Sentosa Bids Farewell to Songs of the Sea

Yesterday, Sentosa waved good-bye to Songs of the Sea with an impressive display of fireworks, zealous sing-alongs and emotional goodbyes from the cast. After a successful seven years and more than 5,000 shows, the world’s only night extravaganza set in the sea has captivated 8.5 million guests with an interesting blend of live cast, dramatic effects and dazzling pyrotechnics. Starting today, the show grounds will close in preparation for the new multimedia night spectacular – Wings of Time.

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Wings of Time, produced by the award-winning events company ECA2, will unveil its majestic charm from 17 June 2014 onwards at the same outdoor theatre as Songs of the Sea. The show will present a never-seen-before ensemble of artistically choreographed multimedia effects, a talented live cast, and fun audience engagement. With a new 10-metre tall backdrop against Sentosa’s Siloso Beach’s picturesque scenery, the 25-min spectacular will take the audiences on a magical journey of regal proportions, with new robotic fountains, 3D video mapping and enhanced pyrotechnic effects. A talented cast will take audiences on a journey filled with adventure, courage and friendship in this family-friendly extravaganza.

It tells the story of a fantastic journey through time and space. A bird-like creature, Shahbaz, from prehistoric times goes on an adventure with two modern-day teenagers in search of home. Along the way, they discover the world by exploring wondrous locations around the world. As the teenagers assist their newfound friend to find his way home, they too must face a test of their courage and friendship. The decisions they make will eventually help them (or not) to find their own way home too.

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“Wings of Time will redefine history again, bringing together a breathtaking adventure with the latest multimedia effects and values we can identify with. We are confident that this will again push the boundaries of premium entertainment options for families, even after the sun sets,” said Mr Sam Lee, Director, Island Business, Sentosa Leisure Management.

With just weeks away before the new show launches, Sentosa and ECA2 are embarking on extensive renovations to overhaul the stage area and equipment within the show premise. State-of-the- art technology meets contemporary storytelling as Wings of Time showcases a new choreography of pyrotechnics and special effects tightly woven into the storyline. New equipment including robotic moving water jets with LED lights and coloured lasers will be installed, while existing infrastructure will be boosted with upgrades for a seamless integration to take every guest’s breath away. Casting calls for the new cast have been completed and they will undergo intensive training by Sentosa and ECA2.

Wings of Time will be a ticketed performance, with daily shows at 7.40pm and 8.40pm along Siloso Beach. Premium seats are available at S$23 per person, while standard seats are at S$18 (standard rate), and S$15 (for local residents). Advance tickets are available from 12 May onwards at store.sentosa.com.sg. For more information, please visit www.sentosa.com.sg or call 1800-SENTOSA (736 8672).

Sentosa’s new night show – Wings of Time

  • Date: Starting from 17 June
  • Show times: Daily, 7.40pm and 8.40pm
  • Venue: Siloso Beach at Sentosa Island
  • Nearest MRT station: Harbourfront MRT (take the Sentosa Express train from Sentosa Station located at VivoCity level 3 to Beach Station)
  • Show tickets: S$23 (premium seats), S$18 (standard seats), S$15 (standard seats for locals)
  • How to buy tickets: Available for purchase online from 12 May 2014 onwards at store.sentosa.com.sg

I’m going Esplanade for Countdown 2014!

Initially, I was skeptical. In fact, it took me awhile before agreeing to be one of the five official blogger ambassadors for Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2014. To be honest, I prefer spending New Year eve away from crowd but with the comfort of my bed, my sparkling Moscato and telly set.

In all true of the matter, I’m a laid-back guy and being with the big crowd gives me claustrophobia. Sometimes I see myself as a hermit, preferring to spend same major festivals like New Year at home, chilling with friends over wine.

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Esplanade is the best place to visit the fireworks and light display for Marina Bay Countdown 2014

But my exclusive invitation to preview the light installation on Sunday night at Esplanade had turned this non-believer into an evangelist. Standing the roof top of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay at 11.30pm to get a glimpse of the rehearsal of the light display for the celebration is a magical feeling. Someone must have sparkle mystical powder over those amazing lights which make me fell in love.

This 31st Dec 2013, I will be heading to Esplanade for the countdown celebration. Are you joining me?

Lead by event host, Vivien Tan, come join Cat Ong & Sheila De Niro and the Singapore Char Siew Baos as they use their powerful vocal harmonies and positive tunes to help us reflect on 2013 and usher in the new year.

Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 7pm to 1am

7.00pm – 7.40pm: Cat Ong & Sheila De Niro

7.40pm – 8.05pm: Short Film – Beautiful Life

8.05pm – 8.45pm: Singapore Char Siew Baos

8.45pm – 9.10pm: Short Film – Beautiful Life

9.10pm – 9.50pm: Cat Ong & Sheila De Niro

9.50pm – 10.15pm: Short Film – Beautiful Life

10.15pm – 10.55pm: Singapore Char Siew Baos

10.55pm – 11.20pm: Short Film – Beautiful Life

11.20pm – 11.50pm: Singapore Char Siew Baos

11.50pm – 12.00am: Lead up to Countdown

12.00am – 12.10am: Fireworks + Music

12.10am – 1.00 am: Singapore Char Siew Baos

Programme may be subjected to change. For more information: Visit Esplanade’s page here or Marina Bay Countdown 2014 page here.

