WONDER FULL MOMENTS OF MARINA BAY SANDS AFTER EARTH HOUR 2011 AT FULLERTON BAY HOTEL

The Hotel’s inspiring glass façade, designed by Singapore-based DP Architects, embodies the true spirit of the Marina Bay waterfront. The diamond-shaped glass structure stands out against the city skyline as it illuminates above the waters. LCL Architects, the group responsible for the creation of the luxuriously-appointed hotel rooms, while the arrival experience and restaurants are the latest projects by design wunderkind, Andre Fu. — TFBH

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Guests will enter the hotel through a 17-metre wide lobby at the historic Clifford Pier, an important heritage site which saw the arrival of many of Singapore’s early settlers. The hotel’s glamorous and exquisite interior designs are richly steeped in Singapore’s vibrant history with Fu using vintage nautical maps and commissioned contemporary art that reflect the celebration of heritage and modernity in the Lion City. — TFBH

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The Landing Point — “Built in 1933, Clifford Pier was a landing point for immigrants and other sea passengers. The Landing Point derives its name as it signifies the long passage way the early settlers took upon setting foot at the pier.”

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A cosy setting and comfortable sofa with an intimate charm to relax and have some quiet conversation.

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The view from this venue is something I have no problems getting used to. Elegantly positioned alongside an impressive indoor promenade paved in bespoke marble mosaics, indulge in signature cocktails as you engage in the waterfront panorama at The Landing Point. — TFBH

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This is a 30-seconds hand-held long exposure twirl shot of the iconic Marina Bay Sands. This is the only attempt I made and got it right the first time. (click on image to view the bad shot) :)

“Lantern derives its name from Clifford Pier’s historical Chinese name – “Red Lantern Pier”. It was a landing point for Singapore’s first immigrants and red lanterns used to hang from the pier as a guide to seafarers.”

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A stylish rooftop bar and pool with enthralling panoramic views of the Marina Bay waterfront and the world-famous Singapore skyline, this urban oasis is the coveted destination for the sophisticated chic where one can relish delectable gourmet snacks, fine champagnes, signature cocktails, wines and beverages.

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Guests enjoying quiet conversations with their friends while Melo (right) relaxes and soaks up the post-Earth Hour ambiance and appreciating the gorgeous view of the Marina Bay landscape.

The Singapore Nightlife Nocturnally Speaking

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Believe it or not, our itinerary was so packed that I had almost lost track of the days until our guide reminded us that we’re heading to The Fullerton Bay Hotel for cocktail drinks at the Lantern to mark Earth Hour 2011. It’s here I had my one and only alcoholic beverage — Raspberry Smash Ketel One Vodka with Raspberries and Lime. I had my inaugural Earth Hour 2010 in Brunei and it excited me that I had an opportunity to mark this global occasion in one of the world’s most nocturnally active cities!

If this cocktail drink excites you, check out Lantern’s latest menu
(click on Lantern then scroll to the bottom of page for Menu download)

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My drink, a Lantern signature cocktail – Raspberry Smash Ketel One Vodka with Raspberries and Lime. All house specialties are made with freshly squeezed juice along with fresh selection of herbs and tropical fruits.

Marina Bay Sands Panorama | Facebook video clip of “Wonder Full”
The Best Views of Singapore from the Sands SkyPark | A Sunset On The Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

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Using lasers, searchlights, LEDs, video projectors and giant water screens to create stunning visual effects, Marina Bay Sands will present a breathtaking 360-degree sensory experience portraying Light and Water creating Life, choreographed to an inspiring original score.

More information about Marina Bay Sands Wonder Full

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The event is free – no tickets or queuing necessary. It is Marina Bay Sands’ gift to Singapore. The best spot to view the show is at the Event Plaza, Marina Bay Sands. The performance will last 13 minutes and promises to be a truly memorable experience.

About The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore is the latest addition to the sparkling Marina Bay waterfront, with breathtaking architecture and stunning interiors that combine modernity and heritage. Seated on prime waterfront location in the Central Business District and arts and cultural precinct, the Hotel offers classic luxurious hospitality and exquisite service with rooms featuring 360 degree spectacular views of the Marina Bay and Singapore skyline. Step into a world of chic sophistication where The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore will set the tone for an indulgent lifestyle experience.

A PEEK INSIDE THE MARINA BAY SANDS AND RESORTS WORLD CASINOS

MARINA BAY SANDS CASINO is housed in its own building and offers four levels of gaming in a luxurious, spacious setting. Patrons can enjoy a wide variety of popular table games including roulette, blackjack, baccarat and sic bo, and slot machines featuring the latest games such as video poker, and electronic sic bo and roulette. Premium players and Paiza members have access to exclusive gaming and dining privileges at the casino’s upper two levels, which feature over 30 private gaming rooms. Paiza is an exclusive, by-invitation club for premium players who receive a unique level of service including a members-only access bridge linking the casino and hotel. Paiza members enjoy the best of every hospitality amenity available at the Marina Bay Sands and the widest range of gourmet food and premium beverages, all delivered through personalized 24-hour service.

Images courtesy of Marina Bay Sands

One of the world's largest crystal chandeliers. The Marina Bay Sands casino features an impressive Swarovski crystal chandelier suspended 40 meters over the heart of the casino's expansive ceiling.

Aerial view of main casino floor

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Approved gaming floor area of 15,000 square meters, less than 3 percent of the gross floor area of the entire property with more than 600 gaming tables and over 1,500 slot machines.

