Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Culture Xchange 2

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Want to visit a country with many different races and fully immerse in their culture? Welcome to Singapore!

Singapore is a vivid example of mixed cultures where there are plenty of cultural events to celebrate throughout the entire year. During the festivities, ethnic parts and many of Singapore - Geylang, Little India and China Town add spice to the joyful ambiance of the festival.

Besides Deepavali and Christmas (which we've already covered here), there are three other festivals that are widely celebrated every year without fail - Hari Raya Pussa, Chinese New Year and the Mooncake Festival.

Are you already excited to know more about these festivals and where to head in Singapore to get the best atmosphere of these festivals? We'll be here to guide you and show you the best place to go at these festival season so you'll get the most memorable experiences right here!

Chinese New Year (Jan/Feb -check out Singapore's calendar HERE)
Place to go: Chinatown and Floating Platform @ Marina Bay

Hear the loud pops? It's Chinese New Year in the City!

It's time to head down to Chinatown and check out the dazzling lights and the numerous red lanterns all around the street. Red is the colour for Chinese New Year so get ready to be wow-ed by the red decor!

Countdown for Lunar New Year are always held right in the heart of Chinatown.
And with decorations and 'live' performances like these, who wants to watch the celebration on television when they can experience first hand themselves? With the firecrackers and fireworks that are an added bonus to the atmosphere, Chinatown is a must go this festive season!

Every new year brings a new Chinese Zodiac sign into the year. There are 12 in total and they are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. In Chinatown they will definitely be sculptures of these zodiacs! You get to know what awaits you this year with the fortune tellings of your zodiac signs under every sculpture. Everyone loves a photo with their zodiac sign and I'm sure, you will too!

So it's good bye daily snacks and hello traditional favourites. Without these goodies, we're missing a huge part of Chinese New year already.
With fast food out of the picture, it looks like we are making room for some love letters and pineapple tarts! To find these traditional snacks? Chinatown Chinatown and Chinatown. You'll get to find these anywhere at that time of the year but at Chinatown, there are much more variety! Now, let's head down to Chinatown to fill our bellies with all the free sampling and empty our wallets on the shopping! Not to forget the performances and decorations too!

Picking up the Chinese old-age tradition: married couples can grab some of the red packets and fill them with the dollar notes and lastly, present them to the young and single out there on Chinese New Year as a form of blessing to the receiver.

Red packets now are so creative and comes in so many types of designs that you will be so spoilt for choices. If you don't know what red packets are, fret not, there will be loads of red packets there that you could take a look and if you like, bring some home for souvenir at a low cost!

Chinese New Year celebrations certainly does not end all at Chinatown. After the visit to Chinatown, the next location will be The Floating Platform at Marina Bay .
The event River Hong Bao is held and where fireworks would be displayed at night.

This event is filled with a traditional arts and folklore from ancient China, you will find yourself awed away by the Chinese fruitful culture. The whole fairground was decorated with different floats of mythical creatures (Cerberus ), legendary heroes ( Kung Fu - Wong Fei Hung, etc) , Chinese gods, pagodas, cherry blossoms and more! This is a great place not just for learning about the facts of Chinese New Year but also to shop, watch performances and have fun! Children will love this colourful fairground where there is so much fun to have.

Performers and artisans are from selected provinces in China.

You can expect

  • Nightly cultural performances ranging from acrobatics to Chinese calligraphy.
  • Fortune tellers that can tell your future by reading your palm
  • Special Chinese zodiac reading of your birth sign
You should definitely come visit if you're interested to learn and experience our Chinese New Year customs first hand.

The last stop!
The Chingay parade is always a hit with lots of people swarming to this event. You should not give this a miss! It's Singapore's grandest street parade and party!

This event showcases our cultural roots in the form of parade and international performing groups will join us in this grand event! The colourful performers that will be marching pass you will be so beautiful, you might just be lost for words. The music, company and venue is already more than just satisfying. With Marina's skyline for a backdrop, things are just getting better.

