Wonder Full- the light and water show @ Marina Bay Sands

There are quite a number of free, light and water shows in Singapore. One at the Resort World Sentosa, one at the Gardens by the Bay and another at the Marina Bay Sands. I finally found time to bring my family down to Marina Bay Sands, MBS to take a look. Ever since the Bayfront MRT Station was opened, getting to MBS was so much more convenient.

More on the light show, titled Wonder Full, can be found at MBS’s website.

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Beginning of the Wonder Full- light and water show

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Big baby

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The main highlight of the show was the mass release of bubbles  towards the end that drove the children crazy.

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S.E.A. Aquarium Overview Video

Went down to S.E.A Aquarium again. This time my primary aim was to do a overview video to introduce the Aquarium. Hence I only took with me my compact camera, Sony HX9V.

The following video is a compilation of a series of short clips I took with HX9V, put together with Windows Movie Maker and free background music from http://www.jewelbeat.com.

 

S.E.A. Aquarium Preview

Tipped off by my friend that the S.E.A Aquarium was very nice and well worth the $88 annual pass for multiple visits, I went ahead and got one. I took an afternoon leave to run some personal errands and when I was finally free at about 4pm, I rushed down to S.E.A Aquarium, got my annual pass and went in for a quick 1/2 hour ‘preview’, before I rushed off to pick up my kids from the childcare.

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The first thing that struck me was the similar looking glass ‘tunnel’ I saw at Underwater World. But what came after that was a welcoming difference.

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There were many huge tanks with many fishes.

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But after a while, I began to realised that there were many similar looking tanks and similar looking fishes. Sure, there are many many fishes… but many similar looking kind, if not the same (S.E.A. Aquarium claimed that there are 800 species of marine animals). I expected to see many exotic creatures but was quite disappointed.

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As for photography, the curvy tanks and the strong lightings made distortions and reflections big challenges for photographers. Getting sharp, detailed shots of the fishes was really really difficult. Maybe that explained why there were relatively so few uploads of pictures taken at S.E.A. Aquarium to Flickr.

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In conclusion, if there would not be regular updates to the species of creatures in S.E.A. Aquarium, I will definitely not renew my annual pass when it expires. With so many huge tanks, I had expected to see rare, exotic creatures of the deep as well as huge fishes. Perhaps the tanks were too big. Even the sharks look like little fishes in them.

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A walk on OCBC Skywalk, Gardens by the Bay

I intentionally made this trip with my family to Gardens by the Bay to go up to the OCBC skywalk. It is unfortunate that the skywalk closes earlier on weekends, especially Sunday. Anyway, we reach early, got the tickets and went for dinner before we returned to queue and go up just before 7.30pm. It is much nicer at night than in the day, to see the citylights from a higher vantage point.

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The skywalk will suay and oscillate when anyone walks or runs by… hence it is almost impossible to use the tripod here for long exposures. 

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This shot is done by merging and auto-aligning 3 different exposures using Photomatix. The supertree is much brighter than the financial centre in the background, hence HDR is necessary here. 

More HDR @ Sentosa, Imbiah Lookout

Look my family to Sentosa again, 2nd time in 2 weeks. Originally intended to go Marina Barrage to fly kite but the surprising hot weather in the morning (good for photography though) made us changed our mind. Thanks to the Sentosa Islander pass, Sentosa is a good backup plan anytime 🙂

Sentosa has been around for so long that (other than new attractions like RWS) almost every angle has been taken. Hence I decided to play around with some HDR post processing again. I still prefer more ‘natural’ but vibrant HDR as compared to other-worldly-surreal HDR.

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If only the Merlion can rotate constantly… will prefer it to look to the right

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On the way back to the Central Beach Station from Imbiah Lookout. Again, if the Merlion can turn to face me, it’ll look much better 🙂

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I wonder how to get on board this truck… it is a very different form of ‘transport’ option available.