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Gardens by the Bay – Yuletide in the Flower Dome

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This Christmas, the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay transforms into a winter wonderland with Teddy Santa on a sleigh, illuminated reindeers, enchanting light sculptures and a mini Christmas village set amidst cheery festive blooms. Temperatures have been turned down as well, so come in your winter best for that picture-perfect moment with a loved one, muaks :)

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Illuminated reindeers. Shiny noses are so yesterday.

 

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Illuminated Luminarie sculptures which is also a part of Christmas Wonderland that is happening in the Supertree Grove during the same time.

 

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Vantage point for photos

 

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A cute teddy bear greets visitors at the entrance of the Flower Dome. I hope he has a present for me…did you know this bespectacled bear is made in the likeness of the Gardens’ CEO? :)

 

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Teddy bears adorn the place, giving it a warm and fuzzy feeling

 

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Twinkling lights lead the way to the floral display

 

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Gorgeous with a capital G

 

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Star light, Star bright
Are you bringing my present this Christmas night? ;p

 

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I want the tree. I want the tree!

 

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A charming mini winter village huddled at the back of the main floral display

 

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If only I could shrink myself 10 times, I would start playing in the snow…I miss winter but definitely don’t miss the cold!

 

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Even reindeers play hard to get

 

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The bird sculptures also got a festive makeover. I wonder what this one saw, maybe a roast turkey haha

 

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I spy a candy factory at the corner of my little eye…it’s for show only though.

 

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Bird’s eye view of the floral winterscape

 

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I am looking forward to Christmas, just like this smiley snowman. What about you? :) xoxo

Yuletide in the Flower Dome
17 Nov 2014 to 6 Jan 2015
Gardens by the Bay
9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Admission charges to the Flower Dome applies

 

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Sunday Folks – Because the best things in life are sweet

Sunday FolksSingapore seems to be in a soft serve fad lately. Before Honey Creme came to town, another soft serve cafe had already been getting lots of good word-of-mouth. Started by the owners of Creamier, Sunday Folks is the first in Singapore to feature a soft-serve dessert concept, offering 6 flavours of soft serve ice cream. What’s even better, you can enjoy your soft serve with the crisp eggy waffles made with Creamier’s super-popular recipe in more spacious and elegant settings.

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It is not difficult to spot the café from the row of restaurants along Chip Bee Gardens – just look for the crowd outside waiting for their table.

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When you get there, put your name down on the electronic reservation system at the entrance. You can wait at the benches in front of the café, or take a little stroll nearby as they will send you a message when your table is ready. We queued for about 30 minutes.

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The wood and copper interior gave an elegant feel to the cafe, making it a great place to hang out, or to impress a first date.

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Everyone comes here for waffles
Waffles are a must here. So just pick a flavour from the six available, and decide if you would like any extra toppings to go with. And patiently wait for it to arrive.

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Lazy to queue? Get a take-out in a chocolate cone :)
The freshly churned soft serve comes in six flavours – Earl Grey Lavender, Summer Strawberries, Roasted Pistachio, Madagascar Vanilla, Seasalt Gula Melaka and Dark Chocolate.

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This must be the prettiest soft serve cone I have ever seen to-date.

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The cafe also serves a range of cakes baked in-house such as Japanese Matcha Cake and Tokyo Yuzu Cheesecake, as well as coffee brewed with beans by local roaster Liberty Coffee.

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With such a whimsical tap, Sunday Folks makes drinking tap water seem cool.

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Eagerly awaiting our waffles…the smell of freshly baked ones were simply intoxicating…faster!! :D

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Waffles come with standard toppings of strawberries and blueberries, and you can choose additional toppings from the mind-boggling variety available at the bar counter. Just a word of caution – don’t go overboard, or you may end up with a very impressive-looking $50 dessert LOL.

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Enjoying his waffles

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We ordered an earl grey lavender soft serve with an additional Matcha Nama Chocolate topping. We enjoyed the distinct lavender flavour and it went very well with the crisp eggy waffles which never seemed to lose its crispy texture.