Right after the parade, if you are a night owl and a party person, the after party for chingay is the party you must attend! With booming music with DJs that will blast the best dance music, you will get to mingle around and experience the night life of Singapore

Grab the tickets quick before it runs out! This event is highly popular with the tourists and locals because of the very hyped atmosphere and the great performances!

Ticketing information can be found HERE. Prices ranges from $25 to $55 and there are only 2 shows so be really quick in order to not miss the best parade in Asia! Here's a sneak peak of what to expect from the mini parade that was held not too long ago.

With all these colours and excitement filling up the stage on just a mini parade, then I wonder what will it be like on the real Chingay parade! Hesitate no more! The tickets are selling as you ponder.


Hari Raya
Place to go: Geylang Serai and Kampong Glam

Selamat Hari Raya" This is how Muslims greet each other on Hari Raya Puasa. This phrase simply means wishing you a joyous Hari Raya. Hari raya is celebrated by Muslims in all parts of the the world. The words ‘Hari Raya’ literally means 'day of celebration.' Hari Raya Puasa is the celebration of the end of their fasting month (Ramadan) which Muslims go through to praise and worship Allaah.

After a month of fasting is a month of celebration in return. Preparations start at least one month before the festival and Geylang Serai is a place where the Muslims gather to enjoy and stock up on their festive goods! Green is the main colour for Hari Raya and don't be surprised to be greeted with a street beautifully lit up with mostly dazzling green decorations and lights to enhance the festive spirit.

Geylang Serai will bring you lively bazaars that sells Muslim festive items, food, drinks and many other festive products. Delightful traditional snacks would be on sale and you can be assured of a filling tummy that would be protesting for more just after one round around the bazaar. It's a great place to bring home some special souvenirs to share with your family and friends.

You might even be tempted to purchase the beautifully detailed baju kurong (traditional malay costume for females) that is made with such good workmanship you would find it hard to believe. For males, there would be an equally colourful costume that you might want to purchase to show off. Baju Melayu is what it's called!

While the Chinese have their red packets during Chinese New Year, the Muslims have their very own green packet. So make sure you check those out! Money are slot inside the green packets and are given to children as a form of blessing. There are a wide variety of green packets now these days so keep your eyes peeled for the many designs.

Enough of us telling you. Pictures speaks a thousand words so here are some pictures and a video that hopefully increase your interest and help you make your decision!

After watching a short clip of what to expect when you're there, are you already prepared to experience it right here for yourself?


Mooncake Festival/Mid-Autumn Festival
Place to go: Chinatown

It's time to exchange those glowsticks with pretty lanterns!

The Chinese celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival when it's full moon and children will be running around with lanterns in their hands. This festival is very much like Thanksgiving. It's a tradition to sit under the full moon with your loved ones and enjoy mooncakes (chinese bakery product) and lighting up of lanterns to create more atmosphere.

There will be a very lively bazaar at Chinatown and several other events that are held outside Chinatown. Night time performances are definitely present and say hello to the beautiful street light up too. Mooncakes and lanterns can be bought at the bazaar and as years pass, lanterns are getting more and more innovative and you would be so spoilt for choices.

If you are hoping to snap a few photos during this festive, you are promised with some good shots with creative and huge lanterns. Although exhibition of lantern characters differs every year, you will still be guaranteed with an exciting exhibition of lanterns to look forward to!

Not only your eyes are in for a treat, you stomach is too! Mooncakes are a necessity during Mooncake festival so clear some space in your stomach for these yummy treats that comes in so many flavours!

We're sure, this is one festival you've got to come down and enjoy the festive spirit for yourself.
Brightly lit lanterns and walking under the moonlight, this just spells fun and romance don't you think?

  1. If you are planning to rent a car to drive to these destinations, we suggest not. With Singapore's good transport system. You will be able to reach your destinations by taking the public transport to prevent traffic jams that might take up a lot of your time and having to find an empty parking lot when swarms of people are also doing the same thing will not be easy.
  2. Bring less. Whilst going to heavily packed places like these, bring only your important belongings (eg: handphone and wallet)
  3. Make sure your belonging is always in your sight
  4. Dress casually. (When you're heading to places like these which are heavily packed, dressing casually is going to help you enjoy your trip more)
  5. Bring cash. Some of these stalls might not accept credit card payments.
  6. Gear up for some squeezing with the crowd. You might want to pack that mini portable fan along too.
  7. Have fun!
The best of Singapore, is to experience our different festivals as this is what makes Singapore so unique. The bustling city will be so alive during this festive seasons as the joy of celebrating is just too much to be contained inside us.

Children will enjoy this as much as adults because of all that colourful lights, performances and the new culture they'll get to learn! Come join us as a family, this would strengthen the meaning of celebrating these festivals!

*Dates of these festivals changes yearly so check out Singapore's Calendar to find out when are these festivals on the year itself.

Credits to Google for the photos and @goforthehole for the wonderful video

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Performing Arts & Fashion

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Looking for a special performance that can only be found in Singapore? Voyage de la Vie is definitely the one that you are looking for.

Brief Introduction:
Voyage de la Vie tells the story about a boy’s desire to find meaning and fulfillment leads him to enter the hidden depths of the world around him. Throughout his journey, the boy learns lessons of life with an enthralling cast of characters that break the boundaries of his imagination.

Voyage de la Vie is specially shown at Resort World Sentosa. This 90-minute production is designed by Mark Fisher, the man behind the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony and Cirque du Soleil's "KÁ" in Las Vegas. He has crafted a show that celebrates Singapore's unique East-meets-West culture, a combination of circus artistry, gymnastic feats, and dazzling costumes, including an original score from Singaporean composer Jonathan Lim.
You can expect a lot from this event that is promoting the Singapore's Arts sector. The stunning set that creates the backdrop will leave you to stare in awe as the performers appears one by one creating an appearance you will never forget. The scenes are breathtaking and leaves you to anticipates what will be coming up next!

There would also be one scene where you will get a close encounter with death. But fret not, your safety is guaranteed with the highly skilled performers. Audiences will be thrilled as the character Death aims 12 crossbows at different directions, shooting one after another and have the last arrow shot through an apple at the top of his head. This will gives the audience a lesson on how thin a line is between life and death. Through this event, you will learn many precious lessons that is portrayed through a show filled with melodious music and heart stopping acts. Ths show is all about achieving the impossibles.

If you are afraid of getting too bored after a while, i assure you that thought will never occur in your mind. The performers would at times immerse themselves within the audience and get the audience to involve in the performance too.

Where: Festive Grand, Resort World Sentosa

When is it shown: From now till 30 Jan 2011, every Wednesday to Friday at 8.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 5.00pm & 8.30pm.

Admission: Ticket prices ranges from $48 to $188 and could be bought at
  • SISTIC outlets
  • Resort World Sentosa Reservation Booking Engine
  • Universal Studios Singapore Guest Service Windows 5 &6 daily from 10am to 7pm.

It’s a show suitable for the whole family to enjoy as it educates us about life and why we should treasure it. Everyone regardless of age will definitely be mesmerized by the acrobats, stunts, songs and the meaning behind the show. Why give this a miss when it's a show and more! Book your tickets quick to see the cast out in action!


Valentino Retrospective (Past/Present/Future)
If you are someone who's all about fashion and is one huge fan of Valentino, here's what we have for you. Have you always wanted to see Valentino’s mastery of the elegant line, classic form and opulent detail of exquisite haute conture garments?

Your eyes are in for a treat now! First ever in Asia, Resort World Sentosa exclusively brings you Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future. Developed by Les Arts Décoratifs of Paris and produced by TWISE (S) Pte Ltd.

