Bouncing Good Time at Art-Zoo

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Head down to the inflatable park, Art-Zoo 2018, part of iLight Marina Bay 2018 last Sunday as it’s ENDING soon! We went to Art-Zoo 2017 and how can we give Art-Zoo 2018 a miss? Anyway, we will have to give iLight a miss as we did not walk there yesterday (totally drain out after all the bouncing) and we won’t be in Singapore next weekend!

CIMG3151Art-Zoo Inflatable Park 2018 opens daily from 9 March till 1 April, 5 pm to 10 pm. It opens earlier at 3pm on weekends, public holidays, eve of public holidays and during school holidays. The last entry is at 9:30pm daily.

Entry tickets can be bought from their offical website or at the gates. Tickets that are booked online are priced at $17.80 for a single ticket, and a bundle of four tickets are priced at $16.80 per tiket. Tickets purchased on site at the box office is priced at $18 (Do note that all ticket prices include booking fee of $0.80 per ticket and children under 24 months get in free with each paying visistor). Alternatively, you could purchase your ticket at klook where there’s FLASH DEAL! (Apply code “ARTZOO2” to enjoy a pair of tickets at only $30 and apply code “ARTZOO4” to enjoy a bundle of 4 tickets at only $54)

Please note that ONCE confirmed, no cancellations may be made…

It’s drizzling when we are there but it stopped about half an hour later. However, don’t expect the “zoo-keepers” to clean the zoo up for you, you are expected to just GET WET! There are a few new items this year, BALL PIT! Find them at the Pink Lagoon with the Pink Flamingo which said has the capacity to hold enough water to fill ONE entire MRT station (SERIOUS?!?) after that, just beside it, a bigger BALL POOL at the colour bear area!

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Once inside the ZOO, to make your money worthwhile, just hope on to ALL the bouncy castle and try to guess all the animals lurking in the exhibit! If can, do try to climb the high unicorn and slide down! We wanted to try but it was drizzling so we did not queue (as the queue is REALLY LONG) and we do not want to get our butt even wetter! Hahaha

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Sakura Seasons in SINGAPORE

You do not have to travel all the way to Japan to see the cherry blossoms as the annual sakura flora display returns to Flower Dome (Garden by the Bay) and it will be here only for a limited time (from now till 8 April 2018).

SAKURA MATSURI FLORAL DISPLAY
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 – Sun, 8 Apr 2018
Time: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Venue: Flower Dome
**Admission charge to the conservatories applies (purchase tickets here)
Find out more of the display & demonstration here

Went there last Saturday and there was a huge crowd including a number of cosplayers! There’s a special rate for Singaporean and on top of it, if you are holding on to any OCBC credit/debit card, you are entitled to another 15% discount! WOW! It’s way cheaper than flying to JAPAN to catch the Sakura craze (but of course, you can’t compare what you see there over to what you’ll see here, at least for a moment, you feel that you’re in JAPAN)

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There are Japanese-themed elements like tea house and torii gates to match the cherry blossom and also lifelike resin dolls which are the main focus of the display.

According to the website, there are basically 4 blossoms to look out for,

 

  1. PRUNUS ACCOLADE – A popular and prolific cultivar producing abundant pale pink flowers.
  2. PRUNUS YEODENSI – Also known as Yoshino Cherry, this Japanese favourite produces classic white flowers that have five petals.
  3. PRUNUS SNOW FOUNTAIN – This tree has a strongly weeping shape, making the masses of white blooms on its branches look like cascading snow, hence its name.
  4. PRUNUS KIKUSHIDARE – This weeping cherry tree has large, light pink flowers that resemble Chrysanthemums, hence “Kiku” in its name, which means Chrysanthemum in Japanese.

DO YOU KNOW?

Cheery blossoms are divided into four groups based on their number of petals. They typically have five petals, and are known as single flowers, but some cultivars are bred to have many more for a fuller bloom. Semi-double flowers exhibit around 10 to 20 petals, while double flowers boast 25 to 50 petals. The extraodinary kikuzakura, or chrysanthemum cherry flowers, are jam-packed with over 100 petals!

