December 2012: Resorts World Sentosa Celebrates Grand Opening

SINGAPORE, 7 December 2012 – Singapore’s first integrated resort Resorts World Sentosa marked its Grand Opening today with a forecast of 17 million visitors for 2013.

The S$7 billion resort has welcomed more than 45 million guests since opening in January 2010. It opened the second of its two anchor attractions a fortnight ago; The Marine Life Park, which is also the world’s largest oceanarium with 100,000 fishes from 800 species, is expected to draw at least 1 million more visitors to the resort in 2013. The resort’s other major key attraction is Universal Studios Singapore.

Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman of the Genting Group which owns Resorts World Sentosa, said: “In 2006, we began with a vision to build a destination resort like no other. Six years on, we have taken our vision into reality, and turned the page for Singapore’s tourism story. The resort has built itself into one of the most desired destinations for families in Asia. Even as the global economy teeters on uncertainty, we remain confident of surpassing our 2012 attendance of 16 million visitors for next year. ”


RWS’s Grand Opening begins with a ceremony officiated by the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong. Mr Lee will unveil an 8-meter sculpture commissioned for the event, Infinity, at a center spot of the Resort, symbolising the Resort’s infinite moments of family fun and excitement.



A gala dinner follows where 1,600 guests will dine on a banquet prepared by 28 Michelin-star chef Joël Robuchon and Singapore’s own celebrity chef Sam Leong. Entertainment for the evening includes performances by soprano Sarah Brightman and China artist Sun Nan at the Resorts World Convention Centre’s Compass Ballroom.

Among the guests will be beneficiaries from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled (MINDS), who are also the craftsmen behind the evening’s souvenirs.

Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) aims to provide employment training and development opportunities for Persons with Intellectual Disability (PWIDs).

For public guests, the highlight for the evening is a 12-minute firework display synchronised with the world’s largest animatronics performance – Crane Dance – at the Resort’s waterfront. Public performances by local bands and a capella groups will take place across the Resort over the weekend.

Image courtesy of Resorts World Sentosa

Tan Sri Lim added: “Today’s Grand Opening marks a momentous chapter in our journey. We stay committed in ensuring that Resorts World Sentosa continues to be an exceptional destination.” Over the next three months, Universal Studios Singapore will launch a new attraction, the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase. This will be the world’s first Sesame Street indoor theme park ride specifically designed for the entire family.


At Marine Life Park, new immersive experiences such as ray-feeding, shark and dolphin interaction programmes, as well as sea trek diving and new education and conservation programmes will be progressively rolled out. New entertainment, including a new resident show at its Festive Grand theatre, will be introduced in 2013.From today onwards, RWS will introduce discounted bundled day passes to its anchor attractions – Universal Studios Singapore and Marine Life Park (Refer to Annex B).

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Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), Singapore’s first integrated resort is located on the resort island of Sentosa. Spanning 49 hectares, the resort opened in January 2010 and welcomed over 30 million visitors in its first two years of opening. RWS is home to the region’s first-and-only Universal Studios theme park, the world’s largest oceanarium – Marine Life Park, the Maritime Experiential Museum, a casino, luxurious accommodation in six unique hotels, the Resorts World Convention Centre, celebrity chef restaurants, a world-class spa as well as specialty retail outlets. The resort also offers entertainment including a resident magical spectacular – Incanto, and public attractions such as the Crane Dance and the Lake of Dreams. Resorts World Sentosa is wholly owned by Genting Singapore, a company of the Genting Group. For more information, please visit

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Hollywood Dreams Parade at Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore® presents Hollywood Dreams Parade – its first-ever full-scale street parade and moving homage to movie-making and the celebrated movies we love and remember. 14 magnificent and intricately detailed floats laden with special effects, a custom musical overture and a myriad of fan-favourite movie characters along with a cast of over 100 extravagantly costumed performers enchanting every spectator as it winds through streets of Universal Studios Singapore – the region’s first movie theme park.

