Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay

I miss London. I especially miss our Southwark neighbourhood where the Thames, the Tate Modern, Southbank and a couple of parks are a short walk away. I miss walking. You could walk in Singapore but goodness – the heat! As much as I love everything British, I will be forever Asian when it comes to sun exposure (NO sun and NO exposure).

So I was amazed when I first went to the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay because it had air-conditioning! It was a mix of the things I love – plants and cool weather. It may not be a quick walk to the flower dome but it is one of my favourite spots to take my daughter for a few hours. We’re now ‘friends of the gardens‘ so we pop by once or twice a week.

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The war of the roses floral display is on until 6 April 2014.

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Aside from the temporary exhibit, the flower dome is divided into several gardens where you can see different plants from around the world.

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Daisies are the happiest flower (You’ve Got Mail)

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Coco Chanel’s favourite flower

The best part? It’s a child friendly place where there’s a good changing area and a nursing room which allows us to stay longer when my daughter has the occasional meltdown πŸ™‚

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Cheap & Cheerful – DIY Baby Spa

I first encountered the term baby spa when I saw the agenda our relocation consultant gave us for our Singapore induction. I was a bit curious since this was not something that is widely known in the UK.Β BabySPAΒ is the most common brand a session includes a swimming session, a massage and a haircut. The whole experience is supposed to stimulate the physical and mental development of the baby.

Here’s my version of it – you will need:

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A place to swim – babySPA has lukewarm water but my daughter likes hot water

floatation device

A floatation device which goes around the baby’s neck

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Toys – although I seem to enjoy this more than my daughter

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and last but not least… a baby!

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This also doubles as bath time!

A trial session at the babySPA is $45++ which includes swimming and a massage. My version is $17 which includes the flotation device ($12) and toys ($5). I use Mustela massage oil but olive oil works great as well.