Monthly Archives: September 2015

Celebrations of Chrysanthemums at Garden by the Bay

Last Saturday, we had a bit of a respite from the hazy weather and spent a lovely time celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival at Gardens by the Bay. In fact, it’s the perfect place to hang out these days. If the PSI goes up suddenly, you can seek refuge in the Flower Dome and admire more than 10,000 pristine chrysanthemums in the latest floral display ‘Celebration of Chrysanthemums’.

Celebration of Chrysanthemums

Celebration of Chrysanthemums

beautiful blooms

beautiful blooms

There are more than 40 varieties of chrysanthemums on display, including magnificent spider chrysanthemums specially brought into Singapore for the very first time. The kids were especially fond of the small round blooms that reminded them of fishballs! Adding to the charming feel of a traditional Chinese garden are bonsai trees that are more than 100 years old and regal maple trees.

a traditional moon gate

a traditional moon gate

how many types can you see?

how many types can you see?

standing in front of a tea house

standing in front of a tea house

their favourite chrysanthemums

their favourite chrysanthemums

With the Mid-Autumn Festival Children’s Promotion, kids aged 12 and below who show up with a lantern at the ticketing counter between 5 and 9 pm from now until 4 October can redeem a free ticket to enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest on the same day. Make it a family outing and bring the grandparents too, because local senior citizens aged 60 and above can enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest for free while accompanying caretakers enjoy 50% off tickets. This SG50 Seniors Special is valid until 31 December.

kids with a lantern get free entry!

kids with a lantern get free entry!

Anya took this picture of me with her lantern

Anya took this picture of me with her lantern

If the PSI drops to a healthy level, then check out Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay and marvel at the sight of 17 different lantern sets comprising 300 magnificent lanterns. There are lanterns shaped like plants and animals, the zodiac, dinosaurs, dragon boats, and even a majestic sea palace. The lanterns are handmade by master craftsmen from Sichuan, China and will be on display until 4 October.

dinosaurs roaming freely

dinosaurs roaming freely

Year of the Goat

Year of the Goat

Chinese traditions

Chinese traditions and celebrations

dragon boat

dragon boat

sea palace

sea palace

Go on an empty stomach because there’s lots of yummy food for sale at the Food Street. We had Taiwan sausage, fried chicken, muah chee, spiral potato on a stick, and fried Oreo, all washed down with refreshing sugarcane juice.

food street

food street

potato on a stick

potato on a stick

Just a little tip for taking photos with the lanterns. If you’re not using the right type of flash, the background tends to look too bright and doesn’t bring out the warm glow of the lanterns. If you’re not using a flash at all, you’ll appear as a dark shadow in contrast with the brightness of the lantern. We make it a point to pose with our Zodiac lantern every year and we usually try to stand as close to the lantern as possible, turning our face and body towards the lantern so that we are lit up by the light of the lantern as well!

Ox

Ox

Rabbit

Rabbit

Snake

Snake

Every evening from 7 pm, there will be cultural performances at Supertree Grove put up by local music and cultural arts groups such as the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre, Nam Hwa Opera, Dicapella Dizi Ensemble, Malay dance group Azpirasi, and Indian classical dance group Apsaras Arts. The performance schedule is available here. There will even be a fireworks display at Supertree Grove on 3 October at 8pm. Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay provides both indoor and outdoor fun for the family, regardless of the air quality, so check it out while you can!


Celebration of Chrysanthemums
Date: 24 September to 10 November
Time: 9 am to 9 pm
Details: Admission charges to Flower Dome apply, with special promotions for children and local senior citizens (read above)

Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay
Date: 25 September to 4 October
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Details: Free entry

Saturday Night Fever

I’ve got a fever! I’m hot! I can’t be stopped! And it’s a… Saturday Night Fever!! Didn’t know what to expect from this production based on the highly popular movie of the same name, but we were highly entertained and enjoyed ourselves tremendously. The songs have been stuck in my head since and I’m listening to them on repeat.

The Saturday Night Fever movie came out before I was born but I love The Bee Gees and all the songs in the show are so familiar to me. Featuring catchy tunes from the film such as ‘Stayin’ Alive’, ‘Night Fever’, ‘More Than A Woman’, ‘Tragedy’, ‘Disco Inferno’, ‘How Deep is Your Love’, and ‘You Should Be Dancing’, Saturday Night Fever is set in 1976 and follows the story of Tony Manero, a wannabe disco king from a rough neighborhood in Brooklyn. Stuck in a dead-end job, he lives for Saturday night when he rules the dance floor a local discotheque. When Tony meets Stephanie Mangano, an office worker trying to make it in Manhattan, they both train together for a dance competition, and Tony discovers that Stephanie is more than a woman to him.

From start to finish, the fancy footwork and powerful singing kept me moving to the music in my seat. I bet many in the audience wanted to get up on their feet to sing and dance along with the cast! It was especially impressive that they could sing and hit all the high notes while moving so energetically. I thought the sets were very cleverly designed and made excellent use of the space in how they managed to transform a disco to Tony’s home, to a (very convincing) bridge, and everything else in between in a matter of seconds.

Tony Manero

Tony Manero

hanging out with his gang

hanging out with his gang

burning up the dance floor

burning up the dance floor

Staying Alive!

Stayin’ Alive!

with Stephanie Mangano

with Stephanie Mangano

happy ending?

happy ending?

Saturday Night Fever is a must-watch for the the passionate singing, expressive dancing, charismatic actors, and the sizzling chemistry between the leads Brendan Rubendall (as Tony Manero) and Jenna Rubaii (as Stephanie Mangano) who are perfectly cast in their roles. Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother, catch the fever while you can!

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Season: Fri, 25 Sep – Sun, 4 Oct 2015
Venue: Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Tue to Fri 8pm; Sat: 2pm and 8pm; Sun: 1pm and 6pm
TICKET PRICE: From $95
BY PHONE: +65 6688 8826
INTERNET: 
www.BASEentertainmentasia.com, www.MarinaBaySands.com or www.sistic.com.sg
IN PERSON AT: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby). For more information please log onto – www.MarinaBaySands.com

Disclaimer: We received two complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Base Entertainment and ATEG.