It seems that every time I visit Singapore, there is always something happening. Constructions here and there doesn’t seem to stop. A couple of years after, I found myself back in Singapore, courtesy of a Photography Talk for Sony Singapore. We spent most of time for the event but spared a day to go around the city and see what has developed. Our friend J, a long time resident, took us for a night stroll from the infamous Marina Bay’s iconic Merlion Statue passing by the Helix Bridge and into the Marina Bay Sands Light and Water Show.
People by the Merlion
I guess it’s an unconscious practice for me to pay homage to the Merlion statue at Marina Bay when I visit Singapore. I don’t mind it really. It even amuses me to see the many tourist and locals in the area. Gadget-loving folks frequent here to capture this landmark with (some of them) shiny new cameras just bought from here. Teens do enjoy hanging around here while even clutching their tablets for that o so famous selfie shots.
And walk we went. Up the main bridge, past the famous venue for F1 races and towards the distinctly designed Helix Bridge. I just love how Singapore plays around with design and architecture. This 280m DNA-inspired pedestrian bridge is made of 650 tonnes of Duplex Stainless Steel. The spiral steel making up the helix when elongated to a straight line stretches to 2.25km in length. Pretty impressive.
I enjoy walking through here as if I’m entering a futuristic sci-fi world. There are several pods on the sides overlooking Marina Bay that can handle up to a hundred people. That time though, it was a venue for pre-nuptial shoots or some couple’s quiet time.
Wonder Full Light and Water Show
I really had no inkling what was happening. People were gathering by the bay and waiting for something to happen when we got to the entrance of the Marina Bay Sands Mall. Then I heard Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” fill the air then a water show has started. I stuck around to see what happened and bow was I blown away. It was called Wonder Full, a 13-minute multi-sensory outdoor show utilizing lasers, water, audio, videos and pyros. The themes ranges from environmental to families. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen an outdoor show like this and it is really worth taking time to see it. Especially that it is free.
The Marina Bay Sands Wonder Full Light and Water Show runs every night at 8:00pm and 9:30pm. There’s an extra 11:00pm show every Friday and Saturday.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.