I saw a familiar name and realized that my friend, Jacob Teo is actually a Char Siew Bao! I mean part of the local band, Singapore Char Siew Baos. I hope I get a chance to catch up with him on New Year eve.

The highlight of this year’s celebration is the 40-second LED countdown display on the façade of the Ocean Financial Centre. If Time Square in New York can have their mega LED display, so can we right? After all, we are Singapore and we always can find our own way of doing an international gig in a local fashion.

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Ocean Financial Centre – the building with the red LED lights will be transformed into a large countdown timer for the celebration at Marina Bay

Warning! Please take note the road closure on 31 December 2013.

Lane Closures

Raffles Avenue, extreme left and right lane (from Temasek Avenue Junction to Esplanade Drive Junction) – From 6pm to 2am.

Road Closures

Esplanade Drive (Both carriageways) – From 11.30pm to 1.30am.

Connaught Drive (All lanes closed) – From 11.30pm to 1.30am.

Raffles Avenue (All lanes closed) – From 11.30pm to 1.30am.

Esplanade’s Vehicular Access Advisory

Esplanade’s Basement Carpark entrances and exits will be closed from 11.30pm to 1.30am.

Esplanade’s Waterfront Carpark will be closed from 27 December to 1 Jan 2014.

Esplanade Mall’s driveway entry and exit will be closed from 6pm to 2am.

Taxi Stand at Esplanade’s Mall Driveway will be closed from 6pm to 2am.

For a more detailed advisory on road closure around Marina Bay, please refer to this site.

Those attending Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2014 need not worry about how to get home as SMRT trains and bus services will be extended. Yeah!

Last trains towards Joo Koon, Pasir Ris and Jurong East will depart City Hall Station at 2.15am, and the last train towards Marina Bay at 2.01am.

Those heading towards HarbourFront and Dhoby Ghaut can catch the last trains at Circle Line terminals at 1.38am.

Tiffany Yong and Michhysaurous will be joining me for the countdown. What say you?

Happy New Year! See you in 2014.

Support Budding Local Singers at Music Express XIX

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[Photo: NTU Chinese Society]

I hate Chinese songs and when given a choice, I would normally sing English songs at karaoke sessions with friends. Besides being linguistically challenged  in Mandarin, very often I feel that Chinese songs are always so melancholic in nature.

But what I do support is originality, creativity and local talent. Coming to its 19th year,  Music Express is an annual songwriting competition organized by the NTU Chinese Society (NTUCS).  The aim of this competition is to provide a platform for dedicated people who are enthusiastic in music, encourage them to express own feeling, views, and ideas via originally-made songs.

This year, besides focusing its scope to Universities and Colleges in Singapore, Music Express introduces a new catagory, targeting all Singaporean below 35, with the ambition to increase the songwriting atmosphere in Singapore.

Here’s a short introduction of the contesters for this year:

The Grand Final will be held at Nanyang Auditorium in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on 25 August 2013. Tickets can be bought on the spot or via pre-order. Supporters can purchase the tickets directly from their official website via this link: http://www.ntumusicexpress.com/ticketselling1.html

Cash payment can be made at NTU Chinese Society Booth during NTU ECA Fair from 12 to 14 August 2013. Each ticket is priced at S$10.00.

For more information, please visit the official website: http://www.ntumusicexpress.com/index.html

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Free ticket giveaway:

Be the first to submit your name, NRIC and phone number to sunny_creationz@hotmail.com and win 1 Grand Final ticket to Music Express 19. Closing date to take part on this giveaway is 22 August 2013 (23:59 hrs).

Feathers and Cage

Lights, Cabaret, Action! Ladies and Gentlemen, get ready as feathers, sequins and everything that sparkle entertain you at LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, the world famous nightclub in Tanjong Pagar.

 

(Photo credit: Wild Rice)

The multi-talented Ivan Heng plays Albin/Zaza, the ever popular diva of the club where Tony Eusoff plays George, his loving partner and host of the nightclub. Trouble brews as their 24 years old son, Jonathan announces after his holiday trip that he’ll be marrying the daughter of a right-wing anti-homosexual politician.

(Photo credit: Wild Rice)

Featuring a mixture of local and international cast; The Cagelles performs as the flamboyant crew of cabaret dancers. The opening act reminds me the Simon Cabaret Show I watched while in Phuket last year. But of the fun of watching La Cage is in featuring out the real boobies from the fakes.

 

Winner of 11 Tony Awards and one of Broadway’s biggest hits, this adaption comes with a twist of Singlish and stand up comedy surrounding MRT breakdowns, fund raising for a certain pastor’s wife singing career, sex scandal involving high ranking officers and non-inclusiveness of the National Day Parade.

 

Behind the glimmers and glamorous, is a story that love transcends  all boundaries. 20 years later, are we still able to sing, “I am young and in love” to our partner? La Cage showcases the struggle when one is forced to choose lover over kinship and the reconciliation through love.

 

A must watch for all theatre and musical lovers, the only improvement I can ask is for Ivan Heng to reappear at the end of the finale as Zaza the diva instead of the white, well-pressed tailored suit.

 

For more information and ticketing, please check out these links SISTEC and Wild Rice.

TREVVY members can quote “Birdcage” at SISTIC and enjoy 10% off! Discount applies for students too.