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Preparing For Your Graduation Ceremony in Singapore

Graduation is a huge milestone in every student’s life. It’s a momentous occasion which celebrates the graduate’s achievement on passing through his/her academic life.

Now, with the outbreak of COVID-19, graduation ceremonies have moved from physical ones to online virtual ceremonies. If you’re a graduating student this year and you’re looking at how to prepare for your graduation ceremony, read on to find out more.

Physical VS virtual graduation ceremonies

If you’re a graduating student whose graduation ceremony is affected due to COVID-19, you may be confused as to what’s the different between a virtual and physical ceremony.

While a physical commencement ceremony is usually held at the school’s campus, where graduates will be donned in graduation gowns and given the opportunity to go onstage to receive their certificate, a virtual ceremony is one that is held online. Graduating students are not required to don a graduation gown and they can will be attending the ceremony from the safety of their homes.

Families and friends are invited to tune in to the ceremony too. For schools like the National University of Singapore (NUS), each graduating student is still required to submit a formal picture of themselves which will be displayed when announced.

What was noteworthy was that due to the onset of COVID-19 last year, the graduates of 2020 were unable to hold their convocation ceremonies due to the disruption. As such, it was heart-warming to see that they were offered the chance to join in the graduating batch of 2021 this year for their virtual ceremonies. You can read more about one such school, NUS doing so here.

Where and how do I rent gowns and mortarboards?

One of the most popular questions graduating students ask would be about graduation gowns. To many, graduation just wouldn’t be the same without being decked out in a formal graduation gown to take photos to commemorate the special day.

Even though most of the graduation ceremonies are currently virtual, students are still given the option to wear their gowns while attending the ceremony. If you’re wondering where to get your gowns from, read on:

Picture credits: NUS

NUS: The school works with Serangoon Broadway for collection and sales of graduation gowns and mortarboards. You may order the gowns online from their website. For more information, you can also access this link.

NTU: Like NUS, NTU also works with Serangoon Broadway for their graduation gowns. The process would be the same.

SMU: For SMU Students, they encourage students to place their orders for the gowns through the M.I.M website. The school bookshop will also have some gowns available for rental should the students be unable to get them from the website.

What do the different hood colours mean?

Most academic dresses are dark blue or blue. What differentiates a student graduating with a Bachelor’, Master’s or Doctoral degree would be the type of gown. You can read more about the differences in the gown details here.

Each University has different coloured hood colours to represent the different degree that one is graduating with. You can refer to each individual school’s website for more information.

For NUS for example, having a pink hood would mean that you’ve graduated with a Bachelor of Arts whereas if you were graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering, it would be Gold with a white trim.

Picture credits: Serangoon Broadway

For NTU, likewise, it depends on which faculty you graduate from which determines the colour of your robe and hood colour. For example:

If you were graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, your colour would be Crimson edged with White and if you graduate with a Bachelor of Communication Studies from Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, your colour would be Maroon edged with Black.

You may view the whole list here for reference.

For graduating students from SMU, similarly, the colours of the hood signify the field of study. If you are graduating with a Bachelor of Business Management, you would have a Drab-colour hood whereas if you were graduating with a Bachelor of Law, you would be donning a purple hood.

The list can be referenced here.

Should I take graduation photos in a studio or on my own?

Many graduates tend to choose to take graduation photos in a studio as it’s a one-in-a-lifetime event. However, there is nothing wrong if you choose to take it on your own as well.

If you’re still undecided on which way to go about it, here’s a list below to help you make a more informed decision:

Perks of taking it a studio:
–  Fuss-free process – you just turn up and be told how to pose to take the shots

-You would have an experienced photographer who knows all the right angles and poses.

– You would be able to rent gowns in the studio itself, which would be helpful especially if you did not intend to rent them for your virtual convocation ceremony online.

Perks of taking them yourself:

-You save on cost. Professional graduation shoots cost above S$120.

– You can get creative with your angles and can take it at any location convenient for you. This includes taking pictures at your school itself, your faculty or intimate spots in school that mean something to you and your friends.

– You can wear anything that you want. You can opt to rent your own graduation gown and wear them during your own free-and-easy shoot. Else you could also wear comfortable clothes for your own shoot.

