Every year, Star Wars fans around the world mark May 4th as Star Wars Day, celebrating everything related to Star Wars. In Singapore, the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, was celebrated with a big three days event at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore.
May 4th, 2017 falls on a Thursday, with Gardens By The Bay turning into a Star Wars festival ground, ending off with the Star Wars run on 6th May 2017. While I didn’t participate in the Star Wars run, I visited Star Wars Day 2017 on May 4th and 5th at Gardens By The Bay, the SuperTree Grove at Gardens By The Bay turning into a Star Wars festival ground.
At the SuperTree Grove, there were booths showcasing Star Wars merchandise/toys for sale, memorabilia, charity photo booth, photography taking opportunities with Star Wars characters, the Star Wars AT-ST Walker making a guest appearance and getting a lot of fanfare! The charity photo booth was managed by fellow photographer friend Ted Chen Photography, a hardcore Star Wars fan, it was great catching up with Ted for a short time during my visit to Star Wars Day 2017 on May 4th.
In the night, the SuperTree Grove transformed into a magical night of lights and music display, presenting Garden Rhapsody: Star Wars edition. For the Star Wars fans, we all love this Garden Rhapsody: Star Wars edition! The SuperTree Grove became SaberTrees, shining high above into the Marina Bay skyline for three nights during Star Wars Day 2017 in Singapore from May 4th to May 6th. This was a magnificent sight for Star Wars fans as well as photographers, watching it from the grounds of Gardens By The Bay or from the Marina Bay Sands hotel linkway bridge to Gardens By The Bay.
The 6th edition of DBS Marina Regatta (DBSMR) is back, Singapore’s biggest BayFest is coming to the waters of Marina Bay from 1st to 4th June 2017 with many exciting water sports action, activities, events, festivities, food and fun, on both the water and land.
During DBSMR, visitors can see social entrepreneurship in action at BayFest on land. This is part of DBS’ continued efforts to champion the development of the social entrepreneurship sector to build a socially-conscious society, social enterprises such MINDS, Society Staples and Bettr Barista will provide many of the services in the regatta such as drinking water, catering and event organisation. They will also feature as vendors in the regatta’s art market and food village.
There are many exciting events and activities taking place during DBSMR on both the water and land. Here are the information for both BayFest on water and BayFest on land during DBSMR 2017 –
BAYFEST ON WATER
1) DRAGON BOATING – Region’s top teams compete for Asia’s highest prize purse
Organised in partnership with the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA), this year’s international dragon boat competition will see an estimated 90 teams and more than 3,000 athletes gathering on the waters of Marina Bay to compete for cash prizes totalling SGD 134,000 – the highest for the sport in Asia. (More details on races available in Annex A).
2) SAILING – Explore the Bay’s waters on DBS’ 18-metre-tall mega sailboats
Eventgoers will also get to try out sailing in the Bay during the regatta with DBS’ 18-metre tall Swedish Match 40 sailboats – the first of its kind in Asia. The sailboats were debuted in 2015 as part of the DBS Marina Bay Sailing Programme, which has been offering the public complimentary sailing sessions in the Bay since 2013.
BAYFEST ON LAND
This year also sees the regatta partnering up with electronic music festival behemoth Ultra, urban fitness brand lululemon, Bali’s famed beach club Potato Head and F&B curators The Local People.
1)BATTLE BAY – Take on Singapore’s largest inflatable water obstacle course
2017’s regatta sees the debut of Singapore’s biggest inflatable water obstacle course. Spanning over 11,000 square feet (some 1,100 square metres), the Battle Bay will feature nine challenging obstacles to navigate including balance blocks, monkey bars, wall scaling, and rope swings.
This year, the Bay will once again be transformed into Singapore’s one and only pop-up urban beach, which will double in size from last year. Bali beach club Potato Head will be bringing in their legendary Coconut Bar here for the first time, complete with their signature uber fresh coconut cocktails and beers.
3)BAY DOME – Singapore’s largest interactive art dome
This year will see the installation of two majestic nine- and 7.5-metre tall domes at the regatta. Reaching a height of 7.5 metres, the Bay Dome will offer an immersive interactive art experience – Singapore’s largest – with an illustrated projection of the Marina Bay skyline. Eventgoers can customise their own characters and have their designs come to life on the projection to create an ever-evolving digital canvas.
4)BAY EATS – Offerings from Singapore’s top young chefs
For foodies, the regatta’s food village Bay Eats, will be curated by The Local People and feature food stalls from award-winning and the top new eateries in town such as the “Neo-Sin” restaurant Labyrinth, French eatery Garçons, The BellJar, Leng Leng ice cream and more.
