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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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Butterfly Park pop-up at HarbourFront Centre where you can TOUCH the butterflies!

The other day, I won some free tickets to go check out the Carnival of Butterflies at the HarbourFront Centre. It’s a pop-up event by the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom as part of the CNY celebrations and will run until 25 Feb. The permanent Butterfly Park at Sentosa has been around since like forever, but I’ve never ever thought to visit. After visiting this butterfly pop-up event, I realise I have to go for the full experience!

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My best shot of the butterflies I think. Scroll to the end to see more butterfly pictures.

These days, nothing gets my butt moving faster than anything that’s fun, experiential and educational for toddlers. See and touch butterflies? You got my attention man. The pop-up tent is actually quite small, you have to almost crawl through the entrance to get into the tent, although you can stand upright once you’re inside.

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BMW Women’s International Polo Tournament 2017

The BMW Women’s International Polo finals will be held this coming Sunday 1 October 4pm, and it promises to be an action-packed event even for those who know nothing about the polo sport! I’ll explain why in a minute!

Womens-International---Sales-Flyer

In case you can’t see the flyer above, there will be

  • the Hask/Miss World Singapore Finals
  • Veuve Clicquot VIP champagne and sushi bar with DJ Jazzy
  • Lush pop-up spa
  • Charity auction for the Polo Club Outreach Programme

If you’re just going for the individual tickets that comes inclusive of canapes and free flow champagne, that would be $90 + GST per person for non members.

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ION Orchard Culinary Creations 2017– Free goodies worth $150, 1-for-1 discounts and win a trip to Sapporo!

The 3rd edition of ION Orchard’s Culinary Creations is back, boasting lots of 1-for-1 dining treats, free parking and even a unique Chocolate Wonderland! Check out ION’s webpages here, here and here for more information, or scroll down for a quick summary!

Chocolate Wonderland (14 – 16 July only!)

ION Orchard’s B4 ION Station will transform into a decadent Chocolate Wonderland. There will be cooking demonstrations, stage contests and even sampling of chocolate goodies and more from the following brands :

  • Magnum (personalise your macarons!)
  • 1872 Clipper Tea
  • Haagen-Dazs
  • LeTAO
  • The Marmalade Pantry
  • GODIVA
  • Awfully Chocolate
  • Saveur Art
  • Lim Chee Guan

    Check out the full 3 day programme here.

    Ion Orchard Culinary Creations 2017

    Great prizes to be won too!

  • LeTAO is giving away 1 pair of return tickets to Sapporo, Japan
  • ION Orchard is giving away gift boxes with chocolate treats and dining vouchers worth up to $150 between 2-4pm daily from 14 – 16 July. The 1st 100 shoppers daily who spend a minimum of $150 (up to 4 same day receipts) qualify. OR if you are one of the 1st 150 tourists to flash your “Handy smartphone” provided by your hotel (no minimum spend required).

     

    ION Orchard Culinary Creations 2017 - content inside the Chocolate gift box

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  • Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market

    The quarterly Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market is on again this weekend! Was so bummed when I found out about the existence of this farmers market the previous round especially after I saw the interesting pictures, but had to wait a few months for the next round! So you can imagine I made sure not to miss this round!

    It was blazing hot when we got to D’Kranji Farm Resort where the farmers’ market was held. Was mentally thinking whether to bring baby’s stroller or not, because I half wanted to keep the boot space free for all the shopping loot. But I hate being stuck with a sleepy baby and no where for baby to nap. In the end, baby did not even want to sit in the stroller because it was such a hot day (and neither did he take a nap).

    The farmers’ market on the whole was quite impressive. We got there around 1pm, which is 1 hour after it opened. Thank goodness we found a parking slot near the entrance to the market, or else we’d be carrying baby in the hot sun! That’s one good thing about making it to the market relatively early, although on the other hand it meant we bore the full brunt of the mid-day sun. There were marshals guiding cars towards empty slots so you could see that some effort was being made to make the visit an enjoyable process. There’s also a free shuttle, but you’ll have to check the website for more details.

    The farmers’ market was also impressive because of the size. I was just expecting a handful of stalls, but there were many stalls! I spent about 1.5 hours going through all the stalls and that’s considered fast already because I skipped quite a number due to the heat. Wow if the weather had been more forgiving, I would have probably spent at least 2 to 3 hours there, sampling my way through the stalls and eating all the interesting things. I really wanted to try the fried quail, frog balls, otah etc but at least I did manage to try the crocodile tail nuggets. Yes. Tastes better than chicken, if you want to know.

    It got more crowded as we were about to leave. My friend who arrived around 2+ said that she had to line up 30 minutes to get the otah!

    Scroll down for pictures of the farmers market!

    Kranji Countryside Farmers Market 9th edition (3)

    All ready to chiong the market!

    Kranji Countryside Farmers Market 9th edition (23)

    Look how crowded it was! Apparently, this edition of the Farmers market is held at D’Kranji Farm Resort, where the layout is like a racetrack which loops back on itself. Several of the previous sessions were held at Nyee Phoe Flower Garden under a huge marquee like place. I’m assuming that layout would be better as you can get to any stall you want by criss-crossing the place, unlike the racetrack layout where you can’t short-cut and cross over to the other side.

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