A visit to Sentosa Flowers 2013 蛇年春节花会2013

Print Screen from the official website

Print Screen from the official website

Yes, Sentosa Flowers will be back again in 2013 at Sentosa Island during Chinese New Year period from 9 Feb 2013 to 17 Feb 2013, from 10am to 7pm. This time round, people will need to purchase ticket to view the Sentosa Flowers at Palawan Beach. I made good use of my Islander promo to get 2 tickets at the price of 1 for my mother and I before the online promo ended for the Islanders.

Free entry for people who enter via boardwalk during CNY holidays!

Lucky for those who entered Sentosa via Boardwalk from 10-12 Feb 2013. Free admission. As you know many people enter Sentosa via Sentosa Express and it was as badly congested as 1 of the Harborfront MRT exit on Chinese New Year holiday period (as packed as when you board MRT during peak hours). This is to encourage people to walk. Good exercise for my mother and I.

Reaching RWS at Sentosa Island. 蛇年有什么不同呢?Any difference for the year of the snake?

Resort World Sentosa Singapore looked quite bare at this area this time round.

I never seen that before. Heard that it was unveiled during the grand opening of Resort World Sentosa in Dec 2012 by our Singapore’s Prime Minister – Mr Lee Hsien Loong.

Big golden dragon with 2 snakes (1 at each side)

Red snake 红蛇 (looks evil)

Green snake 青蛇 hissing

新年发大财!Have a prosperous year ahead! Very happy to see so many colourful flowers here. 很高兴可以在这里看到好多不同颜色的花。

For the past few days of the new year, the weather was quite bad as it rains during late mornings or early afternoon time. I had to bring umbrella along as well. 今年的天气不太好,一直下雨。大家一定要带把伞出门哦!

Walking for a distance from RWS to Beach station. Still haven’t reach palawan beach yet to collect my ticket for Sentosa Flowers 2013.

Saw the map of Sentosa Flowers. Useful for my navigation.

After collecting my ticket, I finally reached 1 of the entrances to Sentosa Flowers 2013 event. 终于抵达目的地!

There are a few entrances to Sentosa Flowers 2013 at Palawan Beach. So do not worry if you missed 1 of the entrances. However, you have to show your ticket to get entry to the event for an exchange of wrist band.

Entrance! 入口处

The Giant Floral Carpet. (Sorry that my photo wasn’t well taken for that)

The spiral area.

The kid was sitting on top of a snake.

Have you heard of the story of Nuwa女娲补天?  Heard Nuwa 女娲 is known as a Snake goddess.

Welcome to the pirate cove! Aye captain!

Why the 2 snakes are sharing drinks together? 1 male & 1 female snake with a heart background behind. Hmm…. Valentine’s day is coming soon and it falls during the Chinese New Year period. No wonder… 今年农历正月初五是西方的情人节。难怪啦!

Caterpillar…..

Becoming a butterfly. ..

I love rabbits.

Spring of art for snake. Reminds me of Africaan style art.

I think some of us may know that Sentosa do have a golden snake called Lucy. Do catch her special appearance during selected timing – 11am, 2pm and 4pm at the Animal Encounters.

This is how she looks like.

Reminds me of going to Africaan style house…

Playground treehouse

Playground treehouse?

Ready to play Snakes and Ladders during the year of snake? 蛇年玩和蛇有关的板上游戏?

At Arid Garden…

Spiral pattern. Does snake like to be in that shape?

Snake gourd (Serpent gourd)

Now heading to one of the exhibit across the bridge. Went during the high tide period.. My feet was soaking wet after crossing the bridge. Guess it is best not to cross the bridge during high tide and when there’s so many people crossing the bridge. My mum had to take off her sandals instead.

The best is not to have so many people to cross the bridge at the same time. We are exerting quite a lot of pressure and weight on the wooden boards and I fear that the ropes may snapped off if too much weight is being exerted and creates a lot of tension (for the ropes) for supporting our weights.

Sunflowers

finally reached the southernmost point of Continental Asia after crossing the bridge. 巴拉湾岛 Pulau Palawan with the sight of Sunflowers!

Slipper

Summer of love with sunflowers…

Returned back to Sentosa Island…

Ultra long snake which is made up of sand and beautifully colored.

Close up of the red ‘snake’

Now it’s the tales of the snake… Enjoy the pictorals.

The farmer and the snake

The farmer and his children

The goose who laid golden eggs…

Garden of plants along the way…

The grasshopper and the ant

The peacok and the crane. Feathers of the peacock are made up of real feathers.