Well, don’t be disappointed that you’re paying to see ONLY cherry blossom as there is still other types of flower display over at the flower dome (which kind of makes your money worth)!

Let me end a photo here with me and MR! Doesn’t it look like we’re in JAPAN? Hahaha..

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Treasures of THE ZOO

If you don’t know what to do this weekend, why not drop by Marina Square atrium!

We’re back this year at Marina Square atrium for Singapore’s Greatest Annual Balloon Extravaganza! (Thanks to a Mr K for working around there so he reminded me that the BALLOON festival is back!)

This year theme is “Treasures of THE ZOO” where one will experience the magic of an unforgettable wildlife adventure. COME ON DOWN this School Holiday instead of going to Singapore Zoo!

Date: 9 – 18 MAR 2018; 11am – 10pm
Venue: Marina Square Central Artium
Theme: Teasures of THE ZOO

At first, you’ll be attracted to the tall giraffe with the SUPER long neck. The aircon blowing from the ducts kind of makes the giraffe neck sway a little side to side.

In here, you could see 2 parrots hanging and a decent collection of animals from monkeys hanging by the tree and some extra LARGE size creatures like zebra, hippopotamus (which turn around), elephants.

This year, we managed to “enroll” my kid in the Balloon Sculpting workshops. Where the kids will be taught how to make 3 balloon sculpting (with the parents help and the facilitators guidance). Do note that the workshops are only held on weekends.

Date: Saturday & Sunday (10, 11, 17 & 18 March 2018)
Time: 1.30 – 3.00pm & 4.00 – 5.30pm
Cost: $15 per child (aged 3 to 12 years old)
Limited seats available, on a first come, first served basis

(Below are all the photos I’ve taken during the workshops.. I am so afraid of the balloon let alone asking me to twist and turn, so Mr K do most of the job and Little J just use his EYE POWER)

These are our final products!

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TripWire BY Lee Child

Yeah! I finally finished my first book in 2018 and it’s the third book in the Jack Reacher series. It makes me want to read his fourth book! Well, at least my expectation of Jack Reacher series is still there despite the horrendous second book. It feels like there’s a continuation to the next book as some of the things was not explained clearly.

So here is a quick summary (adapted from the book): Digging swimming pools by hand in Key West, Florida, Jack Reacher is as tanned and as fit as he’s ever been. A local girl says he looks like a condom filled with walnuts.Being invisible has become a habit. He doesn’t want to be found.

So when a private detective comes nosing around and asking questions, Reacher is not pleased. Especially when he later finds the guy dead. With his fingertips sliced off. Why was he so determined to find him? What does the vicious Wall Street honcho Hook Hobie have to do with it? And what about the reappearance of a woman from Reacher’s own troubled past? 

I would recommend one to skip the second book in the series and go straight into this book. The action scenes were not as intense as the previous book and there is no detailed description as to how Reacher shoot or the type of gun used in the book. However, the twist and turns of the whole story make it like a crime story (my personal favorite) which makes it hard to put down the book (e-book for me).

From this book, you will get to know a little more about Reacher’s history (his army days) and his love (or maybe his first love?).

But honestly, after reading 3 books of Jack Reacher series, I could guess the writing style of Lee Child and Reacher just seems too good and invincible to die (well, he won’t die cause there’s still lots of book on him).

[SPOILER AHEAD]


From this book, you will get to know that one could train their pectoral muscle (like chest muscles which lies under the breast) till so thick that it stops the bullet from hitting the rib cage and also, with a nail stuck on his head, he could still kill the fake Victor Hobie (Carl Allen).

I was equally shocked as Reacher that Victor Hobie wasn’t the real Victor Hobie but Carl Allen. You get to know that at the very end of the book (probably about 50 pages from the ending).

Nevertheless, a good book to pick up in 2018!

Book Completed: March 2018
Rating: 4.1/5

Track Records for my READING!

[Updates] I’ve decided to publish this post whenever I’ve updated it so I won’t have to drag all the way to the bottom of the page to find this post. ^^ I’m currently addicted to Jack Reacher series, just finished book #3.


