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Spending Christmas the Singaporean Way


The colors of Christmas are finally coming together as the end of the year feels like the end of a painting. With the last stroke filling in the last touches, the painting of your year 2017 is almost finished. Throughout the colors of Singapore, you’ll find the evolution from an urban paradise, into a festive one. Colors come out from every corner of Singapore from Shangri La all the way to Clarke Quay. Even Chinatown is adding in green to their theme of red all throughout. Everyone is starting to celebrate Christmas!

The hard part for some of us is that when Christmas comes, we are still expected to work. The pay may be bigger, but maybe you had a different picture in mind on how to spend your Christmas. Well, one of the first things you need to think about is not where to spend your Christmas but rather with who. Making plans to spend your Christmas with your family and your friends should definitely be your first priority in comparison to what to do.

There are many beautiful places during Christmas like Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza’s Christmas City taking you to a whole new Singapore in general as it transforms into this Christmas themed plaza. But wait, let’s not get carried away, there are so many more things to Christmas than the place. Another big thing that makes up Christmas is gifts. The pressure usually takes place some time around November when we realize that December is definitely fast approaching and we haven’t even picked decided who to give gifts to and not just what to give them. There are so many things expected of us during Christmas and giving the best gifts ever is definitely one of them. Another thing that may add to the pressure is when you are incharge of Dinner or maybe even cooking. What are you to do? Sit back, relax, and remember, Christmas is a time to smile.

Christmas isn’t a time to break your back over the pressures and expectations this holiday puts on your shoulders. Christmas is a time to look back and be thankful for all that has happened this year. Christmas is a time to motivate yourself once again for the upcoming year. But most important of all, Christmas is a time to smile. A smile can be so powerful that it can actually dictate your mood! On Christmas, everybody deserves to smile. After all, what’s there to frown about? Throw a smile into the world, you’ll see what the world has to give in return, on Christmas day.

Things That We Need to Know about Hungry Ghost Festival  



This is the time of year when the underworld gates are breached by souls allowing them to wander in the human world. Taoists and Buddhists call this Hungry Ghost Festival. The festival is is observed by Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.


The Taoists call this festival Zhong Yuan Zie while the Buddhists call this Yu Lan Pen. The festival is observed during the 7th month of the Chinese calendar (August 28, 2015 to be exact). They believe that spirits, ghosts and ancestors come up to visit.

  • Significance: The significance depends on the tradition. If we are looking at it from a Buddhist’s perspective, the festival speaks of filial piety. Taoists on the other hand see the festival as a form of appeasing the souls.


  • Customs: The common sights during the festival include food, burning of joss sticks, paper effigies and paper money from Singapore to Taiwan. Here in Singapore, the festival features dinners and auctions. The highlight is the getai shows which constitute Chinese musical performances. The auctions also offer different lucky items like the wujin (charcoal enveloped in gold paper).
  • Taboos during the festival: There are many things that we should not do during the Ghost Month. If we are superstitious, it cannot harm us to avoid some activities that can attract attention from the souls. We should not step or kick the food offerings. It does not end there, we should also avoid leaning on walls and avoid singing as ghosts will enjoy it.

Even if we do not observe Hungry Ghost Festival, the sounds and sights are captivating enough.

Christmas by the Bay


When the months hit “ber”, that means Christmas is coming. Here in Singapore, as early as September, Christmas preparations are underway. This goes to show that Singaporeans love the holiday season. Who would not love Christmas? The sparks and colours are treasured by children. The festivities and gatherings are prized by adults. Christmas is indeed a celebration for all.


For this Christmas, what are your plans as a family? You may decide to stay at home and cook good meals. You can also decide to visit your relatives outside of Singapore and spend the Christmas there. Families have their own Christmas tradition but it would be great to spend it now at the Gardens by the Bay. Gardens divulged their plans for Christmas.

