Alive Museum


Here's a glimpse into some of the 3D art pieces in the Alive Museum located in Suntec City Mall. Personally, of the two 3D art museum opened in Singapore, I very much prefer the Trick Eye Museum in Sentosa. At the Alive Museum, the doors to the next section of the gallery are placed right next to some art pieces, which I feel it's kind of dumb and dangerous. Imagine you posing in the art piece and someone suddenly walked through the door!



I wasn't sure how I was suppose to pose at this one.


A cute version of President Obama


Iconic Singapore buildings in the background.


Before I die...



Notice that my photos have bright spots in them? I didn't use flash at all. Those flares are from the ceiling spotlights. Another issue that annoys me very much is the spacing between the art pieces. In some areas, the cameraman will need to position himself/herself inside another art piece in order to capture the entire scene. Unless, you have a super wide-angle lens.

Singapore Garden Festival 2014

This year's Singapore Garden Festival (in Gardens by the Bay) is certainly held in a way bigger scale than the one in 2012 (in Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre). The previous one took up two floors of exhibition space, while this year's festival is spread out to three areas: (1) Orchid Extravaganza in Flower Dome, (2) Marketplace at the Supertree Grove and (3) various garden displays at The Meadow. It was quite a bad idea to go to this event on a weekend, because it was super crowded.


The crowd in the Flower Dome queuing to see the orchid displays.



Phalaenopsis orchid (left) and Oncidium orchid (right)


Winter Illusion


Winter Illusion


Watching outdoor performance


Snails made of brown fiber ropes


Sound of the Forest


Garden display with colourful umbrellas


Full Circle?


ITE Art Show



Every two year, the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) will put together an art exhibition to showcase the artwork of students and staff from its colleges. This year, it coincides with the National Day Rally, which is also held at ITE Headquarters. It was a proud moment when our Prime Minister highlighted the art piece titled “Aspirations” in his National Day Rally speech.


Drawings of animals in colourful cages.


Balloon sculptures decorated the ferns.


Handmade flowers using recycled plastic bags


This YouTube video shows you how to make these plastic flowers.


We have seen many "Keep Calm and ..." poster. Ever seen one "Now Panic and ..." before?




My department own these photos. Nine of them were selected for this art show, from the photomicrographs we exhibited in College East last year. Photomicrographs are photos taken through a microscope.



Left: Paper lamps shades
Middle: Flowers in glass tubes
Right: Lamp shades made up of hundreds of namecards from ITE staffs.

Pylon Lookout

It is kind of troublesome to get to Pylon Lookout, because you can't just take the stairs / elevator from the street just below it. There's two ways to get there: (1) take the Bridge Stair at The Rocks, or (2) take the lift from Circular Quay. (See the exact location in their website). Option 1 is a climb up about two storeys, followed by a short walk to the lookout, while option 2 is a longer walk, uphill, along the expressway. I chose option 2 because I didn't know how high the flight of stairs was at The Rock and I didn't know the walk along the expressway was going to be partially uphill and super windy.


Panoramic view from the Cahill Expressway near Circular Quay.


Panoramic view from the viewing area below Pylon Lookout.

After a long walk on the expressway, we lost the interest to climb the stairs to the Pylon Lookout. I'm satisfied with the view below the lookout. Obviously, we didn't walk back from where we came from, but take the Bridge Stairs to the streets below.


Direction sign at The Rocks showing the way to the Bridge Climb and the Bridge Stairs to the Pylon Lookout.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

There's more than just Kangaroos, Wallabies and Koalas at the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.



Brown frog sleeping on a branch



The best part for me is the area where there is no glass or fence between the visitors and the Kangaroos. But the animals are too busy feeding, they didn't bother coming close to us.


Koalas at the Gum Tree Valley

I didn't really take much photos here because I'm too tired. This is the last of the 3 attractions at Darling Harbour that we visited and I have expanded all my energy at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Madame Tussauds.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

For AUD 63 per adult combo pass, we were granted entry to 5 attractions:
1. Sydney Tower Eye
2. Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary
3. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
4. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
5. Madame Tussauds Sydney

KB and I had already accomplished the first two in the list on day 1 and day 2 respectively. So, on day 3, we are going to finish up the remaining three, which are located side by side at Darling Harbour.

Out of the 5 attractions, the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is my favourite and we spent the most time here. It's really difficult to take photos because of the glass reflection, the dim lighting and the constantly moving marine life. Probably, it's better to just enjoy watching the creatures swimming around.


Little mini fishes



Shark nursery


Close-up on the shark eggs


Baby shark


A tank with stingrays inside.


Stingrays


Sad-looking little fishes


penguins


Seahorse


Bloodless, heartless and brainless jellyfishes



Fishes are in front, behind, left, right, top and bottom.


Smalltooth sawfish swimming above you