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Australia – Whale Watching in Sydney

Sydney Whale WatchingDuring June to November, the whale watching season in Australia, whales such as the humpback and orca migrate from the cold waters of the Antarctica up to the warm temperate waters of Australia to give birth. About 20,000 whales pass by the waters of Australia during this period, and I took the opportunity to catch a glimpse of this magnificent creature up close during my trip to Sydney.Sydney Whale WatchingWhile you can watch the whales on numerous land-based vantage points in NSW national parks, I opted to join a 2-hour Adventure Cruise to increase my chances of spotting them in the deep blue sea.

Sydney Whale WatchingAfter seeing the promotional images, who could ever resist such an opportunity? I opted for the smaller speed boat as it can go faster than cruise ships and the open deck would allow whale watching from all angles. But with agility, also meant smaller size boat and a speed ride that could rival Universal Studio’s. I was clinging to a pole like a koala bear most of the time, and your camera shutter speed has to be at least 1/1000s to be able to minimize blurred photos.
(Source: Whale Watching Sydney)Sydney Whale WatchingWe started off our adventure from Darling Harbour. We were lucky to have good weather, and a nice view Sydney’s skyline.

Sydney Whale Watching
And off we go! *big smile*

Sydney Whale WatchingSydney Harbour BridgeSydney Whale WatchingSpotted a lot of people at the park on a nice, sunny weekend afternoon

Sydney Whale WatchingHeart of the Sydney Business DistrictSydney Whale WatchingThe iconic Sydney Opera House

Sydney Whale WatchingBlow, wind blow. Look how blue the water is! :)Sydney Whale WatchingTime for some sailing stunts. I would love to have a house here…

Sydney Whale WatchingSpotting the candy-striped Hornby Lighthouse at Watsons Bay got me all excited – I remember walking the South Head Heritage trail just few months ago :) It’s also a whale watching vantage point. I will be back…Sydney Whale WatchingHere we are in the open sea! I was just griping about how small and rocky our little speedboat was until I saw this open boat/dinghy – I think I would have peed in my pants if the whale came up just in front of me.

Sydney Whale WatchingAnd the waiting game begins…according to our guide, the easiest way to spot a whale is to look for spouts/blows made by the whale, and a greenish shape in the water as the whale emerges (can you spot that in the photo?). Did you know the blow is distinctive to each whale species – humpback (tall, column-shaped blow); orca (bushy shaped); gray (heart-shaped!). The mammal can stay underwater for as long as 10 minutes, so you have to be verrry patient.

Sydney Whale WatchingErm guys, look behind you!! *the tail waves hello*

Sydney Whale WatchingThis was the best I could get on my virgin whale watching adventure. I didn’t even get to see your face, and I didn’t know what I actually saw until I went home to check – a rare albino humpback whale. This would be my second amazing milestone made in Sydney – the first being catching the New Years Eve fireworks : )

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Singapore Night Festival 2015 – Starlight Alchemy

Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015
Starlight Alchemy’s spectacular showcase of its multi-disciplinary flow arts at Singapore Night Festival 2015 combines a variety of aerial and large custom-made fire props, as well as LED technology performance props. Their performance tells of the exhilarating journey of reconciliation between Apollo from the world of Ethereal Light and Nuri from the world of Eternal Flame, through three 25-minute segments during the night. I am so proud we have such a great performance art group from Singapore :)Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015

Starlight Alchemy at Singapore Night Festival

Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015Starlight Alchemy at Singapore Night Festival

Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015

Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015

Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015

Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015


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Singapore Night Festival 2015 – Garden of Angels by Theatre Tol

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsI was brought into a world of fantasy and joy with a carousel of flying angels, singing birds and burlesque pigs over the weekend. No, I wasn’t dreaming. I caught the “Garden of Angels” performance by Theatre Tol (Belgium), a festival commission for this year’s Singapore Night Festival.

Inspired by the paintings of Russian-French expressionist artist Marc Chagall, Theater Tol’s latest performance merges the realms of nature, people and fantasy into one. It was the second time Theatre Tol presented their show at the festival, and they certainly mesmerized the crowd with their performance, dribbled with surprises throughout which drew countless oohs and ahhhs.  Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsSinging Bird serenading the crowd with O Mio Babbino Caro

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsWhat a pretty horse!Theatre Tol - Garden of Angels
Burlesque pigs! Super cute.

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsSinging chanteuseTheatre Tol - Garden of AngelsAngels with the moon. I must be in haven.

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsTheatre Tol - Garden of Angels

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsTheatre Tol - Garden of Angels

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsDown comes a whole load of white feathersTheatre Tol - Garden of Angels

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsWhat an amazing treat, gasp. Come back again soon Theatre Tol!