The Flying Saucer At Sunset

Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis) are stationary lens-shaped clouds with a smooth layered appearance that form in the troposphere, usually above mountain ranges. One was spotted in Singapore recently...

Eyes Of 30,000 Honeycombs

With 30,000 individual facets, dragonflies have the most number of facets among insects. Each facet, or ommatidia, creates its own image, and the dragonfly brain has eight pairs of descending visual neurons to compile those thousands of images into one picture...

A Kaleidoscope Of Colours, Shapes And Patterns

Spectacular and innovative in design, the Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions like South Africa, California and parts of Spain and Italy. Home to a collection of plants from deserts all over the world, it showcases the adaptations of plants to arid environments...

Lightning Strikes, Not Once, But Many Times

Unlike light, lightning does not travel in a straight line. Instead, it has many branches. These other branches flashed at the same time as the main strike. The branches are actually the step leaders that were connected to the leader that made it to its target...

Are You My Dinner Tonight?

A T-Rex has 24-26 teeth on its upper jaw and 24 more on its lower jaw. Juveniles have small, sharp blade-shaped teeth to cut flesh, whereas adults have huge, blunt, rounded teeth for crushing bones. Is the T-Rex a bone-crushing scavenger?

Sarawak - More To Discover

Recently Merlion Wayfarer attended a uniquely Sarawakian evening, which saw the Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, the Honourable Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah launch the Visit Sarawak logo which preceded its tourism campaign. 

The "Visit Sarawak" Logo

The overall style of the logo is simple, friendly and approachable while keeping its impactful nature. The brush strokes of the logo font portrays a fun and friendliness, representing the unparalleled hospitality found in Sarawak. The different and vibrant colours represent the diversity and multitude of elements that make Sarawak unique.

  • Red and yellow indicate the colours in the Sarawak flag, hence their use in the letters “S” and “R”.
  • Orange represents the strong spirit and vibrant energy of the different ethnic communities within Sarawak.
  • Green represents the luscious rainforests teeming with life.
  • Blue reflects the calmness of the ocean along Sarawak’s long coastline.
  • The stylised “S” in the logo features a curling pattern, imitating a traditional design that is often used in the artwork of the Dayak and Orang Ulu people.
  • The ‘hornbill head’ in the centre replacing the ‘A’ alphabet represents the “Bumi Kenyalang” that the State has been labelled for many years as well as the cultural significance the hornbill has to the indigenous people of Sarawak. It also adds another natural element to the logo, as one of Sarawak’s main attractions is its nature.

"More To Discover"

The “More to Discover” phrase ensures that a person needs to set foot in Sarawak personally to truly discover all the attractions Sarawak holds. It also promises that once a person has been to Sarawak, there is always more for them to experience and discover, as there is far more within the State than can be experienced by a traveller within one trip.

Discover Culture

As the largest state in Malaysia, Sarawak is home to 27 ethnic groups, speaking 45 languages and dialects, and each with their own stories, colorful cultures, traditions, and beliefs that makes Sarawak a cultural extravaganza just waiting to be explored.

What's a launch event without a bit of excitement?
Here, a tribal performer holds up a wand of balloons while invited members of the audience attempt a tryout with a blowpipe...

Discover Adventures

On land, visitors have a plethora of adventures to choose from – from jungle trekking, adventure caving, to mountain climbing, rock climbing and jungle expeditions. In water, visitors can choose from river activities, diving, water sports, fishing, jet skiing and yachting.

Urban explorers can visit Kuching, which has one of the most interesting architecture mix in Malaysia, with colonial buildings amongst modern architecture.

Discover Nature

Sarawak has a 56 totally protected areas, 37 gazetted national parks, five wildlife sanctuaries and 14 nature reserves, with rainforests the size of Austria. Its rainforests house the world’s richest and most diverse ecosystem - Home to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia (that can grow to the size of a coffee table), squirrels and snakes that fly, deer the size of cats, plants that eat insects (and small animals), the orang utan, the proboscis monkey, the hornbill, the Rajah Brooke butterfly and the silverleaf monkey...

