Bukit Timah Railway Station with the Kids

When we were in Secondary school, my friends and I spent many an afternoon walking beneath the Bukit Timah railway truss bridge on our way to McDonald’s at King Albert Park (KAP). If a train happened to be rushing past overhead, we always made it a point to count the number of carriages. No trains go by on the track now and KAP is gone too.

But we are creating new memories with our kids. The Green Corridor runs behind our place and we can comfortably walk to either the Bukit Timah railway bridge or the one at Rail Mall. We took a stroll to Rail Mall quite recently so we decided to visit Bukit Timah Railway Station over the Hari Raya long weekend.

We were actually planning to climb Bukit Timah Hill but the path is still closed to visitors. While we were walking from Rifle Range Rd (where we had parked) to Bukit Timah Railway Station, we met many other people cycling or walking across the bridge and along the railway tracks. It’s so encouraging to see that the place is far from being deserted or abandoned.

approaching the bridge

approaching the bridge

imagining the trains that used to rush by

imagining the trains that used to rush by

Adam being pensive

Adam being pensive

posing for a picture

posing for a picture

a beautiful day

a beautiful day

running towards the station

running towards the station

balancing on the tracks

balancing on the tracks

three kids and a sign

three kids and a sign

LEGO SG50 Event at Raffles City

We attended the LEGO SG50 event last weekend and the kids contributed to the building of a Dragon playground and received certificates for their efforts. The little pieces of LEGO put together by the kids (and some adults) were used to build the Dragon playground structure, and it reminded me of how the nation of Singapore was built through the efforts of many!

We also managed to get our hands on the 4 LEGO limited edition Singapore Icons Mini Builds comprising the Cable Car, Ice-Cream Bike, HDB Flats and the Dragon Playground. The nostalgic builds by the winners of the Rebuild your Memories Competition were on display as well and my favourite was the one featuring Bukit Timah Railway Station.

making a fixed LEGO shape to be added to the dragon

making a fixed LEGO shape to be added to the dragon

certified Dragon builder!

certified Dragon builder!

the artist at work

the artist at work

with his completed  structure

with his completed structure

hanging out with friends at the event

hanging out with friends at the event

constructive play

constructive play

created a little scene with 3 of the 4 Singapore Icons Mini Builds

created a little scene with 3 of the 4 Singapore Icons Mini Builds

Bukit Timah Railway Station

Bukit Timah Railway Station

celebrate SG50 with LEGO!

celebrate SG50 with LEGO!

LEGO has also launched LEGO SG50 Mega MiniFigures. There are only 50 pieces available! To stand a chance to win one, spend a minimum of $100 on LEGO in a single receipt between 5 and 31 August at participating outlets (all LEGO Certified Stores in Singapore, Toys’R’Us, LEGO Mono Brand Stores, departmental stores and select toy stores). The LEGO SG50 Mega MiniFigure is limited edition and the back of each figure comes with a unique serial number and birthday message to celebrate SG50.

I love that LEGO is celebrating SG50 and I can’t wait to get started on my LEGO SG50 Building My SG set from MOE!

The LKY Musical

When I first heard about the LKY Musical, I wondered if it could be anything more than a glorified National Education performance brought to a larger audience. The show is indeed a quick lesson about 25 years of Singapore’s history between World War II and Independence, but it is also much more than that. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the local production and it’s definitely worth watching.

It is not an easy task to cover 25 years within 2 hours and some historical events and characters got skimmed over a bit. The Japanese Occupation seemed to be little more than young men being marched around by bayonet-bearing Japanese and the brutality of the Japanese was not seen. But Adrian Pang and Benjamin Chow were so brilliant in their roles of Lee Kuan Yew and Lim Chin Siong respectively and their battle for the hearts and minds of the people of Singapore was played out to great effect. And honestly, I never knew Adrian Pang could sing so well!

The use of space on the stage was made visually arresting by the multi-tiered performance area, the brisk sliding segments, and the projections of maps and videos. One of my favourite scenes was when the singing of Negara Ku after merger was juxtaposed with news and images about the riots and violence taking place in Singapore.

