Monday, 23 November 2015

Gardens by the Bay ~ Home for the Holidays

Recently, we asked J to rate his top 10 places in Singapore. Unsurprisingly, Gardens by the Bay landed in his list.

Yesterday, we were thrilled by the Christmas display at the Flower Dome. We timed our visit so we could meet the roving mascots. Upon seeing the endearing characters, An yelled, "Gingerbread Man!" She gave a wave to each character after posing for photos.

We also enjoyed a storytelling session by Players Theatre. The three storytellers clearly and simply conveyed how certain Christmas traditions came about. The occasional jokes made J's eyes light up and his lips were set in a smile almost throughout the whole session. I myself learnt new things. For instance, I did not know before that the Christmas pudding was made with 13 ingredients, which represented Jesus and his 12 disciples. I recently wondered why people put up Christmas trees and that query was addressed at this session. This takes place again on 5 and 6 Dec if you are interested.

As usual, the centre piece allowed for plenty of photo opportunities.

Our happy outing ended at the Supertree Grove, where we watched the Christmas edition of the Garden Rhapsody. Most of the tunes and songs seemed to have been used last year but we still found ourselves grooving to the familiar music. At some junctures, J raised his hands as though he was conducting the music. Expectedly, An's favourite tune was Do You Wanna Build a Snowman. For me, I sang along when Beethoven's ninth symphony was played. I joined the university choir when I was on an exchange programme in Canada years ago and one of my best memories was singing Ode to Joy in German next to an orchestra. Thus, I was exuberant when Ode to Joy was one of the pieces used in the Garden Rhapsody.

On another note, some Christmas pop songs were played and although the tunes were catchy, I found the lyrics wanting. In particular, "Last Christmas, I gave you my heart but the very next day, you gave it away" seems to suggest that love is frivolous. I pray that my children will experience and demonstrate instead that "Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy and it does not boast". I pray that our family will also live out the love mentioned in 1 Peter 3 and not be swayed mindlessly by new age songs that distort what life is meant to be. We are far from the standard but by the grace of God, we pray He will use our family.

As usual, I thank God for a wonderful family time.

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