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DBS Marina Regatta 2015 – 30th and 31st May

In its fourth edition, Singapore’s biggest water sports festival, the DBS Marina Regatta returned to Marina Bay Singapore, brining great action and fun on and off the waters of Marina Bay. Covering over three weekends from 30th to 31st May, 6th to 7th June and 13th to 14th June 2015. In conjunction with the 28th SEA Games 2015 held in Singapore from 5th to 16th June, Traditional Boat (Dragon Boat) Races were held together with DBS Marina Regatta on 6th and 7th June and Sailing Races was held on 13th and 14th June 2015.


For DBS Marina Regatta 2015, there were close to 180 teams and 2,000 athletes participating in this year’s Dragon Boating event! There were also a growing number of female Dragon Boaters – close to 20% more than the previous year. This was indeed the biggest water sports festival in Singapore and it’s growing!


Let me bring you through my eyes, heart, stories and photographs of the first weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015, on the 30th and 31st May. This was my third year covering DBS Marina Regatta, I am quite familiar with the Dragon Boat Races and schedules. On Saturday 30th May, it was the 200m race distance and on Sunday 31st May, it was the 500m race distance.


The race categories were as follows:

  • DBS Singapore Premier Open (22 crew)
  • DBS Singapore Premier Women (12 crew)
  • DBS Tertiary Open (22 crew)
  • DBS Tertiary Women (12 crew)
  • DBS Corporate Open (12 crew)
  • DBS Corporate Women (12 crew)

There were lots of Dragon Boating action on the waters of Marina Bay whereby spectators can enjoy watching them in action at The Promontory @ Marina Bay, Marina Bay City Gallery area and Fullerton area. For this year, besides my fast action capture of fast and furious Dragon Boating paddling, I decided to go more into the “behind the scenes” part of Dragon Boating, the preparation, the emotions and camederie of the paddlers. The experiences were pretty amazing and these are the type of the other story of sports photography that we sports photographers love to capture and share. Through my photographs, I hope that I am to share more on the scenes behind the scenes.


Off the waters, on the ground level, DBS Marina Regatta 2015 transformed The Promontory @ Marina Bay into a big sports, recreational and leisure sports carnival village, there is something for everybody who is at DBS Marina Regatta 2015. There were many different events and activities happening during DBS Marina Regatta 2015, some of the events and activities that I manage to cover and photographed were

  • DBS Art Park ~ There were eight up and coming artists aged between 18-35 from NOISE working on four giant 2m by 2m art cubes.
  • Living Art ~ The re-enactment of a painting, “Life by the River” by renowned Singaporean artist Liu Kang.
  • Extreme Sports Arena ~ Rock climbing and Zipline (a.k.a Flying Fox)
  • DBS Food Village by Savour ~ Delicious food galore.



I rotated myself around the various locations of DBS Marina Regatta 2015, photographing and documenting sports action on the waters, behind the scenes of the Dragon Boat, waiting, preparation, supporting, the euphoria and emotions. Towards the later part of the afternoons on both 30th and 31st, these were the time for the finale, the various finals for the 200m (30th May) and 500m (31st May). That’s also where I had the enjoyment and adrenaline rush of photographing the fast sychronised Dragon Boat paddling action on the waters of Marina Bay from the The Promontory @ Marina Bay.


Over the first weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015 on 30th and 31st May, there were great action on the waters and off the waters, on the ground level. Rounding up my first weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015, I was looking forward to the second weekend with the 28th SEA Games Traditional Boat (Dragon Boat) Races in action together along with DBS Marina Regatta 2015!

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DBS Marina Regatta 2013

The DBS Marina Regatta 2013 is Singapore’s Largest Water Sports Festival. Over two days of high speed Dragon Boating action, from local and international teams arriving at the beautiful Marina Bay, providing us great water sports action, fun and community festivals over 18th and 19th May 2013. While the main action is on the Dragon Boats in action, there were also a festival and carnival for the participants and spectators to join in and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.


On the 18th May 2013, it was the 200m races; while on the 19th May 2013, it was the 500m races. Over these two days of Dragon Boating competition, close to 120 Dragon Boat teams paddled it out at the Marina Bay. It wasn’t just Dragon Boaters paddling, there were lots of high-octane action, spills, splashes and priceless sporting moments during DBS Marina Regatta 2013. When I was photographing the Dragon Boaters in action, I can see their passion, strength, determination, speed, teamwork, unity and precision when they were on the Dragon Boat paddling and pushing. I got the opportunity to take a ride on the bumboat and it brought us closer to the Dragon Boaters in action. Their priceless sporting moments and actions were gracefully captured down on my Canon 1DmarkIII with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM lens with EF 1.4X Tele-converter.


