Haw Par Villa
We visited the Haw Par Villa theme park in the Pasir Panjang District (MRT Circle Line) for the second time today.
The park in the middle of massive renovation works and so many of the areas were ‘out of bounds’ and it was very noisy. .
However, I would definitely recommend this place once the works are completed as it is going to be really beautiful.
This theme park is named after the ‘Aw Brothers’ who invented the Tiger Balm ointment and, as expected, the gardens contain many tiger statues
Haw Par is best known for its gruesome depiction of the ‘Ten Gates of Hell’ but, with over 1.000 statues and tableaux it is a magical journey into Chinese Mythology. To really appreciate it fully I would recommend acquiring a basic knowledge of some of the stories.
Children will love the animal statues and the numerous turtles and terrapins and will enjoy clambering up the steps and exploring the many tunnels that meander through the tableuxs.
I definitely would NOT recommend taking them to see the ten gates of hell!
Below is a very short video I took today of the restricted area.
After our previous visit a couple of years ago I made a pre-visit video for children. To view please use this link:
Happy Bank Holiday Weekend UK!
Four steps to enjoying a perfect family Bank Holiday afternoon!
1. Buy some bananas and milk and make some ice.
2. Watch the video together
3. Make the drink together.
4. Put the video on again and enjoy your drink in peace while the kiddies are enjoying Lizzie Witch … again and again!
Here’s the link:
What’s Georgie doing?
She is updating her Travel Journal !
Georgie likes to keep a journal of the places she has visited. Its fun to do and great to share with friends.
Every time Georgie goes away on holiday she starts a new journal. Her journal is like a diary. It is a record of where she has been, what she has seen, meals, weather, friends ……. just about anything and everything !
Sometimes Georgie writes in the journal but many of the pages are filled with pictures and things stuck in.
During the day Georgie will collect ‘memories’ and then later stick them into her journal. A memory might be an empty sugar packet from a bar they stopped at for a drink. Or a receipt from a train ride or restaurant or entrance to a zoo or pleasure park. Maybe an advertisement from a festival or the business card from a hotel. A sweet wrapper, a postcard, a shell from the beach.
Georgie is never bored! On a journey or sightseeing trip she is always looking for something to write about or a ‘memory’ to stick into in her journal. She takes photographs too so she can add these when she gets back home.
Her journal is very useful if they go to the same place another time because it contains useful information like how long it took to get there and the restaurants they liked or didn’t like and the festivals and weather and the contact details of friends they made.
At the moment Georgie is at home but it’s the summer holidays and so she is keeping a journal of what she has done each day. Yesterday was the last day of her village festa so this morning she is sticking in the little poster to remind her and jotting down what she ate and the people she saw and the funny things that happened.
Be COOL! Stay Sun Safe with the Jumbles
Holidays are here and its fun having lots of free time and being out of doors.
But look at these photographs .
It’s a lovely sunny day but everywhere is very quiet. There’s no one in the garden. The playground is deserted. The beach empty .
Well, that’s because this is Italy where the summers are very hot and the people who live here know that it’s not sensible or cool to be out in the afternoon sun. But the UK can also be hot too.
The sunshine is great and very important because without the sun we wouldn’t be here . In fact there wouldn’t be any life on Earth. It gives us light and keeps us warm. It helps plants grow. It helps our bodies make Vitamin D which is needed to absorb calcium which keeps our bones and teeth strong.
But too much sunshine and being out in very strong sunshine is not good. In fact it’s really silly !
Sunlight contains invisible UV or ultraviolet rays. Too much of these and you get SUNBURN which hurts!!
It also makes you go red and then your skin blisters and peels.
It’s not a very COOL look is it? All red and blotchy like a lobster!!
AND it is likely to make you go all wrinkly as you get older or, even worse, lead to skin cancer.
Just because we can’t see the sun doesn’t mean that it’s not there! We can still burn on a cloudy day!
So, how can we stop stay looking and feeling good and still enjoy the summer sun?
How can we protect ourselves from those damaging UV rays?
Well, it’s important to use a sunscreen which has a SPF rating of 30 or higher and apply EVERY day before going out in the sun. You will need to reapply it every couple of hours or even more often is you are sweating a lot or when you are in the water.
If you have very pale or fair akin or blonde hair then you will burn more quickly so protection is even more important.
Don’t stay in the sun for too long either. Even half an hour even with protection in the afternoon can be too much if you are fair or you are out in strong sunlight for the first time.
Wear a hat to protect your head and to shade your face and eyes.
We lose lots of water by swearing in hot weather. If you don’t drink more water then you will become dehydrated and could be very ill.
Always carry a bottle of plain water especially if you are going for a walk.
Don’t forget your eyes need protection from the sun’s rays too so always take your shades and WEAR them! They won’t do much good stuck on top of your head !
But! Before you buy a pair check that the label says that they will protect your eyes from UV rays.
Lastly keep out of the midday and afternoon sun. This doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Just make sure you are in a place where there’s lots of shade. If you want to go on the beach then go in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t as strong BUT! You still need protection!