The mouse

Ready for a flower pose?

Autumn colours….

Different types of pumpkins… Wow!

Pumpkin carriage

Does it remind you of Cinerella story? The pumpkin carriage but not with the squirrel.

Colourful Snowflakes!

Welcome to Tree of Life…

Not a nice shot taken for this.

Tivoli Garden. Tivoli Garden is famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, do note that this is not the real Tivoli garden.

Looking forward for more exciting features for the next Sentosa Flowers 2013.

For more details, please visit http://flowers.sentosa.com.sg/index.aspx. 17 Feb 2013 will be the last day of visit to Sentosa Flowers 2013 at Palawan Beach.

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Head down to Sentosa for an Ice cream Beach fest with Ben & Jerry’s!

Ben & Jerry’s Chunkfest 2012 heads to Sentosa to bring you an ice-cream beach festival!

Featuring 15 exclusive and specially flown flavours from around the world as well as our favourite flavours in Singapore, there will be fun, games and activities for everyone. And to top it all, they are also introducing a brand new flavor at the event this year!

Join them from 2 to 10pm at Siloso Beach in Sentosa on August 25, 2012.

Sentosa Flowers 2012 event

Sorry for my late post as I was busy with my projects and studies then.

This year’s my 6th time going to Sentosa Flowers/Lights event during Chinese New Year period. People could even visit the Sentosa Flowers at Mount Faber area. However, due to my time schedule, I did not have the time to visit Mount Faber to visit the Sentosa Flower exhibits there. This also marked my dad’s last visit to Sentosa before he passed away early this year.

Again, I started my journey from Sentosa Boardwalk at Vivocity with my parents by walking with them. It’s good to start early morning walk as the weather was cool then.

Of course, walking is good for your health while you get to see beautiful scenery.

Approaching Sentosa soon…

Now at Resorts World Sentosa. Can’t you feel the Chinese New Year Spirit while seeing those flowers?

Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium

Walked past Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium. Hope to visit  this place 1 day when I am free.

Universal Studios, Singapore

Walked past Universal Studios, Singapore. Went there twice and hope to visit there again as I did not visit the newer attractions such as Transformers, Madagascar then.

Dragon

The main lead of Sentosa Flowers – Dragon

Isn’t it look great from far? Yes, this year’s Sentosa Flowers will be more on Dragons than other Zodiacs. Haha. Although I am not born in the year of the Dragon, but the dragons looked very cute.

RWS - Dragon

RWS – Dragon

Took a photo of RWS logo with the 2 dragons and my mother.

Dragon with Chinese lanterns

It was not easy to make a big dragon with so many Chinese Lanterns.

Dragon

Pink Dragon

Flowers were used to make dragon decoration and placed along the stairs.

Silver dragon

Silver dragon

2 Dragons

2 Dragons

The Thinker

Can you think what he is thinking about?

The Thinker statue… He’s thinking deeply. Haha.

Golden Dragon

Golden Dragon

Merlion

Now walking towards Merlion…

What are those kids looking for?

What are those kids looking for?

Every year will have abundance of fishes

Every year will have abundance of fishes

The fishes looked so cute right?

Baby Merlion

Baby Merlion

Isn’t it very cute? Kawaii!

Sentosa – with cute sea creatures decor

Map of Sentosa Flowers 2012

Map of Sentosa Flowers 2012

Here’s the map of all the decors for Sentosa Flowers 2012.

Big Dragon near the water

Big Dragon near the water

This big dragon looked scary. Luckily it doesn’t ‘spit’ out fire like mystical dragons.

画龙点睛Huà Lóng Diǎn Jīng, to add eyes to the picture of a dragon

画龙点睛Huà Lóng Diǎn Jīng, to add eyes to the picture of a dragon

画龙点睛. There’s an inkpad but where’s the brush to add the eyes to the dragon? Anyway, I was in Sentosa quite early to avoid the crowd and hot weather.

Birds

Birds

Eggs?

Eggs?

Why were there eggs? Any thing will be cracking soon? Are eggs related to dragon? Let me think…

Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs

Now I know why. Dinosaurs are hatched from eggs. Dinosaurs are known as 恐龙 (Kong Long) in Chinese. 恐竜 (Japanese). It means scary lizard. Because of the chinese character 龙 and this year is a year of 龙 (dragon). Thus, there was a dinosaur decoration then.

