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Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay

Christmas WonderlandCelebrating Christmas in tropical Singapore got a bit more special this year with over 30 impressive Italian-crafted Luminarie light sculptures and a European-style Festive Market set up at Gardens by the Bay.

Christmas Wonderland

A giant Christmas tree decorated with the Gardens’ signature dragonfly motif greets visitors at the Golden Garden, near the main attraction’s entrance. You can also see the 16-metre tall Frontone arrival arches, the first of the Luminarie light sculptures, leading you into a Christmas Wonderland located in the Flower Dome and the Supertree Grove.

Christmas Wonderland

The Luminaries light sculptures inspired by 16th and 17th-century Baroque architecture were hand-crafted by Paulicelli Illuminations International, a family of Italian craftsmen. I must say the specially-designed pieces blended very well into the tranquil atmosphere of the Gardens.

Christmas Wonderland

Some 95,000 bulbs were used to create the Luminaries, and each bulb meticulously placed by hand before being carefully shipped to Singapore.

Christmas Wonderland

At 17 metres tall and 31 metres wide, the Spalliera located just in front of Supertree Dining is the largest of the Luminaries.

Christmas Wonderland

Other than being a fab photo spot, also look out for the daily “Blizzard Time” (7.30PM, 8.20PM, 9.05PM and 9.45PM; weather permitting) where ‘snow’ made of foam is released to create a wintry scene.

Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Wonderland

Snowing in Singapore is definitely fit for #wefie time :)

Christmas Wonderland

Getting an aerial view of the light sculptures from the OCBC Skyway

Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Wonderland

Be treated to a myriad of performances at the Cassa Armonica with performances such as 12 Days of Choirs, Festive Sirens and Verses by the Garden Lights By Act 3 Drama Academy.

Christmas Wonderland

Spectacular-looking!

Christmas Wonderland

Other than the light sculptures, you can explore the European-style Festive Market at the Supertree Grove.

Christmas Wonderland

Satisfy your sweet cravings at pastry chef Janice Wong of 2am:dessertbar’s pop-up store.

Christmas Wonderland

The spectacular Spiegeltent, a two-century old travelling ‘mirror tent’ from the Netherlands makes its first appearance in Asia under the Supertrees. Made of 1,000 pieces of wood, canvas, brocade, exquisite mirrors and stained glass, visitors will get a chance to dine within this enchanting tent for a unique gastronomic experience.

Christmas Wonderland

Originally built in the late 19th and 20th century, only a handful remains in existence. Did you know this particular tent was once found abandoned at a railway station? Now it’s lovingly restored and travelling the world. What a fairytale.

Christmas Wonderland

Do drop by for a different Christmas experience in the tropics, and say cheese! :)

Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
Festive Market: 29 November to 21 December 2014, 3:00PM to 11:00PM. Food huts open from 5:00PM
Luminarie Lights: 29 November 2014 to 4 January 2015, 7:00PM to 12:00AM
Free admission

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Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Have a rwarrING good time with colourful lanterns at Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens on 13-22 Sep 2013!

I love Mid-Autumn. It’s a time when I can be a child again, and carry brightly-lit traditional cellophane lanterns around with good friends without raising any eyebrows. This year, I had a visual feast of colourful lanterns at Gardens by the Bay which is hosting the Mid-Autumn Festival for the first time. And it’s FREE! :D

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Majestic Temple of Confucius in the middle of the Dragonfly Lake. How cool is that – premium waterfront living!

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

The dragon in this lantern display is made up of 80,000 test tubes filled with coloured water. All the lanterns are made locally by master craftsmen from China.

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

I must say the cooled conservatories make a pretty nice backdrop for the lantern display

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Sky Lanterns

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

A series of charity events is organised in conjunction with Mid-Autumn Festival @ the Gardens to raise funds for President’s Challenge 2013. Visitors can purchase a sky lanterns or Loy Krathong (Floating Lantern) for $10 and all proceeds will be donated to President’s Challenge 2013.

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

The cutest 12 Zodiac Signs I’ve ever seen

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Leo looks so cute, he can rival Hello Kitty!

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

The Dragonfly Bridge decorated with colourful arches

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

They look pretty good in the daytime as well

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

For visitors coming in the daytime, the Flower Dome houses a Mid-Autumn themed floral display featuring three dragonfly lanterns perched amidst a field of vibrant flora such as begonias, chrysanthemums, astilbes and celosias. For me – this would be the easiest insect macro I’ve ever done! lol

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Magnificent scenery at night. I stood still for 5 minutes just to admire this.

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

It’s packed at the 101-hectare Gardens – amazing feat!

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Giant face masks

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

My fave lantern piece – Jurassic Park featuring 8 dinosaurs with movable parts. They scream too, haha.

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Jurassic Park with a suggestive-looking plant

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

This evil-looking thing looks like it’s saying “I’m coming to get you!”

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Pandora 3D Exhibition
What’s more apt than an Avatar experience in the midst of mystical SuperTrees at Supertree Grove? Presented by Keppel Club, this unique exhibition offers visitors a 3D experience as they admire hand-made exhibits built from recycling materials by the staff of Keppel Club.

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Inside the Pandora 3D exhibition

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Birds & Insects Paradise

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

More lantern set pieces at The Meadow

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Cute monks. I never thought I would ever say that.

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

3 little pigs and a goofy-looking wolf

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Dong dong dong CHIANG! Let’s celebrate!

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Oh-so-cute wedding couple

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

I was quite amused with the ‘multi-racial’ lanterns. This piece pays homage to our Muslim friends.

