5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

With a land size of 60 acres, the Singapore Botanic Garden is a total green recreational space which is open free for everyone, except for the National Orchid Garden which is located at the highest hill with more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids. With fresh air in the morning, this wonderful garden is filled up with people doing their workouts, strolling with their dogs or even enjoying their breakfast.

As the Botanic Gardens Circle Line is up and running, heading to the Singapore Botanic Gardens is now much easier as compared to the past. I have spent the whole morning in this garden with my family and it is a nice family spot to get out of the busy city life. Now, I will share with you my 5 reasons why Singapore Botanic Gardens is a paradise for children.

 

1. Get close to nature
With the aquatic animals and plants at the lakes, squirrels running around and bugs sticking on the flowers, children can get to watch them closely and doesn’t seem to get them of bored.

 

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

 

2. Time to read
I know every child’s attention is very short when comes to reading at home. In the Singapore Botanic Gardens, almost every heritage trees and plants will have a signboard built beside them to give an introduction about their history and characteristics. As outdoor learning makes every child to have direct contact with the nature and environment, this will make their reading sessions from those printed text more enjoyable.

 

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

 

3. Photography
Children are the best creative directors because of their wild imaginations and their beautiful perspective of life. No child is ever too young to step into the world of photography. In the Singapore Botanic Gardens, every child can experiement nature and close-up photography on plants, insects or even their favourite fruits! You don’t need a DSLR for them to snap around, just a point-and-shoot camera or mobile phone will do the trick.

 

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

 

4. Space for family time
This Singapore horticultural garden is huge enough for families to plan for outdoor activities such as picnics, while the children can run and play around safely on the grasses. Families can also bring their children to the Jacob Ballas Children Garden, which is also known as the Asia’s Children Garden. This is the perfect place for every child to play and learn in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

 

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

 

5. Green is good for eyes
It is a belief that seeing green is beneficial to our eyes and has a calming effect on our emotions. With children nowadays facing computer screens and other digital devices, putting away the strain off the eyes from those glares and enjoy those lovely green habitats can soothe their emotions. My favorite spot is the Swan Lake.

 

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

 

Plan a trip down to enjoy a family weekend breakfast, like Food For Thought, and a morning stroll in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Do bring a bottle of water during the stroll and drinkable water points are available at certain spots for filling up purposes.

Despite there are many tall shady trees around, I would advise parents to put on sun block lotion on their children and carry an umbrella in case of rain. Occasionally, the Singapore Botanic Gardens will held events so do check out their website for the latest updates.

 

Address of my visit
Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Rd
Singapore 259569

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 5:00am to 12:00am

Telephone: (65) 6471 7138
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg

 

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A Day In Singapore Zoo

A Day In Singapore Zoo

Stretching myself out of bed early in the morning at 7:00am, I got myself ready for today’s big day out; a family visit to the Singapore Zoo. With a cooler bag and packs of ice, my wife’s preparation of pasta salad last night will be kept cool inside the cooler bag and this will be our family packed lunch.

Before heading to the zoo, I have tested my little Kayden multiple times on how interested will he be for visiting the zoo. He insisted many times that he doesn’t like the zoo at all and he really mean it.

Reaching the Singapore Zoo at 9:00am, we had our breakfast at the Inuka Cafe located at the ticketing counter before the start of the whole zoo event. Simple breakfast.

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

As a precaution in case of our little boy is lazy to walk and request to be carried, my wife have decided to purchase tram tickets at $5.00 per adult fare. These tram tickets were sure very useful!

At station 1 was the Polar Bear and an indoor exhibition hall where cold temperate animals such as the Wolverines and Racoon Dogs were kept cosy inside.

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

Walking further up, here comes the “get close to” African Wildlife station, where animals were all kept in their open natural habitat.

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

Let me introduce to you my personal favorite spot in the Singapore Zoo, the Rainforest Kidz World. This area has a Wet Play Area, a performance show for the family, a carousel and a Kampung House. As the name goes, the Kampung House shares and gives a deeper inside of what types of pests, or unwelcome guests, that were commonly seen back in the olden days of Singapore. These pests includes cockroaches, crickets and snakes. Yikes! Putting these pests aside, the Kampung House also showcases animals such as rabbits and goats.

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

It has been more than ten years before I revisited the Singapore Zoo again. It is a great place to bring the children to. The whole morning until afternoon was a tiring but fun experience. Kayden got knocked out totally when we got home. All those loud drilling sounds from my next door neighbor did not woke him up at all.

Thanks for reading my blog and here are the little fellows bidding farewell to you. Cheers!

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

Address of my visit
Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Rd
Singapore 729826

Opening Hours
Daily: 8:30am to 6:00pm (Last ticket sale at 5.30pm)

Telephone: (65) 6269 3411
Website: http://www.zoo.com.sg

 

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Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

Dakota Crescent is a charming small district located opposite the famous Old Airport Road Food Centre. With many low rise housing estates that are built during the 1950s, Dakota Crescent is one of Singapore’s oldest district and will be vacated by the end of 2016 for new residences developments.