STAY SAFE IN THE SUN!
Jumble Fun visits the Chinese Gardens
The Jumbles really like the Chinese and Japanese Gardens in Singapore. Beautifully designed and maintained with luscious green foliage they present a green oasis in the middle of towering apartment and office blocks. They offer wonderful opportunities for photographers and artists but are also great for families.
The paths are wide making it easy work with a pram and there are lots of open spaces to play and picnic.
Unfortunately the cafe has been closed for a long time now which is a real shame but snacks like crisps and ice creams and chilled cans and bottled drinks can be purchased at the main entrance and from the Turtle Museum. There are adequate toilet facilities and plenty of seats to rest on. The gardens I believe are currently being developed into the Jurong Lake Gardens so I expect a cafe and restaurant will be included in this plan.
The pagodas offer great views and are fun to climb and if you are a turtle and terrapin fan then you will enjoy the Turtle Museum and garden. The Turtle garden and Museum are self funded and there is a small entrance fee ($3 for seniors and children under six and €5 for everyone else). This goes towards the maintenance and support of the rescued turtles in the museum.
The ‘Bridge of Double Beauty’ connects the Chinese Gardens to the Japanese Gardens but, as the entrance is free to both there is no pressure to ‘see’ everything on the same day and today we were happy to enjoy just the Chinese Gardens.
The last time we visited it was the Chinese New Year when the gardens were beautifully decorated with lanterns. There is also a Mid-Autumn Festival (September/October) when the gardens resemble a fairyland and there are evening cultural performances.
This short video is a snapshot of our trip today but, for a more detailed one designed as a pre-visit ‘taster’ for children, see the link at the end of this post. Today’s Visit. (20.2.17)
Georgie visits the Chinese Gardens and Turtle Museum. (2016)
I hope you enjoy the video:
It’s nearly time for the Chinese New Year Celebrations
On the 8th of February it is the beginning of the biggest festival in the Chinese Calendar. Chinese New Year when a fifth of the world’s population will celebrate with food and firecrackers and parades and music and, of course the very special lion and dragon dances.
China Town is always s feast of colour, music, light, food and delicious smells but as it nears to Chinese New Year well, it nearly explodes!
Take a look at the video below and come back at the weekend to see the spectacular decorations.
Happy New Year
A post for very little ones.
Georgie Jumble sees in the New Yeas in Singapore and then visits Lizzie Witch at Jumble House in Italy. Lizxie is very agitated because there is a lot of noise!
Georgie visits Passignano.
Passignano with Georgie Jumble
Yesterday Georgie spent the morning in Passignano, a town on the shores of Lake Trasimeno.
A couple of years ago it was voted ‘The best place to live in Italy’ because it has everything you need for a convenient easy life in a beautiful location. Great transport links, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, a beach, wonderful walks, ferries to Isola Maggiore, etc etc. Yet it is a quiet, ‘real living’ town. Uncommercialised and unspoilt by tourism.
It is the nearest town to Castel Rigone. A short (ten minutes), but breathtakingly beautiful drive down the hillside.
Yesterday Georgie spent the morning there and then returned to watch the sunset.
Take a look at the video above to see what she did.
Georgie visits Assisi
Georgie really wanted to visit Assisi.
It's very near to Castel Rigone and her cousins were always visiting and sending her lots of photos. They said it was one of the most beautiful and magical places in Umbria.
Georgie enjoyed the drive to Assisi very much. The roads were very quiet and weaved in and out between fields and olive groves. At first the town was just a speck of white on the hillside and then, as they drew nearer Georgie couid see the pale pinky white stone houses and the magnificent Basilica of St. Francis.
It was beautiful! Magical!
They stopped first at the base of the hill to visit he magnificent church of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
Georgie had never seen such a huge church!
She had to walk right to the back of the car park to take a photograph and nearly fell over looking up. It was so high !
The church was beautiful. Georgie really liked the rose garden and the tiny church inside the main church which looked like a dolls house but her favourite was the statue of Saint Francis holding a dove. She got quite a fright when the dove blinked at her. It was real!
On leaving Santa Maria degli Angeli they drove up the hill to the main town of Assisi and walked past the Church of Santa Chiara.
'I'm sure I've seen this somewhere before, ' said Georgie.
'Yes, you have,' said her cousins. 'It's painted on one of the walls of our house!
….. and so it was!
It's not very often you meet an angel but Georgie met one in Assisi! .
Next they visited the Basilica of Saint Francis which is actually two churches one on top of the other. Both are magnificent but the huge vaulted ceilings of the lower church left Georgie speechless. Every centimetre was covered with paintings.
Their day in Assisi concluded with a walk to the largest of the towns two fortresses, the Rocca Maggiore.
The views from the top were amazing and Georgie had a great time in the gardens.
It was getting too late to go into the museum and walk along the walls of the Rocca but Georgie really hoped they could return and do this on another day. It looked like fun.
The day had been wonderful but one day in Assisi is just not enough! There are so many more things to. So many more places to visit.
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