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Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant– Fabulous seafood dishes and still as good since my last visit

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There is a new Chinese Executive Chef at Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant. Chef-Owner Yong Bing Ngen has promoted Chef Chee Hin Yew (who has worked at Majestic Restaurant for 16 years) to the role of Chinese Executive Chef. Chef Yong is keen to prove his mettle and based on what we sampled a couple of weeks back, I’m sure it won’t be very difficult.

I had good memories of Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant when I first visited back in 2012. A number of times I wanted to return to check out their dishes again but I some how never made it back. After the good experience from this recent food tasting, I’m very keen to bring my parents out for dim sum lunch soon. I would love for them to try the delicious seafood dishes we sampled, but I have to admit the prices are a little beyond budget for a casual weekend lunch. The dim sum dishes are however priced more affordably, similar to other chain Chinese restaurants at the malls.

Anyway, scroll down to see the dishes we sampled. It certainly looked as good as it tasted. If you feel the same way too, don’t forget to hint hint to your bosses for the next department dinner….

Edward at Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant (4)

Edward got to partake in the food tasting as well. Poor Papa had to give up a good sized portion of his food to Edward because he simply loved it! Crabs, lobsters, fish, prawns, bring it on! Here’s Edward itching to get started on the yellow duckling bun! Who is cuter, Edward or the duckling?

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What to see at Singapore Garden Festival 2018

The biennial Singapore Garden Festival is back again and this is the 7th edition. SGF is the first show to bring together top international award-winning landscape and garden designers, florists and horticulturists from around the world, who are invited to the Festival to work alongside Singapore’s own talented horticulturists.

In case this doesn’t sound familiar, do you remember the wondrous fantasy garden showcase that was held in Suntec? Yes, this is the Singapore Garden Festival I am talking about and after the opening of Gardens by the Bay in 2012, the Singapore Garden Festival has been held there since 2014.

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Gothic Gate

Here are some of the highlights of what you can see at this year’s SGF:

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Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival (30 June–8 July 2018)

This year’s Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival will be back again in a couple of days’ time, and if you’re a plant and nature lover like I am (or I like to think I am), you mustn’t miss out on this! Even if you don’t like spending time outdoors, now would be a good opportunity to enjoy Singapore’s first UNESCO Heritage World Heritage Site, as there will be numerous activities going on:

  • Concerts at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
  • Movie screenings
  • Guided tours of the various parts of the Botanic Gardens
  • Roving Performances
  • Activities such as mass yoga, children’s activities, exhibitions
  • Free entry to the National Orchid Garden
  • etc

This year, the Heritage Festival will also focus on plants used by indigenous cultures of Southeast Asia, including Singapore. What are some of these plants you may ask? Think Elephant yam, coconut, torch ginger, sweet potato, curry leaf and kedongdong amongst others. Learn more about these plants, and get a chance to taste them, as the Gardens’ cafes, restaurants and retail outlets will be showcasing various menus and programmes featuring these edible plants during the Heritage Festival.

I had the opportunity to have a quick media preview of what is to come. Scroll down to see what is in store for this year’s Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival! Also check out the official Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival 2018 site online.

 

Visiting the Gardens

Heritage Tours

Singapore Botanic Gardens Bandstand and raintrees

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I have been to the Singapore Botanic Gardens numerous times, more often than the average Singaporean I would suppose, but I still learn something new every time. For example, did you notice that the rain trees surrounding the bandstand look particularly yellow? Those rain trees were deliberately chosen to be planted here. Only 1 in 1,000 rain trees exhibit this yellowish leaves characteristic.

Attend free guided tours available on 30 June, 1,7 and 8 July to increase your knowledge on history, ecology and plant and animal life. The tours are free but on-site registration is required. Check out my instastories for video snippets of my tour around the Botanic Gardens.

 

National Orchid Garden

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Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome – Begonia Brilliance

Anyone who has never gone to the Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay ought to really make a trip there. The experience is really amazing. The best part about it is that you can enjoy a beautiful garden-like setting in cool air-conditioning, even when you’re in hot and humid Singapore! It’s also a great place to bring young children to expose them to nature, without them getting too sweaty and irritable.

I missed the Tulip Mania which usually happens in April. I brought Edward to Tulip Mania 2016 and Tulip Mania 2017 when he was 2 months and 1 yr old respectively. OMG how he has grown, I miss his baby looks!! I guess I’ll be saying the same thing again come next year and I look at this year’s photos! Anyway, I was at the Flower Dome a couple of weeks back to check out the Begonia Brilliance and Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree. I didn’t know there are so many types of Begonias, and it seems they can look quite different. You’ll see what I mean when you scroll down for the pictures.

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Which picture looks better? Me being the main photographer, there are loads of pictures of Edward with Papa. And this is the only picture of me with Edward! Or perhaps Papa is just more photogenic?

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Gardens By The Bay–The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

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Are you a fan of Enid Blyton stories? If you are, you would surely have heard of the famous Magic Faraway Tree, along with familiar names such as Moon-Face, Saucepan Man and Silky? If this sends your heart racing and brings back memories of your childhood, just like it did for me, you won’t want to miss out on the Enid Blyton-themed event held at Gardens By the Bay for the annual Children’s Festival.

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Four special lands from the Magic Faraway Tree have been recreated – Land of Enchantments, Land of Tea Parties, Land of Toys and Land of Nursery Rhymes. Entry to this event is free for all public, and you can also purchase a Magic Pass to enjoy additional activities. There’s lots to do even if you don’t purchase the Magic Pass. There are free programmes such as storytelling, magic shows, science demonstrations, take pictures with the mascots. Or just revel in the picnic atmosphere where the lawns have been decked out in the Enid Blyton theme, with bouncy floats, see-saws and rocking chairs!

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