The LKY Musical is a moving performance, not just about LKY the man, but also the difficult road to independence and the beginning of modern Singapore. It exceeded my expectations and I’m glad I managed to catch it.

World War II

World War II

the start of a beautiful relationship

the start of a beautiful relationship

planning Singapore's future

planning Singapore’s future

hard at work

hard at work

friend or foe?

friend or foe?

colleagues, for now

colleagues, for now

LKY

LKY

behind every successful man...

behind every successful man…

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

SEASON: 21 July to 16 August 2015
VENUE: Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Tue – Fri 7.30pm; Sat: 3pm and 7.30pm; Sun: 1.30pm and 6pm
TICKET PRICE: From $50 through to $150
THROUGH INTERNET: www.MarinaBaySands.com/Ticketing or www.sistic.com.sg
BY PHONE: +65 6688 8826
IN PERSON AT: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby).

Disclaimer: We received two complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Metropolitan Productions.

Central Fire Station Open House

All the fire stations in Singapore (except the one on Jurong Island) have an open house every Saturday from 9am to 11am and we visited Central Fire Station last Saturday. Also known as Hill Street Fire Station, Central Fire Station is Singapore’s oldest fire station (106 years old!) and the red & white brick building is simply beautiful.

There is no admission fee for the fire station open house and visitors will get a briefing on the roles and functions of a fire station, its capabilities and its routine, as well as the operational capabilities of the appliances in a fire station. There are demonstrations on equipment used by firefighters and some hands-on for the kids too. Anya and Adam loved the bit where the firefighters slid down the pole and they also had a blast putting out a ‘fire’.

It was an interesting visit for the kids and they had an awesome time despite the scorching hot weather. I must say I truly admire the dedication of the people at the fire station who have to do this every week and I was impressed by their enthusiastic and readiness to make the open house visit a meaningful one for the visitors.

Central Fire Station

Central Fire Station

quite a crowd!

quite a crowd!

learning about equipment in an emergency ambulance

learning about equipment in an emergency ambulance

rolling out the fire hose

rolling out the fire hose

not easy!

not easy!

putting on the fire jacket and other safety equipment

putting on the fire jacket and other safety equipment

loving his new helmet!

loving his new helmet!

in the Red Rhino

in the Red Rhino

getting a volunteer

getting a volunteer

watching firemen slide down the pole

watching firemen slide down the pole

with a friendly fireman

with a friendly fireman

saving a helpless victim from the fire

saving a helpless victim from the fire

Anya gets a go

Anya gets a go

Adam's turn

Adam’s turn

inside the ambulance

inside the ambulance

what an interesting visit!

what an interesting visit!

CBeebies Birthday Celebrations

We celebrated CBeebies‘ birthday at Art Boot Camp on 11 July and the kids spent an hour sketching and colouring their favourite CBeebies characters and also decorated a giant birthday card for CBeebies. The highlight of the day for the kids was spending time with CBeebies mascots the Teletubbies, Super Numtum, and ZingZillas and cutting the birthday cake together.

Cbeebies birthday

CBeebies birthday

a group picture before heading for some artistic fun

a group picture before heading for some artistic fun

what's a birthday party without a cake?

what’s a birthday party without some cake?

welcoming the Zingzillas

welcoming the ZingZillas

and the Teletubbies

and the Teletubbies

Happy birthday, Cbeebies!

Happy birthday, CBeebies!

a photo with the mascots

a photo with the mascots

To extend CBeebies’ birthday celebrations to everyone, parents can also submit birthday shout-outs for their little ones and have it featured on the channel, CBeebies website as well as its Facebook page. Visit http://www.cbeebies.com/asia/grown-ups/birthday-shout-out for more information.

All throughout July, CBeebies has also scheduled special birthday programmes on the channel. Send CBeebies well-wishes on their birthday month and stand a chance to win a trip toCBeebies Land in the UK. Visit http://www.cbeebies.com/asia/grown-ups/birthday-competition to submit your entries.

Sentosa – The State of Fun!

There are a few long weekends and some other public holidays coming up! I find short overseas trips terribly tiring though and always feel like I need a holiday after my holiday. I’d much rather hop over to Sentosa for a fun day of activities or for a staycation. There’s so much to do there these days!