Reminded me of Power Rangers for the blue ranger. Haha.

Dragon in the sand?

Dragon in the sand? 祥龍亭

Did not expect that Dragon can be shaped using sand. Something like sandcastle. I think quite a lot of effort is needed to keep the sand in shape so that the wind won’t blow them away.

Heart

Guess Valentine Day was coming soon then? Haha.

2 dragons lover

Tea Journey

Tea Journey

Welcome to Tea Journey! Do you like to drink tea?

For Smelling tea leaves? Any Long Jing 龙井 or notNo wonder tea is also related to the year of Dragon. Because of  Long Jing 龙井 tea. Long Jing tea’s quite famous.

Teapot & teacups

Teapot & teacups

Look at the design of the teapot. Dragon motif. Haha.

Tea Plantation area

Tea Plantation area

Planting and growing tea leaves are not so easy from how it looks….

Wok & equipments for tea leaves?

Mini-statues on how tea was made

Mini-statues on how tea was made & tasted

Don’t they look real to you?

Complete tea set

Complete tea set

Area for resting

Area for resting

It’s a pity that there’s no tea for tasting. Can’t practise what I learn from sado  茶 道 (tea ceremony or way of drinking tea).

Butterfly and bird flying…

Music note

Music note 1

Reminded me of my music lessons.

Music note 2

Music note 2

However, no chinese new year song was played while walking along with the notes. If not, it will be fun.

Music note 3

Music note 3

Cello

Cello

Too bad I cannot play a cello. Well, it is not that easy to master how to play those instruments. I did found it difficult to play guitar and recorder within the 1st attempt.

What is the green thing with peacock feather in the picture?

Dragon Fruit

龙珠果 Dragon Fruit (known as pitaya)

Since this year is the year of the dragon, there is fruit that is known as Dragon fruit 龙珠果. Very nice to eat as my mum bought that quite regularly. I heard it is quite good for our skin and body. I also went to Dragon fruit farm in Singapore (around Kranji area) too.

Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit

Orchids

Orchids

There were orchids on display as well. I remembered there were quite a lot of orchids during the 2007 Sentosa Flowers event too.

Aren’t they cute? With the magic wand to bloom those beautiful flowers. Wow!

Dragonfly

Dragonfly 蜻蜓

Yes. There’s dragonfly蜻蜓. (Dragon-fly) since it is the year of dragon. Although the chinese character does not have 龙.

Dragonflies

Dragonflies 蜻蜓

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Ohhhh…… Where were we heading now?

Oh. It’s under the sea…. Under the sea. I felt like singing “Under the sea” song  or Beyond the sea  (sung by Robbie Williams) for the Finding Nemo movie. Wait a second. Did I mention about Nemo? Where’s Nemo? Oh dear. Nemo’s lost and we had to find Nemo.

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Jellyfish. Of course, I did saw real jellyfishes in my life during my sailing trip 6 years ago. The real ones I seen in my life were small and tiny. Luckily, I was not bitten by those jellyfishes.

Seahorse

Seahorse

Seahorse is quite a unique animal. Don’t you think so? The head does look like a real horse. Male seahorses carry the eggs deposited by the female seahorses and ‘give birth’ to baby seahorses.

Is Nemo hidden inside?

Still finding Nemo.

Crab

Crab

The crab’s waving to all of us.

What is this?

What’s this fish? No resemblance to Nemo.

Clownfish

Clownfish

This fish looked very familiar? Nemo? Oh found it. That’s great.

Glad it’s fine after we found it. Well this marked the end of the Sentosa Journey for me for Sentosa Flowers 2012.

The weather was so hot after a long walk then. So it’s best to go there either during the morning time or weekdays to take good pictures of the decorations.

I am looking forward for more exciting Sentosa Flowers related events during Chinese New Year! Visit flowers.sentosa.com.sg/

Anyway, Sentosa is having its 40th Anniversary Celebration this year from now till Sept 2012. There are indeed many changes to Sentosa for the past 40 years. From Musical Fountain and Fantasy Island to Resort World Sentosa and Ifly, what other new changes will be coming up? Visit http://www.sentosa40.com/ on Sentosa 40 years for more information! Have FUN!

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The Flying Trapeze @ Sentosa

I won a pair of flying trapeze tickets with the courtesy of Sentosa contest. Thank you Sentosa for letting me winning a pair of flying trapeze tickets.

Of course, I invited my friend, Lina to join along with me.