Six electrifying scenes

Rolling Marquee & Stars in Car

Fronted by a moving marquee bearing the logo of Hollywood Dreams Parade, the procession kicks off its first scene with a vintage Cadillac ferrying famous Hollywood Monsters like Dracula and the Bride of Frankenstein, together with Woody Woodpecker at the back in a custom-made rumble seat donning a special director outfit directing the parade. They are accompanied by a wave of paparazzi and ribbon dancers performing around the car as it proceeds through the park.


The beloved cast from “Madagascar” goes on full swing in this scene to create bursts of living colour against island-themed floats bearing the iconic Baobab tree and costumed characters like Alex, Melman, Marty and King Julien, who will be speaking and interacting with guests along the way in the company of dancing Lemurs and drummers. Tailing closely behind the main float is an elaborate crate trailer with the lovable penguins on board, mischievously squirting away at guests with their water guns.

Far Far Away

A fairy-tale atmosphere will overwhelm spectators as the “Far Far Away” scene commences with the main float carrying a life-sized Dragon, who is seen sharing an intimate love moment with Donkey and housing a saddle on her back carrying Shrek, while the Three Little Pigs and Gingy are hanging for their dear lives on her tail. Puss In Boots, Pinocchio and the Three Blind Mice will be riding closely behind on the float of the Dragon’s lair. The astonishing level of detail is conveyed through the vibrant colours on the floats as well as the smoke, water and sound effects.

Lost World

A jeep escaping with a baby T-Rex and animated Dino eggs kick off the “Lost World” scene as it braces spectators for a gigantic mother T-Rex hot on pursuit dangerously close behind. With its ferociously loud and nerve-wrecking roars, spectators feel chills down their spines throughout this terrifying yet immersive experience. Adding to the atmosphere are water-spitting dinosaurs on each side of the float and walking Raptors with baby dinosaur keepers accompanying this Jurassic entourage.


Led by the fearsome Scorpion King and his pack of marching Anubis Warriors and Scarab Beetles, the main float transports guests right into the “Mummy” to witness the horror of Imhotep resurrecting his dead warriors, only to have Rick and Evelyn O’Connell foil his plans for terror through a series of aggressive fight scenes and eventually, by reading a passage from the Book of Amun-Ra to destroy the evil high priest.

 That’s a Wrap

The Hollywood Dreams Parade brings on its grand finale with “That’s a Wrap”, with a touch of class in the atmosphere complementing the grandeur of the main float, which is set in a form of a stage-structure with two large champagne glasses where spectators will marvel at superstars Marilyn Monroe and Betty Boop. Accompanying them are elegant ballroom dancers and stilt walking ushers alongside the float, topped off with a walking clapper board and large bubble shooting champagne bottles to end the procession off on a most celebratory note.

 Parade Fun Facts

Hollywood Dreams Parade will be the 22nd attraction unveiled in Universal Studios Singapore, on New Year’s Eve 2011, hot on the heels of the world’s first TRANSFORMERS The Ride, which premièred on 3 December 2011.

  • The length of the parade route is 688 metres from start to end (stretching through five out of the park’s seven themed zones).
  • Approximately 400 litres of paint and more than 5,000kg of fibreglass were used in the production of the floats.
  • 4.6 meters (about two storeys high) is the height of the tallest float from the scene “It’s a Wrap”.
  • Guests can enjoy a total of seven different soundtracks during the procession; one for each scene and the signature Hollywood Dreams Parade overture, across 54 speakers on board the floats.

Running through five of the park’s seven zones, the parade route is approximately 30 minutes long and gives each guest about a 10-minute viewing experience of the procession. Hollywood Dreams Parade will run once a day at 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and selected holidays, and will be included with regular theme park admission. For tickets and information, visit


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My Collection of Media Passes From 2005 to 2011

My accidental photography career began in late 2004 and not any earlier than many had suspected. It never began as a hobby not did I enjoy or appreciate photography when I was younger. If anything, my track record pretty much illustrates that I’m a late adopter in most instances of my life. It wasn’t until 2005 when I began taking on corporate photography assignments and burnt myself out with back-to-back event coverage more times than I cared to remember. But the best part is, each of the major corporate event coverage included a media pass that I have kept all this time. Each of these is a hallmark of my photographic pursuits even though I often complained about how exhausting the long hours were.

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