There are definitely plus points to both options and it’s ultimately up to you on which option you’d like to take.

Who should I call to take graduation pictures with?

Picture credits: Serangoon Broadway

On this joyous occasion, most graduates invite their family and friends to take part in celebrating this special day. Despite COVID-19, this doesn’t mean that your celebration has to be dampened.

It just means that you can get creative with your photos. Instead of taking large group photos, you can opt to take zoom pictures with your family and friends to celebrate the special day.

This not only helps upkeep social distancing but it also enables graduates to be able to commemorate this special day by taking snapshots with different groups of friends and families online.

Graduation Bouquets

What should I bring for my graduation photo shoot?

Apart from your graduation gown which includes your mortarboard, some items that most individuals usually bring for their graduation photo shoot include graduation bouquets which their loved ones usually gift them. Flowers add a touch of colour to the otherwise single-coloured graduation gown.

If you’re also looking to gift your fellow graduating friends bouquets, you can check out which flower bouquets are most suitable graduation flowers

Some other popular items include balloons and stuffed animals. A graduation gift does not have to be expensive. There are tons of affordable options such as fuss-free yet affordable graduation bouquets, handwritten notes and even handmade gift options. 24HrsCityFlorist.com is a florist offering flower delivery anywhere in Singapore.

At the end of the day, the best gift is undoubtedly one that conveys your sincerity and congratulations to your loved one.

What’s next after the graduation ceremony?

“The world is your oyster” – as the saying goes, life provides tons of opportunities for everyone to pursue their dreams. Fresh out of university and armed with a degree, the opportunities for graduates are limitless.

The next step of the journey would be for many, finding a job and starting a new phase of life as a working adult. However, no matter what path you intend to take, just like how you completed your academic journey, press on and never give up.

And to all fresh graduates or soon-to-be graduates, we congratulate you and hope that this guide proved helpful in your graduation process.

Written by: Elizabeth Tan

How To Create Blue Roses – Infographic

How to create blue roses
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Blue rose cannot be grown naturally, at least not yet. Nature has it that roses, lack the particular pigmentation that is needed to produce the colour blue. As such, alternative methods have been thought of to “create” a blue rose.

This normally means that a white or cream or ivory rose is cut prematurely, and dipped into blue dye such that the dye is absorbed into the stem and thus gradually turning the petals blue.

For years, florists all over have searched for a true blue rose, but to no avail. The quest for the absolute blue rose has been compared to the Christian hunt for the Holy Grail. As such, the blue rose is considered to be the Holy Grail of the rose world.

This association wraps the blue rose in an aura of mystery – which is the main significance of blue roses.

The fact that their appearance (albeit through unnatural methods) defies the course of nature makes them mysterious and ambiguous.

This mysteriously vague quality of blue roses is accentuated by the fact that blue roses that we have today aren’t real. Their existence is purely fabricated, and this makes them even more mysterious and even creates a sense of surrealism.

In short, blue roses can symbolize an appreciation for all things enigmatic

Blue rose is much sought after partly because they do not exist in nature. There are genetically modified blue roses however, the easier and cheapest way to attain blue roses for floral arrangements and gifts are either by spray or dye. Florists in Singapore typically be able to offer blue roses together with any their flower delivery services.

Below are the steps to create blue rose by dyeing. The main advantage of dyeing roses is when done properly, the colour spreads out more uniformly all over the petals. As oppose to spray, one may miss out or not able to completely cover the inner layers of the petals.

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Graduation Bouquet

When graduation comes to mind, many would imagine themselves decked in stunning graduation mortar boards and gowns; striding onstage to receive their hard-won certificates. This is sometimes followed by the soft, resonant thrum of a cello, and peals of applause. While for some, this celebration simply marks the end of a chapter.

Regardless of our perceptions, most would agree that this event bears much significance. This is especially so, when one thrives in an academic-centric society like Singapore. We have to bear with its implications: the pressure to do well, the impending exams, the frequent burning of the midnight oil… and so much more. Also, for many, the grind never stops. Hence, it is no wonder why graduation is welcomed with open arms, as the grand finale of a long ordeal.