There are two iconic places in this district which I would like to bring my family to, the Tian Kee & Co Cafe and a vintage playground which was built up from concrete and surrounded by sands. So, here goes my family morning in Dakota Crescent.

Situated in Block 12, Tian Kee & Co was once a provision shop manned by Mr and Mrs Lim that sells cheap tidbits in Dakota Crescent. Now, it has transformed into a cafe with nostalgic settings.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

Tian Kee & Co serves up to five different choices of All Day Breakfast sets such as Pancakes ($4.90), Half Breakfast Set ($7.90) and Tian Kee Eggs Royale ($14.90). This cafe also serves Smoked Salmon Salad ($14.90), soups that are priced from $8.90 to $9.90, Lasagne ($14.90) and pies such as Chicken Mushroom Pie ($7.90) and American Beef Pie ($7.90).

This cafe served special in-house beverages such as Hot Pink Lady ($5.00) which is actually rose syrup with steamed fresh milk, Hot Snag ($5.50) which is the combination of Hot Pink Lady and double Ristretto and Nuts About U ($5.50) which is made up of Nutella and fresh steamed milk creatively.

Nicely done was the Latte ($5.00) which the top layer of fresh steamed milk has a strong bitter taste of coffee beans, while the bottom layer of the coffee was smooth and creamy.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

With my cup of Long Black ($4.00) flowed out and spilled onto the porcelain saucer during served, my cup of black coffee looks like a typical “kopi-o” from a coffee house back in the old days.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

The Tian Kee Eggs Beauregard ($14.90) was served with fresh salad and it is made up of old muffin bread topped with slices of ham and two sunny side up eggs. I have to admit it that the cheese sauce drizzled was nice.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

The Full Breakfast Set ($14.90) was served with scrambled eggs with truffle oil, slices of pan-fried bacon, two chipolata chicken sausages, a cup of baked beans and toasted walnut bread.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

Dropping off Mountbatten MRT station of the Circle Line, walking to Tian Kee & Co takes about five minutes of walk from exit B. This cosy little cafe could probably host up to twenty customers and the ambience of Tian Kee & Co makes me feel like it is a centric neighborhood cafe that people will gather and enjoy time together. The taste of my breakfast mains were average and the pricing is on the high side despite there is no service charge and GST.

Located opposite of Tian Kee & Co and near to block 22, there is an old fashioned playground that comes in handy for the children to play after a meal. Bringing my boy to this sand-filled, instead of rubber flooring playground, he really hates the sand when it gets into his shoes. Yet, he do enjoy climbing up those narrow steps, looked down from the top and enjoy the concrete rough surface slides.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

Going to this playground does brings back a lot of my childhood memories. As I climbed up and looked down at the ground, I kept thinking why do I have the guts to jump down from the playground like this back in my younger days.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

Address of my visit
Tian Kee & Co
12 Dakota Crescent, #01-48
Singapore 390012

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Thursday: 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 8:00pm

Telephone: (65) 6344 8527
Website: https://www.facebook.com/tiankeedakotacrescent

 

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MigUpSG Event For Invited Bloggers

MigUpSG Event For Invited Bloggers

Three weeks back, I received an email from Shaiful (@shoeboy5684) , from the audience team of Migme, asking about how I felt about the Migme social network platform. I gave him some suggestions and also requested to visit the Migme office in the near future. When Alvin (@Alvinology) emailed me about the #MigUpSG event for Migme invited bloggers a week later, my thought was “This sh*t just got real!”

With Migme’s HQ located in Singapore’s City Hall, signing up as an invited Migme blogger makes me feel like I am part of this social network team. As a full time working Dad of a two year old boy and blogging for almost four years, I was never being invited to such a special occasion.

I believe many people in Singapore knows little or have “zero knowledge” about Migme, so do I …… *initially*. Well, Migme is a microblogging social media platform. With more than five millions active users monthly from the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia, Migme has a lot of interactivity online such as sending of virtual gifts and chat rooms. What I love more about Migme is there is no spammy advertisements when I am scrolling through the site.

Going to the Migme’s office for a two hours #MigUpSG program, I am very excited and curious on how will the whole social event be like. I am happy to meet up with Alvin as well as some other bloggers. The introduction speech was by Steven Goh (@crazygrape), the CEO of Migme. I guess the limelight was on the Vice President of Migme, Gene Yu (@scorpiojiang). Gene shared all his joy, suspense and tiring twelve years of experience in the US Army. A pretty lengthy speech!

I am happy to meet up with some bloggers, whose blog genre is totally different from mine. We exchanged ideas and experiences together. Even though this was a short meetup, it was a very good experience to learn and get to know people. The best part is, we are all Migme’s Bloggers!