The launch of the campaign showed the floral and fauna of Sarawak as a backdrop,
fronted by the graceful movements of a dancer...

For more information on Sarawak Tourism, visit

Gardens by the Bay’s Sunflower Surprise

Say "Hello, sunshine" to Gardens by the Bay’s first-ever "Sunflower Surprise" floral display which brings together the largest variety of sunflowers in Singapore! More than 50 varieties will be on display, from the fluffy ‘Teddy Bear’ to the enormous ‘Russian Mammoth’ with blooms as large as a human face!

In all, over 16,000 sunflowers of various shapes, shades and sizes are being grown for the display, of which more than half are of unusual varieties grown from seeds specially sourced from the United States.

The sunflower display is further enlivened by characters and scenes inspired by the classic tale "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Amidst a field of vibrant blooms, visitors can try to spot Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion as they make their way to the magical Land of Oz.

Journey along the Yellow Brick Road. What will you find?

There's Scarecrow!

Lion's a bit harder to spot and he hides well among the sunflowers...

And hey, Tin Man is sitting there waiting for you...

You'll find be led along a magical world and find the Wizard of Oz...

"Sunflower Surprise" runs till 21 October in Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.
  • Date: 31 August (Friday) - 21 October (Sunday)
  • Time: 9am – 9pm
  • Location: Flower Dome
  • Details: Admission charge to the Flower Dome applies. For more information on the floral display and related programmes, visit

ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove - Man-Made Coral Garden In A Marina

ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove and the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) at the National University of Singapore have entered a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a man-made Coral Garden for the purpose of advancing reef restoration research and enhancing marine biodiversity in Singapore waters. The first such collaboration between TMSI and a commercial entity, the partnership seeks to boost the rehabilitation of coral reefs in Singapore and improve the local marine ecosystem that is critical for providing habitat and shelter for many marine organisms.

"We are excited to work with TMSI on this project because corals being natural shelters and food for marine creatures are highly critical for creating marine biodiversity. This research work will contribute towards restoring the 60% of coral reefs believed to have been lost in Singapore waters from land reclamation over the years."
--- Teo Joo Leng, General Manager of ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove ---

ONE°15 Marina has apportioned a stretch of 150 meters of sea bed within its marina for coral cultivation and this area currently encompasses specially-designed nurseries to grow young corals and rock boulders with clusters of  matured corals. The coral zone will be maintained by researchers and volunteers from TMSI under the supervision of Professor Chou Loke Ming, a veteran in coral ecology.

Multiple nurseries are created along the platform and seeded with native corals transplanted from other areas of the Marina...

"The Coral Garden is envisioned to be a haven for marine biodiversity in a man-made environment and in the long run, it will evolve into an education and research site for students and the public to dive, snorkel and learn about the marine world in a safe and controlled environment."
--- Professor Chou Loke Ming, TMSI Adjunct Research Professor ---

ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, a certified Fish-friendly and Clean Marina, is a strong advocate of marine life and ocean conservation that has championed several environmental projects and activities including Project Perna (mussels cultivation), Earth Hour, and its bi-annual marina clean-up. The Coral Garden is its latest eco-initiative, which is sponsored by International SeaKeepers Society Asia, Audi Singapore and SC Global Developments.

"Our vision for the coral garden is to educate the next generation on marine life and the importance of conserving it. In supporting this project, ONE°15 Marina is affirming its goal to be a leader and role model in the marina industry where we can create and share best practices with other marinas to create a more holistic marine ecosystem in Asia."
--- Teo Joo Leng, General Manager of ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove ---

A study conducted by the Reef Ecology Laboratory of NUS showed that at least 50 types of animals including worms, crustaceans, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, seahorses, algae and zoanthids inhabit the waters of ONE°15 Marina. The stable marina structures such as berthing pontoons and seawalls has allowed sea life to populate and thrive. The survey also uncovered 22 genera of hard corals, and with new ones forming. Furthermore, the survey found that these hard corals had attracted 29 species of fishes, many of which were reef fishes.