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We ordered an additional scoop of Dark Chocolate as well. I would have tasted all six flavours if my friend didn’t start protesting :p I will be back, Sunday baby.

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Add: 44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-52, Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278116
Tel: 6479 9166
Email:  info@sundayfolks.com
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 1:00PM – 10:00PM; Sat – Sun: 12:00PM – 10:00PM; Last Order 9:30PM
Website: http://www.sundayfolks.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sundayfolks.singapore

Getting There
Take Exit A from Holland Village MRT. Walk across the public carpark towards Chip Bee Gardens. Walk out of the small road in the middle of the carpark, turn left and walk up the slope. Sunday Folks is about 3 to 4 shops down.


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Trompe-l’oeil fun at Trick Eye Museum Singapore

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Trick Eye Museum recently opened its first outlet outside Korea in Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa. The museum houses 80 exhibits grouped into six themed zones including the World of Masterpieces, Safari Kingdom, Stars of Circus, Dreams of Fairytale, Love in Winter, and Adventure Discovery. Popular exhibits from the Korean museums such as Angel’s Wings, Moon Over The Sky and Human Cannonball will be on display here too, and some of them such as Merlion Boat and Horse Racing were specially created for Singapore.

The museum facing the waterfront is located near to the Malaysian Street Food/Aston’s Restaurant, and is the main attraction on The Korean Strip, a mini-Korean themed 100-metre stretch slated to open in the third quarter of 2014. Insadong Korea Town will feature a Korean market-place concept offering a variety of authentic Korean F&B specialties, street food and hand-made Korean accessories and cosmetics.

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Trick Eye Museum’s Origins
Trick Eye Museum first opened in Korea’s Hongdae, Seoul in December 2010, and its popularity has seen it grow into three museums in Seoul, Jeju and Busan in a short span of three years. I guess its popularity is due to its interactive nature, allowing the visitor to interpret and express an exhibit with their own imagination. Trust me, I could spend 3 hours just sitting there, watching the visitors pose with the exhibits. It’s way more entertaining than a movie.

What is Trick Eye?
The name Trick Eye is short for ‘Trick of the eye’, referring to a visual art technique that tricks the eye by creating an optical illusion, and turns two-dimensional images into three-dimensional images that seems to ‘pop out’ and come to life. Also called Trompe l’oeil by the French, its history dates back to ancient Greece and Rome.


Trickeye Museum SingaporeOh my gawd. My eyes are playing tricks on me even before getting into the museum itself. The museum had a half-price opening promotion, hence the horrendous queue.Trickeye Museum Singapore
You must be joking. Look at the queue. It didn’t help the morning sun was happily shining in, making it really hot.Trickeye Museum Singapore
I made use of the queuing time to read the photo-taking tips at the back of my admission ticket.Trickeye Museum SingaporeAfter 3 hours of waiting, we FINALLY got into the museum. We felt a bit lost with the throngs of people, but it wasn’t long before the excitement got to us. Trickeye Museum Singapore
Am I so heavy you need to cry to pull me up? *insulted*Trickeye Museum Singapore
It’s a…big pot belly! Ancient people sure have a different perspective of art.Trickeye Museum Singapore
No pants! Ewwww!Trickeye Museum SingaporeCome on baby, kiss kiss.
Ladies, do come in pants/shorts instead of skirts/dresses since you will need to climb to get onto some of the exhibits. We definitely don’t want to see ‘wardrobe malfunctions’ along the way.Trickeye Museum Singapore
Hi there! Isn’t it a lovely day? :)Trickeye Museum Singapore
Can we share a brolly, Sir?Trickeye Museum SingaporePssst, I have a secret to tell you…Trickeye Museum SingaporeBeing part of a painting was funTrickeye Museum SingaporePeekaboo!
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I dun want smelly tea!Trickeye Museum Singapore
It’s magic!Trickeye Museum Singapore
Some exhibits needed two people to participateTrickeye Museum Singapore
Now I know what it means to be on the chopping board.Trickeye Museum Singapore
Through optical illusion, I can become a giant in a room!Trickeye Museum SingaporeStepping into Safari KingdomTrickeye Museum Singapore
Quick get me outta here!Trickeye Museum Singapore
Being the proud elephant trainerTrickeye Museum SingaporeWeee…I am diving into the sea!Trickeye Museum Singapore
This is how the exhibits looks like, so you need some imagination to strike your pose and the rotate your photo 90 degrees to see the effect.Trickeye Museum Singapore
No I didn’t become Spiderman, this photo was merely rotated 180 degreesTrickeye Museum SingaporeTaking picture is big business. You need 3 people to pose, and another 3 people to take the shot.Trickeye Museum SingaporeGetting out of the fish’s mouth
I’m too full of cholesterol, it’s for your own good to spit me out!Trickeye Museum SingaporeThe museum is quite a fun place to go with a group of friends. You can really bond over silly photos, and get to keep good memories of your outing.Trickeye Museum SingaporeI found a friend, hi there!Trickeye Museum SingaporeMaking it to the Stars of Circus section
One thing I didn’t like about the place is that the exhibits were a bit too closely spaced together, and recommended photo-taking spots tend to overlap. So every step you take, you may get into the photo of another.
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I’m an acrobat!
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It has to be a 10/10!Trickeye Museum Singapore
People sleep-walk, I simply float.Trickeye Museum SingaporeBalancing act.Trickeye Museum SingaporeActually, you are suppoused to grab the pole and pretend to be hanging over the hot lava. Due to my ‘height disadvantage’, I chose to stand by the side instead.Trickeye Museum SingaporeSome of the visitors were quite fun to watch, heh.Trickeye Museum SingaporeBeing a baby again.
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Trying to act cute. I didn’t need to try too hard lol.Trickeye Museum Singapore
I wonder what it feels like to be sitting on the moon, viewing Earth below. It must be a wonderful feeling.  Trickeye Museum Singapore
Quick kiss me, I may turn into a beautiful Princess!Trickeye Museum SingaporeAngel on Wings.Trickeye Museum Singapore
I’m not sure who this Korean dude is, but it was sure hard trying to get into his embrace. The aunty before me knocked her head while trying to get into the tight space.Trickeye Museum Singapore
Oops, wrong direction :pTrickeye Museum Singapore
Riding on a sleighTrickeye Museum SingaporeWhat a sweet moment :)
Little tip: Do bring a wide-angle lens if you have one as some of the exhibits are rather huge. Otherwise, your smartphone’s Panorama function would come in useful too.Trickeye Museum Singapore
Dun let goooo!Trickeye Museum SingaporeHugging my swanTrickeye Museum SingaporeThis horse-racing exhibit was specially created with Singapore in mind. Hmmm, I wasn’t aware we were that avid gamblers to be remembered by.Trickeye Museum Singapore
I’ve always wanted to ride a Merlion!Trickeye Museum Singapore
Being a ballerinaTrickeye Museum Singapore
I think I am a natural talent lol.Trickeye Museum Singapore
They say art looks better when viewed upside-down!Trickeye Museum Singapore
Enjoying a moment with the fishes before saying goodbye
We spent about 3 hours in the museum. That’s assuming you wanted to take a photo at almost every exhibit and queuing for your turn. On the whole, we had an enjoyable time at the museum. I guess crowd management will get better after the opening craze dies down. The museum is a nice place to spend the day with friends and family as part of an outing at Sentosa. I will be back to check out The Korean Strip when it opens later in 2014.

Trick Eye Museum Singapore
Address: Waterfront @ Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098138
Tel : +65 6795 2370 / 2371
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00AM – 9:00PM
Website: http://trickeye.com/singapore/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrickEyeSingapore
Email: Trickeye_sg@trickeye.com
Admission Prices: Adult $25; Child (4-12) & Senior (> 60) $20
Tickets can be bought online http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/trickeye2014 or on-site
Entry fee to Sentosa applies. $1 via Sentosa Boardwalk (very near the museum; free during weekends & PHs); $4 via Sentosa Express rail; Gantry fee of $2-7 depending on time via car/taxi; $29 via Cable Car.
http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/getting-to-around-sentosa/getting-to-sentosa/

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Source: Trickeye Museum website