Sakura Featuring Tokidoki at Gardens by the Bay

The girls always welcome a trip to Gardens by the Bay because of the cooled conservatories and there is always something new to explore and learn. The sakura floral display is currently ongoing at the Flower Dome conservatory until 3 April 2022. Soaking in some Japanese fanfare and educating myself on the differences between peach blossoms and cherry blossoms!

How can I forget to include a literature element to our Japanese fanfare?

Haiku is a poetic form originated in Japan. Written using three short unrhymed lines with a five-seven-five syllable pattern. Such poetry often highlights nature.

Haiku has evolved over time and modern poets no longer adhere to the original form.

In this book “Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons”, the author brings us through the four seasons in an alphabetical path coupled with gentle and soft illustrations.

Younger Gem did enjoy the book, especially with Koo as her favourite animal; a panda!

Interactive Displays at the Cloud Forest Conservatory

The usual hype of the Cloud Forest conservatory for the girls is the indoor waterfall and the periodic misting. This time, we were greeted with a little exhibition by National Geographic at the Crystal Mountain arena. We did spend a considerable amount of time with the educational interactive displays.

Embarked on “The AR-mazing Tiger Trail”

The AR-mazing Tiger Trail by the WWF aims to educate the public on tiger conservation. There are 8 sculptures, commissioned by various artists, scattered around Gardens by the Bay. The girls had a good run hunting for the sculptures, collecting the emboss stamps on their “Tiger Passport” at each station.

And topping off GBTB with a walk on the sky bridge! It was a good day!

Art & Craft, Travel

Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom

Gardens by the Bay

The family spent two consecutive days at Gardens by the Bay during the September school holidays; covering the two conservatories (Flower Dome and Cloud Forest) on day one and the outdoors on day two. We embarked on a journey to spot all the installations of Dale Chihuly’s masterpieces as part of the Glass in Bloom exhibition. I was first introduced to the art of blown glass in Venice and it was fascinating to watch the craftsmen moulding the glass masterpieces under intense heat.

I thoroughly enjoyed the well curated exhibition throughout Gardens by the Bay. Where art meets and nature… In the outdoors where the art pieces are exposed to the weather effects such as sun and rain, reflections in the waters, at the Cloud Forest with the misting; the same masterpiece but gives off a different vibe each time the surrounding atmosphere changes.

Check out our Mid-autumn lanterns inspired by some of Dale Chihuly’s art here.

The Setting Sun Meets The Moon at The Meadow

Entering from The Meadow, we were greeted by the majestic Setting Sun. This version of The Setting Sun was created for Singapore. Backdropped by The Moon from an angle and MBS from another.

The Moon was created for an exhibition; Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000 and was displayed on the Tower of David Museum. Here, we have The Moon on display in Singapore after its debut more than two decades ago.

This is also the first time The Setting Sun and The Moon are exhibited in the same setting.

Brilliant Boats

Tremendous Towers

Resplendent Reeds

The Reeds are scattered throughout the exhibition, either standalone or in variety of forms. The rich red Reeds in the Serene Garden is my favourite amongst the Reeds exhibits as the red contrast against the greenery makes it outstanding and not overly busy. As for Older Gem, her favourite was the shiny violet ones found in the Flower Dome; installed with Tower and surrounded by Trumpet Flowers and Reeds. The Reeds were created in Finland and older Gem’s favourite was made of rare mineral neodymium, which gives the shiny purplish effect.


Nesting Persians of different sizes in a variety of compositions. The effects of light on the Persian series made the installations even more brilliant!

Gallery at Bayfront Pavilion

The Glass on Glass Paintings were my favourite from the Gallery. Using light to transmit through layers of glass that were painted with vitreous-glass enamel. Stand at different angels to view the depths of each painting.

Fiori Verde; Free Flowing, Playful Forms

Fringe Activities

Art Zoo was on exhibition at the same time and the girls had fun working on the activity sheet to earn their stickers!

I guess we will be visiting Gardens by the Bay more often since we have gotten the annual pass!