Monday, December 28, 2015

What you need to know about this year Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2016

Hopeful Hearts and Endless Possibilities for our Future

The 11th edition of Marina Bay Singapore Countdown will be the largest in Singapore, jointly organised by Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

For the first time, the 8 minutes long fireworks display span the entire Marina Bay accompanied by a rousing original score composed by a young music director Julian Wong. There will be more viewing locations for the public especially with the opening of the Jubilee Bridge this year.

Mr Benson Puah, CEO, the Esplanade Co Ltd said “Last year, we reflected on our journey and celebrated our achievements over the past 50 years. With the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2016, we start a new chapter in the Singapore story by coming together as a nation and imagining the possibilities that the future holds, We hope to capture the excitement and anticipation of looking ahead, wishing earnestly and dreaming big. We invite everyone to join us in this spirit and together ring in the New Year amidst joy and festivity in this place we have all come to know and love as home.”

Mr. Ng Lang, CEO, URA, said, “The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown has now firmly established itself as a key event on Singapore’s calendar, where the community comes together to welcome the New Year. This is the first post-SG50 event. Join us to make our collective best wishes for the brighter future for Singapore.”

Wishing Spheres

The wishing spheres are installed in Marina Bay which are penned by members of the public since mid-November at the 21 wishing stations around the island. It will be lit from 26 to 31 December. The visual wishing spheres will represent the collective wishes of residents and visitors for Singapore’s future. In addition, netizens and Singaporeans overseas can also make virtual wishes at

3D Projection

From 26 to 31 December, a special projection show on the façade of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore which depict the dynamism and vibrancy of the future of Singapore, whilst remaining anchored in images that capture our identity as a nation, from shophouses to HDB flats to lush tropical landscapes. On New Year’s Eve, the public can look forward to the final showcase beginning at 11.55pm that culminates in a countdown to midnight, followed immediately by the firework display.

Here are the timings

26 to 30 December 2015, 8.15pm, 9.15pm, 10.15pm and 11.15pm nightly;

31 December 2015, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm

Location: Fullerton Hotel Singapore

The Interior of the Fullerton Hotel

Events around the Bay
Both ticketed and non-ticketed Esplanade events are available. There is something for everyone. Free entry. They are located at Esplanade Concourse, Outdoor Theatre and other locations around Esplanade for the Esplanade’s Celebrate December music programmes.

Marina Waterfront Bazaar – Public can enjoy a festive shopping on 31 December 2015 3pm-3am. Check out the details at Location : Marina Bay waterfront promenade. Free Entry.

MediaCorp Celebrate 2016 - Star-studded ensemble of local artistes as well as international superstar Adam Lambert will be there to entertain the public in the biggest countdown event of the year. More information at
Time: 31 December 2015 8pm to 3am
Location: The Float@Marina Bay
Entry: $168, $88, $38

The annual Marina Bay Singapore Countdown Photo Competition with the theme “A Brighter Future. Participants can submit photos capturing the various highlights of the countdown celebration that depict this theme and stand a chance to win attractive prizes sponsored by Tigerair. Winning entries will be showcased in a digital exhibition on Suntec Singapore’s The Big Picture and The Nicoll Corner Screen in 2016. Find out more at

There are also online contest. Public are invited to like and follow the Marina Bay Facebook and 
Instagram account and participate in weekly contests to stand a chance to win amazing prizes. 

Here are some of the Interesting Facts to take note

  • 20,000 wishing spheres on the Bay.
  • 121 participating schools and VWOs
  • Approximately 500,000 wishes collected
  • 21 wishing stations around the island
  • The maximum height of fireworks is 200 metres
  • No. of shell varieties is 45 types of effects
  • Special fireworks varieties and designs to look forward to this year - Scrambling sky comets and mines, multi break shells with tails.
  • No. of shells fired : 1966 shells, 853 comets, 722 mines, 323 candles, 89 multi-shot plates. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Try out your diving skills this Christmas at 313@Somerset, into a Sea of 20,000 white balls ( Video )

This is a sponsored event.

Christmas is just around the corner. As always, it is also Singapore raining season during this period. What better way to have fun indoor this Christmas at 313@Somerset, Christmas into White Sea. A large rectangular giant ball pit is set up just for adults or older kids as long as you are at least 1.5m in height, No purchase required. Bring your own socks or buy one from the shops at 313@Somerset. 

I remember the last time I played in a ball pit was years ago together with my daughter at the Seletar Country Club. It was fun. But the one at 313@Somerset is a calorie burning and definitely bigger and better experience. Many photography opportunities for you. You will love it. 

