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Augmented Reality Effects Bring New Life to Exhibits at the Trick Eye Museum Singapore

Combine 3D together with Augmented Reality (AR) and you’ll get an out of this world experience!

27th May 2017 will mark the launch of Trick Eye Museum Singapore’s new AR mobile app, which you can use to take pictures at the museum and also discover the additional animations which appear with each of their art exhibits. This app is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. You can use the app to take both photos and videos of yourself interacting with the art installations. There are added sound effects and music if you take videos using the app and you can watch some of my clips towards the end of this post.

The AR experience starts outside the entrance to the museum, where there is a hideous sea serpent waiting to pounce on unsuspecting visitors!

Running apps on your mobile with AR features does drain your phone battery life and I forgot to bring a power bank, thus in order to conserve my phone battery, I took only AR photos and videos during this visit, but I’ve also included some pictures from my previous visits for comparison.

If you have visited this 3D art museum since the last time when they had refreshed their artworks, you would be familiar with the rest of the pictures in this post but do take a look at how the pictures have been enhanced to provide a more fun and entertaining experience to your museum visit.

Original:

With AR turned on:

It puzzles me as to why a tiger has appeared at the Island of La Grande Jatte! Really unexpected!!

If you already think that this scene from the “Ghost” zone looks impressive in 3D…

…you will be pleased to know that it looks even better with the AR features turned on! I felt as if I was part of an animated movie with the skeletons moving about!

Some of the artworks have not-so-elaborate AR features, but the effects are still good as they enhance the visuals of the 3D exhibits.

Original:

With AR turned on:

Original:

With AR turned on:

Original:

With AR turned on:

Here are some other scenes with AR effects:

The addition of the AR features are best captured on video and you can “interact” with some of the animated characters (this is a chance to show off your acting skills!).

Here’s a compilation of some of the exhibits (please excuse my poor acting skills):

Do note that unless you are taking a selfie, you won’t have any idea of what special effects or animations are taking place in the space around you. If you have a friend helping to record the video for you, that person will need to be the director, otherwise it is pretty much up to your own imagination with regards to how to react in the scene!

Don’t worry if it’s too noisy at the museum, as the app will not record the background noise but instead overlay its own music and sound effects to your video.

Overall it was good fun and the AR effects certainly provide a different kind of interactive experience with the art installations!

Things to take note of before heading to the museum:

    • Download the “Trickeye” app (Free) from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
    • Bring along a power bank in case your mobile battery runs low from using the app.
    • Try to familiarise yourself with the functions on the screen, otherwise if you are not sure, you can always refer to the tutorial page.

From 27 May to 26 June 2017, visitors to the museum will enjoy 50% off admission prices for tickets purchased from the Trick Eye Museum and Sentosa ticketing counters.

Thanks to Trick Eye Museum Singapore for the media preview of the new AR features!

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Chocolicious Fun at Universal Studios Singapore!

Chocoholics are in for a treat at Universal Studios Singapore’s latest Chocolate Garden attraction! Go on a Chocolate Adventure from now until 28th May 2017 and indulge your sweet tooth in some of the available offerings.

The entrance to the Chocolate Garden can be found between the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase ride and The Brown Derby.

This walk-in attraction contains several themed areas like Lollipop Land, the Fondue Garden and there’s also a Choco Hedge Maze!

Lollipop Land

The swirls of colours immediately catch your eye when you enter the garden.

It makes for a nice photo spot.

There is an area for kids to decorate their own lollipops and they can add them to the Lollipop Garden!

Cocoa Hedge Maze

Get lost in this maze and who knows, you may even find some chocolate treats hidden amongst the bushes! It’s a pity the hedges aren’t high enough for adults to get lost in, but kids would probably enjoy this!

Fondue Garden

For a limited time, marshmallows are given out for free near the entrance to the Chocolate Garden, but if you haven’t had enough of them, you can purchase more at $1 for a set of 2 packets, each containing 2 marshmallows. The stickers that you see on the left of the photo below are for those who have registered for the cupcakes and cookies workshops.

Now if you have your marshmallows in hand and using the sticks provided, go dip them into the various chocolate fountains for a sweet indulgence.

There are several chocolate fountains of different varieties like Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate and there are even Strawberry and Pandan flavours!!

Character Meet and Greet

There are a few characters that you can meet in this area – Candice Cupcake and Mama Cookie are two newly introduced characters at the park and then there’s everyone’s favourite Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.

Candice Cupcake is such a sweetie pie!

Mama Cookie is quite a feisty character!

