Lunch at Indochine, Gardens by the Bay

With kids in school, my wife and I found time to have an early valentine’s day lunch at Indochine, Gardens by the Bay. There’s a minimum spending of $80 per pax but I wonder how the restaurant will enforce this.

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Lemongrass cream of mushroom

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Tom yam lobster broth with asian herbs

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Roasted lemongrass french corn-fed chicken

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Steamed lemongrass cod & tiger prawn

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Garden salad

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Tropical fruit platter

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French raspberry cheese cake

Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

Every time there’s a big event at Gardens by the Bay, it always pays to go early because the walk from the Bayfront station will be VERY crowded and the roads leading to the car park will be jammed. For Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay is not different. We came early, very early so that my kids get to play.

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There are many activities and attractions. The highlights are the Ice Palace, TrickArt and the Carnival games.

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One has to be really really early for the Ice Palace, especially the ice playground because its really small and only a few can play at each half an hour interval and the hence the tickets got sold out very fast.

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Price are quite expensive though… $12 for hour an hour in the freezer and $10 for the Carousel.

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But for me, I really enjoy the lights.

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Celebration of Chrysanthemums Garden Trail at the Gardens by the Bay

I will like to thank Gardens by the Bay for giving me the media pass for the Celebration of Chrysanthemums Floral Display at the Flower Dome.

The moment one enters the flower dome, he’ll be greeted with the strong fragance of so many Chrysanthemum flowers.

And there were actually many interesting varieties of Chrysanthemums

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… and other flowers too of course.

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Besides the flower dome, the media pass actually also allow me to go to the cloud forest.

There were nice waterfalls here.

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And I’m pretty surprised to find lego exhibits here as well!

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Mid Autumn Festival 2015 @ Gardens by the Bay

It was very difficult to find a non-hazy day to bring my kids outdoors these days. So when the PSI is not that unhealthy (~150), I brought kids to the see the lanterns at the Gardens by the Bay as part of the mid-autumn festival celebration.

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I must say the lanterns were getting better each year.

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Other than lanterns, there were a slew of performances as well.

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After the sun fully set, the lanterns came alive.

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Besides the special lanterns on display, the routine rhapsody was also modified to put up selected Chinese songs to suit the mood of the mid-autumn festival.

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We didn’t spent very long due to the haze and hence not able to cover most of the lanterns. But at least the kids still have a relatively good time than being imprisoned indoors.

Last shot on our way out.

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Taken with Sony Alpha a5100 with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens

Cold Storage Kids Run ’15

It’s a nice Sunday today and what a good morning for some exercise at Gardens by the Bay, the Cold Storage Kids Run ’15.

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Panoramic view of the Carnival

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Lets run… or rather walk

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Nice scenery along the way.

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The finishing line is in sight.. just a short distance more.

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We’ve done it! Though he didn’t run… at least I manage not to yield to my son by carrying him at all 🙂

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Some apples and water for all who had a “tough” race.

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and some rewarding fun for the kids

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… finally medals for all who complete the race.

Taken with Sony Alpha a5100 with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens

Lunch at Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant

When I came across the food gallery of the restaurant, I had an impression it was to be a fine dining restaurant. So, when I had a chance to have a dim sum lunch there, I came prepared with a heavy breakfast, just in case the calories is insufficient for me… but I was to be proven wrong 🙂

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Appetizer dates to start the lunch.

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Let the lunch begin.

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After this fried rice, I really really full. And when we waited surprisingly long for our fruit dessert, we found out why.

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The fruits are ‘housed’ in a huge piece of ice and the rested on an entire plate of ice as well.

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Overall, the food is really nice!

Taken with Sony Nex5R with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens