The Flying Saucer At Sunset

Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis) are stationary lens-shaped clouds with a smooth layered appearance that form in the troposphere, usually above mountain ranges. One was spotted in Singapore recently...

Eyes Of 30,000 Honeycombs

With 30,000 individual facets, dragonflies have the most number of facets among insects. Each facet, or ommatidia, creates its own image, and the dragonfly brain has eight pairs of descending visual neurons to compile those thousands of images into one picture...

A Kaleidoscope Of Colours, Shapes And Patterns

Spectacular and innovative in design, the Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions like South Africa, California and parts of Spain and Italy. Home to a collection of plants from deserts all over the world, it showcases the adaptations of plants to arid environments...

Lightning Strikes, Not Once, But Many Times

Unlike light, lightning does not travel in a straight line. Instead, it has many branches. These other branches flashed at the same time as the main strike. The branches are actually the step leaders that were connected to the leader that made it to its target...

Are You My Dinner Tonight?

A T-Rex has 24-26 teeth on its upper jaw and 24 more on its lower jaw. Juveniles have small, sharp blade-shaped teeth to cut flesh, whereas adults have huge, blunt, rounded teeth for crushing bones. Is the T-Rex a bone-crushing scavenger?

Gardens By The Bay - Celebrate Life At Christmas Wonderland 2017

The fourth edition of Christmas Wonderland, Singapore’s biggest annual yuletide fair, welcomes all visitors from today till 26 December 2017, from 4pm to 11pm daily at Gardens by the Bay.


The magnificent Luminarie - sculptures of light, a mainstay of the event, will feature 80 handcrafted light sculptures with brand new designs at this year’s Christmas Wonderland. The Luminarie by Namaste Europa SA are magnificent sculptures of light handmade by skilled Italian craftsmen using white wood from the south of Italy. This year’s Luminaries are inspired by the celebration of life - the Spalliera is a nod to the helix symbol, the theme for the frontone is the "House of Flowers", and the welcome arches on The Meadow and Dragonfly bridge mixes Baroque architecture with influences from Singapore’s Indian, Chinese and Malay cultures. For the first time, the event will feature a 13m-tall Christmas Tree as well as the tallest Luminarie in Southeast Asia, the Spalliera.

Adorable Teddy Bears welcome you along the path to the grand Luminarie pathway...


Walk towards the grandeur of the Luminarie right from the entrance of the Gardens...

Experience the splendour of the tallest-ever 7-storeyed Spalliera, the centerpiece light sculpture at the heart of the fairground...
 
Sing along to favourite Christmas tunes as the delightful 
Garden Rhapsody light show at the Supertrees...

 
Join in the wonder of "snow in the tropics" with the nightly Blizzard Time
with the fluffy little flakes floating in the air during the snowfall shows...





Surrounded by luminous light sculptures, visitors can skate under the stars at Singapore’s largest outdoor skating rink at the event. Unforgettable treats await - the highly-acclaimed Circus Abyssinia from Ethiopia makes its Asian premiere with gravity-defying stunts and astounding acrobatics. Flying reindeers amid a starry nightscape and stunning photo installations greet visitors as they step into Asia’s largest Santa’s Grotto. Over 100 prizes will be given away daily and one lucky winner will win the grand prize of a trip to Lapland, Finland.

Step into the 300 sqm Santa’s Grotto where kids and the young-at-heart
can meet Santa Claus at an Alpine house decked in pinewood...

 
Skate under the stars at Singapore's biggest synthetic outdoor skating rink
while being surrounded by festive Luminarie light sculptures...



Food aficionados can head to SAVOUR for celebrity chef creations priced from $6 from award-winning restaurants and dine alfresco under the twinkling lights or in air-conditioned Snow Globes, a first at Christmas Wonderland. Expect an elevated dining experience at SAVOUR: Christmas Wonderland, which will feature celebrity chefs from award-winning and Michelin-starred restaurants at their Gourmet Village. Featured restaurants: Shoukouwa (2 Michelin star), Saint Pierre (1 Michelin star), Monti, Wildseed Café, Bee’s Knees @ The Garage, Pollen, Salted and Hung, Meat Smith and Audace. Diners can also head to the Finest Wine Market where over 130 types of wines from around the world awaits.

Enjoy a unique dining experience in air-conditioned Snow Globes...
 
A treasure trove of activities, treats and gifting gems are in store at the Supertree Grove. Free Festive Workshops and more retail options are available for the first time at the all-new Mistletoe Alley, whilst the European-style Festive Market offers unique ready-made gifts and a wide variety of culinary offerings. Visitors can also enjoy Christmas carols and live performances at the magical Cassa Armonica gazebo, or sing along to popular yuletide tunes with the Garden Rhapsody: Christmas Edition light show. Traditional carnival games and kiddie rides, including the classic Carousel and swinging chairs, are also available at the Fairground.


