Monthly Archives: July 2015

Singapore Botanic Gardens: UNESCO World Heritage Site

We’re so delighted to hear that Singapore Botanic Gardens is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sharing some of the photos that we took at the famous Tembusu heritage tree in 2012 before the tree was fenced in December 2013 to alleviate soil compaction and minimise damage to the roots from heavy human traffic. Wish we could still take our family photos on the tree but the health of a more than 200-year-old tree is more important! Congratulations to Singapore Botanic Gardens! So proud to have a UNESCO World Heritage Site to call our own.

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DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition at ArtScience Museum, MBS

Kungfu Panda is one of my favourite cartoons of all time and it’s so amazing to explore the creative journey of a movie like that from a simple concept to an actual film in DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition.

There’s so much to look at: models, concept drawings, storyboards, masks, maps, photographs, posters, paintings, and other original artwork. There are over 400 unique objects from the studio’s archive of rare and never before displayed material. The static display is accompanied by immersive and interactive digital experiences, and a wealth of additional digital content.

Anya and Adam enjoyed being able to manipulate a character’s expression on the computer and had a good time learning about animation by making flip books and thaumotropes. One of the highlights for them was Dragon Flight: A Dragon’s-Eye View of Berk. This 180-degree projection takes visitors on an exhilarating panoramic dragon ride on the back of Toothless, as the Isle of Berk builds around them.

So if you or your little ones enjoy DreamWorks Animation films such as Kungfu Panda, Shrek, Madagascar, or How to Train Your Dragon, you’ll love this exhibition. There are some special programmes and activities such as guided tours, workshops, and movie screenings on weekends so it will be a great time to visit.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

hello Toothless!

hello Toothless!

concept drawings and models of the characters from Kungfu Panda

concept drawings and models of the characters from Kungfu Panda

a panda of many expressions

a panda of many expressions

manipulating Po's face

manipulating Po’s face

Madagascar

Madagascar

how the storyboard brings the story to life

how the storyboard brings the story to life

the kids adore Peabody and Sherman

the kids adore Peabody and Sherman

model of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

model of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

making a flip book to understand how animation works

making a flip book to understand how animation works

part of the exhibition area

part of the exhibition area

Dragon Flight

Dragon Flight

another hands-on area

another hands-on area

making a thaumatrope

making a thaumatrope

checking out Shrek's swamp

checking out Shrek’s swamp

music scores for some of the films

music scores for some of the films

drawing room

drawing room

merchandise

merchandise

don't think I can train this dragon

don’t think I can train this dragon

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition
ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
Now until 27 Sep 2015
10am to 7pm daily

Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the Night Safari & At the S.E.A. Aquarium

Whenever I’m planning to take the kids to an attraction for the first time or to a place they have not visited in a while, I find it useful for them to read about the destination beforehand. Usually, they would get quite excited and have lots to look forward to and look out for when we are there. And after the visit, the kids get to relive their experience by reading the books again.

So when we were planning trips to Night Safari and S.E.A. Aquarium recently, these books by author David Seow were very handy: Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the Night Safari and Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the S.E.A. Aquarium. In both stories, the three children pay a visit to the respective locations and embark on an interesting adventure. I like that the books are not just about what the children see and do but the plot has them in a situation where they have to get creative in order to solve a problem.

In Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the Night Safari, the siblings have to figure out how to move a giraffe who has fallen asleep right in the path of the tram. During our visit to the Night Safari, Anya and Adam were busy looking out for animals that they had seen in the book and were delighted when a tapir came very close to the tram. After the visit, they talked about all the animals there and compared them with the ones in the book.

Sam, Sebbie & Dididi: At the Night Safari

Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the Night Safari

checking out the animals we can see there

checking out the animals we can see there

at the Night Safari!

at the Night Safari!

adventure is out there

adventure is out there

we read about the tram in the book

we read about the tram in the book

meeting some of the animals

meeting some of the animals

watching the show

watching the show

learning about recycling

learning about recycling

In Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the S.E.A. Aquarium, Di-Di-Di goes missing and Sam & Sebbie go around all the tanks to ask if any of the sea creatures have seen Di-Di-Di and they find him in the most unusual place. Like with the other book, the kids were also very excited to spot the underwater creatures that they had read about in the book. The books help to make the visits more enriching and meaningful for the kids and it doesn’t hurt that the illustrations are so beautiful.

Sam, Sebbie & Dididi: At the SEA Aquarium

Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di: At the S.E.A. Aquarium

checking out the fish

checking out the fish

they even brought the book along

they even brought the book along

admiring the fish swimming overhead

admiring the fish swimming overhead

making friends

making friends

touching a star fish

touching a star fish

feeding time

feeding time

they read about the rays in the book

they read about the rays in the book

The Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di books are available from Epigram Books and they are currently having 30% off all books with a minimum spending of $40 (with code HAPPY4TH) until 12 July. This would be a good time to snap up all the books in the Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di series or get some other fabulous books. We like the Lee Kuan Yew series by Patrick Yee!