Admission into the 20,000 balls Giant Ball Pit is free for everyone and will be available from now till 27 December 2015.

Here is my Video to let everyone know and experience the fun of being inside a Giant Ball Pit. Seems like you are an MMA fighter inside a cage. LOL

To top up that extra fun, you could also win a GoPro Hero4 Silver worth $590 or $100 313 shopping vouchers.

How to win

  • Snap your Fanta-sea photo anywhere in 313@Somerset from 13 Nov 2015 - 3 Jan 2016.
  • Post and share on your Instagram with hashtag #313Christmas
  • Follow @313somerset on Instagram
  • Important : Set your profile privacy to public
That's it. Who knows, the GoPro camera may be coming your way to you this Christmas. Let's Santa make your wish come true. 

Wait! Don't stop reading here, special extra fun below. read on.  

Shoppers and Fans, do come down on 19 Dec 2015 at 3pm, you will get a chance to hug and take photo with MediaCorp artiste, Desmond Tan in the ball pit. 

Here is what you need to do. 
  • Spend $20 (in a single receipt) in any shop at 313@Somerset on 19 December 2015 and present the receipt at the Adult Ball Pit.
  • Eligible shoppers have one minute to dive into the Giant Ball Pit to find a bottle with the winning message.
  • 30 lucky shoppers with the bottle with the winning message will stand to receive a free hug from Desmond Tan and a group photo session.
*Terms & conditions apply. Valid for the first 100 shoppers/fans only.

Photo Credit :  Desmond Tan MediaCorp Artiste

All photos and video are copyrighted of Derrick See, Seed Image except for Desmond Tan photo which is copyright of Mediacorp. 

If you require an event photographer, wedding photographer or any other professional photography services, do email me ( Derrick See ) at . You can also message me at my  FACEBOOK account. To view my photos, click My Flicker Photos 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Beauty Inside 뷰티 인사이드 (Korean Movie 2015 ) Movie Review

The Beauty Inside 뷰티 인사이드 is a 2015 South Korean romantic fantasy comedy film based on the 2012 American social film The Beauty Inside, about a man who wakes up every day in a different body. 
It is Director Baek Jong-yul or also known as Baik's feature film debut, after a career directing commercials. A total of 21 actors and actresses play the role of Woo-Jin. The movie is definitely in the spotlight since there is a record number of actors playing a single role in the movie. 
Director: Baek Jong-Yeol
Writer: Kim Sun-JungPark Jung-Ye
Producer: Park Tae-Joon
Cinematographer: Kim Tae-Kyung

Movie Cast

Every morning, furniture designer Woo-Jin wakes up in a different body, regardless of age, gender and nationality. Sometimes he's a man, a woman, old, young, or even a foreigner. There is no change in his inner self, but externally he's always someone new. It is difficult to get used to whenever he look at a stranger face in the mirror. 
The girl he loves, beautiful Yi-soo, knows his secret and loves him. Whenever Woo-Jin transforms, he must find a way to reunite with Yi-soo.
Personal Opinion
Although it is based on American film of the same title, but it gives an Asian feel to the movie. One thing for sure is that if you are a Korean drama fan, you get to see many familiar handsome and pretty Korean star faces when Woo-jin wake up every morning. Appearing one morning is one of my favourite Korean actress, Park Shin-hye from The Heirs (2013) and Pinocchio (2014-2015) fame. 
At the beginning of the movie, I get very confused when Woo-jin keep changing his face. Slowly, I learnt to identify him with different faces as the story continue to build up. Woo-Jin love for Yi-Soo never change. Yi-Soo felt happy and at the same time felt the pressure with a different faces of her boyfriend. Further pressure from colleagues and family. Sometimes, too much of a good thing can also be a bad thing. 

There were humorous moments in this movie when Woo-Jin turned into a small boy or an old man or old woman. 
It is a strange but beautiful romantic story. Love can solve all problems. Love can also be a destroyer. In this case, the movie send a strong message. A true and long lasting love is someone who treasure and love a person inner beauty. The outer beauty of a person does not matter. Woo-jin may keep changing his appearances,but Yi-soo still love him with all her heart. They may faces many obstacles but love conquered them all. How their relationship ends, I shall leave it to you to watch the movie in the cinema. 
In addition, the movie also talked about sincerity and also sacrifices for the good of the other party. 
I shall rate the movie at 3.8/5. Do what the behind the scenes video provided at the end of my blog. It is quite interesting and funny. The movie will be showing in cinema on 17 Dec 2015, Singapore. Have fun watching !


Behind The Scenes

Preview, Interview and Analysis