Then there’s Cookie Monster donning a chef’s hat and an apron. Who’s the guy next to him? Well, he’s the Chocolate Man…

Chocolate Man Hunt

The Chocolate Man wears a badge or patch with the words “Are You Looking For Me?” and he will be roaming the park. Look carefully for him as you explore the park and when you do find him, shout “Got you! You are the Choco Man!” and you can win a mystery prize, which ranges from retail and dining vouchers to Universal Studios Singapore admission tickets!

Cupcakes & Cookies Workshop

If you are feeling creative, you can sign up for one of the sessions where you can decorate delicious cookies and cupcakes. It costs $6 each for a cupcake or a cookie.

We were first given a demonstration of how to decorate a cupcake and the kids looked like they couldn’t wait for their turn to try doing it!

  

Here are some samples of cookies and cupcakes that have already been decorated – they all looked like a sugar overload to me!

  

Ok, now’s my turn to have a go at cupcake decorating and we were given some white chocolate, strawberry chocolate, four different bottles of cream and lots of candy sprinkles!!

On the left is my chocolate chip cupcake and on the right, my completed masterpiece!

  

I coated my cupcake with strawberry chocolate, but didn’t add that many candy sprinkles as I don’t like my cupcakes to be too sweet! Mama Cookie saw it and approved of it! ^_^

You can bring your cupcakes/cookies home after you have finished decorating them, i.e. if you don’t plan to eat them on the spot. A word of advice – if you’re doing cupcakes, do remove the flag before you put the cupcake into the box. I forgot to do so and mine was a little squashed after I put the lid over.

Here’s a quick recap of what you can find at the Chocolate Garden:

Schedule:

I wandered around the park to see if I could interest any of the park’s characters in some chocolate.

The Minions weren’t interested – oh yeah, I forgot that my cupcake wasn’t banana flavoured (you can see my squashed cupcake here).

The Raptor looked keen and about to escape from his enclosure! Then again, he’d probably eat anything! Oh well, I’d better run along before he really escapes!…

Do go check out the Chocolate Garden and the various characters there. It’s also a good place to hang out to get away from the scorching sun!

Other Chocolate Flavoured Dining Offerings

Chocolate-flavoured delights can be found at various dining outlets in the park and these include Cho-infused Curry with Chicken Katsu, Nutella & Cheese Fries, Crispy Chicken Strips with Chocolate Dip and Cocoa Slush. Visitors can purchase the Sweet Tooth Package and choose three selected chocolate-themed items at participating dining outlets for just $20.

A Chocolate Adventure is a new experience included with regular paid admission to Universal Studios Singapore. Now until 28th May 2017.

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Mulan The Musical (木兰少女)

Mulan The Musical (木兰少女) runs from 16 December 2016 to 5 February 2017 at the Resorts World Theatre. This musical comedy from Taiwan, which is making its overseas debut, brings a different twist to the legendary story of Hua Mulan (花木兰).

The cast includes Zhou Ding Wei in the leading male role (the General), Taiwanese singer-actress Li Qian Na and Lai Ying Ying taking turns in the role of Hua Mulan and Singapore artistes Pierre Png and Ann Kok in supporting roles.

At the beginning, we are introduced to the Hua family, where the head of the household has some health issues, the older sister Hua Mulian (played by Ann Kok) was pregnant out of wedlock and the younger brother Hua Xiong, who exhibited some effeminate traits.

If you are familiar with the story of Hua Mulan, you will know that she took her father’s place in the army out of filial piety. However, in this version, she reluctantly agreed to take the place of her father as her siblings couldn’t make the mark and she was deemed to be the most qualified candidate in their family. Thus, Mulan disguised herself as a man and joined the army as Hua Munan (花木男), which is a more masculine name.

Pierre Png plays the army captain, also known as “Encik” and several of his scenes are hilarious! Be prepared for some vulgarities in the dialogue as some of the scenes have local influences and may remind the local audience of Singapore’s National Service.

Look out for this bathroom scene where someone accidentally opens the door to one of the stalls (whoops!) but I won’t spoil the fun for you, so you’ll just have to go watch!

My favourite part was this subsequent bathroom scene with the strawberry-scented soap! It was quite funny, but also romantic in a kind of way.

Whilst at the army camp, both the General and Mulan’s childhood friend Guanfu fall for her and it was amusing to see them wrestling with the idea of having feelings for someone of the same gender. At one point, Mulan was accused by her best friend for being indecisive and liking two guys at the same time (劈腿).

Well, there is a bittersweet ending to the story and in my personal opinion, it resolved the dilemma for Mulan to have to choose between the two!

Apparently, the script has been modified for the Singapore audience, to incorporate local humour and colloquialisms. Current societal issues have also been weaved into the story and these include single parenthood, compulsory military service and LGBT issues.

