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.
Unfortunately, it started to rain just before noon but the planes flew anyway. I didn’t manage to get a nice photo though.
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.
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.
Equipment: Olympus E-5 with Zuiko 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 SWD lens.
There are two groups performing at Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC) as part of the Chinese New Year celebration to usher the year of Goat. I chance upon this when I went there for lunch one day and saw the performance by Xuzhou Performing Art Troupe. I came back another day and watched the performance by Hangzhou Performing Art Group.
1. Sony Nex5R with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens
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.
We had a quick dinner before the show began, by Ding Yi Music Company.
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.
The performances, especially the drummers are really fantastic!! We’ll definitely be back again for more next year!
Later, I realised this was part of the Children’s Festival at the Gardens. There were actual a series of performance taking place in various venues. The outdoor ones are free and one will have to pay to catch those in the conservatories.