Another visit to the Singapore Flyer

It has been several years since we last went to the Flyer and the glass seems to be cleaning today. But the lights outside the capsule still make photography a challenge.

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Huayi-Chinese Festival of Arts, 2016

Another must go event for my family during Chinese New Year period is the Huayi- Chinese Festival of Arts held annually at the Esplanade.

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Due to the late afternoon rain, the opening event, Lion Dance by Wen Yang Sports Assocation, was held indoors instead but the crowd support was still very good.

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After some quick dinner, we were treated to nice a music event, Festive Strings, put up by StringWerkz at the concourse.

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Immediately following this, the finale of the day is the traditional delights performed by various artists.

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There are two drum segments, the first is good but the second was interesting due to its performing members, ranging from very young to very old. And as if timed to make it more interesting, the 9pm nightly fireworks kicked off from the floating platform during the performance.

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Coming next are dance performances.

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And a huge bunch of very cute children put up a good show to the laughter of the audience.

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Then was another dance segment.

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And the finale was actually the theme character of most performances this year, the Monkey King.

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River Hongbao 2016

River Hongbao is one of the annual event that I will always bring my family. Coinciding with the year of the monkey, the theme this year is Monkey King, the key character in the story Journey to the West, 西游记.

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There is a gigantic Chinese Chess Board, pitting Tang Sanzang, 唐三藏 and Bull Demon King, 牛魔王.

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There are many other beautiful lanterns depicting other characters or events in the Journey to the West.

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And not to forget the must-have-character… God of Fortune, 财神爷.

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But the zodiac characters this year don’t really look like the animals they are supposed to represent.

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Fortunately, the monkey does.

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Beside lanterns, there is a stage performance.

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And the finale is the nightly fireworks at 9pm.

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A walk around Marina Reservoir

Found a day to take some stroll along my favorite reservoir, Marina reservoir. I prefer to get a good vantage point of the area, and I knew one good aerial view is from Benjamin Sheares Bridge. To get there, I’ll need to climb up the bridge from Gardens by the Bay, East.

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Next stop, heading to the Barrage.

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The water playground is really good to take some heat of the hot day.

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One of the few sculptures found in the area. This is the ‘Force of nature’, by Lorenzo Quinn.

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Marina bridge and one of the 9 creat gates.

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The viewing pod caught my eye when I tried to photograph it… and interestingly, I saw a smiley face!

Taken with Olympus E-5 and zuiko 7-14 & zuiko 8mm fisheye.

River Hongbao 2015

I purposely choose to come down during a weekday to avoid the crowd. If not, my wife and I will have to carry our kids through the crowd.

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My kids are happy to see their favorite playground being exhibited.

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And last but not least, the iconic figure that must be around every year.

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Taken with Sony Nex5R with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS 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!