Saturday, July 23, 2016

Singapore Garden Festival 23 – 31 July 2016 at Gardens by the Bay

Mruupup went to the Singapore Garden Festival (SGF), Asia’s premier tropical garden and flower show which is returning for its sixth installment from 23 – 31 July 2016 at Gardens by the Bay. The nine-day event is the largest show to-date, spanning 9.7 hectares across The Meadow, Flower Dome and Bayfront Plaza. SGF 2016 is set to mesmerise, surprise and wow visitors!

Mrupupup went to check out this flower show. Loved flowers and this show has a visual fiesta of exquisite garden and floral displays, this year’s SGF will feature a host of exhibits and activities including:

  •  15 Fantasy and Landscape Show Gardens featuring approximately 80 sqm creations by top award-winning gardening luminaries from around the world. This year’s festival will feature landscape and garden designers from Australia, China, France, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States of America 
  • 14 Floral Windows to the World featuring colourful and vibrant cut-flower displays and floral masterpieces with stunning set design and lighting by 15 floral designers from around the world. This year’s festival will feature master floral artists from Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America. 
  • Orchid Extravaganza at Flower Dome showcasing the rich heritage of orchids. The floral display will put a spotlight on the world’s most diverse botanical family and one of the most important plant groups in the international floriculture industry. 
  • 5 Balcony Gardens featuring colourful and inspirational displays for small-home and apartment owners. Visitors can see how these designers transform 3m by 3m spaces into soothing retreats. 

  6 Table-top Floral Displays featuring table-top floral displays created with fresh flowers, decorative accessories and tableware.

 Landscape Design Challenge (NEW) where teams of students will be tasked to transform a 3m by 3m empty space into a garden within a span of four hours.

 World Of Terrariums (NEW) showcasing more than 100 creative displays put together by members of the public including students, hobbyists and community gardeners. This exhibition will give visitors a larger-than-life experience of walking through a terrarium.

 A Vibrant Marketplace (non-ticketed area) with over 100 booths offering food and beverages, plants, gardening and landscape products and services, and arts and crafts for sale. Visitors can also look forward to nightly performances by local musicians.

 Gardeners’ Cup with 60 community gardening groups split into 5 teams for a friendly match to compete for the best show garden themed “Floral Wonderland”.

 Other favourites include the Garden Fiesta that features a series of talks, demonstrations and workshops, and the Penjing & Artistic Stone Exhibition & Competition 2016 (Loved Bonsai plants!).  

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Singapore Favourite Food Village 2016 held in conjunction with Singapore Food Festival

Singapore Favourite Food Village 2016 - ‘A Wok Though Singapore’s Culinary Heritage’. Mrupupup went to this Food Village to get an exclusive firsthand event experience. 

The Food Village has 25 stalls presenting their best local dishes including traditional hawker favourites and their modern interpretations such as ChilIi Crab in Prata Bag, Rainbow Churros and Rendang Nachos.

You will get to savour the best of both worlds, and decide which version of the dishes you would prefer. In addition, there will also be food trucks and pop-up cafes which would serve a mouth-watering selection of street food, accompanied by live cooking demonstrations and entertaining street performances.

Date: 22 July 2016 to 31 July 2016
Time: 5pm to 11pm daily
Place: Rochor Event Space (Bugis MRT, Exit A) - across the traffic junction from KFC outlet at Bugis Village

The "salted egg yolk" carrot cake stall was the most popular at the Food Festival!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sunwolves Draw 17-17 with Stormers in Super Rugby League at Singapore Sports Hub 2016 May

On a hot and humid evening in Singapore Sports Hub, the Sunwolves almost pulled off an upset win over the more experienced South Africa’s Stomers on 14 May 2016 in the Super Rugby League game.
The Sunwolves wasted an 18-point lead when they lost to the Cheetahs at the same venue in Singapore two months ago and the Singapore Sports Hub supporters feared another breakdown when Stormers scored a try off the back of a driving maul and also had the rugby conversion to reduce the margin to seven points with 20 minutes left of the game.
The game was super exciting at the closing stages. South Africa’s Stormers’s Vincent Koch scored a late try in the last minute as the team came from 14 points down to manage a 17-17 draw against Super Rugby newcomers the Sunwolves at Singapore's National Stadium. The supporters were a bit disappointed that the Sunwolves did not get a win in Singapore which was the team’s second home ground, besides Tokyo. The Stormers extended their lead in the group standings with the draw while denying the Sunwolves their second Super Rugby win.
During the match, the Sunwolves was denied a second try five minutes into the second half but the score was cancelled out by the television match official after replays showed that the player Akihito Yamada had not properly grounded the ball. Yamada, who had already scored four times in his team's two previous matches at their adopted second home, took over as the tournament's leading tryscorer with his eighth touchdown this season when he dived over for a try in the 13th minute.
In the beginning of the game, the Sunwolves which were the tournament newcomers, had a commanding 17-3 lead before the Stormers took control and used set plays to gain points.
The Sunwolves had the chance to get more points from a penalty that would have given them a 10-point lead with three minutes to go before the game ends, but opted instead for the lineout and paid poorly when the Stormers launched one last raid in the final minute which ended in managing to draw the game.
Sunwolves looked certain to pull off a huge upset only to fade in the last 20 minutes on a humid night in Singapore. During the press conference, the coach of Sunwolves and the captain explained that with this experience the team would fight harder and win the coming matches in the Super Rugby league.