While there was action on the water, on the land, there were also fun, entertainment and action too! There was the Social Enterprise Carnival at the Waterfront Promenade, Cosplay Festival and Cosplay Parade at the Regatta Village on 18th May 2013. There were the DBS Marina Regatta Drum Challenge semi-finals on the 19th May 2013 and it attracted many people there! The food and beverages, games, roving circus acts and arts and crafts on display during DBS Marina Regatta 2013 made it not just a sporting event, it’s also a community and family carnival for the young and adults to enjoy the family bonding time and enjoy water sports action on the Marina Bay.


With so many actions all around DBS Marina Regatta 2013, it was a great honour to work together with some of Singapore’s talented photographers who are also social media influencers, they are Mr Brown, Callan, Weili, SuperAdrianMe, Bryan, AikBeng and Ivan. Each of us specializes in a certain field of photography, from sports, lifestyle, events, street, action, moments, video production and iPhonegraphy. All of us coming together, to share, create and produce beautiful priceless photographs, moments and memories for DBS Marina Regatta 2013.


If you were at DBS Marina Regatta 2013 on 18th and 19th May 2013 and you had taken colourful scenes, faces, emotions and high-octane action during the regatta. You can participate and submit your photographs or videos by tagging #dbsmarinaregatta0213 on Instagram, Vine or upload via the Facebook App (http://goo.gl/3cZnq). Exciting prizes awaits you! Do check out the website for more information – www.dbsmarinaregatta.com! There is also a Part Two to DBS Marina Regatta 2013 and there will be the Bay Festival on 24th and 25th May 2013. There are many interesting and fun water activities for the public to participate and enjoy. On the 24th May 2013, there are the Dragon Boat Invitation Races and on the 25th May 2013, there is the Water Craft By The Bay. For the land activities and festivities, there are Social Enterprise Carnival and Rhythms by the Bay on both 24th and 25th May 2013! Do check DBS Marina Regatta website for more details of the Family Fun by the Bay!


My coverage and scope were mainly sports photography and my focus was mainly on the Dragon Boats and the participants. I loved photographing, covering, writing and sharing this particular field of Sports Photojournalism and Sports Photography, allowing me to explore different angles, viewpoints and perspectives, besides the sporting and split second moments. Looking back over 2000 photographs that I shot during DBS Marina Regatta 2013, I am delighted to be able to cover and show different angles and perspectives of Dragon Boating sporting actions. Do check out my photographs taken at DBS Marina Regatta 2013 here –

Flickr – 18th May 2013

Flickr – 19th May 2013

500px – Sports Moments

I am looking forward to my Part 2 coverage of DBS Marina Regatta 2013!

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Beautiful Dining by the Marina Bay – Verve Pizza Bar

Located in the heart of the upcoming Marina Bay Financial Centre District, facing a panoramic view of the beautiful Marina Bay, nearby to event grounds for Marina Bay events, there is a gem for food lovers to enjoy awesome hospitality, cuisine and ambience at Verve Pizza Bar.

Before going into the food, let me introduce Verve Pizza Bar, their motto is “Simple Things Done Right” and it’s all about their passion, influenced by passionate people and doing their things very passionately. An alfresco dinning by the Marina Bay, their handmade Italian pizzas are very delicious and it is a MUST TRY! Service staff are very courteous and friendly, giving us a very warm and friends/family feeling when we were dining there with fellow bloggers/social media folks on a beautiful Saturday after our sailing around the Marina Bay on the Audi Ultra Maxi Yacht with the Singapore F1 GP 2011 going on nearby !

For their delicious food, here’s our menu that we (most of us) tasted (information {what we ordered} below kindly provided by Juliana Tan, Menu information kindly provided by Karen of Verve Pizza Bar)

– Verve’s Calamari with Garlic Creme

– Potato Wedges with Chilli Crab dip

– Selection of authentic Italian thin-crust pizza (Enzo Peking duck, Altobello Spicy Beef, Mancini BBQ Chicken, Capricciosa ham & artichokes – from $21-$26 per 12 ” pizza)

– Selection of gelato ($6 per scoop) – Forrest Berries Sorbet, Decadent Chocolate, Lime Sorbet, Chocolate Baileys, Hazelnut, Pistacchio & Green Almond, Vanilla Cognac, Cookies & Cream

**Cocktails: Appletinis (made with fresh granny smith apples!)

$18 each (Happy hour 5 -7pm EVERYDAY half price beers & cocktails + FREE PIZZA)

Their Calamari is very fresh and it’s very crunchy!! Great starter to share with your friends!!

