Monday, January 21, 2013

Greetings to all,
I've merged my this blog into my Astro Galaxy blog.
Astro Galaxy Travel blog will no longer be updated.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

2010 Singapore Garden Festival

Singapore Garden Festival 2010
Date : 15 - 22 July 2010
Venue : Suntec City Hall 4 and Hall 6
Opening hours : 10am - 10 pm

Ticket Price S$ (Weekend / Weekday)
Adult : S$12/8
Concession (Child, Student or Senior Citizen): S$8/5
8-Day Pass : S$25/25
*Free for children below 0.9m

Venue : Suntec City Hall 6Over here are the Lanscape Gardens, Fantasy Gardens, Floral Windows to the World, Hospitality Pavilions and General Displays.

Fantasy Garden
Title : The Last Australian Garden
Designers : Rick Eckersley, Myles Broad & Scott Leung (Australia)
This is one of my favourite exhibit.

Fantasy Garden
Title : The Spice Of Life - A Grenada Garden
Designer : Suzanne Gaywood (United Kingdom/Grenada)

General Displays
Title : The Man Who Planted Trees

I am amazed by this exhibit and it's lighting.
This is my top favourite display for this event!
I took a series of the colour changes and you can view my photos on my facebook.
The link to my FB album is at the end of this post.

The board reads :
The Man Who Planted Trees
This centrepiece is inspired by the French eco-fable,
The Man Who Planted Trees, a charming fictional tale
of a shepherd who set out to reforest the ruined
eco-system of a desolate and abandoned valley in the
foothills of the Alps, near Provence in France.
The story underscores our duty as stewards of the
enviroment that we reside in, and speaks volumes
about how one person's reforestation efforts could
leave an indelible mark on our planet. It also bears
strong similarities with the greening movement
in Singapore.
Our greening journey began about four decades ago
when Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's vision of a
Garden City took shape. Up to today, Minister Mentor
continues to plant a tree annually. Local heroes, with
their tireless efforts, too played an important part in
nurturing Singapore into the Garden City that we are
renowned for today.
The Man Who Planted Trees celebrates the International
Year of Biodiversity 2010, and pays tribute to all the
local heroes who have contributed significantly to the
greening of Singapore.
Hundreds of Singaporeans and residents from all walks
of life have shaped the look of The Man Who Planted
Trees. Just as all of us have a hand in nurturing our
Garden City

Landscape Gardens
Title : Hometown In Tianjin - Surplus Year After Year
Designer : Wang Hong Cheng (China)

Landscape Gardens
Title : Taking A Leaf...
Designer : Peter Cheok (Singapore)

Fantasy Garden
Title : Paradise Lost - An African Fantasy
Designer : David Davidson (South Africa)

Fantasy Gardens
Title : The Mysterious Jungle of Pandora
Designer : Damian Tang (Sinapore)

Landscape Garden
Title : Daintree
Designer : Jim Fogarty (Australia)

Venue : Suntec City Hall 4On this level, it consists of the Singapore Orchid Show, Market Place, Competitions and General dislays

Market Place at Hall 4 with over 100 retail booths of gardening products.

This is my first visit to the garden festival.
It's a wonderful visit except that I didn't have enough time that day.
I was there for only about 2 hours and I kinda have to rush through the whole event.
Looking forward for the next year, I'll would defintely visit this event again.

To view more photos of 2010 Singapore Garden Festival photos, please click here to visit my Facebook album.

Friday, June 18, 2010

New look!

Found out that there's some new templates from blogger.
Glad that now I can have some many different choices for the layout.
It's fun to blog again!
I've also change this blog outlook.
Hope you like them too.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lantau Island

Lantau Island 大屿山
The largest island in Hong Kong.
Lantau Peak (934m) is the highest point on the island, second highest point in Hong Kong.

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

Ngong Ping 360 ticketing office.

The cable car journey is 5.7km.
Travel time is approx. 25 minutes one way.

The weather was cooling, overcast with clouds and was very hazy on that day.
But the view was still spectacular all round.

The large Buddha statue came into view after about 10 minutes of the cable ride.

Ngong Ping Village
Many shops in the village and I especially love one of the shop that sells biscuits and cakes...

Tian Tan Buddha (天坛大佛)

Construction begun in 1990.
This bronze statue Buddha was completed in 1993.
Weighing 250 metric ton and standing at 34 metres tall.
Statue was formed up using 202 pieces of bronze.

There are 268 steps one needed to climb up to reach the Buddha.
Try to walk around the platform area where the Buddha is sitting in the middle, the view around the entire place is beautiful.

Po Lin Monastery 寶蓮禪寺

This Buddhist Monastery was bulit in 1906 by three monks and was original named "The Big Hut" (Da Mao Peng).
Later it was then renamed to "Po Lin Monastery" in 1924.

Due to time constrained, I didn't visit the temple.
But I hope that if I could return to Hong Kong I would like to visit this place.

Typical shops near the Ngong Ping Village.
Very colourful and full of souvenirs.

Time to head back to the Cable Station.

View of Hong Kong airport.

I've come to the end of my Lantau Island trip and hope that you've enjoyed my post!
Thank you and have a Merry Merry Christmas!