It was after Christmas when the boy and I finally came back to Singapore, and we were quite busy doing many things, we went shopping to buy his school shoes and some other books, tidied up the house, cleaned his cupboard and sort his old school books, tuition books, stationary, bags, and all his other things that were in his messy cupboard including stickers, his old drawings, old toys, etc. We threw away most of them, gave the ones that were still useful to our friends, and kept some of them for further use. Then of course, we had to label the new books and his stationary, put cover in some of his textbooks, re-arranged everything in his cupboard, sharpened the pencils and color pencils, and did some other stuffs to make sure that everything was ready before school started again. Well, things didn’t do exactly like that actually. For cleaning, sorting, and re-arranging his cupboard, I did it all by myself and I sent him to watch Alvin and The Chipmunk with his daddy so I could work in peace and in faster speed.
Oh well, long story short…………..it was in new Year that we finally done with everything and could plan our day out. I still wanted to see the Christmas decoration (because after all, Singapore is well known for its wonderful Christmas decoration especially at the malls, along Orchard Road, and the newest addition would be Gardens By The Bay).
We finally chose Gardens By The Bay……………..for simple reason and it was the last minute decision……………we got 40% discounted ticket for both conservatories. How? It was very easy. I read about The Future Of Us Exhibition in gardens By The Bay and the tickets were free. If we had the tickets to The Future Of Us Exhibition, then we would get 40% to enter Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.
I applied for the free tickets online the night before for 2 pm show, and I must say that the exhibition was quite good and interesting and very well prepared. After that we proceeded to the market hall to see Mad Science Exhibition and Workshop for kids and it was a top notch presentation and workshop: learning science in a fun and entertaining way with full participation from the children.
Of course we were hungry again after the exhibition, and thankfully there were food stalls inside the area full of snacks such as bread, pau, kebab, hotdog, fries, chicken wings, ice cream, and drinks.
Although we came to the conservatories at around 4 pm, but there was still long queue at the ticketing counter, but thankfully it moved very fast. In total, we paid SGD 31 for 2 conservatories for 2 adults and 1 child.
First, the boy asked to visit Cloud Forest and this was his second visit for him and his daddy and the third visit for me, so it was quite boring for me and I only took very few pictures.
The highlight (and the main reason why we visited Gardens By The Bay this time) was of course the Flower Dome which always change its flower and plant display based on occasion, and this time the theme was none other than Christmas Toyland. We thought we were going to miss it because it was already January, but luckily it would end on 5 January 2016. There were also festive market and fairground to celebrate Christmas in Gardens By The Bay, but they were all already ended a few days before we came.
The center stage of Christmas Toyland was a 11M tall dazzling Christmas Pyramid modelled after a traditional German wooden carousel, with toy soldiers, reindeer, and teddy bears manning a sleigh station.
Now, we’ll see Santa Workshop right in the middle of the first floor where Santa received email from kids all around the world and made toys for good children.
Despite the long queue in the ticketing counter that we saw previously, the inside of the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest were not too crowded, and that was why we were still feel convenient to look around and take pictures. As night came and lights were on, more people came to see and it was getting crowded. Thankfully, it was just about time for us to leave too.
When we were out, we were surprised to see this place was already full of people. It was getting dark, and everyone wanted to see the Wow Factor that this place had at night. Unfortunately, we were too tired to stroll around the outside area which was also decorated beautifully with light everywhere, plus it was so crowded and we were so hungry.