For their gelato, it’s a dream to see so many gelato selections available and I had the opportunity to taste a few of them, I love the Chocolate Baileys and I would be planning to return for more gelato, might need to make a few trips!

Their pizzas are very special, they are of thin-crust, their dough is freshly produced everyday. Therefore, you can feel the freshness and fragrance of freshly hand made pizzas, living up to their motto of “Simple Things Done Right” with lots of passion, along with their warmth, heart and soul into making of their delicious pizzas, you can definitely feel it in them, absolutely gorgeous!

Do check out fellow bloggers/social media friends posts too !

Here’s the information for Verve Pizza Bar at Marina Bay

Sun till Thurs: 11am till 12 midnight

Fri, Sat & Eve PH: 11am till 2am

T: 6634 3220
11 Marina Boulevard

Ground floor, Marina Bay City Gallery
(next to open air Wilson carpark)
Singapore 018940
Website : http://verve.sg/
I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Marina Bay Singapore , Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)  and Juliana Tan for a wonderful dinner and the warmest hospitality. I would also like to thank Rob and Karen of Verve Pizza Bar, along with their wonderful and friendly staff for the great pizzas, friendly and warmest hospitality. When a eatery puts in their passion, heart and soul to prepare and cook their food for their guests, it shows a lot of character about them and this is what Verve Pizza Bar is all about.
I am planning to go back again to Verve Pizza Bar at Marina Bay, to enjoy and relax by the Marina Bay with great food and service, and I haven’t tried their hand made pasta yet and many more gelato too!

All hands on deck Audi Ultra Super Maxi Yacht!

When you were walking around the Marina Bay recently, did you spot a beautiful yacht sailing around the Marina Bay or the yacht moored at one of the Marina Bay jetty, near Marina Bay City Gallery and Marina Bay Sands ? This is something special, that would bring help promote sailing and its participation, along with the growth of water activities at Marina Bay, sailing would be a more common sight, leisure, recreational and sporting event among Singaporeans.

I was kindly invited by the Marina Bay Division of Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for a day of social, leisure and recreational activities on 24th September 2011 and it was a dream coming true when I was able to board the beautiful and magnificent Audi Ultra Super Maxi Yacht for a short trip on the Marina Bay waters!! Alright, before I go further into my adventure story telling, here’s more information on the Audi Ultra Racing Team. Here’s the technical details of the yacht and it’s an awesome sight to be on this gorgeous yacht! Check out them on Audi Ultra Racing Team on Facebook too!

With a great crew to sail us around the Marina Bay, explaining to us the history, specifications, power and capabilities of this yacht. We were given a taste of her strengths and unique feature of the canting keel! Sailing around the Marina Bay is very fun and I am looking forward to the future when there are more water activities on the Marina Bay, giving this beautiful Bay area, an even greater leisure and recreational environment! Sailing around the Bay, taking photographs from the heart of the Marina Bay waters, this experience is priceless. The group of visitors on the yacht were also given a tour of the deck below the yacht, having a first hand glimpse of how yacht living is like, it’s an eye-opener!

Do check out fellow blogger’s write up on the sailing adventure together with me!

Jerome Lim

Leone Fabre

– Would update the links here once other fellow bloggers share about their adventures!

While it was only a short trip around the Marina Bay, it was absolutely great fun, I got myself behind the steering wheel and acted like the captain of the yacht! Returning back to shore, I was very happy to say that I was on board a modern, powerful, sporting competition yacht, the Audi Ultra Super Maxi Yacht!  This would not have been possible with the special arrangement by Juliana Tan of Marina Bay Division and the wonderful crew of the Audi Ultra Racing Team. Thank you all for this special sailing event! Check out my sailing adventures photos here!

The Audi Ultra Super Maxi Yacht is now on its way for more adventures & competitions! Wishing her crew all the best and good luck!! Hope to catch you all again at Marina Bay !!

