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i Light Marina Bay 2017 is back!

Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival, the iconic i Light Marina Bay is back in 2017. They would be starting today on the 3rd of March 2017 to the 26th of March 2017, to be held at various locations around the Marina Bay area. For this edition of i Light Marina Bay, there are 20 sustainable light artworks from nine countries including Singapore, being displayed around Marina Bay. This event has been organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) since 2010, I had been following and covering them since they first started, do check out my i Light Marina Bay collection inside my flickr!

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.

 


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DBS Marina Regatta 2016

The DBS Marina Regatta 2016 took place over two weekends recently, on the 28th & 29th May and 4th & 5th June 2016. A water sports competition along with land based activities for supporters and visitors, it was a carnival for everybody to come down and enjoy the dragon boating action, fun leisure activities, food, festivities, music and the one and only pop-up urban beach.

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On the Marina Bay waters, teams battle out on their dragon boats from the morning till the evening, a showcase of teamwork, determination, speed, power and adrenaline. They dragon boat paddlers were great to watch, some of the competitions faced some pretty close fight all the way to the finishing line, perfect for a finishing line photo opportunity.

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The first weekend was the 200m race distance while the second weekend was the 500m race distance. Two different race distances, teams applied different tactics to compete in their respective race distances. The 500m race distance were more interesting to watch especially when the paddlers rev up their tempo, speed, pace and power around the last 200m mark to the finishing line, giving spectators lots to watch and cheer about from the sides of The Promontory at Marina Bay.

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On the shore of The Promontory at Marina Bay, where the DBS Marina Regatta carnival village was located, packed with many fun leisure activities for everybody to come down and enjoy. There was the pop-up urban beach, 3,100sqm with a 375sqm pool. Visitors were able to enjoy stand-up paddling, stand-up yoga at the pop-up pool. There were also deck chairs, hammocks, palm trees, pop-up beach bar, concert stage and atmospheric night lighting.

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At DBS Marina Regatta 2016, there was an appearance by Southeast Asia tallest inflatable slide, at a height of 16m with the total slide height of over 15m. Participants slide down at angle of 45 degrees and this was popular with the visitors to DBS Marina Regatta 2016. The fee was SGD $10 for five rides and all the proceeds were donated 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.

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DBS Marina Regatta 2016 also saw the largest collective of home-grown designers, musicians and chefs gathering at Marina Bay. Curated by The Local People, market specialists and space activators, the regatta’s art market Shop House featured some of the most up-and-coming names in the industry, to be part of the festivities and fun at DBS Marina Regatta 2016. Food is a very important part of our life here in Singapore and there were various mouth watering food options at the food village Chow House.

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A good mix of water sports action and community activities at DBS Marina Regatta 2016, their 5th year in action. It had grown over the years and looking forward to their 6th year and beyond.


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DBS Marina Regatta 2016 is back!

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.

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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.

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Chow House – DBS Marina Regatta Food Village

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!

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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.

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Pictures courtesy of DBS Singapore

For more information and updates on DBS Marina Regatta 2016, here are some useful links:

Let my photographs bring you back a walk down the memory lane, my photography coverage of DBS Marina Regatta 2013, 2014 and 2015!

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*

i Light Marina Bay 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

Allow me to bring you back in time to the first three editions of i Light Marina Bay before experiencing the 4th edition! Here’s my i Light Marina Bay photography 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)

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– Lightscape Pavilion by MisoSoupDesign (Taiwan)

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– Marine Constellations by Laughing Stars (Japan) and Lumen Artistry (Singapore)

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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!

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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)

Location: Marina Bay Singapore

Website: i Light Marina Bay


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DBS Marina Regatta 2015 – 6th and 7th June

The first weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015 finished on a high and it was carried along into the second weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015 on the 6th and 7th June. Most of the shore activities at The Promontory @ Marina Bay continued into the second weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015. On the waters of Marina Bay, it was the water sports weekend – the Best of Southeast Asia Sports with DBS Marina Regatta and SEA Games Traditional Boat (Dragon Boat) Races action on the 6th and 7th June 2015.

