Posts Tagged ‘Parks in Singapore’

East Coast Commune -Wallet-friendly and kid-friendly cafe opens at ECP!

Glad to finally see a legit looking 3rd wave / hipster cafe at East Coast Park. For the longest time, I’ve always hoped and prayed that there will be more of such cafes at East Coast Park. I mean don’t you agree that ECP has so much potential? Alas when Parkland Green opened in 2014, there was but 1 tiny ice cream cafe, which wasn’t very good either, and they are long gone.

East Coast Commune (1)

Photo source: East Coast Commune

When Marine Cove (where the ECP Mcdonald’s is) opened in 2016, again, no cafes. I don’t count Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf since they are a chain. But yes, finally in 2020 with Hill Street Coffeeshop vacating the middle outlet in the row of 5 outlets there, we now have East Coast Commune.

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What to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

This is an updated article to the previous What to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens that I wrote quite some years back. A lot has changed since then. Not only has our beloved Singapore Botanic Gardens been inscribed as a World Heritage Site on 4th July 2015, it has also seen a number of significant expansions in the form of the new Learning Forest, the new Gallop Extension, newly redeveloped Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and National Orchid Garden. If you’ve not visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens in recent years, you really should! In fact, I think it would take several days to fully cover every single aspect of the Gardens, as the area is so vast!

So, the question is, what is there to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens? There are quite a number of F&B options at the Gardens suiting all budgets, ranging from a Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant, to casual restaurants and cafes, takeaway kiosks and even a food court. As the Botanic Gardens is so huge, I will segment the F&B outlets by location:

– Bukit Timah Gate (nearest Botanic Gardens MRT Station)

– Nassim Gate

– Tyersall Gate

– Tanglin Gate (nearest to Gleneagles Hospital and bus stop with buses to Orchard Road)

These are also where the car parks are located. If you refer to the Singapore Botanic Gardens map, the Bukit Timah Gate is on the far right, followed by Nassim Gate and Tyersall Gate in the middle of the Gardens, and Tanglin Gate on the far left.

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How to make the most of Singapore’s cool weather

The cool weather in Singapore lately has been absolutely divine! I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am! It won’t last very long, probably only a few days more of this glorious "temperate" weather to go. And now that it has stopped drizzling, all the more you should be spending your time outdoors. Yes, now is the best time to go enjoy Singapore’s great outdoors before the heat and humidity returns again. Here are 10 outdoor ideas for you to make the most of Singapore’s winter! Also ideas for what to do just after it rains in Singapore.

Visit the Singapore Zoo

Toddler feeding elephants at the Singapore Zoo

Guess what, if you feel lethargic in Singapore’s heat, so do the animals! Now would be the best time to go see the animals at the Singapore Zoo when they are at their liveliest. Even though our Singapore Zoo is world class, if you’ve ever visited other zoos overseas in cooler temperatures, you will notice the animals moving about much more than they do in Singapore. So now would really be the best time to visit or revisit again the Singapore Zoo.

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Baby’s day out at HortPark!

I hope you guys had great fun during the glorious long weekend! The Partner decided to take a few days leave as well so it was an even more glorious weekend for us. We had originally planned to take Baby to some of the indoor playgrounds or playgroups, but because it rained so much, we thought it’d be a better idea to make full use of the unusually cool weather in Singapore to enjoy the great outdoors! Pat on the back for being flexible with our schedule! Smile

We were in the Alexandra area to visit Playeum at Gillman Barracks. So with the change of plans, we headed straight for HortPark, it being the nearest one to us, and also because it has mini horticultural gardens. HortPark is quite different from other parks! If you haven’t been there, you should go!

Baby Edward having fun at Hort Park (2)

There are so many different aspects to HortPark, so not only was it great for Baby to explore all the different elements, we managed to get great photos too! I’ve taken a gazillion photos of Baby using my iPhone, and the iPhone is really useful to capture a fleeting moment, but nothing beats the DSLR if you want that all important bokeh….. I kinda feel regretful that I’ve taken so many photos of food using my DSLR, and not spent the same effort when it comes to photographing Baby. I shall have to be more mindful about that and I can’t wait for the next cloudy or drizzly day to head to our parks again!

Baby Edward having fun at Hort Park (7)

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Fort Canning Park – Gastronomic Trail, Guided Tours and free Movie Screening!

[Weekends in the Park Series]

With the cool weather that we have been experiencing these days, it’s the best opportunity to enjoy Singapore’s great outdoors! And what better way than to explore Fort Canning Park this weekend, 4th March 2017, for a full day of fun and free activities!

Gastronomic Trail

  • Yoga and Wellness Breakfast – Hotel Fort Canning (8.30am – 9.30am)
  • Cooking with Spices Demo – Lewin Terrace Restaurant (11.30am – 1.30pm)
  • Cake Frosting Demo – Fabulous Baker Boy (3pm – 4pm)
  • Sushi Art & Mixology Demo – Fort @ Maison Ikkoku (4pm – 5pm)

Guided Tours

  • WWII Bunkers – Battlebox (9.15a – 10am)
  • Spice Garden Tour – Spice Garden near BattleBox (10am – 11.30am)
  • Heritage on the Hill Tour – Roundabout near BattleBox (4pm – 5.30pm)

Movie Screening

  • Watch Forever Fever under the stars at Lawn @ The Foothills (7.30pm – 9.30pm)

Fringe Activities (5.30pm – 7.30pm)

  • Games and activities for children
  • Music performances
  • Bouncy Castles (All Day)
  • Pottery Exhibition by Yukiharu Fururo at Fabulous Baker Boy (11am – 10pm)

The above activities are FREE! To register or to find out more, visit http://www.nparks.gov.sg/weekends.

A few of us had the privilege of having a preview of the exciting activities lined up. Check out my photos below!

Lewin Terrace

Lewin Terrace  (1)

Chef Hiroyuki Shinkai demonstrating how to prepare sauted duck with spices. Did you know that Fort Canning Park boasts a spice garden? It would be really educational for the kids to have a walk around the spice garden, followed by watching a cooking demonstration of how spices are incorporated into the dishes that we consume.

Lewin Terrace  (3)

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