Jubilee Weekend – SG50

To celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday, there are a huge number of activities organised throughout the island. For one, the RSAF Black Knights will be performing for 3 consecutive days during noon from 7 to 9 August. In order to endure the wait and expecting the crowd, I decided to bring my kids to have some fun at the Gardens by the Bay. It should be possible to see the planes from there and not need to brave the hot sun at the fully exposed Barrage.

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Unfortunately, it started to rain just before noon but the planes flew anyway. I didn’t manage to get a nice photo though.

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and I’ve also made a quick (but low quality) video of the performance. The Black Knights tried to put up a good show despite the rain. But as rain got heavier, the performance had to stop.

After their nap at home, we went to the esplanade to catch the fireworks at 8.15pm. We had a quick dinner at Barossa (because their favorite resturant, Thai Express was full).

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Before the fireworks, the kids were well entertained by the sand art performance by Lawrence Koh.

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And finally the much anticipated fireworks.

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Huayi performance 2015 at Esplanade, 传统舞乐瑞狮腾飞

During this Chinese New Year, I brought my family down to the Esplanade for some performances. This is a slew of performances put together by Sheng Hong Arts Institute Chinese Dance Department, Nanyang Polytechnic Chinese Orchestra Percussion Ensemble & Tian Eng Dragon and Lion Dance Centre. (新加坡城隍艺术学院华族舞蹈系、
南洋理工华乐团打击乐小组与天鹰龙狮学院). Unfortunately, by the time my family and I finished our dinner, we can only find sitting places on the steps in one corner, as evident from all the shooting angles below.

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And finally my favorite segment, the drum performance. They made it more interesting and spectacular by dusting the drums with what smelt like Talcom powder before hitting them.

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Equipment: Olympus E-5 with Zuiko 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 SWD lens.

Moonfest 2014 @ the Esplanade

I got to know about the Moonfest at the Esplanade and brought my family along to enjoy the performances at the outdoor theatre. Before the show begin, I found some chance to take some pictures around the area before the sun sets.

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We had a quick dinner before the show began, by Ding Yi Music Company.

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We missed the early part of one segment, and while waiting for the next repeat, we just sat around to enjoy the beautiful night scenery.

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The performances, especially the drummers are really fantastic!! We’ll definitely be back again for more next year!