Sentosa Flowers 2013 – Joys of Spring

Today is a public holiday, and we didn’t have to go Chinese New Year visiting today. So we decided to make a trip down to Sentosa for the flower exhibition, which is held from 9th to 17th February.We drove down today, and the first thing we saw on the way to the beach was the Merlion towering above us.

Merlion

Merlion

After a long queue to the carpark, we made our way towards the beach where the exhibits were displayed.

Sentosa Flowers 2013 at Palawan Beach

Sentosa Flowers 2013 at Palawan Beach

At Palawan Beach
As expected, there was a crowd at the entrance, but we managed to get our tickets after 10 minutes (tickets are at S$5 for adults, children below 12 enter free). The first floral display that greeted us was the rainbow snake!

Floral snake

Rainbow snake

Of course, there were different types of flowers in a giant floral carpet:

Pretty red f;pwers

Pretty red flowers

Flowering cactus

Flowering cactus

Bluewigs from Vietnam

Bluewigs from Vietnam

And interesting plants:

Pencil tree – seriously!

There were also exhibits by different schools based on the concept of a floating market. Here is one of the interesting ones:

One of the displays by students

Sentosa in Bloom – springs of life

The next exhibit was of Nuwa, a lady with a snake tail who saved the village by collecting seven coloured stones and melted them into one sky-blue giant rock to seal the broken sky. This depicts her mending the sky (女娲补天). C got to learn a little about Chinese legends here 🙂

The story of Nuwa

The story of Nuwa

Unfortunately, at this point it started to rain so we had to run for shelter. I managed to capture this on the way:

Floral snake mural

Floral snake mural

The rain didn’t stop, so I had to take pictures under an umbrella. Here’s a shot of the Spring Love Garden exhibit (there were supposed to be four for each of the seasons, but we only got to see one due to the weather). The rain meant that I could take a clear shot without too many people milling around.

Spring love garden

Spring love garden

Along the way, I saw this statue in a corner. I don’t think it was supposed to be part of the exhibits, but I really liked it (it reminded me of Peter Rabbit):

Peter Rabbit makes an appearance?

Peter Rabbit makes an appearance?

And there were plenty of reminders that it was the Year of the Snake:

A snake in the dustbin?

A snake in the dustbin?

C was actually quite pleased that she got to walk in the rain in her raincoat. Here’s a picture of her outside the open air art gallery.

C outside the art gallery

C outside the art gallery

And outside the play area for kids:

Play area for kids

Play area for kids

Viewing towers at Southernmost Point of Continental Asia
Since we were at Palawan Beach, we decided to cross over to the viewing towers, located at the southernmost tip of continental Asia.

Here’s the view from the top of the tower:

View from the southern most tip of SEA

View from the southern most tip of SEA

We managed to get a bird’s eye view of the glittering sandy snake trail created by sand sculptor JOOheng and staff from Sentosa.

Glittering sandy snake trail

Glittering sandy snake trail

The rain stopped for a little while, so we took the chance to explore a little more. This is the String Garden created by Tivoli Gardens from Denmark. Here, Kokedama (means moss ball), a style of Japanese bonsai where the plant is removed from its pot and turned into a ball of soil held together by moss and string, is showcased.

Outside the Tivoli Gardens

Outside the Tivoli Gardens

Pretty orchids

Pretty orchids. Kokedama in the background

This was the last stop before we made our way back, as it had started to drizzle again, and the kids were tired.

Exhausted G

Exhausted G

All in all, it was a pretty short visit. Too bad it got a little wet, and the exhibits were all open-air. On the bright side, weather was cool 🙂  There weren’t many rare flowers, but the displays were nice if you didn’t mind the crowd.

If you intend to go down, do go prepared with big umbrellas and raincoats, as there is not much shelter.

Do you like going for floral exhibitions? Or do you prefer wild flowers?

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