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For the DBS Marina Regatta 2015, the races that were held were

  • DBS Singapore Premier Mixed (22 crew)
  • DBS Tertiary Mixed (12 crew)
  • DBS Corporate Mixed (12 crew)

For the 28th SEA Games 2015, the races that were held were

  • 6 crew, 200m (Men’s and Women’s) World’s First
  • 6 crew 500m (Men’s and Women’s) World’s First
  • 12 crew 200m (Men’s and Women’s)
  • 12 crew 500m (Men’s and Women’s)

With the addition of SEA Games Traditional Boat Races at the DBS Marina Regatta, there were less races compared to the first weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015. Lesser races doesn’t mean it was less exciting, instead, it was a great spectacle for the spectators sitting around the Marina Bay area watching and supporting the Dragon Boat Paddlers in action.

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During the SEA Games Traditional Boat Races, the supporters came out in force to cheer for their fellow country people participating and competing in the Dragon Boat racing. They were vocal and expressive and some were colourful in their attire (donning national colours)! I can hear the spectators and supporters cheering from across the waters, near the Marina Bay City Gallery and Marina Bay Sands when I was photographing the Dragon Boat paddlers from The Promontory @ Marina Bay!

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I rotated around various locations and sometimes stationed myself at the opposite side from The Promontory @ Marina Bay, the steps/seats between Marina Bay Sands and Marina Bay City Gallery, sitting as close to the waters of Marina Bay. With my Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 lens, I focus and seek out to find the DBS Marina Regatta paddlers and also the SEA Games paddlers at the pontoon/jetty, the embarkation and disembarkation point for the Dragon Boats. The emotions and facial expressions of the SEA Games paddlers were priceless and I was happy that I photographed my Team Singapore paddlers out there on the waters of Marina Bay, a small contribution of my photographs to Team Singapore in action at SEA Games 2015!

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On Sunday 7th June 2015 morning, the weather wasn’t good and I was hoping (and everybody else there too!) that it doesn’t affect the entire Sunday’s race schedule for both DBS Marina Regatta and SEA Games events. The weather slowly changed for the better towards the afternoon and by the late afternoon, the weather around Marina Bay was beautiful with blue sky and white clouds!

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Mother Nature blessed the DBS Marina Regatta 2015 and SEA Games 2015 races with a gorgeous rainbow across the horizon in the finale races for both DBS Marina Regatta and SEA Games. I was very happy that I managed to capture it down in memory and share this lovely blessing around. An omen, a blessing, a wonderful and beautiful natural phenomena. This rainbow inspired me to write a dedicated story – the rainbow emerging to the DBS Asia Dragons when they crossed the finishing line in first position. Indeed, the symbolism of a rainbow “The end of the Rainbow signifies a Pot of Gold and the magic that surrounds your dreams coming true”

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The Best of Southeast Asia Sports on 6th and 7th June 2015 – DBS Marina Regatta 2015 and SEA Games 2015 Traditional Boat Races were brought to a close with a spectacular grand finale. It had been two exciting weekends for me, covering, photographing and sharing DBS Marina Regatta 2015 and also covering the SEA Games 2015 Traditional Boat Races!

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Igniting Possibilities, Igniting The Bay for everyone, the paddlers, the people behind the scenes, the supporters. The 2015 edition is the biggest DBS Marina Regatta till date and the second weekend of 6th and 7th June, comprising of both the DBS Marina Regatta 2015 and SEA Games 2015 Traditional Boat Races ignites the Marina Bay, celebrating the win, the happiness, friendships, community and sea sports extravaganza in the heart of Marina Bay!


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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 2014

DBS Marina Regatta 2014, Singapore’s Biggest Water Sports Festival was held recently at the Marina Bay area on 17th and 18th May. This wasn’t just a water sports festival with competitive Dragon Boating paddling actions; there were lots of fun and activities on the land too! Dragon Boating action was on both days, 17th and 18th May, with the 200m races on Saturday 17th and 500m races on 18th May. The weather was good on Saturday 17th and there were pretty good competitive Dragon Boating action on the water for all spectators around the Marina Bay area. The action was fast and intense, with many supporters cheering on their teammates from the sidelines of the Promontory at Marina Bay.

