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Set Sail with the Royal Albatross

Royal Albatross
When I feel like I need to take a little break and doing something special without the hassle of leaving the country, I love taking to the seas. Feeling the sea breeze on my face and relishing the carefreeness of the open sea never fails to rejuvenate me. This time, I went on a sunset cruise on a special luxury tall ship named the Royal Albatross, which has its fame in The Dark Knight as Batman’s alter ego, Bruce Wayne’s private yatch.

Royal Albatross
Docked alongside the Adventure Cove Waterpark at Resorts World Sentosa, it is a sight to behold, especially when it has all its 22 sails down. The sails and rigging were designed by master rigger Jim Barry, who also designed the ships featured in Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Royal Albatross
The Royal Albatross offers a 2.5-hour Sunset Sail cruise every Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. They also have additional cruises on festive days such as Christmas, New Year’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day. Of course, you can also hire the entire yatch, which has a maximum capacity of 130 people, on a private charter if you have something special to celebrate.

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Getting on board the Royal Albatross

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Guests were already excited and making selfies before the start of the cruise.

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Relaxing on the open deck while waiting to set sail

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Watching the crew getting ready to start the ship is pretty interesting. If you are brave enough, you can upgrade your cruise ticket to take the helm with the captain for 15 minutes.

Royal Albatross
You can also fulfill your dream of being sailor (or pirate!) for a day on a Mast Climb. The ship’s 22 sails are all manually operated by over 200 ropes, and you get to climb on one of them, ascending 21 metres abover the ship deck where you can get a great view of Sentosa island.

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Time to get the party started!

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Spotted Princess Anne’s note of appreciation to the owner for hosting her and her 2 local charities. If it is good enough for a princess, it is definitely good enough for me :)

Royal Albatross
The luxurious air-conditioned Grand Salon on the middle deck where guests can relax and have their dinner. Definitely a winner for a romantic night out or cosy gathering with friends.

Royal Albatross
Little bar by the side. All the wood carvings were handcrafted by the crew during their free time.

Royal Albatross
For an overnight charter, the yatch has 5 on-suite cabins which can take 10 guests.

Royal Albatross
The spacious 40 square-metres Owner’s Cabin is the largest cabin.

Royal Albatross
It comes with an oversized shower.

Royal Albatross
One of the four smaller cabins. Looks cosy enough for a good night’s rest, if you are not out on the open deck taking in the beauty of the starry night skies.

Royal Albatross
Each sunset cruise comes with a complimentary welcome drink.

Royal Albatross
We had ours on the upper deck while waiting for a glorious sunset.

Royal Albatross
The skies didn’t disappoint. And thank God for good weather.

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Going the extra mile to ensure guests get to keep the best memories. We need more people like him.

Royal Albatross
As night falls, the ship is lit by more than 60,000 LED lights, forming a warm ambience for guests to chillax on the upper deck.

Royal Albatross
Buffet-style dinner, which is included in the cruise price, is served on the restaurant-grade galley.

Royal Albatross
The menu was diverse to suit most palates.

Royal Albatross
If you are lucky, you can catch a mini fireworks display on your way back to shore, courtesy of the nearby Universal Studios Singapore.

Royal Albatross
With less than 100 working tall ships left in the world, you come to appreciate the passion and effort that went into restoring the Royal Albatross to its current glory, and sailing it more than 15,000km from North America to Singapore. It is definitely a special experience to be on this beauty, and it does not need to be a special day for one to set sail with her.

Get more details about the Royal Albatross here.


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Photography – South East Asian Games Closing Ceremony Fireworks

SEA Games Closing Fireworks


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All set to Countdown to 2015 at #SYDnye

Sydney Countdown
All set for #SYDNye! :) One of the craziest things I have done this year – and maybe my entire life till now – is coming with a bunch of awesome pals to specially catch the countdown of a lifetime in Sydney.
Sydney Countdown
The thing I didn’t realise is – you need to come reserve your spot VERY EARLY in order to get a good vantage point. You have to get there before 3pm when the entire will be closed down to prevent overcrowding. Understandable for an event that attracts 1.5 million annually.
Sydney Countdown
We reached Milsons Point by 8am, but still not early enough. Some came since 6am while others started camping overnight, all in the name of fireworks. :)
SydNYE
All set and ready to go, wish me luck! (I must be crazy camping out under the sweltering Aussie summer…) Here’s wishing you an awesome Countdown tonight, wherever you are in the world. :)