"Global warming and other human activities have had a devastating impact on the world’s coral reefs. It gives me great pleasure to be a part of today’s launch and I hope that there will be many exciting discoveries that will stem out of the research efforts carried out here."
--- Louis Ng, MP, Nee Soon GRC (Nee Soon East) and Chairman of Nee Soon Town Council ---

Experienced researchers from TMSI explaining to visitors on the coral nurseries...

ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove takes a tremendous effort to maintain the pristine nature of the marina, including working with the boat owners and daily clean-up efforts...

ONE°15 Marina is celebrating its 11th Anniversary on 06 October 2018 and supporting this meaningful cause as part of its celebrations. The marina is also putting up an exhibition together with several organizations in the marine community to educate the public on marine biodiversity and conservation efforts via educational displays and videos.

A life-sized sperm whale skeleton replica - In 2015, a sperm whale carcass was found off the coast of Jurong Island.  One important discovery was what researchers found in the gut of the whale: Other than the remains of squids - a major part of its diet, they also found plastic cups. This was a telling discovery about the devastating impact of humans on marine creatures. The actual specimen is now displayed in the Lee Kong Chian Museum of Natural History... 

Other family-friendly activities for the young and old...

DBS's Recycle More Waste Less

Each year, Singaporeans use

From August to October 2018, pledge your commitment to #RecyclemoreWasteless at these participating locations.

Stand a chance to win a 3D2N eco-friendly resort stay at Siloso Beach Resort by DBS for the best entry for each of the months of August, September and October 2018. Read the Terms and Conditions.

Floral Garage - Affordable Personalized Bouquets To Your Doorstep

Floral Garage Singapore is one of the leading online florists in Singapore despite being only 4 years old! Their product offerings range from floral arrangements, hampers to party supplies. It began as a family partnership and has now grown into an established business.

Floral Garage provides bouquets suitable for any occasion - birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or just a way for you to show thanks to your loved ones! With the cheapest bouquet being only $17.90, it has a variety of attractive and budget-friendly options to gift your loved ones. They are reasonably priced compared to other florists who impose a hefty surcharge.

If you’re too busy or not sure which bouquet to decide on, you may choose their bestseller, the Freestyle Bouquet, whereby the florist designers will create a unique bouquet for you to suit the style you prefer, occasion, and recipient of the gift. If you are not into conventional bouquet, go for the Delightful Vegetables where you are able to cook and eat the bouquet after gifting your loved ones!

They also offer same day delivery! For $9.70, delivery would be between three timeslots from 10am- 2pm, 1:30pm-5pm, and 5pm-10pm. You may be wondering why they do not make their deliveries free? They believe in honesty and not passing off hidden costs in the product prices. The delivery fees go straight to their drivers. Additionally, the advantage of charging a separate delivery fee is so that you can be sure that you save this amount when you self-collect at their Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre store!

Talking about same day delivery, if you suddenly remembered that you have a date at 8pm and you do not have the time to find a physical flower shop nearby, no worries! Just place your order before 5pm and it will be delivered within their 5pm-10pm timeslot! For $25, they are also able to do delivery at a specific time!

Customization includes choosing even the choice of blooms
for that added brightness to cheer up someone's day...

Besides that, they have recently launched a subscription plan called Flowrendipity. This was created to make the experience of purchasing flowers a lot easier. You can plan ahead to get your flowers delivered, so that you won’t miss any special occasion! Plus, you would be able to save your money by getting extra cash credits as well as getting free delivery for the first few orders.

For the ultimate customized uniqueness, select a fun add-on. 
These include chocolates and adorable soft toys...

They are located at one of the most vintage shopping centre in Singapore at 756 Upper Serangoon Road, #03-34, Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre, Singapore 534626. Feel free to go down and choose and design your own bouquet on the spot!

The opening hours are 10am to 6:30pm on weekdays, and 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and 10am to 1pm on Sundays and public holidays!

Feel free to get to know more about Floral Garage here: