SG50 Celebrations: Sentosa – Merlion Magic Lights, Sands of Time and S.E.A. Aquarium

As mentioned in my previous two posts, there were just too many places to visit for Singapore’s Jubilee celebrations and one of the places which had SG50-related events was on Sentosa island, so I hopped over to check them out…

Date : 1 – 30 Aug 2015
Time: 7:45pm, 8:15pm, 8:45pm, 9:15pm (weekdays)
Additional 2 shows at 9:45pm & 10:15pm during weekends, Eve of Public Holiday and Public Holiday
Venue: Merlion Plaza

This was my second time seeing the Sentosa Merlion come “alive” (the first being end-2013) with the aid of 3D video projection mapping and I found that some of the lighting designs were similar to the previous show that I had watched

…but I especially liked when the Merlion was covered in red and white resembling our National flag and with a mini shower of fireworks.

Pictures can’t really capture the full experience of a 3D projection mapping show, so do watch this video:

The aquarium over at Resorts World had something special lurking in their tanks…

Date: 7-10 August 2015
The Open Ocean exhibit at the aquarium celebrated our nation’s birthday with four divers carrying the Singapore flag across the tank, from one end of the glass panel to the other.

Gosh…I guess it must have been heavy, since it required four divers to carry it!

When they reached the other end of the tank, the flag was then rolled up like a scroll and kept. ^_^

There was even a wreath with the words “SG50” found at one of the smaller tanks.

Fans of sand sculptures were able to view seven of them over at Siloso Beach, where the Singapore Story, showcasing significant moments in Singapore’s history, was told through the 100m long sand sculpture display.

Date: 7-16 Aug 2015
Time: 10am – 7pm
Venue: Siloso Beach

The sand sculptures, ranging from 3 – 4.2 metres tall, were set behind a two-dimensional sand mural chronicling Singapore’s evolution to the thriving city it is today. There was also audio accompaniment, so that visitors could immerse themselves in The Singapore Story!

A Day to Remember
Singaporeans at a Kopitiam, watching the press conference where Mr Lee Kuan Yew announced Singapore’s separation from the Malaysian Federation.

First National Day Parade 1966

Singapore’s first National Day Parade on 9 August 1966 with contingents marching past City Hall.

On a little street of Singapore

A typical street market scene in Singapore in the days before modern supermarkets existed.

So Singapore

Illustrating that time is precious and finite, this centrepiece honours the past and celebrates the present. Backing the idea of time are the iconic quirks that make up the Singaporean DNA.

Our Heartlands

A typical scene of our heartlands with HDB flats, playground and MRT train in the background, to showcase where Singaporeans live and play.

Sentosa – The State of Fun!

This scene showcases Sentosa as one of the key tourism icons in Singapore.

Our Home

This final scene shows the metropolis that Singapore has transformed into since its humble beginnings as a fishing village. Here we can see the skyline of the financial district, Gardens by the Bay and a couple representing the Pioneer Generation, who have been instrumental to Singapore’s success story.

Finally, I’ll leave you with one last sand sculpture, which was tucked away in a corner across from the main exhibits. ^_^

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