Quick post. Because, and it’s happening way too often of late, the following pics have been sitting on my comp for over a week. (Sigh)
Chrysanthemum Charm is the latest, “autumn” floral show at Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome. To be honest, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it because, erm, Chrysanthemums? Gek Huay? Very common in Singapore, right? One of the blooms you can’t avoid seeing at our markets and florists.
Well, the autumn bloom of Chinese culture being common in Singapore doesn’t mean it’s not gorgeous to look at, especially when there are so many varieties on show. Like many of the flower domes exhibitions over the last two years, Gardens also took the effort to infuse everything with exotic, cultural colours, the country in focus this time being Mongolia.
It’s interesting, you know. Upon entering the exhibition, I realised just how little I know about Mongolia despite always reading about (medieval) Mongolian culture in Wuxia books. I mean, I know about Genghis Khan, of course. About yurts and Airag too. But beyond that, I have absolutely no knowledge. I didn’t even know yurts are called gers in Mongolia—a fact something that I learned at Chrysanthemum Charm.
It’s great for Gardens by the Bay to regularly host such beautiful and informative floral shows.
Taken with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Just to highlight, the following pictures were all taken with the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5. The same goes for the video right at the end.
These pictures are also meant to support my upcoming Fold5 content creation review. So other than resizing and adding watermarks, all are unenhanced.
Let me just say, the Fold5 camera quality has me cheering. Samsung’s latest flagship folding phone is stylish and pricey but it is also way more than just a fashion accessory. Not an exaggeration for me to say, the Fold5 is definitely a 2023 winner as far as smartphone camera capabilities are concerned.
Chrysanthemum Charm 2023 – Inspired by the Steppes of Mongolia
Yeo’s Drinkable Garden
Going by official literature, I don’t think this is part of Chrysanthemum Charm 2023.Seems to me it’s a partnering exhibition of sorts.
Good timing and concept, though. I mean, how many Singaporeans wouldn’t know about Yeo’s Chrysanthemum tea? (A staple during community events too …) Frankly, if you ask me about Yeo’s beverages, their gek huay tea is the first one I’d name.
Orchid Extravaganza 2023 ends on Nov 13, 2023. Admission fees to the Flower Dome apply. The dome is open from 9 am to 9 pm, with last entry at 8.30.