Singapore Garden Festival 2016


The Singapore Garden Festival is back for the sixth edition. Held at the award-winning Gardens by the Bay, this year’s festival is its largest to-date. You can expect more than 70 garden and floral displays stretching across 9.7 hectares.

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Reframing Modernism at National Gallery, Singapore


Good news for art lovers! For the first time in Singapore, visitors at the National Gallery Singapore (NGS) are now able to view artworks from European and South-east Asian artists in the same space. The exhibition is a collaboration between Singapore’s National Gallery and France’s Centre Pompidou. I got the chance to get a glimpse of what it has to offer during the media invite for NGS, Gallery After Hours.

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SAF50: RSS Endurance

RSS Endurance

The RSS Endurance has docked the VivoCity Promenade as part of the Singapore Armed Forces 50th anniversary celebrations. It is not often that you can board the 141 metres long warship; equivalent to the size of 3 Olympic-sized swimming pools put together in length-wise and it is as deep as an eight storey block of flats with width of half a football field. This Landing Ship Tank is the largest warship in Singapore’s Navy.

SAF50@Vivo gives public a rare opportunity to tour the warship strictly for ticket holders. After security check, visitors will walk up the gangway aboard the RSS Endurance.

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Gardens by the Bay – The Persian Sanctuary

Persian Garden

As part of Gardens by the Bay Goes around the World series of floral displays, the next leg take you on a journey to the Middle East. The Persian Garden is considered one of the earliest garden styles which has greatly influenced the design of gardens around the world. The most distinctive element is the geometry of Persian design.

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Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay

Panorama - Mid Autumn FestivalFor the first time, Mid-Autumn celebrations are held at Gardens by the Bay from 13 to 22 September 2013. Often associated as mooncake, lantern or harvest festival, this annual celebration is not just about chomping on mooncakes and carrying pretty lanterns, but to commemorate the selfless act of Chang’ e, the wife of a merciless ruler. Many centuries ago, she drank the elixir of immortality to put an end to her husband’s evil deeds. Set aside, there are other tales connected with Mid-Autumn Festival. This is the time of the year to admire the lantern displays and savour Chinese delicacies during the ongoing festival. There are variety of performances and activities for families awaits throughout the 10-day festival, which is organised by SPH Chinese Newspapers Division (CND), People’s Association Passion Arts and Gardens by the Bay.

MAF - Flower Dome

A row of lanterns greeted visitors inside the Flower Dome conservatory. Make sure you are armed with a camera and indulge in a snapping of your own. Do remember to  add a unique caption to your photos and upload it to Instagram with the following hashtags – #midautumnatgb and #gardensbythebay

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Unlock the Secrets of Egyptian Priest Nesperennub

Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb

In collaboration with the British Museum and ArtScience Museum Singapore, you can now experience the journey to the Egyptian afterlife and unwrap the 3,000 year-old mystery of a Priest mummy called Nesperennub. This is the first time the exhibition titled Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb is held in Singapore and Southeast Asia that will reveal the secrets of the mysterious Egyptian burial practices and mummification process. I have seen similar exhibition, Quest for immortality – The world of Ancient Egypt back in 2010 but I find this exhibition presented in a different way.

3D Specs

With cutting edge CT scanning technology and computer visualisation techniques, experts are able to see inside the mummy, without disturbing the exquisite cartonnage or delicate material surrounding the mummy. Therefore, visitors can enjoy the findings through extraordinary virtual reality experience in 3D. Each of us will receive a pair of 3D glasses prior watching the film and to be kept as souvenir. Having said that, the state-of-the art technology able to reconstruct how Nesperennub may have looked too. The duration of the film takes about 13 mins before proceed to the exhibition artifacts.

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Singapore Philatelic Museum

Philatelic MuseumIf you’re an avid stamp collector, Philatelic Museum provides in-depth sight of postal history and its stamps from all over the world. I find this is one of the quirkiest museums in Singapore. The first philatelic museum in Southeast Asia appreciates Singapore’s history and heritage through philately. The 2 storey building itself is a national heritage, formerly part of the Anglo Chinese School until it was restored to become the present museum. Even though the museum is pretty small, it has extensive collections to suffice your savoury of stamp.

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