Lunchbox Oriental Fusion concert
Date: 31 Jan, 2006
Place: The Esplanade, Concert Hall
Enjoy the sounds of the SAF MDC Fusion Ensemble at this free 30min lunchbox concert organised by the Esplanade. The nine-piece group is known for their unique fusion of chinese instruments such as erhu and dizi, with western instrusments such as electric guitar and violin.
At Home with Nature
Remember the survey that found that most kids these days don't know what a chicken look like? You know, with four legs, a cow's tail, or better still, like a walking DRUMSTICK?? Here are some great places to make sure your kid knows better.
Wild Singapore Put together by the one-woman force Ria Tan, this page from her extensive Wild Singapore website showcases some of Singapore's loveliest nature corners. With beautiful photographs and lots of information on the fauna as well as nature-related events.
Animal Farm Get up close and personal with animals usually seen only in books and television. Animal Farm adopts injured, abandoned animals who would otherwise end up you know where... Support their good work and give your child a memorable fun-filled morning too!
Farm Mart Similar to Animal Farm, Farm Mart has an assortment of little pets and animals that are traditional hits with children. They also have a little man-made stream filled with "longkang fish" for fishing! Pay a small amount and your child gets to relive this favourite past-time of bygone years. Finders, keepers!
Hay's Dairy Farm Take a look at how goats are milked, or simply cosy up to some mountain goats at the Animal Barn. Visitors can also buy bottles of goat's milk, reputed to be more compatible with human physiology than cow's milk.
Enough of Botanical Gardens? Here are some good alternatives...
1. Labrador Park - Except for the occasional corporate "family days" organised here, this is a lovely quiet park overlooking the sea. A smooth concrete path safely fenced along the water-front makes it a perfect place for the toddler learning to walk, or the novice cyclist and skateboardist.
2. Kent Ridge Park - Step into this serene hill-top park and you can almost forget you're in Singapore. Crickets chirp loudly amid the lush tall trees. Follow the boardwalk and you are bound to see some colorful feathered friends.
3. Bukit Batok Nature Reserve - A friendlier place than the nearby Bukit Timah Hill, in our opinions at least, BBNR boasts of a children playground, adult fitness corner, a man-made koi lake, challenging trails, wild creatures and a WWII memorial all in one place! Watch out for the hosts of wild monkeys and the occasional big fat monitor lizard!
4. Ang Mo Kio Park - Want to catch some songbirds in action? See some line-dancers or taichi practitioners strutting their stuff? This is the place to go! If all that activity tire you out, just cross over the road to the many hawker centers and food stalls for some great food at a fraction of the prices in Orchard area.