5)PLAY DOME – Play in the day, party at night
The nine-metre-tall Play Dome will host many of the fitness classes launched by lululemon during the day. At night, the DBSMR X Ultra Countdown Party will take place exclusively at the regatta from 7pm to 10pm, on Friday and Saturday evening (2 & 3 June). The pre-parties will feature three Ultra Music Festival deejays every night, such as Dubvision, Crossnaders, Raiden, Jade Rasif, Moe and Myrne.
Besides, the artworks, there are also other programmes and dinning options for for all visitors to i Light Marina Bay 2017! Let me highlight some of them, there will be three complementary themed festival hubs for visitors to this event. One of them is the The Fantastical World of eco.me at The Promonotory, they will be showcasing sustainability-themed activities such as recycling and upcycling marketplace, an urban garden, a learning yard, a kinetic energy playground, immersive performances and music from 3rd to 5th March and 9th to 12th March.
The other two hubs are Art-Zoo, an imaginative inflatable play-garden at The Float @ Marina Bay and Gastrobeats, where visitors to this event can sit down, enjoy the food and drinks selection available there and enjoy the music! There is something for everybody for the children to adults, it’s a great and meaningful event to bring your family and children down to Marina Bay and enjoy i Light Marina Bay 2017!
During my preview session on 1st March 2017, I was able to view some of the sustainable light artworks, let me share with you some photographs of the artworks! Come on down to Marina Bay Singapore, from 3rd March to 26th March 2017, explore and have fun at i Light Marina Bay 2017!
Artwork 03 – Social Sparkles
Artwork 05 – Horizontal Interference
Artwork 06 – Home
Artwork 08 – Moonflower
Artwork 12 – You Lookin’ At Me?
Artwork 16 – Kaleidoscopic Monolith
Artwork 19 – The Colourful Garden of Light
Artwork 20 – The Body of the Sea
I would share more photographs into my flickr folder along the way when I revisit I Light Marina Bay 2017 over the next 3 weeks! Do keep a lookout for them inside my flickr collection, Twitter, Instagram and FB page!
For more information on i Light Marina Bay 2017, you can visit their website for more information and details! There is also an app, bilppar, that you can download for your smartphone, to explore and navigate i Light Marina Bay 2017. The bilppar app is free for download from the Apple store or Google Play.
The fifth edition of DBS Marina Regatta is coming back very soon, at the heart of Singapore’s downtown Marina Bay area. DBS Marina Regatta 2016 is getting bigger and better, both on the sports, leisure and community segments.
Happening over two weekends, 28 & 29 May and 4 & 5 June, there will be lots of action and fun on the water where the Dragon Boaters paddle and battling it out with the iconic Marina Bay landscape behind them. The supporters, spectators and community can watch, support and cheer for them from the sidelines of the Marina Bay. There are also an awesome collection and line up of fun, activities, food and music performances on the land, where the sports/community carnival village is located at The Promontory @ Marina Bay.
Let me share with you some exciting line up and details of what you can expect from DBS Marina Regatta 2016
Shop House by The Local People
Local market specialists, The Local People, carefully curated local designers, craftspeople and artists to be part of Shop House, the beach’s art market for DBS Marina Regatta 2016. The Shop House would be housed in stripped and refitted shipping containers. These special containers would also double up as viewing decks in the night, a perfect spot for music lovers and visitors to enjoy the beach concert, making their maiden music performance debut at DBS Marina Regatta 2016!
Check out some of the emerging designers and artisans that would be making their presence felt there – illustrations by Troops on Print; accessories by Supernacular; pottery items by Oh Leaf; and even cosmetics brand Faux Fayc.
Food is an integral part of Singapore’s lifestyle and culture. Therefore, at Chow House, visitors can indulge into delicious and mouth-watering bites from popular Singapore food establishments.
Check out some of the different cuisines making their presence at Chow House – Snag Shack’s Australian sausage sizzles and Fika’s Swedish meatballs. Kerbside Gourmet, Singapore’s favourite gourmet food truck will feature their “Go Big on Pig” menu featuring Pig Head Croquetas with Sriracha and Char Siu Pork Collar Bao with Achar.
Music Performances in the night
When the sun sets at DBS Marina Regatta 2016 weekend, it would be transformed into a beach concert, making their maiden debut. Local music artistes, iNCH, HubbaBubbas, Linying, Take Two as well as up-and-coming artistes The Madhatter Project, The Neptune Waves, and Stopgap would be performing and singing away!