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Dining experiences include two lively noodle bars, The Nest and Tong Dim that are inspired by the traditional Cha Can Tings or Chinese tea restaurants, popular in Hong Kong and Macau. There’s also Fatt Choi Express which offers a savoury array of popular local favourites such as Bak Kut Teh and Chicken Curry Rice, and 24-hour Paiza Dining with the finest Cantonese cuisine and seafood, selected Western dishes as well as personal delivery of celebrity chef menus, especially for Paiza Club members.

RESORTS WORLD CASINO was officially opened at the auspicious time of 12.18pm on the first day of Lunar New Year, 14 February 2010 by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman of the Genting Group and Resorts World Sentosa. The Resorts World Casino is the first casino in Singapore, a significant milestone in Singapore’s business history. Patrons to the Resorts World Casino enjoy a variety of exclusive treats such as special events and performances, competitions and food promotions, ensuring that their while casino experience goes beyond gaming. A resident band and various guest artistes perform at the main gaming area every day, providing entertainment to casino guests. The latest addition to Resorts World is the world’s first garden in a casino. Named the Garden Court, the natural daylight steaming in and the cascading water features makes this the ideal backdrop for alfresco dining within the casino premises.

Images courtesy of Resorts World Sentosa

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Owned and operated by Asia's largest and oldest gaming operator, Resorts World Casino is unrivalled in its intimate knowledge of Asian gaming preferences. The place brims with activities 24/7 and is complemented by unparalleled customer privileges.

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Resorts World Casino features 500 gaming tables with over 19 different games and 1,300 electronic game machines. More than just gaming, Resorts World Casino is where you can see Dale Chihuly's magnificent glass sculptures, taste some of Singapore's best culinary delights, and watch top-class shows - all these on top of a wide array of table games, slots and electronic games available.

THE LION KING MUSICAL AT THE SANDS THEATRE SINGAPORE

What else can I write about The Lion King musical that hasn’t been reviewed far more eloquently across countless websites. After a long day at Marina Bay Sands having traveled the ancient Silk Road, wowed by large collection of Genghis Khan artifacts collection and peeked at one of the oldest and most significant marine archaeological finds of the Tang shipwrecked treasures, our journey continued at the Sands Theater where The Lion King brought Africa to life with their amazing and awe inspiring performance! For a moment a sense of guilt came over me that my wife and children weren’t here to enjoy this but quickly vanished knowing I could share this with everyone at home and my readers here! If have included a Lion King Sneak Peek YouTube video at the end of this post for those of you new to musical theatres.

[ READ REVIEW OF THE LION KING BY SUPERADRIANME.COM ]

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Three Marina Bay Sands tickets in one day and you can imagine how packed a day I had in Singapore with visits to the ArtScience Museum, The Sands SkyPark and finishing the day with The Lion King musical.

The ArtScience Museum | The Sands SkyPark | Infinity Pool at sunset

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This is The Sands Threatre which opened on Nov 30 with Riverdance and also home to The Lion King with its debut performance in March 2011. The theatre has sitting capacity of up to 1,680 on two levels.

The Lion King musical was one of the many highlights of out Marina Bay Sands tour. Photography is strictly prohibited but I got this shot to show just how intensely popular the musical is.

THE LION KING explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Academy Award-winning ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

Encouraged to push the boundaries of a traditional musical theatre score, a group of diverse and accomplished musicians from around the world, including Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice and South Africa’s Lebo M, wrote additional music and lyrics that furthered the storytelling and character development from the film to the stage. As a result, THE LION KING’s sound reflects a variety of styles, influenced by sweeping film scores, upbeat pop tunes and—the lifeblood of the music—African choral chants. Songs like the anthemic “Circle of Life,” the mystical “They Live in You,” the soulful “Shadowland,” and the celebratory “One by One” each capture the passionate spirit of THE LION KING’s universal themes.

All images hereon © Disney / courtesy of Marina Bay Sands.

Hein Van de Heijden Edwin Jonker Holland Production Photo by Deen Ven Meer

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi-award winning musical THE LION KING will redefine your expectations of theatre.

In creating the lions’ costumes, director/designer Julie Taymor used an abundance of silk and natural fabrics with lots of texture to ensure each costume blends naturally with the performers to project cat-like, fluid movements. The fabric is typically made to order, rather than cut from bolts of cloth. By incorporating organic and handmade materials in her
innovative costume design, Taymor transforms African beading into a lion’s white belly, a collar of horsehair into a baboon’s chest and burnt peacock feathers into Mufasa’s majestic crown. Taymor and Michael Curry, one of the world’s leading puppet experts, created hundreds of intricate masks and puppets for the show. Uniquely, the mask design enables the audience to see the characters as animal and human at the same time, an effect Taymor dubs ‘the double event.’ The audience at THE LION KING, then, has an important job: the imagination joins the ‘animal’ with the human into a magical whole.

Las Vegas Company photo by Joan Marcus (c) Disney

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Paris Company Photo by Brinkenhoff Mogenburg (c) Disney

Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney’s beloved film has been transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience which has won over 70 major international theatre awards.

Lighting Designer Donald Holder used nearly 700 lighting instruments to create the show’s lighting plot.

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All of the corsets worn by the lionesses are hand-beaded using a range of different materials, including shells, glass, ceramics, fish bones, copper and bronze. Each bead is sewn on by hand.

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Wallce Smith (Simba) and Kissy Simmons (Nala) Lion King New York Photo  by Joan Marcus (c) Disney

For more information about The Lion King, download Media Kit and Press Releases.