The music during the second half of the show sounded much better than that in the first half. I was most impressed by Zhou Ding Wei’s vocals and I felt that his voice outshined the rest of the cast.

Curtain call:

It turns out that I absolutely loved that bathroom scene with the strawberry-scented soap, so I just had to get this picture taken as a keepsake! LOL!

Do note that Mulan the Musical is about two hours long with a 15-minute intermission and the show is in Mandarin, but English subtitles are displayed on screens located at both sides of the stage. I wonder which translation software did they use as I found some of the English subtitles to be strange and it was quite funny – one example was 马子 (girlfriend) being translated as “pony”!

Overall, I liked the show for its comedic elements more than the musical numbers.


Dates: 16 December 2016 – 5 February 2017, select nights (please refer to show calendar)

Time: 8pm
Venue: Resorts World Theatre
Prices*: Cat 1: S$128, Cat 2: S$98, Cat 3: S$68, Cat 4: S$38
*Prices exclude SISTIC booking fee and handling charges. Terms and Conditions apply.
Tickets are available from SISTIC or at the Resorts World Theatre.

The photos in this post are credited to Resorts World Sentosa, unless otherwise stated.
Thanks to Resorts World Sentosa for the invite to watch Mulan The Musical.

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[Media Preview] Universal Journey – the World’s Largest Indoor Light Display!

The Universal Journey is a brand new experiential festive light display, which is the highlight of this year’s Santa’s All-Star Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore. It features eight thematic zones of wonder that have been constructed with the use of a total of 824,961 light bulbs! Yes, you read the number correctly – this whopping number of lights have earned the theme park a Guinness World Record for having the largest light bulb display in an indoor venue!

Take a step in and you will find a Big Planet amidst a backdrop of stars in the night sky. There’s a hole in the middle of the planet and it resembles a wormhole or a time warp tunnel!

The lights in the tunnel change colours, so you can take your pick of your favourite colours when posing for pictures.

You will soon be transported into the Enchanted Pine Forest, where you can find trees in a mesmerizing assortment of colours!

Upon closer inspection, you can see that the lights come from these tiny LED light bulbs.  How on earth did the Guinness World Record Officials manage to count the total number of light bulbs?!!  I think I would be all googly-eyed and probably lose count after a while!

After passing through the forest, you will enter the Haven of Pixies, which is a magical realm and it feels as though you have stepped into fairyland!

From here we get a glimpse of the next zone and the combination of all the lights is quite a breathtaking sight to behold!

Ohh…what is that long archway which looks a little like a slinky toy?

This is called the Rainbow Bridge and its name was inspired by Thor, as divulged by Ms Andrea Teo, Vice President of Entertainment at Resorts World Sentosa.

The colours move around, producing different effects and I thought it was quite fun to walk through this!

Even Marilyn Monroe appeared to be enjoying herself in this space! ^_^

The archway at the other end of the bridge will take you into Herald’s Square.

Imagine stepping into a quaint European town without having to buy a plane ticket to get there!

Cute deer can be found close to the foliage.

  

Betty Boop certainly enjoyed posing for pictures with them!

There is a side door to another room which contains the Land of Great Gifts.

I just love Christmas light displays and this entire place and its atmosphere is simply amazing with its dazzling array of lights that I just had to get a photo to remember the experience!


Here’s a walkthrough of the Universal Journey, but you really have to be here to soak in the atmosphere!:

Bring family and friends, or you can even have a romantic date here and take lots of pictures! It certainly promises to be a dazzlingly spectacular and memorable experience!

We even did a mannequin challenge there – see if you can spot me in Resorts World Sentosa’s video! LOL!!

Santa’s All-Star Christmas will be held from 1st December 2016 to 2nd January 2017 at Universal Studios Singapore.

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Pokémon Research Exhibition at S.E.A. Aquarium

Pokémon fans may be thrilled to visit the Pokémon Research Exhibition, which is being held for the first time outside of Japan, from 22 Oct 2016 to 2 Jan 2017 at the S.E.A. Aquarium in Resorts World Sentosa. You can also get to meet Pikachu there!

Upon entering, you will be given a briefing by the research assistants in lab coats and basically you have a mission to accomplish at this exhibition and that is to identify the Pokémon hidden in a Poké Ball.

You can choose only one Poké Ball out of the three difficulty levels – the red Regular Poké Balls (easy), the blue Great Balls (medium) and the yellow & black Ultra Balls (hard).

I don’t have much knowledge about Pokémon apart from watching some episodes from the cartoon series in the past and playing Pokémon Go, so I selected an “easy” ball.

There are 7 interactive stations in total, where you can pick up clues to try to identify the mysterious creature contained within your Poké Ball. However, note that you can only pick 4 out of the 7 stations to receive your clues, so do choose wisely as to which ones you think will be able to provide the most details for you to accomplish your task!

Place your Poké Ball at the slot on the machine to begin the analysis.

Remember to pay close attention to the given clues, as the machines will not provide you with the details a second time (haha…occupational hazard and I was “testing” their system!)

Took a short breather for a photo with this giant inflatable Pikachu.

When you’ve finally obtained your 4th clue, you will be prompted by the machine to make your final deductions and head over to the “Goal” for the answers.

I decided to go check out the Pokédex wall to see if I could find more clues to help me identify the Pokémon in my Poké Ball. More than 700 Pokémon are featured on both sides on the wall. Unfortunately, after scanning through all the pictures, I was still clueless!!

I could swear that this Totodile was laughing at my incompetence!

Ok, I gave up and headed for the last station and to my surprise, the answer was automatically given without me having to key in my guesses!

What in the world is this Pokémon? I’ve never ever seen or heard of it!

Unfortunately, all Poké Balls cannot be kept as souvenirs and have to be returned just before you exit from the exhibition, so please leave them at the trays.

The highlight for me at this exhibition was meeting Pikachu and trying to catch him and bring him home! LOL!

Pikachu Appearance: Daily at 11:30am, 2:30pm, 5:30pm

Venue: Inside Pokémon Research Exhibition & S.E.A. Aquarium – B1 Entrance Atrium (2:30pm session)

Those of you who are interested in visiting this exhibition, do know that an admission ticket to the S.E.A. Aquarium is required and there is an additional admission fee for the Pokemon exhibition on top of the aquarium ticket. S.E.A. Aquarium Annual/Season Pass Holders can enter at no additional cost.

Dates: 22 Oct 2016 to 2 Jan 2017.

More details on tickets and pricing can be found at the Resorts World Sentosa website.

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Universal Studios Singapore celebrates World Monopoly Day by breaking a Guinness World Record!

World Monopoly Day falls on 19th March and Universal Studios Singapore celebrated the 81st birthday of the real estate tycoon Mr. Monopoly by attempting to break the Guinness World Records title for the most people playing a Monopoly game in a single venue!

The event required participants aged 8 and over to play the board game continuously for 30 minutes from the start of game play without any break.

We were up to the challenge and arrived at the theme park early in the morning! Upon heading over to the New York zone, Bumblebee was already there waiting to greet us!

How often do you see autobots venturing out of Sci-Fi City into New York?!  Both Bumblebee and Optimus Prime tooks turns for an exclusive meet and greet session and there was a brief window when both appeared together before Bumblebee ran off.

Even though pre-registration for the Monopoly challenge was already done online, all participants still had to register at the New York zone, where a ticket and wristband were issued for admission into the event venue.

Registration counters:

This ticket plus a wristband (not pictured here) are required in order to enter the event venue.

This was the seating plan for the event. Our wristbands were tagged with the table numbers that we were assigned to, so we had to go locate our corresponding table.

It was still about half an hour before the event started and the place was still relatively empty.

The version of the board game being played was “Monopoly Empire”, which has a tie-up between Hasbro and Universal Parks & Resorts. Instead of buying title deeds, you buy billboards to fill up your tower. I find this version to be more relevant to today’s context as popular brand names like Levi’s, Xbox, Polaroid, Candy Crush, Caterpillar, Heinz and Transformers are part of the billboard tiles available for purchase. In this version of the game, you don’t need to play for hours and the game can easily end after about 15-20 minutes as the first person who manages to successfully complete filling up his/her tower wins the game!

Each participant was given an envelope and a copy of the game instruction manual for reference.

The envelope contained 2 Empire Cards, a Brand Token and the pre-requisite amount of Monopoly currency to start the game with. Ok…so my token was a Wilson branded tennis racket.

All set to play the game!

Our Monopoly Empire board was all prepped up and we couldn’t wait to start!

Woo-hoo! I had managed to purchase two of my favourite brands related to Food and Theme Parks!! ^_^

However, I soon found that my opponents all had their eyes on the “Universal” brand and they did a “sneaky swap” on me each time that I got my hands on it!!

I was too busy playing the game to take any further pictures and was afraid to walk around in the event that I was disqualified from the challenge.

This was an aerial shot of the event venue with all the participants – I can just barely spot myself in the picture! ^_^


Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

When the challenge was over, participants were treated to a performance by The Rockafellas.

Exclusive merchandise was available for purchase and I bought this limited edition Monopoly t-shirt as a keepsake.

Ohh… it looked like we may have broken the World Record and Mr. Monopoly arrived for a photo shoot!

Yes, we did it!!  The previous record of 585 people playing Monopoly was set in the UK in December 2015, but we had 605 participants at the venue today and hence broke the Guinness World Records of having the most people playing a Monopoly game in a single venue!

Unfortunately as we had started and ended the game later than the originally scheduled time, quite a number of the participants had already left the game venue to go enjoy the rest of the day at the theme park and thus were not part of the group picture.

A certificate was presented by Guinness World Records adjudicator Solvej Malouf to Jason Horkin, Senior Vice President for Attractions at Resorts World Sentosa.

I couldn’t let Mr. Monopoly get away without taking a picture with me!

Here’s another photo with Jason and the Guinness World Records certificate.

A closer look at the certificate.

I must say that I did enjoy my very first Guinness World Records challenge even though the weather was terribly hot and humid that day! ^_^

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Easter Eggstravaganza (2016) at Universal Studios Singapore

The time of year for Easter egg hunting is here again and this year’s Easter Eggstravaganza event (7 March to 17 April 2016) at Universal Studios Singapore requires an additional fee on top of your day ticket. This would then entitle you to participate in an egg hunt (correct answers will allow you to redeem a Minion egg prize), entry to “An UnEGGspected Wedding” and “Eggingham Gardens”.

Annual pass holders can participate in the ticketed Easter events only once during this period – just present your pass at “Guest Services” for your Easter entitlements.

HOLLYWOOD

This year’s decorations at the entrance archway:

The shop windows have changed with the season too.


I just had to get a picture with the Minions as there are 3 of them all decked out for Easter this year!

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The Easter installation found at the end of Hollywood Boulevard changed its appearance several times during my visit!

Initial appearance:

Several days later…


However, if you visit now, the globe has been returned to the top and it’s quite a popular photo spot for this season!


Mel’s Dinettes
 – These ladies look really happy performing with green bunny ears! ^_^


An UnEGGspected Wedding [Ticketed Event]

Held at the Pantages Hollywood Theater, this stage show revolves around the Egg Lord, who has a deadline to get married before he loses his title and his precious royal purple coat!


Arrive early to get a better view of the somewhat cheesey pre-show act.

As for The UnEGGspected Wedding, the scenes were bright and colourful, with some funny moments injected into the acts.

Whoops! What was the Egg Lord doing with his pants down?!! Don’t worry, there’s nothing to be alarmed about as this is a kid-friendly show.

The Egg Lord and his bride – do they make a lovely couple?

I must say that the sound at the front row of the theatre isn’t that great, so it’s best to sit a little further back! I think I enjoyed this show more (and better understood the storyline) the second time I watched it.


Eggingham Gardens [Ticketed Event]

This is a meet and greet session in air-conditioned comfort with the Egg Lord and other characters from show. E.B., Humpty Dumpty and Puss in Boots may appear too!

Psychedelic wallpaper at the entrance to the “gardens”.

The set looks quite nice and I can identify some re-used props from previous year’s. ^_^

Different characters may appear at the different timeslots, so do pop by here at the scheduled times if you are a fan of character meet and greet!

E.B.

Puss In Boots

Humpty Dumpty

Various characters from An UnEGGspected Wedding



NEW YORK

The street has been decorated to fit the seasonal theme!



Sunlight EGGspress

This is a roller-skating performance along the streets of New York and you will find the skaters handing out beaded necklaces to the crowd.

  

If it rains on the day of your visit and the ground is still wet, the performers will appear (minus their skates) for photo-taking and the handing out of the necklaces (i.e. there will not be any performance).

  

Here’s an excerpt from their performance:


Often overlooked are the projection mapping shows on the facade of the New York Library. I must say that the quality and sound for these projection mapping shows have improved greatly as compared to when they first started several years ago!

An EGGstraordinary Tale


CarnEGGvale


EASTER EGG HUNT

Both the young and old can participate in this egg hunt.

Win one of these Minion eggs when you submit your completed card with the correct answers!

There are 8 Easter eggs to be found within the park and you’ll need to match them to the locations on the map. Be warned – it may not be as easy as it looks!

Some of them were relatively easy to find – i.e. If you are a regular at the park, you’ll be able to easily identify the locations to be searched.

However, there was one which almost stumped me and that was the teapot egg! I was using the process of logical elimination and at the same time trying to guess where it could be found! I finally managed to locate it and it was funny cos I had actually walked past its location much earlier without even noticing it!!

Oh what joy – I won a Minion egg! You may say “cheap thrill” but the fun is in the hunting and a prize/present at the end is just a bonus! ^_^


FAR FAR AWAY

Wreaths decorated with Easter eggs can be found at both ends of this zone.


Other decorations found here:

Hmm…I wonder if this goose is related to the one at Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey?


MADAGASCAR

Exotic looking egg decorations can be found in this zone!


Found these outside Marty’s Casa Del Wild Food Court, which is the venue for the Easter buffet lunch.
If you dine here, there is an exclusive meet and greet with the characters from Madagascar.

I happened to bump into these two characters when I walked through the zone, but their costumes are different from the ones at the Easter lunch buffet.

  

Overall it was good fun at the park (especially the egg hunt)!

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[Review] Cinderella, A Fairly True Story

Have you ever wanted to go a ball in a carriage? I did just that the other day… (sorry, I was letting my imagination get carried away there)

Re-live the fairytale as Cinderella, A Fairly True Story is being staged at the Resorts World Theatre from now until 4 Jan 2016.

If you are expecting something Disney-like, please don’t and instead bring yourself back to the roots of the traditional fairytale.

There was a pre-show with entertaining press photographers who mingled with the audience and took pictures everywhere they went.


This story is told through the eyes of a reporter who writes for the “Cinderella Times” tabloid and various headlines are flashed intermittently during the show.

The first act opens with an 8-year-old Louise (young Cinderella) crying over the grave of her mother and she refuses to leave with her father, Baron Leopold.


Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Life then goes further downhill after Leopold married a materialistic rich widow (well, he assumed she was rich!) named Furiosa, who has two equally materialistic daughters Grimella and Distressa, played by Dorien Schrijnemakers and Saartje Van Houtte respectively. Besides being mean-spirited, I think the two stepdaughters are best described as “sot sot dei” (Cantonese language), as they are really ditzy. Their mother on the other hand resembled Cruella de Vil.


Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Nordin De Moor, whom I last saw as Smee/Mr Darling in “Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story”, plays the reporter in this latest Music Hall production to hit our shores and he’s the only character who gets to talk to the audience, as well as interact with the other characters in the show! I must say that I learnt a lot from his commentaries which contained various bits of trivia like the question of whether Cinderella’s slippers were made of Verre (glass) or Vair (squirrel fur) – the two words are homophonous in French and it has been long debated whether the story was wrongly translated from French to English.


Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Here’s a closer look at desk from which the reporter works at in the show…

The Prince (whom we all know as Charming), played by Caleb Vines, is named Prince Harry George William Archibald Nicholas Philip Alexander Charles James Andrew Daniel the First (that’s quite a mouthful!) and he seems to be mollycoddled by his nanny, who reminded me of Mrs. Doubtfire. There are still various toys in his room from rocking horses to a giant rubber ducky and do keep a look out for that over-sized parrot! ^_^

At the ball, Cinderella introduced herself as Baroness Ella of the Cinders and at the end of the night, she took off her shoes and ran off but dropped one in the process.

The wedding had a beautiful setting in a cathedral and they lived happily ever after…


Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

…and the best part was that I got to meet Cinderella (Charlotte Campion) after the wedding! 😀

What did I think of the show?
It’s still pretty much the same fairytale with some slight plot twists. The first half of the show was a bit slow-moving but it picked up much later.

I especially loved the scene where Cinderella’s dress turned from rags to a beautiful blue gown and also when the pumpkin turned into a shiny golden carriage! It was simply magical to watch!! (Note: try not to blink during this transformation scene in order not to miss any part of it! ^_^)


Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Do expect some pyrotechnics and also listen out for popular songs like “I Gotta Feeling”, “Up Where We Belong” and “Everything I Do, I Do It For You” which have been incorporated into the show. In addition, Cinderella’s fairy godmother is not who you think she is…

Although the show started off on a sad note, there was a mix of romance and funny moments which I thought were entertaining but it would have been better if they had more scenes with “magic” in them.


Thanks to Resorts World Sentosa for the invite to watch the show on its Opening Night! ^_^

Dates: 10 Dec 2015 – 4 Jan 2016

Show Times:
Thurs: 7pm
Fri – Mon: 2pm and 7pm (no shows on Tue and Wed)

Venue: Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa

Prices*:

Premium Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3
Adult S$168 S$138 S$108 S$78
Child** (4 to 12 years old) S$118 S$97 S$76 S$55
Senior*** (60 years old and above) S$143 S$117 S$92 S$66

* Prices exclude SISTIC booking fee and handling charges. Terms and Conditions apply.
** Child must be accompanied by at least one (1) adult.
*** Senior must present valid ID upon purchase and at the theatre entrance for verification.

Tickets can be purchased at SISTIC counters or at the Resorts World Theatre Box Office.

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Santa’s All-Star Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore (2015)

It’s Christmastime again and it’s nice to see the entrance to Universal Studios Singapore with festive decorations again!


Even the staff at the entrance are dressed like elves!

This year’s theme at the park is Santa’s All-Star Christmas (1 Dec 2015 to 3 Jan 2016) and visitors will be glad to know that all rides and attractions are open till 9pm during this period.

I’ll be posting both day and night photos at the same spots in the park, as there is a different “feel” when certain places are lighted up at night…

Entrance archway to Hollywood Boulevard.


Look carefully at the decorations here and you can find Frosty the Snowman, Elves, the Snow Queen, Gingerbread Man, the Little Match Girl, Toy Soldiers, etc… all characters from the new “Fairytale Remix” Christmas show!


The exterior of the shops have also been decorated.


As you make your way down Hollywood Boulevard, you’ll notice several storybooks along the way, bearing tales which coincide with characters from this year’s Christmas performances. Some of these books are lighted up at night.

The Elves and the Shoemaker
 

Little Match Girl

A Christmas Carol

Over at the Minion Mart, that Giant Minion has been replaced by something smaller!

When you turn round the corner towards New York, you will find that the Giant Minion has been relocated next to the Pantages Hollywood Theater.

A Christmas tree can be found at the end of Hollywood Boulevard and is a photo spot, as well as the stage for “A Hollywood Christmas Gift Show”.



 

A Hollywood Christmas Gift Show

This is a new show which is performed twice daily and it features the Toy Soldiers, joined by the Penguins of Madagascar, Marilyn Monroe and the Minions. Santa’s not there and so the Toy Soldiers are playing Santa instead and various presents are given out to those whose names are found on the “nice” list!

Penguins of Madagascar

Marilyn Monroe

Minions – Kevin, Bob and Stuart

In the spirit of gifting, the Toy Soldiers are giving away some park merchandise as part of the show. Just make sure your kids are seated at the front of the stage in order to be the “lucky” recipients.

Photo-taking opportunities with the characters are also available after the show, but you’d better be quick to join the queue if you want to take a picture with the Minions as they won’t stay for long and Marilyn Monroe will take over when they leave.

Watch the full show:

Mels Rockin Christmas

Watch Mel’s Dinettes and The Cruisers belt out catchy tunes, dressed in Christmassy colours.

The New York zone has also been decorated and I think it looks more magical at night. What do you think?


Look at those icicles!! ^_^


Head over to Sting Alley and walk into a Victorian Christmas scene right out of 19th Century England. Now, if only the weather were as cold to match!

Entrance:

Other decorations found along the way:




At the other end, you can find the Harbour Market.



A Scrooge Christmas Splendour is a new performance which is staged here – well, technically there isn’t a fixed stage and the actors are roaming along the entire alleyway. Pick up snippets of information when the characters meet! Park guests can also mingle and interact with Mr. Scrooge and his neighbours and your conversations can be quite amusing!

  

Mr. Scrooge is a rather grumpy soul (watch my video a little further down and you’ll know what I mean). There are different cast members who play the characters on different nights and one of the actors who plays Scrooge is really really tall!

A fishmonger and his partner

I decided to make small talk on my second visit there and was asked if I wanted to buy fish – I replied that I have a preference for chicken, but was told that “fish are like the chicken of the sea”! They were still trying to convince me to buy from them but soon shooed me away after they realised their sales pitch had failed! LOL!

Look out for these ladies carrying baskets full of candy as they will hand them out to passers-by.

Excerpts from the goings-on at Sting Alley:


Various shows are being staged at the New York Public Library. Check the park schedule on the day of your visit as the timings may differ.



Fairytale Remix Show

A mash-up of various fairytales told through song and dance and includes familiar characters like Frosty the Snowman, the Snow Queen, Gingerbread Man, The Elves and the Shoemaker and The Little Match Girl.

The show opens with Mrs Claus and her assistant…

…and we are then introduced to the Elves and the Little Match Girl.

Frosty the Snowman and the Gingerbread Man also make their appearance in this show!

Photo-taking with the show’s characters is available after the show and there are three separate queues for the various characters.



Watch the full show:

Dancing Christmas Lights Show

The annual display of colorful lights projected on the New York Public Library that “dance” to groovelicious music.



Winter Tales

Set to the tunes of familiar Christmas carols, the light show projected on the façade of the New York Public Library tells a tale of a wintry Christmas.


The Sesame Street Saves Christmas Show is back again at the Pantages Hollywood Theater.


Other decorations around the park…

Madagascar

Far Far Away

A Christmas tree can be found in front of the entrance to Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey.

Shrek’s house

At various times of the day, you can take pictures with your favourite characters and I stumbled upon Shrek and Princess Fiona in front of their house.

The Woodpeckers can be found at Hollywood.

Betty Boop makes an appearance here too!

Bello!!