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

And our Indian representation

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Arabian Nights?

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

I got a bit hungry from all the walking and was quite pleased to find my fave snacks at the food stalls – smelly tofu and sour plum drink. Satisfaction. Heehee.

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

It was nice to see families enjoying themselves and keeping the traditional of Mid-Autumn reunion & harmony alive.

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Who says lanterns are only for the Chinese culture?
Our Malay friends came by as well, and everyone bonded together over a candlelight. These people didn’t know each other, and were just happy to lend a light. Awwww….I’m feeling warm & fuzzy again.

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Winning Entries from the Creative Lantern-Making Competition
This piece won first prize. I must say I am quite impressed with the lanterns, all the twinkling LED lights and movable parts . I felt so archaic thinking of the lanterns I used to make in school.

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

These must be Chang-e’s rabbits

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Hello Chang-e!

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

A snake made from fruit wrappers

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Psychedelic Peacock

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

This is my favourite piece – the use of recycled materials is superb! So pretty!

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Monkey sitting on a durian. Hmmm.

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Dragon

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

Phoenix

Mid-Autumn @ The Gardens 2013

And the Gardens’ biggest permanent lantern display – the SuperTrees :)


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Gardens by the Bay: SUPERduperTREES

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees
It’s always nice to spend some time with nature when growing up in an urban jungle, and Gardens by the Bay is definitely a great place to be surrounded by flora and fauna. The SuperTrees intrigue me quite a bit because they look so sci-fi, and there’s just so many different ways you can photograph them – how can you ever get bored?

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Postcard-worthy view

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Ranging in height from 25 to 50 metres (16 storeys tall), the Gardens’ 18 Supertrees are basically vertical gardens covered in bromeliads, ferns and tropical flowering climbers. Twelve of these can be found at the Supertree Grove, and six at the Golden and Silver Gardens.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Laughing guardian at the entrance…ho ho ho

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

During construction in April 2012

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

This is one of my favourite photos of the SuperTree Groove. The colourful cranes look like they are feeding the tree. And it is also a sight that is not likely to be repeated since construction is already completed.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Sunset with rays of light peeking through Marina Bay Sands hotel’s towers

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Real with man-made trees; blurring of lines between fiction and reality

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

The Supertrees have different planting schemes in various colours ranging from warm tones like reds, browns, orange and yellows, to cooler hues like silver and pink. The plants are chosen based on the following considerations:
– Suitable for vertical planting
– Lightweight and hardy
– Soil-less
– Easy to maintain
– Suitable for Singapore’s climate
– Not commonly found in Singapore
– Visually interesting

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Take a stroll along the OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre long walkway that connects the two 25-metre Supertrees at the Supertree Grove, and take in a different view of the Gardens.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

I like water a lot, so sitting by the wooden boardwalk at the Dragonfly Lake and watching the colours of the SuperTrees change feels relaxing. I would usually bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with a friend – and lots of insect repellent. This was taken during a sunrise shoot at a very sleepy 6am – a feat not to be repeated.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

11 Supertrees are embedded with environmentally sustainable functions like photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy. Some will be integrated with the cooled conservatories and serve as air exhaust receptacles.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Workers who keep the SuperTrees looking pristine
Over 162,900 plants comprising more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers are planted on the Supertrees. Examples of some of the species that will be planted on the Supertrees include the Tillandsia stricta from Brazil, Tillandsia fasciculate from Panama, Cattleya maxima from Ecuador, and Pseudorhipsalis from Costa Rica.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

The feeling on the Skyway is certainly refreshing. You can get a good bird’s eye view of the entire Gardens from here.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

Same spot by night – how different it looks!

Watch as the Supertrees come alive with a dazzling myriad of light displays bursting across the sky. The OCBC Garden Rhapsody shows are on daily at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

OCBC Skyway

Gardens by the Bay - SuperTrees

See you soon! Moo…(I’m actually a very virile bull, you’ll know what I mean when you see the other half of me *wink*)


Read More about Gardens by the Bay
In Full Bloom: Cloud Forest @ Gardens by the Bay
Flower Dome @ Gardens by the Bay


About Gardens by the Bay
At 54 hectares, Bay South Garden is the largest of the three gardens which form Gardens by the Bay. When completed, the Gardens by the Bay will occupy a total of 101 hectares of land by the water around Marina Bay and the 32 hectare Bay East Garden will be linked to the Bay South Garden by Bay Central which will feature a 3 km promenade that offers stunning views of the city. It is masterplanned by UK-based landscape architecture firm Grant Associates. It is viewed as a bold step in enhancing the liveability/quality of life in the city as well as Singapore’s international appeal. Bay South Gardens consists of several signature parts such as the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest cooled conservatories, Supertrees vertical gardens, OCBC SkywalkHeritage GardensThe World of Plants and the Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes.

Address
18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953
Website: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

Getting There – Train/Car

Garden Admission
Access to the outdoor gardens in Bay South is free. The admission charges to the Cooled Conservatories and the OCBC Skyway are found here.

• Outdoor Gardens
Rates: Free Admission
Hours: Daily; 05:00 AM – 02:00 AM

• Conservatories (Flower Dome & Cloud Forest)
Rates: From $8 – $28
Hours: Daily; 09:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Last ticket sale at 08:00 PM; Last admission at 08:30 PM

• OCBC Skyway
Rates: From $3 – $5
Hours: Monday – Friday; 09:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Last ticket sale at 08:00 PM; Last admission at 08:30 PM
Weekends & PH
09:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Last ticket sale at 07:00 PM; Last admission at 07:30 PM