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However, the weather on Sunday, 18th May, was bad, with heavy thunderstorm and downpour. In lieu of the safety for the Dragon Boat paddlers and events ground staff, the Dragon Boat races were not able to go ahead and many have to be cancelled due to safety considerations from the bad weather conditions and lightning risks. While there will be disappointments from the competitors/participants, they will understand that safety for all competitors/participants were the utmost priority and cannot be compromised. The weather on Sunday cleared up around the late afternoon and there were 5 races that could go ahead in the early evening. The last 5 Dragon Boat races gave the grand finale to the finishing line of DBS Marina Regatta 2014!

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There were an array of fun and festivities on the land, around the DBS Marina Regatta events/carnival village, for the participants and visitors to enjoy and have fun in! There was something for everybody there, from the young to the adults! There were the Asia Cosplay Meet, Asian Food Festival, Asian Drum Challenge, DBS Movies By The Bay, Play Zone, DBS Cycle By The Bay, and Photo Booth and Merchandise booth to buy gifts! The various different land activities brought about added fun and festivities to the waters sports festival! Here is my photography coverage collection of DBS Marina Regatta 2014 on Flickr!

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Selfies for good was launched for DBS Marina Regatta 2014, a movement to celebrate the enthusiasm of the participants and visitors to DBS Marina Regatta who took many photographs (and selfies) and sharing it on social media platforms such as Instagram. For every selfie taken at DBS Marina Regatta 2014, a free meal will be pledged to a primary school student supported by the Student Advisory Centre. This was a great and noble initiative!

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With the conclusion of the final 2 Dragon Boat races in the evening and as the sun sets down on a Sunday evening, DBS Marina Regatta 2014 came to a close with an electronic kites display and a fireworks display at Marina Bay. Till we meet again next year for DBS Marina Regatta 2015!


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i Light Marina Bay 2014

i Light Marina Bay 2014 is back in Singapore, now in its 3rd edition! This is one of my favourite events to photograph and I love the various beautiful and colourful lightings and artworks displays by the various artists from around the world coming to i Light Marina Bay 2014!

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i Light Marina Bay is Asia’s only sustainable light art festival that showcases innovative content, the intelligent use of lighting as well as an international line-up of creative talents. Themed Light+heART, the festival this year features 28 innovative and environmentally sustainable light art installations from around the world.

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i Light Marina Bay 2014 is going to light up Marina Bay in a wide array of beautiful and colourful lighting displays and artworks, attracting many visitors from local and overseas to the Marina Bay area and getting into the i Light Marina Bay 2014 action!

Here are my memories from i Light Marina Bay in 2010 and 2012

Photo Memories from i Light Marina Bay 2010 & my coverage of i Light Marina Bay 2010 

Photo Memories from i Light Marina Bay 2012 & my coverage of i Light Marina Bay 2012

I started walking around the Marina Bay Waterfront, visiting the various artworks and lighting displays at i Light Marina Bay 2014 when it was officially opened on the 7th March 2014. The artworks and lighting displays were amazing and there were some particular lighting artworks that caught my eye and attention, they were my favourite lighting artworks displays.

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Let me share with you some of my favourite i Light Marina Bay 2014 artworks!

– A2 The Wishing Tree by The Living Project

– A3 iSwarm by Team from SUTD 

– B9 Cloud by Caitlind R.C. Brown & Wayne Garrett 

– B10 1.26 Singapore by Janet Echelman 

– B14 Celebration of Life by Justin Lee with Dorier Asia Pte Ltd

Do drop by Marina Bay Singapore and visit all of the lighting artworks and displays! Some of them are really interactive for you to participate and have an experiential experience with the lightings! Some of the artworks at i Light Marina Bay 2014 are very popular with the visitors and they can be identified by the visitors getting to be part of the action and taking photos with the lighting artworks!

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Take many photographs and memories from i Light Marina Bay 2014, tag them with #ilightmarinabay and #marinabaysg ! Have lots of fun and enjoy yourselves! I look forward to photographing and completing all the i Light Marina Bay 2o14 lighting artworks displays!

Here are some key information on i Light Marina Bay 2014

– From: 7th March 2014 to 31st March 2014

– Location: Marina Bay Waterfront

– Website: i Light Marina Bay

– Opening Hours: 7:30pm to 11:00pm


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Extreme Sailing Series Singapore – 22nd Feb 2014

A bright, sunny and gusty windy Saturday, 22nd February 2014 at the Marina Bay Singapore, where Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 1 is happening during this weekend. Having covered part of the Extreme Sailing on Friday 21st February, Saturday’s Extreme Sailing highlights proved to be even more exciting and fun to watch, along with an unfortunate crash between 2 of the Elite Extreme Sailing boats that happened in the late afternoon to evening time.

