Friday 5 June 2015

Frugal Friday #3 - Reflections at Bukit Chandu

It was another week of Museum hunt! We visited Reflections at Bukit Chandu, a Singapore heritage for heroism. A place where visitors can know in depth of World War II, how close and real it was in the history of Singapore. It housed in a restored black and white colonial bungalow close to the former battle site – the Battle of Pasir Panjang, where 1,400 brave soldiers heroically defended the last stand against a 13,000-strong Japanese army.

The exhibits, through artefacts and multi-media, invite visitors to contemplate about our nation’s war experience and to discover how far Singapore has come as a nation.

Beautiful colonial bungalow
A lady 'caretaker' of the museum gave Js some fish food to feed kois in their outdoor pond.

Feeding the kois

The museum is relatively small with two levels. It took us only 45 minutes to complete viewing. Js sat through a short video on the war history and journeyed through the exhibits. It wasn't exactly exciting or interactive, but it's very rich in history. Js swarmed us with many questions. Get war information prepared if you are visiting with your little ones.

We were questioned on why war happened, why were the Japanese so mean? I had only told them, "It's the past, it's over and it's all forgiven." 

Japanese bayonets
Mirror reflection of exhibit

I would say it's a place older kids should visit for that knowledge on Singapore's war history. Little preschoolers might find it a little too boring for the lack of interactive moments.

31-K Pepys Road S(118458)  
Opening hours
Tuesdays to Sundays: 9am to 5:30pm Closed on Mondays, except public holidays
Free for Singaporeas and PR (Bring IC for verification)

And because it's the June holidays, there are many more exciting activities for your weekend filler! Here are some to look forward this weekend:

1. 28th SEA games carnival
Dates: Daily from 31 May - June 16
*Time: 10am - 9pm daily
Venue: Singapore Sports Hub
*Differed timings:
Friday, June 5: 10am to 5pm.
Sunday, June 7 : 9am to 9pm
Tuesday, June 16: 9am to 5pm
Have a go at giant inflatables in the junior zone, creative sports try-outs, Laser Tag and walk-on-water for the more adventurous. Coupled with light shows and artist performances, the carnival is the perfect option to complete your 28th SEA Games experience.

2. Singapore Lyric Opera Presents: Opera in the Park
Date: 06 June
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage 
Opera in the Park is an outreach programme which aims to expand the opera experience to a wider audience. Bring in your picnic mat to face the music! 

Date: 06 and 07 June
Time: 9am to 5pm
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Botany Centre 
Grab great bargains at the Gardening and Food Bazaar or pick up tips on growing and displaying plants at our talks and workshops. With storytelling sessions, art & craft activities and garden tours catering to children, there’s something for everyone. Click on above link for programme highlights.

Date: 06 and 07 June 
Time: 11am to 7pm
Venue: Downtown East
A Nickelodeon weekend of slimey sports and games for the whole family. Bring extra set of clothes to be part of the slimey fun!

Date: 06 June 
Time: 1pm to 5pm 
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Be captivated by fascinating performances, journey across Asia with incredible storytellers, or make your own masterpiece. Click on above link for programme highlights.

Date: 30th May to 14 June (Every Sat and Sun)
Time: 11am to 9pm (Kids activities till 6pm)
Venue: Marina Bay
Singapore's biggest water festival takes place at Marina Bay. Includes performance, flea markets and a tent with activities for children and families too. Event schedule here

Date: 06 and 07 June
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 4A
Revive the most popular games played across Singapore in the past 50 years. Don’t miss out on the kids activities while you enjoy the nostalgic food treats of yesteryear. 

Date: 05 to 07 June
Time: 11am to 9pm
Venue: Suntec Singapore, Hall 403 to 405
A mega exhibition on children's education and enrichment needs. Register for trial classes, be there for stage performances, meet Pocoyo and the Minions! Or join in the fun exciting activities at the carnival activities zone. 

Date: 06 to 21 June (Except Mondays)
Time: 1pm and 7pm (Tues to Fri), 1pm, 4pm and 7pm (Sat and Sun)
Venue: City Square Mall
Barney, BJ and Baby Bop are back this June school holidays with a super fun retro show featuring your favourite hits with a new twist! 

Date: 01 to 14 June 
Time: 2pm and 7pm (Mon to Fri), 1pm, 4pm and 7pm (Sat and Sun)
Venue: Vivocity
Dive into the underwater world of SpongeBob SquarePants, best starfish buddy Patrick, Krusty Krab's nemesis Plankton and Patchy the Pirate.

Yeap, FREE admission to all. That's what Frugal Friday is all about. Have a fun filled weekend ahead! 

This is part 3 of the Frugal Friday series:
Frugal Friday #1 - SAM
Frugal Friday #2 - SPM

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