Go Fly Kite!

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Nested at the heart of Marina Reservoir is my favorite weekend hang out venue. The Marine Barrage creates Singapore’s 15th reservoir, making Marina Reservoir the first water catchment in the city centre. Its quiet corner grands us the magnificent view of the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Flyer while we enjoy our picnic and watch children and adults alike attempting to fly their kites.

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Kite flying is one of my favorite leisure activity and one of the cheapest activities to do on a weekend with friends. Just bring along a kite (which you can get from shops in heartland for less than $5 each), string, ground sheet and a picnic basket and you will be able to enjoy a relaxing weekend.

It was partly cloudy we arrived at Marina Barrage around 5pm on Sunday. We attempted a few times to get our kite up but the lack of breeze was not helping. It’s quite strange as usually there are strong winds and it’s effortless to fly a kite there. In the end, we decided to camp at a corner and watch other people (mainly children) running around and trying to fly their kite.

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While I was busy trying to fly the kite, my friend Kate was secretly getting my birthday cake ready. I knew they were going to celebrate my birthday since this outing was planned weeks but I didn’t expect a cake because I didn’t see them carrying it. One of them must have hidden the surprise inside their large bags!

Ming Li was the creative artist behind the self-design cake from Icing Room. Are you able to see the Garfield that she draw? It’s not the best cartoon but brownie points for the effort.

I met Kate and Ming Li many year ago while we were all volunteering for Cat Welfare Society. Our common love for cats has been a pillar of our friendship all these years. Hence the reason why Ming Li drew Garfield on my birthday cake.

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A birthday is not complete without getting sabotage from your friends. Just when I was not looking, Ming Li ambushed me with the reminding cream. I resigned to fate and surrendered my forehead for her to express her creativity once again. OMG, indeed!

Actually these two playful friends of mine are still single so if you are an eligible bachelor looking to start a family with someone, do drop me a note and I will link you up with them. 🙂

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[Ming Li doing a pose at the roof top of Marina Barrage.]

If you find the two of them familiar, you may have seen them in my post about our $78 getaway to Batam last year. If not, read about our budget adventure in Batam here.

How to get to Marina Barrage?

Take the Circle Line or North-South Line to Marina Bay MRT Station. Come out from Exit A, look out for the bus-stop on your left and take Bus 400. Marina Barrage is just a few bus stop away. Our friendly bus driver made an announcement to remind us to get off the bus.

Link: http://www.pub.gov.sg/Marina/Pages/Getting-There.aspx

FairPrice walks with U

NTUC FairPrice promotes healthy lifestyle and family bonding through inaugural walking event that pledges to donate $100 vouchers to needy families for every participant who signs up.

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On Friday, I was invited by the team at NTUC FairPrice for a breakfast session before proceeding to FairPriceXtra @ Ang Mo Kio Hub to witness the launch of FairPrice Walks with U (to be held on 29 June 2013 at Marine Barrage). FairPrice is expecting 5,000 participants to join them on the scenic 4km route from Marina Barrage to Gardens by the Bay (East), next to MArina Bay Golf Course, against a backdrop of iconic landmarks like the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and the famous Cloud Forest and Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.

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For every registered participant, NTUC FairPrice will be donating $100 towards FairPrice Food Voucher Scheme, which provides vouchers for families who have qualified for assistance schemes to purchase daily essentials through grassroots organisations (GROs) of all 87 constituencies in Singapore.

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Mr Lum Hon Fye, General Manager for NTUC FairPrice Foundation, said, “In support of NTUC FairPrice’s inaugural walking event, we are happy to donate FairPrice vouchers through the Food Vouchers Scheme again this year. We hope that the participants will join us in doing good for the community while enjoying a fun and healthy morning walk with their families. Together, we can create a much bigger impact in making a difference for Singapore.”

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To sign up for NTUC Walks with U, please visit: whatsupatfairprice.com.sg/walk

Early Bird registration starts from $12 per participants, special discount for NTUC members or when you sign up in group of 4. Hurry and do your part for charity, sign up today!