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Mid Autumn Festival Celebrations with Walter @ Marina Bay

Mooncakes and beautiful lanterns, an integral part of Mid Autumn Festival, one of my favourite festivals and always something I look forward to, taking photos of the lanterns and lights, soaking in the festive mood, and enjoying the peaceful nights under the beautiful moon light. For this year 2011, with a busy schedule, I have yet to visit the Mid Autumn Festival Celebrations at Clarke Quay, Singapore River and Chinatown, I hope to visit these locations soon and share them with my readers.

There as a Mid Autumn Festival Celebration organised by Marina Bay Singapore and I was kindly invited to come down and join them in the fun and celebrations on Saturday, 10th September, held at the Marina Bay City Gallery, with a host of interesting and fun activities and events. I couldn’t be there for all the events due to my participation at Canon PhotoMarathon Singapore 2011. Therefore, I reached just in time for the the lanterns walkabout, although I would love to carry a lantern and become a kid again carrying the lantern, however, armed with my DSLR and taking photographs, I couldn’t carry the lantern to play with it, something that I would lik to do!

It was a short walk to Marina Bay Sands, for a rest and relaxing time to watch the Wonder Full – Light and Water Show on the water in front of Marina Bay Sands, check out  my photographs of the show here! After the show, we walked back to the Marina Bay City Gallery for mooncakes. While the rest of the participants were enjoying the mooncakes, I was busy checking out Walter the Colossal Rabbit ! I would to thank Marina Bay for the invitation and I had a great time there! For more photographs of the Mid Autumn Festival Celebrations, check them out here on Flickr!

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Today is the 15th Day of the 8th Lunar Month! 

Wishing all a Happy Mid Autumn Festival 2011 ! 


Come Celebrate Mid Autumn Festival with Walter (Colossal Bunny)

There is giant rabbit in town, staying in the heart of Marina Bay Singapore, his name is Walter and he would be there at the Marina Bay Gallery from 1st September to 31st September 2011 with lots of interesting and wonderful activities lined up for you ! Besides that, Walter is going to celebrate Mid Autumn Festival with us too and on  saturday, 10th September 2011, from 4:00pm to 9:00pm, a very exciting list of programs for all ages have been lined up! Check them out below!

What’s this Walter the Colossal Bunny all about ? Here’s the details (information courtesy of Marina Bay Singapore) Do check out their events listings for upcoming fun and exciting events around the Marina Bay !

Name of event:



Singapore’s favourite bunny WALTER is hopping to Marina Bay on his next adventure around the city! There will be lots of exciting activities during the month including a photo art exhibition describing his curious adventures, Rabbits 101 by the House Rabbit Society, exciting bunny story-telling sessions and a mobile library, free HP photo prints with WALTER, children’s art sessions at Marina Bay Link Mall and more! Visit www.marina-bay.sg/walter for details.

WALTER is local artist Dawn Ng’s pet project involving guerrilla installations of a curious colossal bunny who pops up across Singapore’s standard landscape of flats and heartland enclaves. By using Walter to create and photograph scenarios packed with surprise and wonder, Dawn draws attention to commonly overlooked and over familiar spaces across our landscape, while dodging cops and people with no sense of humour. WALTER is a celebration of our ordinary by helping us look at this city as children again.


1 September 2011 – 30 September 2011



Program summary:

1st weekend(3 & 4 Sep): Talks by House Rabbit Society

2nd weekend (10 & 11 Sep): Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations – Taiji By the Bay, Balloon Sculptures, Chinese Calligraphy, Lantern Walkabout @ 7.30pm

3rd weekend (17 & 18 Sep): Story-Telling and Mobile Library by National Library Board + HP ePrints with WALTER the Curious Colossal Bunny + Rhythms by the Bay

4th weekend (24 & 25 Sep): Meet-the-artist on 24 Sep (3pm) + Story-Telling and Mobile Library by National Library Board

Full details: http://www.marina-bay.sg/walter/activities.html

Event Photos: http://on.fb.me/mY1md0

Art Competition Entries:

Junior Category: http://on.fb.me/mUFPtZ

Open Category: http://on.fb.me/pVAVdo


Urban Redevelopment Authority


Marina Bay City Gallery

11 Marina Boulevard

Singapore 018940

Contact: 6592 5336 

Ticket prices: Free

Nearest MRT station: Marina Bay, Raffles Place (Exit J)

Looking forward to be a young kid again (that’s always a young kid in us no matter our age band!!), carrying a lantern and walking around the Marina Bay with the lanterns lighting up night! Look no further, this coming Saturday 10th September, come celebrate Mid Autumn Festival 2011 at Marina Bay Singapore with Walter the Colossal Rabbit !