Graduation Bouquet

Presently, one is considered lucky to have a graduation ceremony, let alone a physical one, though. Due to the COVID-19 situation, attendees have had their convocations cancelled and/or postponed. Alas, attempts to curb and fight the spread of the virus have come with a great cost.

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Delineating the ‘work’ from the ‘home’ with flowers

With the work from home mandate back in action, we thought this would be a timely article to help us spruce up our work (and home) environment and make the next few weeks as enjoyable as it could be.

Now that work and rest are forced to be within the same space, it is actually quite important that we learn how to segregate these two realms properly, so that we can create an optimal environment for each activity and do our best at both.

This segregation could take the form of an actual demarcation if you’ve got the space for it, but we understand that majority of us just haven’t got the room to create two separate environments for work and rest. As such, one way to work around having just one space, is to create different set-ups for work and rest, such that we gradually learn to condition our minds to associate each set-up to its intended activity and concentrate on that activity only. Creating associations between the environment and the task is a good way to teach ourselves to be fully present in the intended activity, which is one way to set ourselves up for success regardless of which activity we are doing.

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Baby’s Breath Bouquet

Baby’s Breath Bouquet

A flower so gentile and fragile. Simple yet majestic. A cluster of long straight stems that branch out to show off tiny white buds of flowers that, together, form a lacy cloud. With the rise in popularity of the concept of Cottagecore (romanticised agricultural lifestyle), Baby’s Breath flowers are here to stay as a crowd favourite. Especially with its versatile nature, the flower gives much room for artistic freedom. Its simplicity allows it to be a great bouquet filler – it provides the bouquet with good volume while allowing the main flowers to shine. It is also intricate enough to be the main star of the show. Baby’s breath bouquets are certainly one of florists’ more  popular flower delivery in Singapore. Apart from bouquets, it is also easy to dry and preserve these flowers for different pieces of artwork such as simple bookmarks to larger items like resin jewellery. There is just no limit to what we can do with these flowers.

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50 Best Mother’s Day Messages

With Mother’s Day approaching, many might find themselves stuck – not knowing how to express their love and appreciation for their mothers on this very special day dedicated to them. Besides treating mom to her favourite lunch, dinner or high tea, arranging for a mother’s day flower delivery together with a heartfelt message will make mother’s day that little bit more special. We have put together a list of 50 best mother’s day messages.

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Mother’s Day in Singapore – Making it just a little more special

mothers day flowers
mother’s day flowers

As Mother’s Day approaches us once again this year, on the Second Sunday of May, do we ever stop to wonder: what is the ‘true’ meaning of celebrating Mother’s Day? How is it traditionally celebrated and how may we celebrate it in our own ways?

In the UK, the English celebrate Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent. Back in the 1700s, house servants were encouraged to return to their hometowns to spend time with their mothers— a custom that was inspired by an even earlier custom that involved people going back to the first church they had ever attended, or their “mothering” church. Today, still steeped in religion, many churches will give children daffodils for them to give to their mothers.

Meanwhile, in Ethiopia, daughters will prepare vegetables and cheese, while the sons prepare meat for the annual meal and celebration. This celebration is vibrant, and even includes singing, dancing, and story-telling!

Here in Singapore, the most popular method of spending Mother’s Day is to treat mum to a nice meal out, complete with delicious and decadent food in her favourite cuisine and often times gifts of flowers. For those who are not able to be with their mothers this year, there are always the florists who are able to send your message of love on your behalf. Mothers day Singapore delivery has become increasing popular especially during the pandemic, where large gatherings are not permitted.

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Quirky Bouquet – Fun Character Bouquet

Quirky Flower Bouquet

When one thinks of flowers, it is often that elegance, grace and perhaps love come to mind. But what if we told you flowers can be fun, quirky and unique? 24HrsCityFlorist.com has been creating flower bouquets bursting with character since 2011, ranging from different kinds of arrangements mimicking beloved characters, as well as playful bouquets with a distinctive style. Don’t be stuck in the past with the more traditional bouquets, and express yourself by gifting these exciting and idiosyncratic arrangements. Allow us to introduce some of our newer character bouquets…

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Flower For Funeral

According to a study conducted, after family, friends, and eulogy, FLOWERS rank first among those who have lost a family member or friend as the most meaningful aspect of funerals. Furthermore, at a time of loss, recipients rank flower for funeral and sympathy cards as the most meaningful of gifts. Those surveyed believe fresh flowers are a critical component of funerals, providing a necessary diversion, something to talk about, and a bright environment at a sombre time.

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Seasonal Flowers

There are many variety of fresh cut flowers in Singapore, however not all flowers are available throughout the year. In a land scarce nation like Singapore, almost all of our fresh cut flowers are imported. These include the lesser known flowers that are seasonal and may not be available all year round. 24HrsCityFlorist.com offers flower delivery for such flowers when purchased in advance when they are in season. 

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Popular Wedding Flower Trends

Weddings are one of the most memorable days in our life. The blissful union of a couple with their loved ones is an event to celebrate. The special ceremony and event signifies the start of a new life as a legally married couple. 

But before one achieves her/his dream wedding, there’s tons of planning that goes into each detail leading up to the big day. From the event venue, food, décor, attire and flower delivery, each and every detail affect the entire wedding as a whole. If you’re in the midst of wedding planning and wondering what are the popular current wedding flower trends, read on.

Blooms for blushing brides

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Flower Display Ideas For Your Home

The season of festivities may be coming to an end, but that definitely is not a reason to stop decorating the house! Regardless of the occasion, or even if there were no occasion at all, you should always feel entitled to spruce up your place with whatever makes you feel best. Since Valentine’s day is just over,  we’re suspecting a good number of you have flower delivery of bouquets to your home.

We thought it would be a good idea to provide some ideas on how to put these fresh blooms to good use, by showing you the various ways flower bouquets can be displayed in the household! Of course, we do not want to convey the message that only those who received flowers should be decorating – regardless of whether you received any, if you want some flowers for your house, here’s your permission to go get it girl! We have thus also gone beyond the traditional bouquets to bring to you some novel display methods that people have used to beautify their space with flowers.

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5 Reasons Why Singapore is a Great Place to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is to learn how to find joy in the simple things, to appreciate the things around us that we used to miss out on, and to find the good in the bad. As Valentine’s Day 2021 draws close, while we certainly did not expect to yet again be celebrating this day under the cloud of the virus, we do hope that as we celebrate love, we will also remember the lessons we have learnt, and make the best out of the situation we are in. To help lift spirits up and get us all excited for the 14th of February, we have thought about five great reasons why Singapore is a great place to celebrate this special day!

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Table Flowers

Table Flowers

Everyone loves the delight and convenience of receiving flowers or having some form of flower delivery done to your office or house. Table flower arrangements are equally a much sought after and much appreciated floral gift. More importantly it is an universal accepted gift – a perennial choice of gift that can be given on any occasion. Here’s a list of occasions table flowers is usually given:

  • love and care
  • romance
  • valentine’s day
  • mother’s day
  • birthday
  • new born
  • congratulatory
  • business launch / inauguration
  • thank you and appreciation
  • house warming,
  • wedding
  • festive holidays
  • Chinese New Year
  • Christmas,
  • speedy recovery
  • condolences
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Sunflower Bouquet

sunflower bouquet

Nothing spells joy like receiving a sunflower bouquet. It’s a symbol of happiness, joy, and laughter all wrapped up in this cheery yellow flower. Giving a sunflower to someone is akin to passing joy, we’d say! More importantly you can easily arrange for flower delivery of sunflowers for any occasions whether they are for love, romance, birthday or even graduation simply because sunflowers, unlike roses, unlikely be misinterpreted or misconstrued as a gift of romance. There all kinds of sunflower bouquets styles and designs offered by florists today to best suit the occasion you’d like them for. Of course, if you’re still hesitating, let us tell you something – it always a good time to send someone a lovely surprise.

Commonly Asked Questions About Sunflowers

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Dahlia Flowers

Dahlia Flower Delivery

Dahlias have been highly sought after in Europe for more than 200 years, despite having their origins in South America. Popular all around the world, these flowers are related to the Sunflower, Daisy, and Chrysanthemum families. Dahlias are also known as ‘valley flowers’ due to the Swedish reference of ‘valley’ for ‘dahl’. They vary from 2 inches to 10 inches in width, and have over 40 different flower types.

Dahlias are used for many decorative purposes, such as in floral shows, garden plants, arrangements, and in weddings. These flowers bloom longer than most other garden plants, and when cut, dahlias are one of the longest-lasting flowers, becoming a popular flower for weddings and bouquets.  Dahlias are also very popular flower used in hand bouquets. dahlias are the perfect flower to express commitment and honesty. So, if you wish to let someone special know that you are committed, go ahead and arrange for a flower delivery of a wonderful dahlia flower bouquet !

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Why flower delivery in Singapore is more prevalent during pandemic

flower delivery

While majority of industries have been devastatingly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, the service delivery industry has chanced upon a silver lining amidst all this madness. For obvious reasons, the circuit breaker and reopening phases have brought about surges in demand for delivery services – be it for food, gifts or products, the entire society is crucially dependent on the provision of such delivery services to keep the cogs of society running as close to normal as possible. Flower delivery in Singapore is not an exception. Covid-19 in Singapore times have brought about a rising demand for flower deliveries, and this article shall review the reasons for this phenomenon, based on our humble perspective as a member of Singapore’s flower delivery industry.

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Condolence Flowers

Losing someone you know always bring sad news and it can be difficult to find the words to express or convey your condolences. Sending flowers to the family when you hear of the person’s passing is a thoughtful thing to do. Normally in Singapore, fresh condolence flower is delivered to the wake or the funeral homes or parlors. The gesture of the gift and the funeral flower messages will show the person that you are thinking about them and that you care.

condolence flower
Condolence Flower

According to a study conducted, after family, friends, and eulogy, flowers rank first among those who have lost a family member or friend as the most meaningful aspect of funerals. Furthermore, at a time of loss, recipients rank flowers and sympathy cards as the most meaningful of gifts. Those surveyed believe fresh flowers are a critical component of funerals, providing a necessary diversion, something to talk about, and a bright environment at a sombre time.

Asked to identify gifts and memorials that helped a great deal with grief, a majority of surveyed respondents named flowers. Respondents also agreed strongly that looking at the messages written in cards and who the condolence flowers are from is comforting. 

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Keeping Up With The Times – Singapore Florists

Sending flowers to Singapore has never been easier with the increasing number of Singapore florists within the island and the wider variety of florists specializing in different aspects and niches of their trade.  Covid-19 pandemic undoubtedly has accelerated many business to go online – that includes brick and mortar florists previously relied solely on foot traffic for their businesses.  With more florists going online, so too the competition and at the same time, spurring creativity while diversifying their offerings.

teddy bear bouquet

Coupled with the increasing use of social media, sharing of ideas and know how have never been easier and prevalent. Florists from around the world show case their creativity by posting their craftmanships on online platform such as Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and YouTube just to name some popular ones.  Singapore florists have also adopted this fast changing pace of creativity in the development of the floristry industry in recent years.

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The Therapeutic Nature of Flowers & Plants

It is a well-known trialled and tested method that gifting flowers can help you get half the job done when you’re trying to make someone happy. Be it trying to pacify the partner, congratulating someone on a job well done, or wishing a loved one a happy birthday,  or wishing someone to get well soon, or sending a condolence message – florists all around the world have been offering plants and flowers delivery since ancient Egypt which dates back to 2,500 BCE.  The act of giving flowers have long had a very prominent place in these practices and occasions. I thought about what it is about flowers that can put people in such a happy place. Perhaps it is the aesthetic sight of a bouquet that lifts one’s spirits, or the thought behind the bouquet that makes us feel appreciated. Yet there are many other things in our midst that can mimic those traits of a gifted flower bouquet – so why specifically are flowers so attractive to us?

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Order Funeral Flowers | Wreath Singapore Delivery

There is no eternity in life, the end of the road of every cherished moment with a lost friend, a family member, or our beloved ones.

