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.
I must say the lanterns were getting better each year.
Other than lanterns, there were a slew of performances as well.
After the sun fully set, the lanterns came alive.
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.
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.
Taken with Sony Alpha a5100 with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens
After having a good time last year, we are back for more lanterns at the Gardens by the Bay. I felt the lanterns are just as nice, if not nicer than 2013. I don’t know if there are more this year, but definitely spread over a much larger area and after seeing them, I felt more exhausted 🙂
Besides typical lanterns, there are winning entries of Creative Lantern-Making Competition on display and I particularly like this Spiderman and Giant Pandas.
And the skybridge from Marina Bay Sands to the Garden by the Bay is also decorated.
But of course, my favorites are still the lanterns.
There are also some lanterns in the water, but they look nicer in reality than these pictures that I took.
So bye bye lanterns, I’ll be back again in 2015. Keep up the good work!
Sometimes, the best things are free. After the disappointing mid autumn festival at the Chinese Garden, I turned my attention to the other event with lanterns, Mid Autumn Festival at the Gardens 2013. This was so much better than the one at Chinese Garden and its free!
The area with lanterns on display was not big, it on the grass patch just beside the meadow, and we more lanterns in such a small area compared to Chinese garden.
and these lanterns are really beautiful.
And there are dinosaurs as well, but in the form of colourful lanterns.
If the lanterns at Chinese garden continue to be disappointing, and else where has free but better lanterns, I wonder who will continue to pay for lantern festival at the Chinese garden.
This is an annual event I typically look forward to bring my family along. Its not free but normally I find it worth it because it is not crowded and lots of beautiful lanterns with different themes. Last year was good, with fireworks as well. Unfortunately, this year was a great disappointment. There were few lanterns to begin with.
There were typically lanterns everywhere, starting from the bridge like these…
… and that’s about all this year. Unless these were counted.
The rest of the ‘main attractions’ are the dinosaurs, moving, but dull.
After the disappointing trip, I searched the web and came across the poster for this year’s event… and the poster said it well.. Jurassic Safari. No lanterns. Blame myself for not checking.