What to expect? 100 haute couture creations from the 1959 by Valentino Garavani to the 2008 collection marking the beginning of a new era for the Valentino Maison under the two current creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. Don't worry, yours eyes aren't playing a fool out of you. This is what you will see for real if you're at the exhibition.

This exhibition features many sophisticated designs coveted by Hollywood celebrities and the high society. These exquisite conture pieces are once worn by Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor to name a few.

Where: Resort World Convention Centre, Level B1

When: 22 December 2010 to 13 February 2011
Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 8pm
Friday to Saturday/eve of public holidays and holidays from 11am to 11pm

Admission: Tickets are $12 each and can be bought at all SISTIC outlets

This show is seven weeks long and it promises to take you into a world of timeless glamour and elegance with the display of the beautiful dresses that has been worn and adored by so many famous people. It’s definitely a must see for everyone, (even if you're not a fan of Valentino) as these are fashion pieces that will never go out of trend and is a sure eye opener. Doesn't this gives you a reason to get on the next flight for Singapore?

With the quiet background at the exhibition, one will be able to clearly enjoy and admire those classic fashion pieces with a peaceful state of mind. The organizer has also displayed those dresses in a way that you will definitely find it more pleasant. Dresses are placed in clear transparent cases with a black background, the contrast effect that arises will bring the essence of the dresses out for you to fully be transported into another world where fashion comes alive.

Here are some works of Valentinos and if you want to see more close up, get the tickets to the exhibition right away for time waits for no one and there is only 7 weeks to the end of this exhibition.


  1. Bring a jacket/cardigan along as the concert theatre and exhibition room might be a little cold after a while
  2. Have a meal before attending these events as I'm sure you won't be able to fully appreciate the works/shows if your stomach starts to annoy you.
  3. There will be admission fee into Resorts World Sentosa and since you've already paid for it, fully make use of it by heading to Sentosa for a second part of fun and action! Pack extra clothing and towels if you're planning for a trip to the beach at Sentosa later on.

These are just 2 out of the many events that are held in Singapore in the Arts and fashion sector and Singapore's events calendar are filled with more events of that sector for you to anticipate and look forward too! Wait no more for Singapore is waiting for your arrival!

Credits to Google and the official websites of these programmes

Saturday, December 4, 2010


- For 18 years & above

It's time to put on your
PARTY HATS and GROOVE to the beat with...

ZoukOut - A Dance Music Festival
10 years on... Celebrating 10 years of great music, love and unforgettable memories

This is an event when you rock the phrase 'the night's still young'
Itching for a great night out with a non stop party overnight? Let us introduce you to ZoukOut! ZoukOut is held every year in December and it's the region's most important outdoor beach dance music festival at Siloso Beach, Sentosa! It's time to let your hair down and party your night away with the best music and a great place to keep the party groovin' at this annual extravaganza! ZoukOut will bring socializing to a brand new level which you have to attend to experience.

This festival is not only a local's favourite but also a tourists' favourite! This will give you a benchmark how popular this party is with the crowd being the most eagerly anticipated event of the year. The party will start from 8pm all the way to 8am. You will be offered new musical perspectives and awesome debut acts that will guarantee you a night to rock away. It's not just the local bands that will be presented to you but also international bands that will be coming right down to Siloso Beach to join you at the party!

Every year, ZoukOut gives it's die hard fans something new to look forward to with no exception to ZoukOut 2010. It brings in multi-platinum selling artiste, a most sought after music producer David Guetta. Feeling insanely excited just be seeing his name? There's so much more to get enthusiastic with! There will be awesome visual effects to enhance your party mood and

Who knows what ZoukOut 2011 could bring us when ZoukOut 2010 got our hearts throbbing with delight.

Here's what ZoukOut 2010 brought the party goers:
  • Laidback Luke
  • Norwegian Hans - Peter Lindstrom
  • Australian trio - Midnight Juggernauts
  • Booka Shade
  • And so much more!
Time to explode your ears with rhythm and rhyme.