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River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014One event that has become almost a tradition for most Singaporeans to visit during the Chinese New Year would be River Hongbao. An annual event held without fail for 28 years since 1986, it features large lanterns made by craftsmen from China, handicrafts, local & regional delicacies, stage performances and numerous fringe activities for all ages. Best of all, it’s free admission and possibly the best place to bring the entire family to infuse the festive atmosphere – without burning a bigger hole in your pocket after giving out all the ang pows (red packets) and buying new clothes.

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The event is held at The Float @ Marina Bay, right in the heart of Singapore’s downtown.

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Look at the throngs of people!

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

One of the highlights of this year’s event would be this 18-metre tall God of Fortune 财神爷 – everyone wants a piece of fortune in the new year!

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Fortune God, please look after me this year okok…bring me more money!

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

He does look very prosperous, and I am in love with his pom-pom hat lol

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

This decorated walkway was a natural photo opportunity. I must say it’s very pretty.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

The main feature of River Hongbao would be the large-scale lanterns hand-crafted on-site by craftsmen from the Sichuan province. They showcase familiar characters including the God of Fortune, legendary heroes from “The Three Kingdoms” (Guan Yu, Zhang Fei and Liu Bei) as well as the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

马到功成
Being the Year of the Horse, a lot of the lanterns featured horses. This one features a Chinese idiom “马到功成” which literally means “success is gained when the horse arrives.” In the past wars were fought on horseback. Hence, once the horses reach the frontline, the war will be won. Now, this Chinese idiom means swift success, and is used as a well-wish.

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Hungry? Feast on Yunnan and local delicacies at River Hongbao’s Food Street.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Bunny ears for you, madam?

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

It’s all kids play at Uncle Ringo!
Oh this is so nostalgic! Long before Facebook and LAN games, kids squealed in delight when parents brought them to Uncle Ringo for kiddy rides. Most of the kids entertainment centres have bitten the dust by now, and you can only find Uncle Ringo at roving events around neighbourhoods. I so very wanted to join in…but well, guess I am a teeny-weeny overaged by now.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

童真

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

I used to love such games, especially the shooting ones!

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

“Daddy please, can I play again?”

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Bumper cars!

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Wheee! I wonder if this can take my weight wuahaha

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While the kids have Uncle Ringo, the adults can play too…lottery
I was quite surprised to see a Singapore Pools booth at River Hongbao. It was quite apt too, since everyone wanted a piece of luck during the new year. I joined in the fun too, and I think I stunned the staff for a moment when I asked “How many numbers must I choose huh?” He was dumbfounded for 5 seconds and thought I asked him a trick question.

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The Palace of Beauties and One Emperor

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Dancing Sisters
Sway left, sway right

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十二生肖 – 马
Somehow this reminds me of My Little Pony

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One of the reasons why people visit River Hongbao is to read their fortunes for the year at the 12 Zodiac lanterns. Find out all you want to know about your career, health, fortune, romance and even your lucky colour & number.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

恭喜发财 Gong Xi Fa Cai!

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Main Stage Performances
Apart from local entertainers, River Hongbao also partnered the Yunnan Opera Theatre (云南滇剧院) to showcase performances by Yunnan’s ethnic tribes, including the Yi and Dai Tribe.

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

福如吉祥

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Longevity Cranes

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

花开富贵

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巨型走马灯
Read up on Chinese cultural festivals at this huge lantern

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许愿池 Wishing Well
Take a coin, make a wish and aim to hit the hanging bells when you throw. If it sounds, your wish will come true. I need a super big coin.Or a gold bar.

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It was quite amusing to see Singapore’s favourite fruits on a giant lantern…if only it came with the durian smell lol

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

Cartoon version of the legendary heroes from “The Three Kingdoms” (Guan Yu, Zhang Fei and Liu Bei)

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

桃园结义

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

水上灯组

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

River Hongbao 春到河畔 2014

I was pleasantly surprised with fireworks from the Chingay event happening nearby. It was great to end my visit to River Hongbao on a high, and hopefully it signifies great things to come for the new year. I’m excited! :)