Oh yeah… It’s the time of the year where my friends would flood my Facebook feed with cherry blossoms photos from their Japan trips. The time of the year where my I wish I was in Japan rather than Singapore but never am. The time of the year I feel the karma from flooding my friends’ Facebook feeds with too many Hokkaido food photos at other times of the year.
But since last year, I have been able to deceive people that I was in Japan enjoying hanami. Thanks to Gardens by the Bay who decided to import cherry blossoms to Singapore. Some days I feel that everything I love about Japan would eventually be imported to Singapore. Snaffles, Bake cheese tarts, Le Tao, sakura.
Speaking of which, did I tell you that a Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart decided to open at my doorstep in Yishun? It’s crazy. I was looking at the store directory of the heavily-under-renovation Northpoint City and it said ‘Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart – Coming Soon’. It’s just insane! I don’t even need to take a bus or MRT next time to eat my favourite Hokkaido cheese tarts, don’t even mention taking a plane. Oh, the joys that I have been deprived of.
This year, in anticipation of the crowd, they introduced TIMED ENTRY for the event. When purchasing your tickets, you would need to select your preferred time of entry: 9am / 11am / 1pm / 3pm / 5pm / 7pm The timed entry is to stagger the entry of visitors, but once you are inside the dome, they can’t possibly chase you out so you can stay for as long as you want inside. If it gets too crowded inside, visitors waiting to go in may still have to queue outside to enter despite having the correct timed entry ticket. Timed entry tickets do not affect Friends of the Gardens members. You can go anytime. Just that if there’s a queue outside, you would need to join the queue.
Blossom Bliss 2017 started last Friday (3 March 2017). But if you go these few days, it would not be too crowded. For a simple reason: Most of the cherry blossoms have not bloomed yet.
When Mabel and I were there on Monday, majority of the trees were still looking very bare.
So we did an ‘unhappy’ wefie with the botak trees.
But we did find ONE tree that was blooming beautifully. And we did a ‘happy’ wefie under it.
So I say, unless you are a Friends of the Garden like us, or have a curiosity of how cherry blossom buds look like before they bloom, hold your visit for now. You can follow Gardens by the Bay on Facebook, where they will be posting updates on the flowering conditions.
For now, here’s pretty much what the display looked like as of Monday (6 March 2017).
Photo Gallery (6 March 2017)
If I have time, I would pop back down again to see how the flowers are blooming and add on to my photo gallery. Till then, keep track of GBTB’s Facebook page for updates!
Photo Gallery (10 March 2017)
We were back at Gardens by the Bay again at the end of the week for Dye-nosaur Gardens (Children’s Festival) and popped in to the flower dome to take a look. There were significantly more trees in bloom compared to our first visit!
These white cherry blossoms in particular were in full bloom.
As well as these white ones with pinkish tinge.
However some of the trees were still pretty bare.
Check out more photos from our second visit on 10 March 2017 below:
Photo Gallery (20 March 2017)
With announcements of the cherry blossoms reaching full bloom, I made another trip down to check out the blooms at Gardens by the Bay.
In the previous visit, the puffy sakura were not in bloom yet, so I paid particular attention to them this time round.
I also noticed these greenish sakura that were still buds during our last visit. They have bloomed at last!
Sadly, the early bloomers were starting to wilt. The fallen petals were nice in their own way. But because this was an enclosed air-conditioned flower dome, you won’t get to see the dramatic effect of petals falling when wind blows.
With the cherry blossoms in full bloom, I started to appreciate the decorations a bit more. They provided nice backdrops to the pretty flowers!
Check out our gallery for more photos our third visit on 20 March 2017 below:
Information on Blossom Bliss 2017:
Date: 3 March 2017 – 24 March 2017
Time: 9am – 9pm Daily
Venue: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome
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