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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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Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival–Lots to eat, see and do!

The annual Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival is back for 2 weekends from 30 June – 9 July 2017. There’s so much to see, do and eat that you might want to spend more than 1 day at the Gardens!

Check out this link for more details on the programmes and promotions lined up for the Heritage Festival, but here’s a short summary on what you can expect:

  • Performances at Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage and the Bandstand
  • Programmes such as laughter yoga to qigong to
  • Children’s craft-making activities
  • Talks such as why the Singapore Botanic Gardens gained UNESCO World Heritage status or getting to know your Kampung vegetables.
  • Guided tours of the Gardens
  • Plant sales
  • Free entry to National Orchid Garden
  • and more!

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And of course, not forgetting the fooooood! The F&B outlets at the Singapore Botanic Gardens will be coming up with special heritage dishes and/or discounts to whet your appetite during this period. Scroll down for pictures of what to expect.

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Check out the numerous food and drink selections that have ginger and other botanical inspirations in them. The Chilled Ginger Jive is particularly refreshing, especially after a long and sweaty stroll in the Gardens. The Lemongrass and Ginger Prawn salad is really good too. It has a zesty Asian dressing and is quite substantial as a meal actually. And of course, the Chilli Crab Spaghettini is their long standing house favourite.

Check out Halia’s Chilli Crab Sauce Cooking Demonstration approx 45min on 1,2,8,9 July 4.30pm. Demo is FREE but registration is required.

Halia’s Provisions Store will also be offering a 10% discount for various items during the Heritage Festival, such as Halia’s signature chilli crab sauce, ginger flower sauce, ginger pineapple jam etc.

Halia at SBG - Chilled Ginger Jive (Ice blend of fresh ginger, fruit punch, orange & honey) $12

Chilled Ginger Jive (Ice blend of fresh ginger, fruit punch, orange & honey) $12

These 2 glasses look like 2 birds perched on the railing!

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Bee’s Knees (cafe) amidst lush greenery at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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When I say lush greenery, I do mean lush greenery!

Last month, we brought Baby to check out the the latest dining establishment at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, ie the Bee’s Knees. It’s located in this conservation building called The Garage, which houses Bee’s Knees cafe on the ground floor and a more atas restaurant called Botanico on the upper floor. We thought it would be a good opportunity to expose Baby to nature and greenery.

Btw, this 1920s era Art Deco building is called The Garage because it was actually used as a garage back in the colonial times, hence its seven vaulted entrances for the parking bays back then.

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Gong Gong’s bringing his favourite boy out for lunch. Did you see what he’s wearing?? Yes I bought The Bee’s Knees shirt from Mothercare SG specially to go dine at the Bee’s Knees.Sun

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Sky Garden at Fusionopolis

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After my gym session at Fitness First, I took the opportunity to enjoy the views from high above. There is a Sky Garden just outside Fitness First, but in order to enjoy it, I had to traverse the dreaded Sky Bridge! I’m a scaredy cat when it comes to bridges and high places! I don’t expect to read about bridges crashing to the ground in Singapore ever, but somehow, when I’m the one on the bridge, it just feels like it’s swaying so much and 1 last screw away from total disaster.

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Look at that bridge!!! 23 floor! URGH!!!! It was a good thing I hadn’t seen the bridge from down below or it would have looked so flimsy! See that orange board halfway along the bridge? It’s a map to tell you what you’re seeing in the distance. No time to stop for that of course.

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Finally crossed it without any incident ha. From this end, with the blue sky, the building looks quite pretty.

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This looks like a pretty patch of green. I’ve been keeping my eye out for nice outdoor solemnization venues in Singapore, and this looks like a nice little spot with a high view to boast of. I don’t think the rental would be much since it’s not a proper commercial space so to speak.

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Not too sure what you’d do in this thing? Say I do?

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Working at Fusionopolis isn’t that bad either. You have the One-North MRT station at your door step. You can escape to the Sky Gardens for a breather and enjoy the panoramic views of Singapore. We may not have the most beautiful beaches, with all the ugly tankers dotted in the distance. But still I feel it is really therapeutic and relaxing to be able to gaze out into the blue waters, even if they are a distance away.

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