Tag Archives: Merlion

Happy 40th Birthday to Merlion !

The Merlion, an iconic landmark for both locals and international visitors, celebrated her 40th Birthday on 15th September 2012! The Merlion that is now in her current location at Merlion Park, was first built as an eight-metre tall sculpture in 1972 at the mouth of the Singapore River to “welcome all visitors to Singapore”. Growing up, I would remember the Merlion standing proudly at the Singapore River mouth overlooking the Marina Bay.

On 15 September 2002, the Merlion was moved to its current location at Merlion Park next to One Fullerton, and now overlooks the beautiful scenic Marina Bay area. The Merlion iconic landmark stands out even further with the transformation of Marina Bay into a vibrant and exciting hub for leisure and business. The Merlion although 40 years old, is still well loved by many and easily recognised by visitors from abroad.

As part of her 40th birthday celebrations, the Merlion went through a careful restoration and reopened to welcome her friends during her birthday month. Visitors and friends to The Merlion were treated to a beautiful light up consisting of a 7-minute display of dazzling light projections, sound, and pyrotechnics, showcasing how the Merlion touches the lives of Singaporeans and visitors growing up over the years and visiting The Merlion.

During the display performances at various timings, there were many people there to celebrate The Merlion’s birthday, both locals and visitors alike. We even sang a birthday song for The Merlion too and it was really nice to see The Merlion blushing! I was there for the 830pm and 915pm light show timings, capturing The Merlion’s birthday celebrations from two different locations to get a few perspectives and beautiful landscapes of The Merlion, Merlion Park and Marina Bay. I spotted Darryl and Nelson at The Merlion’s birthday celebration too! Do check out more photographs of The Merlion’s birthday at my Flickr collection!

Here’s wishing to our iconic Merlion ~ Happy 40th Birthday !!

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Candle Night at Marina Bay 2011

A night only in Singapore, that’s the Candle Night 2011 at Marina Bay, on the 5th November 2011 at the Merlion Park and One Fullerton area. Kindly invited by the Marina Bay Singapore, it was an honour to be part of this wonderful, beautiful and social responsibility event. There were events organised earlier to learn about lantern making using recycled materials and having a lantern walk thereafter, due to my earlier commitments at the SCC Rugby 7s at the Padang nearby, I was not able to join my other social media/blogging/twitter friends for the earlier activities. Nevertheless, I was very happy that I was able to appreciate the beauty, artwork and lightings of Candle Night 2011 at Marina Bay.

Researching more into Candle Night 2011 origins, Candle Night  is an environmental event that helps in finding one’s inner sense of time, organised by Lighting Detectives Singapore. The Lighting Detectives is founded by Kaoru Mende, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the study of lighting culture through practical methods, and surveying of urban light environments, do check out Candle Night at Marina Bay on Facebook (Source : Shomei Tanteidan website). They are very inspiring with their lightings, artwork, environmental awareness and it just makes me people pause in time to admire the lights and think about Mother Nature.

I walked up and down from Merlion Park along One Fullerton, amazed and mesmerised by the the various lighting designs and artwork. They were all like shining lights, beacons and lanterns, attracting us towards them, reminding us of being environmentally conscious. Slowly walking and enjoying myself, immersing with the lightings, this was a very beautiful lighting and meaningful environmental event.

Candle Night at Marina Bay lights it up in a very special manner and aura, striking a balance of modern cosmopolitan bay view skyline with a social cause to be more environmentally friendly and conscious. Mesmerised and inspired, as a photographer, a photojournalist, it’s all about lighting, Candle Night inspires me to be more curious and passionate about lighting! Maybe I should be a Lighting Detective too ? Let’s see ….. Do check out the beautiful photographs from Candle Night 2011 at Marina Bay !!



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Singapore Biennale 2011 – The Merlion Hotel

The Marina Bay Singapore, an area that went through many transformations, changes, expansion and growth, along with Singapore’s prosperity and success. It’s not just a business hub now, new parks and leisure activities are coming up, the Marina Bay would be converted into a leisure lifestyle area with water and recreational activities, with the business and hospitality elements along with it.

For Singapore Biennale 2011, it was one of the 4 venues and this year, they made something very unique and exceptional to me and others, however, it has its critics too. There was this something special known as The Merlion Hotel! There were people asking, “Is there such a hotel?”, for the Singapore Biennale 2011, Singapore’s iconic landmark, The Merlion, was transformed by Japanese Artist, Tatzu Nishi, with his combination of art object and viewer experience, into a luxury hotel suite armed with a beautiful and panoramic view of the Marina Bay, from the Esplande Bridge to Esplanade, Marina Square, Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Sands and Marina Bay Financial District.

This experience of being so close to an iconic giant landmark (you are quite close to The Merlion head) and the feeling is, you are looking out, admiring the beauty of Marina Bay, along with The Merlion! For visitors who managed to book this special and unique suite for the night, I reckon they would have an awesome and very unique experience that would probably not be available again! On the last day of Singapore Biennale 2011, I was very lucky to squeeze into the last few batches of visitors (it was past their last entry time) to see, feel and touch The Merlion up close and personal!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to The Merlion Hotel!

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