Sunday, December 30, 2012

Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

A place worth going..

The boys with cousin,See dining under one of the supertrees
It was such a different and unique experience.  We were so lucky to be able to find a perfect spot to have our dinner.  After a satisfying Texas chicken for dinner which we bought just a stone's throw away, we were able to enjoy the supertrees light and sound show.

Friday, December 28, 2012

More light and water show from Singapore

As promised, here are two more videos we captured when we were there witnessing this breathtaking light and sound show.

Mesmerised with the fountain 'movie' clip, we couldn't take our eyes off the fountain.  We oohed and aahed throughout the entire show.  Wyng's head couldn't help turning to the back to look at the source of the light and image.  Apparently, the image is projected from a tower right behind us.

I hope you have enjoyed the show here.  Without doubt, it's never the same compared with watching it live, especially with your children. My kids had endless things to say about the wonder of technology to project movie on water from a fountain after the show.

I have watched different version of the show on Youtube, perhaps the show goes by various theme in order to provide refreshing attractions to tourists.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Light and water show at Marina Bay Sands

I applaud Singapore for coming up with this magnificent light and sound show to mesmerize visitors at Marina Bay Sands. If you have seen the light and sound show at Sentosa Island, you should also see this which is different.

This kind of attraction should captivate any tourist.  Moreover, we don't even have to part with a single cent to enjoy this innovative light performance.

Sit tight and enjoy while I upload more videos.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday at Lion City

Duck Tour

After 3 years of absence from this roaring city, we were back here for a short holiday.  This time, we took a ride on the Duck Tour.  Although this tour was started since many years ago, I have not tried it.  This time my niece who is a Singaporean PR recommended this ride.  It was supposed to be a one-hour ride on land and along Kallang River but everything took only about 50 minutes.
A snap with my cousin and sister prior to boarding

Pre-boarding briefing 

Recording in multiple languages during the tour
At SGD33 per person, this ride is not cheap at all.  What we got to enjoy were sight-seeing of the landmarks of unique architecture along Kallang River. Among them are Marina Bay Sands, The Float, The ArtScience Museum, The Promenade and The Singapore Flyer.

The Esplanade

The Float

Hoe managed to take a glimpse of SM Town World Tour Live in Singapore' performing at The Float on 23 November from The Promenade. And he enjoyed it without buying a ticket! Lucky him!

Merlion at The Promenade
The ArtScience Museum
Due to time constraint, we didn't get to visit the museum for one of CNN's 12 must-see exhibitions 'The Art of The Brick'.  And because of this, I got to hear hours of whining from Wyng.  Lego and all this science thing is supposed to be so important to him. 

The Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands on the left
The Domes of Garden By The Bay 
On land, we passed by ..

The Fountain of Wealth, Suntec City
Civilian War Memorial
The pillars of the memorial also known as 'Chopsticks' resembles four chopsticks symbolising unity among the four major races in the city.

That's about it, for the fare that we paid. If you have not visited Singapore, perhaps this tour is worth it. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Our new pets

They don't need to be bathed and poop everywhere, so it's fine.  Mom has no better reason to reject these pets except that the aquarium has to be cleaned frequently by someone.  The new occupants moved in last week, occupying the little corner at the car porch.  So welcomed were they that the three men of the house cooperated to set up their new home.

Filling up with more water
More fish moving in

Finally! Enjoy yourselves!
The Oscars are aggressive fish, I was told. And the other silvery, bigger and smaller ones are put into the tank as prey to the Oscars. Let's see how long they survive.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The best in Cameron Highlands

Have you ever seen a peacock open its feathers? When I was very young, I remember I saw a peacock which had its feathers already opened and it was just for a split second.  My memory told me those were not very vibrantly coloured feathers.

This one rare encounter we had at Rose Valley at Cameron Highlands captivated us.  We didn't expect to see a pair of peacocks in a cage whilst going round the rose farm apart from the numerous rare flowers.

We were about to walk away from the cage when Wyng screamed, 'The peacock open its feathers!' Scrambling closer to the cage, we quickly got out our digicam and handphones to snap the magical moments.
We were the luckiest that day! Witnessing this angelic bird as a family.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A lousy sitter

The above two were taken when Wyng was in his pre-school year. He was never able to seat his entire buttock on a chair.

In his moody times..

Even when he was sleepy and dozed off...

Or playing enthusiastically on the electronic gadget..

At times, when he gets engrossed in his books, this is how he sits himself.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

What can you do at Cameron Highlands?

The Water Cress Valley was our choice of visit this time. We'd never stepped into this farm previously. To make our visit interesting, we wanted to try this out.  We didn't walk around the fly-infested farm.  Lazing and enjoying the fresh and cool air at the restaurant on top of the farm, tried the water cress and its drink.  The vegetables was fresh and crisp. Mind you, we already had our lunch prior to visiting the farm but we just could not resist trying this highland's produce.

Fresh water cress as 'dessert'

Water cress drink
Wyng, trying his hands at the photo-shooting
This time around, I was also more open to allow my kids to snap my pictures.  When I was not holding my Canon,  I encouraged them to snap tonnes of pictures of the countless vibrant flowers in this highland.  Looks like I am learning to appreciate these flora now.  Not only that, there were many unique flowers which captivated us.  

And after this trip, I notice my photography skill improved. One stone killed a few birds. Scenic view, fresh air, fresh vegetables, feast to the eyes, learn more about nature and many more...

We are familiar with the swimming stingray but not these which grow on trees.  These are stingray flowers. Wyng couldn't help but be mesmerised by this rare species. 
Wyng admiring the stingray flower (the dark red with white dots)

Posing closely with the stingray flower

White hibiscus
I've never seen a white hibiscus until this trip. Not only that, the hibiscus here are much larger than those we normally see in hotter weather.

Despite so many trips to Cameron, this was the first time I saw live lavender. They are so pretty, aren't they?
Lantern flower
Solanum mommosum 
This yellow fruits look familiar? I remember them as one used by my mother for prayers.
Long gourds (left-growing, right-as decorative)

High-heeled shoes flower
Chilli red tomatoes
Flora, flora, I wish I can take you home and put you in my garden