This is what we've got in ZoukOut 2010. Details for Zoukout 2011 are still not out but we are extremely positive that it's going to be a blast like it has always been! You can never expect anything mundane from ZoukOut.

ZoukOut has never failed to give anyone an out of the world sensation for the past years! Other than partying hard, ZoukOut gives you the oppurtunity to meet so many kinds of people from different parts of the globe. Yes, Zoukout is one of the most anticipated events in the world. With its state of the art sound system and it's excellent flair in giving all party-goers a great time, ZoukOut is one party that you cannot miss if you're all in for a good party.

If you're already making plans in your mind to get the tickets and head for Singapore for the next Zoukout, here are some tips just for you.

Wondering if you should drive?

There’s pros and cons in driving. The main problem would be finding parking. If you really have to drive, we would advice you to go in early to find parking. Do take note that there will be at least 20,000 people and probably 10% of them would consider driving. Good luck in finding a parking lot! According to the official ZoukOut website, parking is available at:

- Beach Station Car Park

- Imbiah Lookout Car Park
- Cove Arrival Plaza Car Park

If you really really really have to drive, please carpool instead. Sentosa is charging $7 per car entry from 7pm to 7am and $5 flat for per car park entry. It makes economical sense to carpool instead and more efficient too!

If not, Singapore's transportation will guarantee you a fast, cheap and easy transport to your destination!

If you’re not driving…

Getting out of the island would be a damn hassle. If you’re a Blackberry user, we would advice you to download iCabSG Singapore Cab Dialer. All of the taxi numbers in Singapore are saved in this application and there’s given an option to “6-Dial-Cab” where you’ll be put through to the first cab company that answers. You can also download Show Nearby. This app indicates the bus services, bus timings etc.

We believe a good place to get a taxi would be at the Siloso Point Taxi Stand which is located opposite of the Underwater World bus stop.

Wondering what to wear?

As much as it’s a party, do remember it’s a BEACH party. Wearing jeans and high heels ain’t gonna sit well with you. If you like to torture yourself and enjoy a high from abrasions, please go ahead by all means.

Our advice would to wear something comfortable. Nothing way too covered up, cause you will be sweating like mad. (with about 20,000 people dancing away, the cool night breeze won't go too far in helping cool down) We would go with shorts and a bareback/tank/netted top or a light beach dress. Honestly, go with slippers or jellies. Sand in one’s shoes certainly ain’t sexy. Or comfortable.

Wondering what to bring?

Try not to bring way too many things. Ideally you should just bring your IC, some cash and the ZoukOut tickets. But we know that’s almost impossible for camwhores (people who like to take a lot of pictures) like us. There might be lockers around but most probably there wouldn’t be many available ones and might be a distance away. Carry a small sling bag if you really have to lug some items.

If lugging a camera is too much of a hassle for you, remember to clear some space from your mobile phone so that you can capture pictures on that day. Has anyone tried Qik Live Video Streaming? Wondering if you should consider live streaming. Hmmm.

Freebies for you?

Who'll say no to freebies? This is what ZoukOut 2010 has in store for their ticket holders.
Did you know that Crocs feeling generous and decided to give out party packs? (click on the link for more details)
Thankfully one of our team members is on their mailing list and she found out about this great info! A towel would definitely be handy after the party. We hear that Singtel is offering free flow of drinks between 8-11pm for the first 400 Singtel customers at the Singtel Kaleidoscope. If you’re not a Singtel customer, fret not! Citibank card members enjoy 10% off tickets (if you have not purchased your tickets) and 1-for-1 drinks from 8-1 pm. If you are a Citi Clear Platinum card user, you’ll enjoy priority entry VIP and free flow drinks at the Citi Clear Platinum VIP marquee from 8-10pm. It’s only valid for the 1st 50 card members btw. You’ll get to bring a guest in too!

That's a lot of freebies and I'm sure with ZoukOut 2011 there will be more promotions you will get to enjoy.

