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?

Toast Box Sprouting Kits - A Little Coffee Goes A Long Way

To mark its sixth year milestone, Toast Box joins forces with non-profit charity organization, ABLE (Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations), to join hands with their beneficiaries to raise awareness and funds for ABLE’s rehabilitation, respite and training programs.

This year, the funds will be raised through the sales of Sprouting Kits - a portable-sized cup that comes with soil compost processed from Toast Box’s recycled coffee grounds, together with seeds for growing the sprouts. As part of its initiative to give back to the community, Toast Box has been supporting ABLE through fund-raising programs in the last six years.

Together with ABLE’s staff and beneficiaries, Toast Box’s staff volunteers pack and assemble each individual Sprouting Kit by hand - from sticking of labels onto the cups, to packing the soil compost, seeds and instructional guides.

These packing sessions keep the beneficiaries physically and socially active as they interact with Toast Box staff volunteers, working hand-in-hand to accomplish these tasks. It also allows Toast Box staff-volunteers to better understand the challenges faced by the beneficiaries and how the funds raised can serve ABLE’s programs which are aimed to help the physically-challenged live with dignity and lead a productive, meaningful and independent life.

To take this social community effort further, this year’s fund raising also stems from Toast Box’s creative way of giving back to the environment by recycling their coffee grounds and reusing them as soil compost. 
"This year, our beneficiaries are especially delighted to play a part in this fund-raising initiative and through Toast Box, we hope to reach out to more members of the public to increase awareness of our services and to help more beneficiaries."
-- Gene Lee, Executive Director of ABLE --

From 22 September 2016, portable-sized Toast Box Sprouting Kits were available across 35 Toast Box stores*, sold at $5 each. 100% of all proceeds from sale of these kits will go directly to ABLE to support their rehabilitation, respite and training programs.
*Sprouting Kits are sold at Toast Box outlets at 100AM, Bedok Mall, BreadTalk IHQ, Bugis Junction, Causeway Point L1, City Square Mall, Clementi Mall, Compass One, Eastpoint Mall, Esplanade, Greenwich V, JEM, Kitchener Complex, Marina Bay Sands, myVillage, NAFA, nex @ Serangoon, Paragon, Parkway Parade B1, Pasir Ris Sports Centre, Plaza Singapura, Rail Mall, Resorts World Sentosa, SAFRA Toa Payoh, Shaw House, Singapore Cruise Centre, Sun Plaza, Suntec City Mall, United Square, VivoCity B2, Waterway Point, West Coast Plaza, Westgate, Yew Tee Point, Zhongshan Mall.

Mosquitoes, Beware - Dragonflies Are In The Air!

If you've been to a pond, you will likely see dragonflies, with their colourful iridescent bodies reflecting the sunlight as they rest on the leaves of water plants or zap about on their four strong wings.

But have you ever seen a swarm of dragonflies? If you do, don’t be alarmed. Instead, be grateful because these insects are probably feeding on mosquitoes – so there are fewer mosquitoes to feed on you!

Why Do Dragonflies Swarm?

We are probably seeing more of them because they may be going farther from water to find their prey, and the reason for that probably has something to do with mosquito control.

They swarm because their food sources swarm. If it has been a rainy season, or if you live near a lot of standing water, then the mosquito population is bound to be booming. If a large mosquito population is present at the time and place of the emergence of fully-grown dragonflies then you may witness a dragonfly swarm.

Dragonflies do not only eat mosquitoes, so you may even catch a small swarm of dragonflies in your yard if there happen to be any acceptable prey abundant there.

They are good for any garden, so be glad they're there for you...

Let’s Lepak : A Car-Free Day At Mount Faber

"Let’s Lepak at Mount Faber" - the first car-free event held in a park in Singapore - saw 450 people taking part in the inaugural event, with the oldest participant aged 84. Ms. Low Yen Ling, Mayor of South West District was the Guest-of-Honour and kicked-off the event by participating in the new GetActive! Singapore workout.

Organised by Mount Faber Leisure Group through the "Streets for People" initiative and supported by NParks, this event moves Singapore closer to becoming a "car-lite city". Curated by partners ActiveSG and LopeLab, the inaugural event on 6 August was also part of the GetActive! Singapore campaign, and showcased activities relating to the theme of Sports and Wellness, coupled with music and art elements.

"I used to come to walk to Mount Faber via Henderson Waves to exercise.
I love the view, fresh air, and the beautiful natural surroundings."
- Mr Chew Kim Lee, Retiree, 84 -

"My friends and I had fun participating in the Zumba Fitness session.
The Bukit Batok East Zone 3 community, especially the senior citizens,
find these activities engaging and look forward to more such events."
- Ms Sharon Lim, Bukit Batok East resident, 56 -

"We are so pleased with the great turnout today and that Singaporeans got to relive their happy memories at Mount Faber. We will continue to work with community groups to create unique events amidst the natural setting of Mount Faber."
- Ms Suzanne Ho, General Manager of Mount Faber Leisure Group -

"Let's Lepak at Mount Faber" is on trial for three months and the next instalment will be on 03 September wiht the final event on 1 October. Visit Faber Peak Singapore for more information.

Singapore Garden Festival - Floral Windows To The World

Enter a magical world of exciting garden designs and exquisite floral creations as Singapore goes into full bloom this July at the Singapore Garden Festival 2016. Whether you are a serious gardener, hobbyist or just looking for a wonderful day out with the family, you are in for delightful treats at the Festival. Held at the award winning Gardens by the Bay, this year’s Festival promises to be more spectacular than ever before.


Landscape & Fantasy Gardens
Behold the beauty and magic of the mystical landscape and fantasy gardens created by renowned local and international gardening luminaries…

With the clever use of mirrors, the landscaped showcase is reflected on the ceiling and walls...

A light shines on a pathway in a pool of water plants...

Floral Windows To The World
Marvel at the exquisite showcase of beautiful flowers, creatively and delicately designed by celebrated local and international floral designers…


Celebrations! Floral Table Series
Learn how you can bring your table floral arrangements to life with floral creations by the experts…


Balcony Gardens
Be inspired to transform your own balcony into a magical and enchanted garden retreat with the showcases here…

Orchid Extravaganza
Be mesmerised by the variety and rainbow of the region's most exquisite orchids….

Among the many showcased blooms, this particular pot is among the most decorated…

SGF Rocks
As night falls, catch performances by popular and upcoming local artistes Gentle Bones, 53A, Jack & Rai, Jive Talkin', Lorong Boys, ShiLi & Adi, Shirlyn & The UnXpected, and many more! Enjoy music of different genres including R&B, pop and rock, at the Alfresco Stage in the Marketplace (free admission), and the Meadow Stage.

Vibrant Marketplace
Shop for all things gardening and satisfy your horticultural needs at this one-stop marketplace with over 100 retailers. Be enchanted by amazing performances and enjoy the diverse culinary delights on offer.

All in all, it was a most awesome experience...

Singapore Garden Festival - Orchid Extravaganza

The designation of Vanda Miss Joaquim var. Agnes as Singapore’s national flower on 15 April 1981 was part of an overall effort to foster national pride and identity. Singapore has the unique distinction of being the only nation to have a hybrid as its national flower. The choice of an orchid as Singapore’s national flower is most appropriate because orchids have long been identified with Singapore. The Vanda Miss Joaquim was picked from among 40 flowers, out of which 30 were orchids, as Singapore’s national flower. Among the several varieties of Vanda Miss Joaquim, the variety "Agnes" was chosen particularly for its vibrant colours, hardiness and resilience – qualities which reflect the Singapore spirit.

The orchid may be ubiquitous, but it conceals many surprises among its numerous blooms. Regarded as the world’s most diverse botanical family, orchids grow on almost every continent and vary widely in size and form. Due to its immense variety, there are more species of orchids in the world than the number of bird species or even mammal species.

The diversity of the orchid world was brought to life in this year’s Orchid Extravaganza, which runs from 22 July to 28 August in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay. Set amidst an enchanted forest where the mythical Orchidians call home, a stunning display of more than 10,000 orchid plants awaits.

Orchid Extravaganza' will feature over 100 orchid species and hybrids. Be it the myriad of colours of the well-loved Phalaenopsis, the intriguing kite-like flowers of the Masdevallia, or the bright, flamboyant blooms of the Cattleya, there is an orchid for every taste. Be mesmerised by the entrancing spiral of orchids above you in the Sacred Trees of Wisdom. Or take a moment to admire the flow of orchid colours along the Stream of Life. As you stroll through this secret village dotted with quaint fruit-shaped houses, you just might spot an Orchidian or two!

Miniature orchids that fit into the palm of your hand...

Educational tips about orchids...

In conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival from 23 to 31 July, the Flower Dome will also showcase more than 400 orchids from the Singapore Orchid Show by the Orchid Society of South East Asia (OSSEA).

Award winning blooms abound...