So what is The flying trapeze? It is for those who dare. Look at the pic below.

As you can see from the picture above, this is what the flying trapeze about? Swing and put your leg onto the bar and let your hands off, hanging in the air and back to the bar. It does not look easy, right?

The Flying Trapeze is located at Sentosa Island, near Siloso Beach. It opens everyday. Costs for the swing: $10 for 1 swing and $20 for 3 swings.

Its opening hours are:
Monday to Friday: 2.30pm to 6pm
Weekends and Public Holiday: 2.30pm to 7pm

However if there is bad weather during the opening hours, it will temporary stop operating until it is safe for people to attempt the stunt. Safety is important. Child below 4 years old cannot try it.

How to go to the Flying Trapeze?

You can go Sentosa island via 3 modes of entry, Sentosa Express ($3 entrance), Sentosa bus &/or SMRT RWS 8/18/88 bus ($2 entrance) and walking on the Sentosa Broadwalk ($1 entrance). Upon reaching Sentosa, you have to transfer into one of the internal tram ride at Beach station towards Siloso beach, or Red line at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) and drop at Underwater world and walk towards Siloso Beach and look out for this famous sign. Easy to locate right?

If you are not sure, you can look out for the Trapizza shop located near to the Flying Trapeze or look for the Flying Trapeze. Here’s what it looks like.

The instructors at the Flying Trapeze are quite friendly. Once register with them, they will ask the participants to do some warming-up exercise. This pic show the warming-up area. Just put your hands on the bar and they will lift your body up and tell you what to do to perform the Flying Trapeze stunt.

Of course, not all of us can perform this stunt successfully at their 1st try. Need to relax and lift the leg to the chest along the momentum and then put the legs on the bar and hands off the bar and swing and then put hands on the bar and legs hanging onto the air and then drop onto the safety net.

Even people with sweaty palms do not need to worry with their palms as their bars are covered with a layer of leather. Haha.

As you can see from the pic above, my friend was wearing a belt before attempting the Flying Trapeze. The belt is only at the waist level and there won’t be any support on the bum, so people who want to try The Flying Trapeze are advised not to wear swimsuits and advise to wear comfortable clothings. We were asked to breathe in and make our waist ‘smaller’ for them to tighten the belts so that it won’t loosen or drop off while attempting the stunt.

Then have to climb up the ladder. For the children, they will have a rope to attach on their belt while climbing up. For adults, they have to climb up the ladder without any support. It can be quite scary if you look down while climbing up.

Then the instructors will give some instructions for the participants to follow and hold onto the bar and swing off… Wee…..

Look interesting right?

If you dare, you should give The Flying Trapeze a try. Haha.

I gave it a try and the swinging feeling is great but the photos posted on my blog was taken while my friend was attempting flying trapeze then. Wee…

Sentosa Flowers (圣淘沙春节花会) 2011

This year Sentosa Flowers will be from 3 – 13 Feb 2011. It will be opened from 10am – 10pm. Venue of the exhibitions will be at Sentosa Boardwalk, Resorts Word™ Sentosa, Merlion Plaza, Imbiah Lookout. Free entry to the event but Do note that island admission charges applicable.

Spring is in the air. This Lunar New Year, Sentosa transforms into an incredible floral wonderland filled with brilliant colors, textures and sweet scents from the season.

Sentosa Flowers 2011 is themed “Spring Wonderland” (奇幻花屿世界) and will feature more than 200 types of flowers, plants and trees from around the world. In an East-meets-West twist, Sentosa Flowers 2011 blends a whimsical fairy-tale world with traditional Zodiac characters. Spanning across the newly-open Boardwalk, Resorts World Sentosa, Merlion Plaza and Imbiah Lookout, this award-winning floral extravaganza promises a blooming good time for you and your family! (For more information, please visit http://flowers.sentosa.com.sg/index.aspx)

I will be visiting Sentosa during 1 of those days. I had visited Sentosa for Sentosa Flowers event since 2007 (Year of Pig). So it looked different when I visit Sentosa yearly for Chinese New Year event. One time it was yellow flower background while the picture below was pink coloured one.

Peak periods will be on the 1st few days of Chinese New Year for this event. So do plan your schedule as I had a bad experience last year when my mother insisited to go Sentosa on 1st day of Chinese New Year for the event when the Sentosa Island was too overcrowded and we could not enter the island.

That’s all folks. Hope you all will have fun seeing those exhibition from 3-13 Feb 2011 at Sentosa.