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 –


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

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



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


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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid

Here’s a most interesting display in the Museum of Sydney showing historical trade items that were shipped into the port. In those long ago days, how exotic these goods must have been!

The grid display was really eye-catching, but it was difficult to get a nice square-on picture due to its curvature.

For more interpretations of this week’s photo challenge, please click here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

Have you ever wondered about the kinship between humans and animals, and how we can be startlingly similar?

These pictures aren’t of a very high quality, but they speak to me of how we are “connected”. Humans and Gorillas. Mothers and babies. It was really amazing how maternal the gorilla mom was.

For more interpretations of “Connected”, see here.

The Power of Nature

Tropical thunderstorms can be ferocious. In Singapore the worst ones happen in the middle of the night during the inter-monsoon season. Fortunately, apart from the need to get up to close the windows, I sleep very well through them! I love the rumbling thunder and the sound of the pouring rain. Sometimes, the wind gusts and howls, and it is accompanied by the crashing of things falling and breaking.

Here’s the evidence of one such gusty storm in April this year; an uprooted tree and broken bamboo stems, in the nature reserve. Part of the cycle of renewal, I’m sure.



Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Run

In a bid to improve my fitness last year, I signed up for a 10k run through downtown Singapore. Starting at dawn, I ran and walked through some of the best known landmarks – the F1 Pit stop building, the Singapore Flyer, the Helical bridge and Marina Bay Sands. The run ended at the new National Stadium, which had a mechanical canopy that can be opened and shut at will.

The pictures are not of a great quality, taken with a hand-phone literally “on the run”, but it was a good start to the day. For more photo interpretations of this week’s photo challenge, please click here “Today was a Good Day”.

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