Pop-Up Urban Beach with Southeast Asia tallest inflatable water slide maiden debut
The pop-up beach made her debut in 2015 and they would be returning again in 2016! From 11am to 8pm on both weekends, remember to check out Southeast Asia tallest inflatable water slide making her debut! For just $10 and also for a good cause to charity, you can have five rides on the water slide! All proceeds from the water slide participation goes to SPD, a non-profit organisation that helps people with disabilities develop their potential to the fullest so that they can be self-reliant and independent.
Pictures courtesy of DBS Singapore
For more information and updates on DBS Marina Regatta 2016, here are some useful links:
Mark down your calendars, 28 & 29 May and 4 & 5 June, come on down to Marina Bay for DBS Marina Regatta 2016 for two weekends of sports, outdoors, food, drinks, art market, music and fun for your family and friends!
*Information and details courtesy of DBS Singapore*
The Future of Us exhibition was recently concluded on 8th March 2016, having started on 1st December 2015 at Gardens By The Bay. I managed to book my ticket to visit the exhibition during the final weekend before the end of the exhibition. I was happy that I visited The Future of Us exhibition, to have an interactive and immersive experiential time inside the exhibition grounds.
What is The Future of Us exhibition all about? What does it meant for the pioneers, for the current generation and the future generation? The Future of Us exhibition is an immersive, multi-sensory and interactive experience that shares what the future of Singapore may look like to all the visitors, the possibilities of Singaporeans living, working, playing, caring and learning in the future.
Upon entering into the exhibition grounds, into the first dome, the visitors experienced a show, the history and development of Singapore, followed by the dreams and glimpses into the future of Singapore. The 3D like 360 degrees view was engaging and futuristic. The featured Singaporeans have their own dreams that they shared with the visitors, what about your own dream? What is the future for you?
After watching the first show, we went into the other dome, to watch another show, on the future of Singapore, how we live, work, play, care and learn. It got me thinking about the future of Singapore and how I would like to be, live in and enjoy the recreational activities.
Moving into the next dome after that, visitors entered into a world of high rise buildings, the modern high rise HDB block of flats. Land is scarce in Singapore, in order to accommodate a bigger population in the future, the way is building our flats higher up into the sky.
Walking into the final dome, it is like entering the solar galaxy, where we send our dreams, thoughts and well wishes into the space and galaxy system. In this dome, I observed that the young children liked it a lot, drawing, colouring their diagrams, or sending their wishes and thoughts into the galaxy. This interactive exercise got them thinking “What will you do for the future of us?”
Leaving the dome, I spotted the playground swings outside, another popular fun activity for the children and adults too! The swing is like an unsung hero, the adults who grew up with playgrounds and swings would probably like it! For the children, it’s something fun that they can play with to enjoy the swing and motion! There was a big lion there too, guarding the playground swings!
I continued to wonder around the market place, found myself into the gift shop and spotted an awesome piece of Singapore artwork titled “Peta Singapura” by Lee Xin Li. No amount of words will do justice to this wonderful, heartwarming and touching artwork that is truly touches the heart, mind and soul of a heartlander Singaporean. The things that made Singapore unique in its own nature and culture!
Before leaving The Future of Us exhibition, I turned back and reflected on my journeys earlier inside the exhibition. Nobody has a magic crystal ball to know what will happen in the future. The Future of Singapore can be shaped, planned, led and initatiated by us Singaporeans, not just by the Government. This is not just for us, the current generation, this is also for the younger Singapore generation.
The Future of Us, the future Singapore, what do you want it to be? It’s not going to be easy, it’s up to us.
The i light festival is back at Marina Bay Singapore! This bright, colourful, interesting and unique light artwork displays festival is back for their 4th edition in Singapore, starting on 4th March 2016 to 27th March 2016. Looking back into my photography archives on Flickr, the inaugural i light marina bay festival was held in 2010, followed by 2012 and 2014. Over the previous three editions, we were able to witness many unique, interesting and colourful light artwork displays at Marina Bay Singapore. With many light artwork installations over the three editions and now 4th edition, I am always amazed by the lights, designs and ideas.
i Light Marina Bay is Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival, this year’s 2016 theme is “In Praise of Shadows” with 25 innovative and environmentally friendly light artwork installations installed and showcased around the Marina Bay area. For i Light Marina Bay 2016, the event has become bigger with more programs and festivities happening in the vincinity of Marina Bay, outdoor performances, workshops and outdoor dining options.
I started my i Light Marina Bay 2016 adventure from the Esplanade, walking down towards The Float @ Marina Bay, crossing the Helix Bridge to Art Science Museum, continuing towards Waterfront Promenade and Marina Bay City Gallery. Thereafter, I continued towards the Promontory @ Marina Bay before ending my adventure outside Fullerton Bay Hotel. It was a bit of a fast walk for me, to document, cover and photograph all 25 light artwork installations at i Light Marina Bay 2016 within a night from around 8pm to 11pm. However, I am still planning to go back and revisit some of the light artwork installations again, especially those that I want to photograph more in-depth, from a few different perspectives and angles. After that, I would share and upload them into my i Light Marina Bay 2016 photo collection on Flickr.
From the 25 light artwork installations, there are a few of them that caught my eye and attention. Personally, here are some of my favourite light artwork installations from i Light Marina Bay 2016 –
– What A Loving Beautiful World – Art Science Museum by teamLab (Japan)
– Lightscape Pavilion by MisoSoupDesign (Taiwan)
– Marine Constellations by Laughing Stars (Japan) and Lumen Artistry (Singapore)
Each and everyone of the 25 artists and their light artwork installations deserve recognition and special mention for their showcase at i Light Marina Bay 2016. Do check out the 25 artists bio and light artwork installations description on the website! This would be helpful to learn more about the respective artist and their inspiration, ideas and design behind their light artwork!
I had always been amazed, fascinated and attracted by the colourful bright lights from i Light Marina Bay festivals. Each edition brings out something different and special to me, that I can visit, enjoy the lightings and artworks. Through the different artists unique artworks, they do give me inspiration for my photography too! Let there be light and my photography flows along with it!
More information on i Light Marina Bay can be found on their website, do remember to download their festival guide into your smartphone or tablet, this would come in very handy and useful when you start your i Light Marina Bay 2016 adventure! Gather your family, loved ones and friends, head on down to Marina Bay Singapore and enjoy i Light Marina Bay 2016!
Useful information for i Light Marina Bay 2016
From: 4th March to 27th March
Opening Hours: 7:30pm to 11:00pm (extended to 12mn on Friday and Saturday night)
River Hongbao, an annual event that I regularly visited during the Chinese Lunar New Year period. Looking back at my photography archives, I had been visiting this event from 2008 till now 2016 (and still counting), take a look at my collection on Flickr! One of the highlights that I liked about River Hongbao is photographing fireworks on Chinese Lunar New Year Eve to usher in the Chinese Lunar New Year, it’s like a big, bright, colourful and lucky welcome for the Chinese Lunar New Year!
The atmosphere was good with many visitors, it can be pretty crowded too, with extended family coming down to soak in the Chinese Lunar New Year atmosphere and not to forget our international visitors, the tourists visiting Singapore and enjoying Chinese Lunar New Year here!
River Hongbao 2016, the Year of the Monkey, the decorations and displays were more interesting for this year! There were also fireworks everyday during the period of River Hongbao 2016, thus allowing photographers like us to go back again to capture River Hongbao 2016 fireworks from a different angle and perspective! Along with the River Hongbao 2016 fireworks, there were laser light show display that accompany the fireworks performance!
The various lanterns and displays caught my attention, they blend in nicely with Monkey God and the story of Journey to the West! I wish I was able to capture each and every one of the lanterns and displays during my visit to River Hongbao 2016, however, there were a lot of visitors and they were busy taking photos too! Here’s my photo album of River Hongbao 2016 on Flickr and do check out my River Hongbao archives collection on Flickr too!
Chinese Lunar New Year 2016 celebrations are over, I would still like to wish everybody a great year ahead in the Year of the Monkey!
For the past 6 weekends, starting from Combined Rehearsal 1 to Combined Rehearsal 6, I was following our National Day Parade 2015 (NDP 2015) rehearsals happening at Marina Bay, from catching the Red Lions in action, the 21 Gun Salute, RSAF SG50 Aerial Display and my favourite fireworks!
With the NDP 2015 Preview before the Grand Finale on the 9th August 2015, celebrating Singapore’s Golden Jubilee and her 50th birthday, I am keen and looking forward to it and capturing it down in photos and memories. My photographer friend Jensen remarked to me that we may not live to see SG100 and I do agree to a certain extent, I don’t have a crystal ball to see the future! At the age of 50, Singapore is not that old as an independent nation in the world, she is going through another transition period in this modern era, hopefully to be even better, stronger and more mature.
I would just like to share my photos collection from NDP 2015 Combined Rehearsals – the RSAF SG50 Aerial Display and Fireworks. Let’s make this SG50 a memorable time and have fun on 9th August 2015!