Funeral Flower Spray

As we remember the past with joy, laughter, and sometimes, sorrow during the most challenging times with our loved ones, the best thing we could ever do is to send them a quiet wish of eternal peace. It’s as if we bid them well as they transcend into a paradise of infinite serenity. And often, we symbolize our love with a floral gift.

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Deepavali

Deepavali Celebration

Deepavali Celebration

Deepavali (also: Depawali, Dipavali, Dewali, Diwali, Divali, Dipotsavi, Dipapratipad ) marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Deepavali, literally means “row of lights,” is celebrated by Hindus around the world and is the most important festival in Hinduism. It celebrates the victory of Goodness over Evil and Light over Darkness – it ushers in the new year.

Deepavali,  falls on the 14 Nov 2020 this year. It is one-day public holiday in Singapore and is the most important celebration of the Hindu year. It is a five-day Hindu festival that begins on the shortest day of the year between the period mid-October and mid-November. Deepavali or Diwali celebrates light overcoming darkness , that is why is also known as the Festival of Lights.

Little India Bursting with Lights

Little India Bursting with Lights

In Singapore, Indians celebrate this festivity with multitudes of activities. The streets of Little India burst with bright colours, buzzingly stalls, tasty spicy foods and wonderful traditions – they certainly lives up to its name, festival of light filling Singapore’s Little India district with dazzling street decorations and colourful lights. For more information about Deepavali, please visit this site: Lisha.org

New clothes are worn during Deepavali and sweets and snacks are shared. Gifts and flower delivery are part of this celebration too. Some Indian communities also begin the financial year on Deepavali for auspicious reasons. A traditional way to celebrate Deepavali in Singapore is to have your hands painted with henna art. Henna is a flowering plant used to dye skin, hair, fingernails and even leather and wool. These temporary tattoos are often done for free by local artists.

During Deepavali, the streets of Little India are artfully decorated and lit up in bright brilliant colours, transforming it with colourful arches and lights. Festive bazaars and cultural activities such as the Indian Heritage and Craft Exhibition, Street Parade, Countdown Concert are also held. The festive stalls are decorated with wares such as fragrant flowers, garlands used during prayers, traditional oil lamps and beautiful Saris with intricate brocade patterns and glittering gems. Colourful Indian outfits, intricate costume jewellery and traditional arts and craft are also on sale. Deepavali hampers and gifts are exchanged during this period too.

Inspirational Quotes about flowers

Flowers are nature’s free gifts to us – a gift full of beauty, wonder and wisdom, but only visible to the ones who are willing to appreciate them. Like a horse with blinders, many of us engage in a race to the top, and in this race, it is easy to stop noticing the daily occurrences of beauty around us. But if we do pause and pay attention, we will notice that flowers aren’t called nature’s work of art without good reason. With their beauty and grace, they give us many things to reflect and learn from. If only we can afford a little time to really pay attention, we will realize that from those delicate petals, we gain a respite, a teacher, and a language.

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Bouquet Delivery in Singapore

If, like me, you’ve ever wondered why the number of happy bouquet receivers seen on Instagram does not match the number of people you see carrying bouquets around on the streets and on public transport, then it’s likely because we aren’t attuned to how commonplace bouquet delivery is in Singapore. Given how small our country is, flower delivery in Singapore makes the perfect sense because it means flowers are kept fresh and efficient delivery times are met. The option of islandwide delivery also saves one from having to lug a massive bouquet on board trains and buses (and attract curious stares in the process). Most importantly, with how busy people are, bouquet delivery saves one from having to take time out from work to personally collect and deliver the bouquet.

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Tulip Bouquet

As flowers with not only a unique petal structure but also one that has a long-bearing history behind it, there is no surprise that tulips are one of the world’s most intriguing and well-known blooms. That’s perhaps why tulip bouquets are much sought after all around the world.  Originally found in Central Asia, first cultivated in Turkey and later found fame in the Netherlands, this spring blooming flower is nothing short of well travelled. Commonly recognized for its large and showy look, tulips also stand out with its generally warm colours, ranging from red and yellow to pink and purple. Beautiful to receive in a bouquet as they are comforting to watch in an open field, these flowers are sweet and cheerful ones that would not fail to brighten up days.

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