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The crowds were in today to gather and watch the Extreme Sailing Series action and before the main competition started, there was a first ever novelty drag race of its kind in Singapore, the Breast Cancer Foundation’s dragon boat team ‘Paddlers in the Pink’ will take on Team Aberdeen Singapore in the bay before the main racing gets underway. It was great to show support to the heroines of “Paddlers in the Pink”, the Breast Cancer Foundation’s Dragon Boat Team, drawing great cheers from the spectators at The Promontory @ Marina Bay.

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The Extreme Sailing Series kickstarted their competition at around 3pm and the 12 Elite Extreme Sailing boats were in high speed adrenaline action around the waters of Marina Bay Singapore. I was able to get closer to the sailors in action on the media boat for one of the races (with my media accreditation access) and you can spot their concentration, commitment, precision and teamwork during the Extreme Sailing races. This was also my maiden experience on a media boat photographing competitive sports sailing action and it was definitely a great learning experience that gave me close up Extreme Sailing Series sailing action!

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Thereafter, I walked to the Marina Bay Sands area to photograph the Extreme Sailing Series from another location, angle and perspective of the  Extreme Sailing Series action that is close to the public in a Stadium Sailing setting and how Marina Bay Singapore fits it perfectly. I wasn’t disappointed at all and with the gusty winds, it provided a good platform for the 12 Elite Extreme Sailing teams to showcase their skills, tactics and sailing.

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At around the late afternoon, there was an unfortunate crash between Team Aberdeen Singapore and Groupama sailing team. Team Aberdeen Singapore caught one of the biggest gusts of the day as they came into the finish line struggling to hold off the pace and ploughing into the back of France’s Groupama sailing team. I was on the other side of the Marina Bay Sands when I heard the crash and I was glad that there were no major injuries to the sailors from Team Aberdeen Singapore and Groupama sailing teams. Safety was the first and foremost concern of the organisers, the safety boats were seen moving into the area immediately to provide assistance and rescue the sailors. The damaged sailing boats were escorted to The Float@Marina Bay for assessment and repairs and let’s hope both boats can return in time tomorrow for Sunday’s Extreme Sailing Series competition in the afternoon!

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Groupama sailing team skipper, Franck Cammas, explained what happened: “We had big gusts and as we were finishing a gybe we saw Aberdeen come really fast from behind and that’s the moment when they came over us breaking the mast. Besides the broken mast the damage is not too serious and it is mainly on the mast, the mainsail, the jib and a hole on the trampoline so I think we will be able to race tomorrow with another mast. Tanguy Cariou is the only crew member hurt but it’s only superficial injuries. He was in the middle of the trampoline where the boat fell, which was the worst spot. Three crew members jumped off the boat. It’s the risk of racing. What is tricky here is that the wind is quite strong and very gusty which is difficult to anticipate. It’s not easy.” – (Source: Extreme Sailing Series and Full Circle Public Relations)

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At the end of Saturday 22nd February 2014, Day 3 of Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 1 Singapore, here are the results –

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2014 Act 1, Singapore standings after Day 3, 21 races (22.02.14)

Position / Team / Points

1st Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Stuart Pollard, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 163 points.

 2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 132 points.

 3rd Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Bruno Barbarin, Thierry Wassem, Sebastien Stephant 130 points.

 4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Nick Blackman, Haylee Outteridge 117 points.

 5th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Dean Barker, Glenn Ashby, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 117 points.

 6th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Sophie de Turckheim, Tanguy Cariou, Thierry Fouchier, Devan Le Bihan 104 points.

 7th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Goodison, Pippa Wilson, Matt Cornwell 103 points.

 8th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Peter Wibroe, Nicolai Sehested 95 points.

 9th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Paul Campbell-James, Alister Richardson, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 89 points.

 10th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Tom Johnson, Will Howden, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 88 points.

 11th GAC Pindar (AUS) Seve Jarvin, Troy Tindill, Ed Smyth, Sam Newton, Alexandra South 49 points.

 12th Team Aberdeen Singapore (SIN) Nick Moloney, Adam Beashel, Scott Glen Sydney, Tom Dawson, Justin Wong 47 points.

