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Lunar at the SEAA

As annual pass holders of the RWS SEA Aquarium, we registered for this event called “Lunar in the SEAA”. The entry to this event was covered under the annual pass, which otherwise cost $28 for 8-10pm on the night of Mid Autumn Festival.

We had a lot of fun and were really impressed with what was offered during the event. On hindsight, it was a good thing we signed up for this because it was so hazy that Sunday night. It was air conditioned (no haze and not hot), spacious and really comfortable to hang out with the kids (no whines and cries).

Though we had been really tired from outlet shopping at IMM, I was glad we dragged ourselves down.

Welcome signage 

  

Lanterns for all of us

Creepy in the dark – perfect place to use lanterns     

All of us

For once, the aquarium was so peaceful that we took such a gorgeous family photo. Awesome lighting!  
Kids exploring the darkes corner with their lanterns   

Riddle     

There were 10 riddles and this was our mock HQ for solving riddles     

There were storytelling sessions of how the message was passed in the moon cakes – so this was the “emperor”  
This was “Chang-Er”  
  

There was a live orchestra and it was really serene watching the fishes “swim” with the music 
The “tea” area setup by SEAA. They used ancient looking tables and chairs to create an Oriental mood.  

Free flow of Mooncakes, buns,  tea and Diet Coke     

Toasting to MAF 2015
 

We only got 3/10 for the riddles but the organizers were nice enough to give us the prize of SEAA water bottles as well as SEAA stuffed toy key chains for completing the survey forms.

It was a fun and fruitful night. Definitely worth renewing the annual pass for more of such events!

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Celebration of Chrysanthemum at Gardens By The Bay

The PSI dipped a little so I took the boys to Gardens By the Bay for the latest floral display. It was disappointing to have to skip the fireworks and checking out the lighted lanterns in the night.

The display was just as lovely in the day. The sight of these beautiful “lanterns” compensated for the lack of lantern play due to the haze.

We had to make do, rather than balked over missing out on the fun of Mid Autumn Festival.

The grand entrance    
    
  

Cute chrysanthemum blooms
I never knew chrysanthemum was a Greek word!  

X took over the camera and Z doubled up as his model. Was this a crystal ball of their future?    

To commemorate SG50 and the Year of Goat, there were 50 goat lanterns!
  

With his favorite   

A giraffe lantern

Ox lantern    

Dog lantern

Dog lantern  
Horse lantern   

More lanterns     
    
 

Haze and Mid Autumn Festival

I had grand plans.

Lantern walks, tea appreciation, parks. They were marred by the haze.

The eve of Hari Raya Haji – we had to put on the masks to filter out the smoky air.   
The boys were dying to scoot, having cooped up at home due to the haze. 

Mid-scoot shopping 


X had been down with stomach flu and was on the mend when a viral infection hit Z hours later in the mall.
 On the public holiday, the haze which hovered around 200-300 PSI and 2 sick boys kept us confined at home. It was a tough day.

 We got Z to sort his 1600 pieces of Lego.  
The haze crossed the 300 marks and all primary and secondary schools were closed. It was a really bleary day. 

Hopes did not hold up for any form of lantern walks.

We were thankful that the skies cleared up on Saturday. The kids got to celebrate mid autumn festival with the neighbours during our monthly potluck dinner.


The kids were told to spread out if they wanted to play sparklers.  
 

Starry lanterns

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Both boys were very blessed to have a handmade lantern each from their grandma. My mom had made it out of recycled materials. It was made out of paper bags, plastic files, a mini torch and fishing line.

There was a blinking mode and a constant mode for the mini torch lights.

A week to Mid autumn festival, I bought two boxes of mooncakes for my family. The first was the Teochew flaky skin orh ni mooncake and the later was the organic pandan snowskin mao shan wang durian mooncakes.

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I had not purchased durian mooncakes for very long because it was a lethal combination for the waistline. Having seen so many positive reviews about Peony Jade’s durian mooncakes, it called for a trial.

It was really good and much better than Goodwood Park’s.

X shared the durian mooncake readily with me while Z was more hesitant regarding the taste. He seemed to have forgotten how much he loved durian when he was younger.