Sign up and follow me on Migme (http://mig.me) on my user ID @lemonfilm (http://mig.me/lemonfilm).

*All the photographs are taken by Alvin.

 

MigmeSG Event For Invited Bloggers

 

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Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Along the Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail, the town’s famous horse shoe block 78 nested a cafe at the quiet corner of Moh Guan Terrance. With a relatively small signage that stood on the grasses, they called themselves the Flock Cafe. Open at 8:00am daily, early birds can go to this remote cafe to enjoy a hot morning drink and breakfast before the start of the day. Tiong Bahru residents, you got yourself a good cosy spot.

Arriving Flock Cafe with my family in the late morning, the cafe house was not fully packed with guests. With slow pop music playing in the background and cosy orange lightings, this cafe gives a relax ambience. The seatings are comfortable, but the table to table distance could be a little close.

 

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

 

The simple and neat three pages food menu serves All Day Breakfast, sandwiches, pastas, coffee and other beverages. The All Day Breakfast are priced between $7.50 and $21.50 and their coffee beans are from Liberty Coffee.

Serving up first were my two cups of hot Latte ($5.50) and Mocha ($6.00). Both beverages were nicely done. The Latte do not have the acidic aftertaste, but rather an intense bittersweet coffee taste. The Mocha was good, as it was not too sweet.

 

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

 

My Scrambled Eggs and Croissant with Crispy Bacon ($14.90) has decent serving size. The croissant tasted buttery and fluffy on the inside, while the small bowl of fresh tomatoes and pickles at the side were crunchy. In general, this All Day Breakfast main is a simple breakfast for everyone.

 

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

 

The Prawn, Avocado and Lemon Mayo Sandwich ($13.90) was good and served hot on my plate. The large cooked prawns were cut and nicely pressed between the bread together with chunks of avocados and lemon mayo spread.

 

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

 

The Flock Cafe at Tiong Bahru heritage trail is a nice and quiet place to get a book to read. After a meal, it is worth checking out the district for some very interesting shops along these heritage trail. Somehow or another, I love the estates in Tiong Bahru.

 

Address of my visit
Flock Cafe
78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-25
Tiong Bahru Estate
Singapore 162078

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 8:00am to 6:00pm

Telephone: (65) 6536 3938
Website: http://www.flock.sg

 

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Food For Thought At Botanic Gardens

Food For Thought At Botanic Gardens

Food For Thought at Botanic Gardens is a spacious cafe with a lovely outdoor playground for the children to play together. Located right under the taxi stand of Tanglin Gate, the large glass panels that allow natural sunshine into this cafe makes it excitingly beautiful. Food For Thought focuses on “Good Food for a Good Cause” whereby charitable projects are ran and they serves reasonably priced food menus with other food options for other crowds such as vegetarian, gluten-free and kids specialty meals without any service charge.

Driving the water consciousness campaign on behalf of the Living Water International, Food For Thought is giving free flow of water to their customers but they will appreciate if you can donate $2.00 to drive this wellness project for the unfortunates in Asia. This is quite inspirational.

 

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

 

Open from 8:00am to 9:00pm on Monday to Sunday, this family friendly cafe serves All Day Breakfast from the price range of $6.00 to $25.00. The All Day Breakfast menu includes Mee Rebus ($6.00), French Toast with Fresh Cream and Spiced Gula Melaka Syrup with Bacon ($8.00) and Full Works ($25.00) which includes chicken sausages, hash browns, garlic mushrooms and tomato salad. Their Mains & Grains, burgers, salads and soups will start serving from 11:00am onwards.

 

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

 

With the coffee beans by Spinelli Coffee Singapore, the hot cups of Flat White and Cafe Latte ($5.00) were both pretty decent. Probably not the best coffee but will sure satisfy my morning coffee crave.

 

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

 

Calling this breakfast main as Basic Works ($9.00), this main is plated up with scrambled eggs, slices of pan-fried bacon and homemade butter brioche with caramel Kaya. A simple and delightful breakfast main that many people will like it.

 

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

 

Trust me, kids love pancakes and chocolates. This perfect food combination will never go wrong and kids can never resist such a sweet treat. With my pancakes topped with fresh cream, spiced gula Melaka syrup, dark chocolates and berries ($14.00), this is sure a Chef Recommendation breakfast main. Sharing my pancakes with my little one, he kept saying “I want this one!” repeatedly. He really loves it!

 

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

 

After our breakfast, we brought our little one to the outdoor playground located just out the cafe, as he already got excited while having his breakfast. He had alot of fun climbing up, sliding down the slides and mingling with their children. This is surely playtime for him!

 

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

 

Address of my review:
Food For Thought
1 Cluny Road,
Tanglin Gate, #B1-00
Singapore 259569

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 8:00am to 9:00pm (Last order at 8:30pm)

Telephone: (65) 6479 1080
Website: http://www.foodforthought.com.sg

 

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