(Results Courtesy of Extreme Sailing Series and Full Circle Public Relations)

It had been a exciting Saturday 22nd February 2014 at the Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 in Singapore! The Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 1 Singapore is now going to its final day on Sunday 23rd February, do drop by Marina Bay and The Promontory @ Marina Bay to catch the Extreme Sailing Series action!


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Extreme Sailing Series Singapore – 21st Feb 2014

The Extreme Sailing Series 2014 is back in Singapore with a big bang in the heart of Marina Bay Singapore! With strong winds blowing in the Marina Bay area and under the intense hot tropical sunshine, the Extreme 40 sailing boats are providing great excitement and sports action to the spectators around the Marina Bay Stadium! The Extreme Sailing Series is an international sailing event since 2007,  visiting different countries around the world and Singapore is Act 1 for Extreme Sailing Series 2014! High speed and adrenaline sporting action on the water by the Extreme 40 sailing boats whereby the action is close to the public in a Stadium Sailing, Marina Bay Singapore fits the bill perfectly!

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This is my 2nd year covering and photographing Extreme Sailing Series, here’s a recap of the Extreme Sailing Series that I went in 2013! If you like to know about the Extreme Racing, the starting procedure, the course, what happens during the race and the finishing, do check out their link here on Extreme Sailing Series website for more details! Here’s a photograph that I took at the Race Village that shows the Extreme Sailing Series course route!

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There were 6 races on 21st February and the Extreme 40 sailing teams had to handle winds ranging form three knots to gusty winds peaking at twenty-four knots! Watching the races from the Marina Bay area, it’s an ideal Stadium arena setting to watch the Extreme 40 sailing boats in close action, you can see them “flying” across the water! Our Marina Bay is not only a beautiful bay area with many different buildings surrounding it, they provide interesting challenges with the unpredictable winds and breezes in the Marina Bay area, giving the 12 Elite Extreme Sailing Teams a handful to handle during the racing competition!

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After Day 2 of Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 1 in Singapore, here are the results and standings of the Extreme 40 teams –

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2014 Act 1, Singapore standings after Day 2, 15 races (21.02.14)

Position / Team / Points 

1st Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Stuart Pollard, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 111 points.

2nd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Dean Barker, Glenn Ashby, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 90 points.

3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 84 points.

4th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Sophie de Turckheim, Tanguy Cariou, Thierry Fouchier, Devan Le Bihan 81 points.

5th Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Bruno Barbarin, Thierry Wassem, Sebastien Stephant 81 points.

6th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Goodison, Pippa Wilson, Matt Cornwell 80 points.

7th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Peter Wibroe, Nicolai Sehested 73 points. 

8th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Nick Blackman, Haylee Outteridge 71 points.

9th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Tom Johnson, Will Howden, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 61 points.

10th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Paul Campbell-James, Alister Richardson, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 56 points. 

11th GAC Pindar (AUS) Seve Jarvin, Troy Tindill, Ed Smyth, Sam Newton, Alexandra South 32 points. 

12th Team Aberdeen Singapore (SIN) Nick Moloney, Adam Beashel, Scott Glen Sydney, Tom Dawson, Justin Wong 31 points.

(Results Courtesy of Extreme Sailing Series and Full Circle Public Relations)

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On 22nd February 2014, there will be exciting programs and line up of activities at Extreme Sailing Series Singapore! There is a very special event, the first of its kind! The first ever novelty drag race of its kind in Singapore, the Breast Cancer Foundation’s dragon boat team ‘Paddlers in the Pink’ will take on Team Aberdeen Singapore in the bay before the main racing gets underway. Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, Lawrence Wong will also be on board the Team Aberdeen Singapore boat as the sixth man sailor. Catch this exciting event as the Promontory turns into a sea of pink with Aberdeen joining forces with Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness amongst the crowds (Information Courtesy of Extreme Sailing Series and Full Circle Public Relations)

Event: Paddlers in the Pink vs Team Aberdeen Singapore 
Date: Saturday, 22 February 2014
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: The Promontory @ Marina Bay

Do come down and support this special race at the Marina Bay at 2pm! Share it with your friends about Extreme Sailing Series happening right here in the heart of Marina Bay Singapore for the next two days, Saturday 22nd February and Sunday 23rd February!


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