I thought that this is a better way for me to keep track of the books I read till now and also save a copy in my google drive & dropbox so I won’t be buying the same book TWICE (yup, it happened to me once)! Well, it isn’t my full list as I didn’t keep track of those which I’ve already donate, but nevertheless, my list:

FICTION

  1. Icebound by Dean Koontz
  2. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  3. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  4. Velocity by Dean Koontz
  5. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  6. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  7. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  8. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  9. The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez
  10. Shoot to Thrill by P.J Tracy
  11. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  12. Angels and Demon by Dan Brown
  13. Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  14. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  15. Deception Point by Dan Brown
  16. Blast From the Past by Ben Elton
  17. Snow Blind by P.J Tracy
  18. Two Evils by P.J Tracy
  19. Cut and Run by Jeff Abbott
  20. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  21. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  22. Killing Floor by Lee Child (Jack Reacher Series #1)
  23. This Is Not The End by Chandler Baker 
  24. Die Trying by Lee Child (Jack Reacher Series #2)
  25. Tripwire by Lee Child (Jack Reacher Series #3)

NON-FICTION/BIOGRAPHY

  1. The Other Side of Nowhere by Danniella Westbrook
  2. Tuesdays with Morries by Mitch Albom
  3. Ugly by Constane Briscoe
  4. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
  5. Sleeping Around by Catherine Townsend
  6. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
  7. The Last Empress by Anchee Min
  8. Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
  9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

  1. The Seven Crystal Ball
  2. The Blue Lotus
  3. Tintin in Amercia
  4. Destination Moon
  5. The Broken Ear
  6. The Crab with the Golden Claws
  7. King Ottokars Sceptre
  8. The Black Island

to be continued..

(PS: Newly read books will be highlighted in RED till the next update)

Pondering over some useless stuffs…

I know I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to previously. I realized I have not been myself recently. It just seems that I lost myself these few weeks. February is coming to an end and I hoped that by end of February, I’ll pick myself up again and start to blog about my daily “exciting” life again and also probably to start a skill or something! After a year of not studying, I feel that I’m not being USEFUL.. HAHAHA.. Till then~~

Happy Lunar New Year Everyone!

Die Trying BY Lee Child

 

I was totally blown away by the first novel (Killing Floor) and was so looking forward to the second book but to get utterly disappointed by it. I am not too sure if it is my problem or just because the storyline was not captivating enough to keep me attached to the book. I tend to skip a few sentences or paragraph here and there while I was reading and I find it hard to continue reading halfway through it. Probably I read the first book and I have an expectation there so I tend to compare it with the first novel.

So here is a quick summary (adapted from the book): In a Chicago suburb, a dentist is met in his office parking lot by three men and ordered into the trunk of his Lexus. On a downtown sidewalk, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight by two men – practiced and confident – who stop them at gunpoint and hustle them into the same sedan. Then Reacher and the woman are switched into a second vehicle and hauled away, leaving the dentist bound and gagged inside his car with the woman’s abandoned possessions, two gallons of gasoline, and a burning match. The FBI is desperate to rescue the woman, a Special Agent from the Chicago office, because the FBI always – always – takes care of its own, and because this woman is not just another agent. Reacher and the woman join forces, against seemingly hopeless odds, to outwit their captors and escape. But the FBI thinks Jack is one of the kidnappers – and when they close in, the Bureau snipers will be shooting to kill…

If you have read the first novel, the first thing you will notice will be that Die Trying was written in a 3rd party narrative instead of a 1st party narrative. It makes all the characters looks a little distance. Overall, Killing Floor just prove how invincible Jack Reacher is with his years in Army and also how intensive Lee Child research on the type of guns and even going in-depth to the calculating the possibility of hit and also the velocity of the bullet hitting the target. However, I personally felt that the chemistry is lacking between all the characters in the book. It has a little unrealistic portion (especially the part where they are in the helicopter looking out for the truck with 130 bullets holes). Hahha, how can the Jack Reacher see 130 bullets holes from the helicopter!

Book Completed: December 2017
Rating: 2.5/5