for a memorable photo opportunity with Rotten APple, Trash a Pillar and Blow Fly up close!

Kid's Christmas Funland
2 - 29 December, Sidewalk

Kids will have lots of fun this Christmas at the fun pop-up playground! 

Check out West Mall's website on when to meet Santa Claus and enjoy the sounds of the season with the carolers!

West Coast Plaza

The Smurfs Live!
30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15 December (12pm - 9pm, 60 mins per session)

Participate in a fun and engaging Smurf crafting session (Smurf Christmas Wreath, Smurf Christmas Card, Colouring, Bookmark etc) for FREE!

Get Smurfed! Craft Party
6 - 15 December (Tues - Fri : 1pm & 7pm, Sat & Sun : 1pm, 4pm & 7pm)

Join Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Smurfette and Brainy as they smurf up your day with lots of singing, dancing, fun and laughs! Spend $50 to get up close with them after the show

Check out more activities at West Coast Mall website.

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