It would also be best to drink before heading there. Drinks there aren’t cheap and from previous experiences, tend to be pretty watered down.

What if you get lost?

It would be best to discuss with your friends on a ‘emergency meetup area’. Set a certain area to meet just in case you guys get separated or *touch wood* a fight happens and everyone has to clear the area. We would suggest setting 2 meet up locations. One within ZoukOut and the other outside just in case. Do take note that the lines might be jammed up and contacting your friends by mobile might prove impossible. And the huge crowd there isn't going to help much.

Wondering about the weather?

As we all know, the weather is like a fickle grandmother. It would be best to waterproof your gadgets. We would advise you to ziplock your phone and camera, just in case!

And you may wanna reconsider that white outfit just in case it rains. Unless you’re wearing a nice bikini underneath of course.

Wondering what time your favourite DJ would be appearing?

You can always double check at ZoukOut's website or at the party itself.

Still undecided? Here are some photos and a video from ZoukOut 2009 for you to catch a quick glimpse of how much fun awaits you!

| More pictures available here, from one of Zouk's main photographers |

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now at SISTIC.
Now, go have fun! Just remember not to get too drunk. It’s not sexy when you’re all wasted and not enjoying the party.
See you guys there!!!

DJ got us falling in love.


End your year with a BANG! Celebrate 2011 in Singapore!!!

Dress up in your party gear, round up your friends, and count down to 2011 with us at The Float @ Marina Bay!

There is nothing as exciting as welcoming the new year! Countdown for 2011 at The floating platform, Marina Bay is a nation wide celebration that brings people form all walks of life together and connects them by their wishes for the New Year.

At the stroke of midnight, everyone would be in for treat for there will be a vibrant display of fireworks along the bay, choreographed to music composed specially for the event, so be there to soak in the atmosphere.

It's not just all about the captivating fireworks and the counting down to the new year we're talking about. Move your body to the music and performances with the amazing line-up of regional music acts. You'll find yourself rocking to music from local bands and international artistes!

Dance your new year away with famous DJs that will play the most popular dance hits!

Besides that, a unique aspect of Marina Bay Countdowns are the white wishing spheres that you will see floating on the bay. Throughout December, everyone are invited to pen their New Year wishes on wishing spheres at wishing station located around the island which will be released into the bay on New Year.

This year, 20,000 of these wishing spheres, all marked with the hand-written wishes, will be floated onto the waters and become part of a visual art to beautify Marina Bay now known as the Bay of Hope and Light with the wishing spheres floating in them.

And if all that didn't excite you enough, here are some photos from last year's countdown to get your excitement going.

Make Singapore your countdown destination for we're waiting to celebrate with you here!

Tips for Countdown 2010/2011.

Go light.

Bring only necessary items with you such as mobile phone, wallet, IC, tickets and most importantly a camera. This reduces the risk of theft and also reduces the bulk as hampers will be given out. This will also quicken the queue for security check!

Strive for comfort.

Avoid dressing up. The area would definitely be hot and stuffy so tone down your dressing. You do not want to perspire in your expensive clothes.

Park near an MRT station.

Imagine 10 000 people going for the Marina Bay Countdown and the 25% who would consider driving in? Not good. There are limited parking lots in the town area especially one near the Float@Marina Bay so it is advisable to park near an mrt station and take a train to town. It also goes easy on the spending. Transport timing would be extended so you don;t have to worry about not being able to catch the last bus home.

Wait till the crowd clears.

If you have young kids under 4 years old, don’t head for the exit immediately after the parade. The stairs are a ‘killer’ for the children, and they will be in danger of trampled upon after the parade. So, wait till the crowd clears, when the Parade ends! This is not a day for you to be Kiasu!

Party in style and kick off 2011 with an unforgettable night jam packed with 7 hours of non-stop entertainment at Singapore!!! It's all you need for a brand new year!

Party away in Singapore with such cool events. Make Singapore your party destination!