Just can’t get enough of them! The Minions are soooo cute!!

Meet Santa between 12pm-9pm on the hour, in front of the Christmas tree.


Let It Snow!
Note that snow falls along Hollywood Boulevard and New York every hour between 12pm-9pm.


Christmas Fireworks Spectacular

This can be view around the Hollywood Lake (only on 12, 19-29 December 2015 at 9pm) and is a dazzling fireworks display with a festive musical score and pyrotechnics.


A trip to USS at this time of year certainly does get you into the festive mood and it’s nice to go and soak in the atmosphere.

I’ll leave you with one last look at the lights along Hollywood Boulevard. ^_^

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Year-End Festivities at Resorts World Sentosa (2015)

It’s that time of year again for holiday festivities and merry-making, plus it’s also the school holidays! Check out what Resorts World Sentosa has in store this year…

SANTA’S ALL-STAR CHRISTMAS at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE <–click to read more
Date: 1 December 2015 – 3 January 2016
Time: 10am – 9pm

Besides snowfall and fireworks, there are some brand new Christmas-only shows which have been introduced this year. Join the Penguins of Madagascar, Marilyn Monroe, the Minions and the Toy Soldiers in “A Hollywood Christmas Gift” show, where they embark on a gifting journey.

Meet Scrooge in “A Scrooge Christmas Splendour” and see if you can bring some Christmas cheer to him.

“Fairytale Remix” is a colourful show with a mash-up of fairytales and familiar songs.


MERRY FISHMAS at S.E.A. AQUARIUM

Date: 1 December 2015 – 3 January 2016
Time: 10am – 7pm (extended to 9pm on select days)

Standing tall in the aquarium is a Christmas tree made out of plastic bottles collected from across the resort to promote recycling. There is a Fishmas activity trail where children can learn more about marine life by following Santa’s clues through the aquarium and be rewarded with a gift upon completion.

Diving Santa and Elf are also back again this year!
Venue & Time:
▸ Coral Garden Habitat – 11am
▸ Shipwreck Habitat – 11:30am and 4:30pm
▸ Open Ocean Habitat – 1pm daily and 3pm (Only from 19 – 27 December)

When Santa Claus is drying off from his scuba diving adventures, you can find him at another part of the aquarium…
Venue: After Discovery Touch Pool
Time: 2pm & 3:15pm

Snap a picture with S.E.A. Aquarium’s friendly manta mascot.
Venue: Opposite Shark Seas Habitat
Time: 2:45pm & 3:45pm

Christmas Carolling – Soak in the festive atmosphere with a medley of timeless carols brought to you by a special group of carollers.
Date: 24 – 26 December
Venue: Ocean Dome
Time: 1:30pm and 2:10pm


CHRISTMAS MARKET

Something new at the resort this year – check out the stalls here for Christmas gift ideas, as well as some tasty festive treats. Located at the Bull Ring, you can’t possibly miss it as there is a huge inflatable minion which stands right in the centre!

Festive buys:

Sweet treats:

If you are spending at the resort, do remember to charge to your MasterCard, as you can bring home attractive gifts and vouchers when you spend $200 and above on the same day at any outlet within RWS.
(Note: Same day redemption and the booth is found at the Christmas Market. Promotion ends on 3 January 2016.)


Asian premiere of CINDERELLA, A FAIRLY TRUE STORY <-click to read the review

Date: 10 December 2015 – 4 January 2016
Show Times:
Thurs: 7pm only
Fri – Mon: 2pm and 7pm (no shows on Tues and Wed)

Prices:
Premium: $168
Standard: $138 (Cat 1), $108 (Cat 2) and $78 (Cat 3)
(Excludes SISTIC booking fee and handling charge)
Discounted prices are available for Children and Senior Citizens.

Tickets can be purchased via SISTIC or Resorts World Theatre Box Office. Plus, stand a chance to win Cinderella’s Jewelry by Swarovski, with every ticket purchased (terms and conditions apply).

Adapted from a previous version staged in Europe in 2013, the lighthearted fairytale-themed story with a contemporary twist follows the tale of Cinderella but through the eyes of an inquisitive reporter.

Retaining the classic elements including the ball, the pumpkin transformation and iconic glass slippers, audiences will follow this re-imagined fable of Cinderella meeting her prince through a missing glass slipper. Lasting approximately 90 minutes, this is a spectacular musical production everyone in the family can enjoy.


DINING

Year-end festivities aren’t complete without some feasting, so do check out what the restaurants have to offer. (click on the links below for more details)

Christmas and New Year’s Set Menus:
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
Osia
Syun
Feng Shui Inn
Avenue Joffre
Forest
Tangerine

Festive Buffets:
Starz

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