During the June holidays, we visited Sentosa with the Play 3 FUN Pass that gave us the option of choosing 3 out of 20 exciting attractions. At S$44 for adults and S$39 for kids, it’s a real steal, especially if you pick S.E.A. Aquarium as one of your choices because a ticket for a Singapore resident adult is usually S$28. We decided to visit S.E.A. Aquarium, Skyline Luge and Gogreen Segway. That’s a total value of more than S$70!

We bought tickets separately for our session at Wavehouse and for the Wings of Time performance but they are both options that you can choose under the Play 3 FUN Pass. The kids had such a wonderful time that day and we were on Sentosa for more than 10 hours. I thought they would be too exhausted by the time we sat down for the Wings of Time performance, but they really enjoyed the laser show, water display, and the fireworks and it was a brilliant way to end our day of fun on Sentosa.

ready for a day of fun

ready for a day of fun

first stop: Wavehouse

first stop: Wavehouse

the husband did pretty well

the husband did pretty well

Anya had fun too

Anya had fun too

cooling down with coconut ice-cream

cooling down with coconut ice-cream

Skyride

Skyride

looking forward to her first solo ride

looking forward to her first solo Luge ride

wheeee!

wheeee!

next stop: S.E.A. Aquarium

next stop: S.E.A. Aquarium

feeding time

feeding time

we spotted some dolphins

we spotted some dolphins

poking a starfish

poking a starfish

Segway time

Segway time

her first time on a Segway

her first time on a Segway

getting the hang of it

getting the hang of it

Wings of Time

Wings of Time

For more ideas on what to do in Sentosa, check out our posts on Port of Lost WonderAdventure CoveTrick Eye Museum, Rasa Sentosa, and Movenpick Heritage Hotel!

A Splashin’ Good Time at Singin’ in the Rain!

Singing in the Rain

Singing in the Rain

We caught Singin’ in the Rain last Friday and were absolutely soaked by the energy of the singing and dancing. Set in 1927 in the waning days of silent movies, it tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when ‘talkies’ became all the rage and left silent movies – and some of its stars – behind.

I have not seen the iconic 1952 MGM movie starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds but I certainly know some of the songs from the movie. And what a treat it is for Singapore audiences to get a chance to watch Singin’ in the Rain after a sell-out West End season in 2012, four Olivier Award nominations, and a major UK tour.

 

Kathy Selden popped out of nowhere

Kathy Selden popped out of nowhere

singing in the rain!

singing in the rain!

Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of popular romantic lead, Don Lockwood. His leading lady, Lina Lamont, is beautiful but has an annoyingly screechy and nasal voice. When talkies start becoming popular and silent movies fall out of favour, Don and his sidekick, Cosmo Brown, have to figure out a way to cash in on the talkies without letting Lina’s grating voice ruin them all. Don falls in love with aspiring actress, Kathy Selden, and she provides the solution to their problems.

she has such a lovely voice

she has such a lovely voice

altogether now!

altogether now!

There’s lots of singing and dancing to keep things lively and plenty of comic relief as well. Each time Lina Lamont opened her mouth to speak, she got the people in the audience in stitches and received lots of applause for her efforts during the curtain call. I loved the songs Good Morning, Moses Supposes and, of course, the classic Singin’ in the Rain. 

Without a doubt, my favourite scenes were the ones where it rained! Using 12,000 litres of water, Don Lockwood literally sings in the rain and the audience in the first four or five rows of the theatre leave a little wetter than when they arrived! Not to worry, they get ponchos to shield themselves and the rest of the audience get a kick out of watching them scramble to put the ponchos on. What an unforgettable experience for everyone!

you can stand under my umbrella

you can stand under my umbrella…

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

SEASON: 9 to 26 July 2015
VENUE: MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Tue – Fri 8pm; Sat: 2pm and 8pm Sun: 1pm and 6.30pm
TICKET PRICE: From $65 through to $195
THROUGH INTERNET: www.BASEentertainmentasia.com, www.MarinaBaySands.com/Ticketing or www.sistic.com.sg
BY PHONE: +65 6688 8826
IN PERSON AT: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby).

Disclaimer: We received two complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Base Entertainment.