Sounds interesting, right? If you hear activities or showcases sponsored by Gardens by the Bay, you should expect no less than perfection. Gardens by the Bay will introduce Christmas Wonderland. Here are some things that you need to know about it:

  • Budget: The management hopes that Christmas Wonderland will become an annual event. For the event to happen, the management allocated about a million dollars. The event will cover the main entrance of the Gardens. It will also cover the Supertree Grove and the Flower Dome. In total, it will cover about 18,000 square meter of the Gardens.
  •  Highlights: Christmas Wonderland will be open to public on November 29, 2014 to January 1, 2015. You will be glad to know that what you will see will be the first in South East Asia. There’s the Luminarie light sculptures from the south of Italy. These light sculptures are Baroque inspired. There will be thirty installations of pieces spread all over the Gardens. Watch out for the Spalliera, the largest of all light structures which will be nestled in the Supertree Grove. You should also watch out for the Spiegeltent. This is a tent that will offer dining experience; it will feature a thousand pieces of stained glass, mirrors, wood and canvas.


  • Festive Market: Like the Winter Wonderland Christmas Market in London, Singapore will also feature Festive Market. Festive Market will consist of twenty five wooden huts for visitors who are looking to get Christmas goodies and delectable foods.
  • Choir programme: Christmas will not be Christmas without carollers. There’s the 12 Days of Choir programme that will croon visitors around the area.

This will be enough. For sure your Christmas will never be the same. The good thing is that the admission is free. You can invite your relatives abroad so they too can witness its grandeur.


To Space and Beyond


The world is a beautiful place to travel but do you ever wonder how it is to travel outside it? Commercial space travel is not possible in the past but it is now. You can actually travel to space if you really want it. You do not need to be a part of an elite group with death defying training just to get there on top.


If you are looking for an out-of-this-world experience, space travelling is available but it is not for everyone. There are conditions that you must meet. If you are a Singaporean who can spare US$100,000 you will do. However, it does not end there. You also need to be healthy and mentally prepared. If you meet the conditions, then you can move on to the next phase – book it.

For more information about space travel, please refer below.

  • Who is in charge? There is a group that believe commercial space travel is possible in this time. In fact, the group is close to making space travel a reality. XCOR Space Expeditions is a commercial space travel company that is based in United States. They are now polishing their XCOR Lynx Mark II which is expected to bring individuals out to space by the end of 2015.


  • What lies ahead? The spacecraft is about 8.5 meters long, 7.3 meters wide and 2.2 meters tall. Only two seats are available. One for the pilot and the other for the space traveller. You will not be lonely because you can help the pilot with the controls. The take-off will be in Curacao, a Caribbean island. The best part is upon returning, you can ask the pilot to steer the aircraft towards your favourite spot be it the Great Wall or the Grand Canyon.
  • How long is the travel? The round-trip flight is only under an hour. In three minutes, you will see yourself in space. After reaching the space, the craft will only hover for over six minutes. This will give you opportunity to experience weightlessness plus you can view earth on top. The next thing that you do not want is to go home but you must. You will travel back home for about 40 minutes.
  • Where can you go to avail such? For Singaporeans who want to avail this, they should contact Crystal Time which is Singapore’s official distributor.

What are you waiting for? If you have lots of money to spare, do not deprive yourself of this amazing opportunity. You will see how the earth looks like in space. You can even claim that you are an astronaut because you actually travelled in outer space.


How to Get a Great Singapore Cruise Ship Experience


Preparation is very important not just in traveling but also in all things. If you want to achieve a good outcome, you need to set all up and get ready. Talking about cruise passengers, they do not prepare for a trip or perhaps they don’t want to be equipped for the journey.


When you are planning for your cruise trip, you must know first the things you may need. Here are other tips:

Doing Your Research

This is the first rule you really need to follow in every ocean trip – Research. Research is the key to avoid disappointments and frustrations. When you are planning to have a cruise trip, know more about the location and the destination of your trip.

Choosing the Right Cruise Ship

Visit at least three best cruises ticketing office or website of your choice. After that, seek help from your family, friends and relatives. They are only few of the most trusted individuals who can give you honest opinions. Usually, they base it on their experience.


Special Requests Notification

Almost all cruise lines have special equipment for persons with disability. These are wheelchairs, canes, hearing aid, oxygen and more. However, you need to request for the equipment immediately after booking tickets so that the cruise line can prepare it for you. Also, you need to inform if you are pregnant, with illness such as diabetes, allergies and other physical disorders so that they can put you in a room which is more convenient when you want to tour around the ship.

What to Leave Behind

You should leave all information you have such as contact numbers, address, the cruise ship number, color, time of trip and all important info. This can be very helpful especially when disaster happen.

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