Eleven traditional carnival game stalls include Lobster Pot, Bank A Ball, Milk Can Toss,
Hi 
Striker, Fishy Fishy and Ring Toss...

For the little ones, there are 8 kiddy rides - Carousel, Bumper Cars, Mini Ferris Wheel,
Christmas Train, Tea Cups, Chair-O-Plane, Water Bumper Boats...


Admission to Christmas Wonderland starts from $4, providing access to a myriad of attractions across the 57,000sqm fairground. Additional charges for some attractions within the event grounds apply. Enjoy savings of $2 per admission ticket for early purchase of tickets online. For more information and to book tickets for Christmas Wonderland, visit www.christmaswonderland.sg.


Gardens By The Bay - Experience The Magic Of The Northern Lights At Poinsettia Wishes

Experience a Nordic Noel this festive season, as Flower Dome is transformed into a wintry wonderland.
 
Majestic Nutcrackers stand guard...


Make a rare visit to Santa's Workshop where toys are made throughout the year.
Have you been naughty or nice?

How far away are you?

Santa's Post Office is just a letter away...
 
There's just a little time left before Christmas Eve...

Poinsettia Wishes consists of a Christmas-themed floral display inside the Flower Dome with a wintry landscape of flowers and conifer trees, including Santa’s Meet-and-Greet and Storytelling Sessions by his adorable Christmas Elves.


Poinsettia galore...



An oversized lavvu - a tent-like dwelling used by the indigenous Sami people from Sápmi – takes centrestage, ensconcing visitors within its cosy interior. Outside, poinsettias, amaryllis, Christmas trees and other lovely flowers and plants mark the season.



Artistically-created wooden Christmas Trees...

For an extra special experience, visit after dusk to see the floral display aglow with pretty lights, as a projection of Northern Lights weaves its spellbinding magic!



End of the tour with a visit to Santa's Candy Shop...

Visit the Poinsettia Wishes floral display at the Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay from 10 Nov 2017 to 08 Jan 2018. Admission charges to the conservatories apply. For more details, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.


Star Wars Day 2017 : Be Transported To A Galaxy Far Far Away

As part of "May the 4th" celebrations and to mark the 40th anniversary since the release of Star Wars: A New Hope, a three-day extravaganza - STAR WARS DAY: MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU Festival will take place at Gardens by the Bay from 04-06 May 2017.
 
 
 
Twice nightly at 7.45pm and 8.45pm, catch the Garden Rhapsody: STAR WARS Edition featuring a dazzling 15-min music and light composition. This multi-sensory treat, set against the epic STAR WARS soundtrack will take place over these three nights only at the Supertree Grove. To round off the night, hit the dance floor for some STAR WARS themed Silent Disco on 05-06 May.
 
 
Joining us all the way from a galaxy far, far away, one of the heroes of the Rebellion, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, the dark warrior from the First Order will both be in town for the festival. Decked out in their own personalized custom made movie accurate costumes, catch the costume Fan Clubs, the 501st legion, Rebel Legion and FightSaber as your favorite characters. The iconic All-Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST) - first introduced in STAR WARS: The Empire Strikes Back – will be standing guard at the Supertree Grove.
 
 
This STAR WARS fandom festival will culminate with the inaugural STAR WARS RUN Singapore 2017 on the last evening. Participants can choose to experience the 4.5km route, joining the Rebellion on their plight for justice on the Light side, or walk in Darth Vader’s footsteps to uncover the great powers of the Dark side. For the test of ultimate endurance, the 10km competitive route which passes through a section of the 4.5km Dark side thematic route. 
 
 
This event is organised by local event organiser Esprimo with the support of Singapore Tourism Board and event partner Gardens by the Bay. For more details, visit the website here.
  

Gardens By The Bay - Tulipmania With Vincent Van Gogh

See art blossom before your eyes as Gardens by the Bay takes inspiration from one of the Netherland's most celebrated artists, Vincent Van Gogh, in this year's Tulipmania.
  


Be enthralled as the Flower Dome transforms into a floral gallery where Van Gogh's self-portrait and famed art piece "The Starry Night" come to life with the vivid hues of tulips.
 

 
More than 100 varieties of tulips and hyacinths - including Darwin hybrid tulips often appreciated for their large blooms - are on display in a palette of colours.
 

Curious To Find Out More?

Pick up a Tulipmania Garden Trail map or join us for the daily "Ask Me" tours by our friendly Display Interpreters as they share fascinating botanical facts and anecdotes about the floral display.



Date:  01 April - 07 May 2017
Time:  Daily at 1100 & 1500 hours
Venue:  Flower Dome
 


Snap & Win Contest

Contest Period:  07 April - 07 May 2017
 
Instagram your photo with Van Gogh and stand to win a trip of a lifetime to Amsterdam and visit the Van Gogh Museum.
 

 
For more details of Tulipmania and the Flower Dome, visit the Gardens By The Bay website.