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The boys had no school on Friday and I had all kinds of plans for the day.  But in the end we just whiled the day away at my parent’s place. The boys can be quite homebodies, and were more than happy to play indoors.

But it was such a pity to stay in all day. The weather was beautiful. So I dragged the whole family to Gardens by the Bay to see this year’s Mid-Autumn festival lantern display. We almost turned around though because there was such a long queue of cars entering the carpark. In the end we parked at some far away spot and walked over. I was a little worried than the place would be over-run with people and unbearably crowded, but we were already there and the hubby had actually agreed to go (!) so better to just press on.

Thankfully Gardens by the Bay is spacious enough to absorb the crowd nicely. The lanterns are set up around the lake area nearer the walkway linking MBS to the Gardens. The ones on the lake looked really pretty, especially with their clear reflections in the still lake, and the supertrees in the background. We particularly enjoyed the lanterns showing iconic buildings and characters/animals from different parts of the world.

Floating lantern against a backdrop of supertrees

Floating lantern against a backdrop of supertrees

Sumo wrestler and Mount Fuji in Japan

Sumo wrestler and Mount Fuji in Japan

Big Ben and MBS

Big Ben and MBS

Bull and matador in Spain

Bull and matador in Spain

Asher and I being silly, pretending to be bulls :)

Asher and I being silly, pretending to be bulls :)

 

There were a few that were quite amusing/bewildering. There was one display that I thought was meant to represent India, with the Taj Mahal, an elephant, snake-charming and some characters wearing Indian costumes. But then another mother walked by and told her daughter that it was a scene from the Middle East like where Princess Jasmine lived. Ok to be fair, the building that I thought was the Taj Mahal could be a palace from the Middle East, and there were a couple of characters that were wearing costumes that seemed more like Arabian costumes. So…yes it could be construed either way (though I still think it’s India!).

India?

Pretty sure this is India

Then the Italy display had the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, a chef (yes, they are famous for yummy Italian cuisine), and…a strange girl (no I don’t think they have famous dancers like in Spain), a bird with an eggshell on his head, and a pig. I’m sorry, I don’t get it. Can anyone enlighten me?

Here's the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Here’s the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Who are these creatures are the foot of the Tower??

Who are these creatures are the foot of the Tower??

And who is this (supposedly Italian) woman?

And who is this (supposedly Italian) woman? Looks like Sailor Mars from the Sailor Moon series.

My favourite display was definitely the one showing horses. I thought they were done in surprisingly natural poses. Except for the wires supporting the cloth of the lantern, I thought they were quite realistic in their expressions. The whole display also reminded me of Cavalia which we watched recently!

Handsome horse

Handsome horse

Majestic horse

Majestic horse

There are also food stalls if you are hungry, nightly performances, displays from the lantern making competition that intrigued the boys quite a bit because most of them were made from recycled material, chinese chess, and the ever-intriguing and completely over-my-head Chinese riddles (another thing I wouldn’t mind someone enlightening me about).

Overall it was a lovely walk in the gardens. Asher walked almost the entire time, while Ellery sat in the stroller and complained a lot when we got him to walk a bit when Asher wanted to rest. Need to up that kid’s stamina and determination big time.

The lantern display is on daily until 14 Sep, and is completely free!

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