Xmas in Singapore

‘Tis the season

For bright lights and gifts

Pine trees and snow…

We bought into the idea; the commerce, the hype

But so what, it’s all good fun!

A Christmas Wonderland is a seasonal offering at Gardens by the Bay, now in it’s third year. In it’s own words, it is “Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair, created to enthral visitors with a combination of magnificent sculptures of light and charming festive markets alongside carnival games.”

Here are a few pictures from my visit recently –

 

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Light sculpture brightens up the background whilst we get our food
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One of the permanent “trees” at Gardens by the Bay – if you fancy, you could get a ticket and go up onto the walkway
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Stunning light display
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The walkway between the two furthest “trees”
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Enthralling fake snow!

Sunset on the Esplanade

Sometimes it’s worth while to stand and stare, as I did one evening when I had half hour to spare.

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The Jubilee bridge
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Marina Bay Sands with the Art Science Center on the left

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Turned around and caught this view instead
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The mascot “Merlion”, a mythical creature who has lent its name to a new verb – to merlion is to throw up.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

Sometimes we have guests in the garden. Here’s one that transitioned almost as we watched. Regretfully, we missed the moment he went free. He’s a Great Mormon (Papilio Memnon Agenor).

He was already a large greedy caterpillar when first spotted
Chomp! Chomp!
Time to rest, and transmogrify
Gone now, only an empty shell left

For more info on this caterpillar and butterfly – click Butterflies of Singapore
For more examples of Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition – click WPC