New Year’s Eve
We celebrated New Year’s Eve in Singapore. My brother in law wanted to see the firework display at the Marina bay. We headed over there at around 19:00 and by that time crowds had already started to form. People where sitting everywhere. Almost all benches, stairs and open areas were occupied. As time went, more people came and it got more crowded.
As my family found a spot to wait in, I headed out into the crowds to take some pictures. I said to them that I would be back in a wink. When trying to get back to them, I got blocked. In Singapore everything is very well organised and for this event they had temporary crowd fences pretty much everywhere. If the security chief for a certain area thinks that his area is being too crowded he just blocks it off. My entire family was now in such an area, and I was left alone outside the fencing. I asked the security if it was possible to access the area from elsewhere and he said that I had to go around the major part of Marina bay. 2 hours later I was back with my family. The children was at this point really tired and wanted to go back to the hotel. At around 23:00 we headed back to the hotel. Out hotel had a rooftop terrace with an obscured view of the firework area so I got a little glimpse of the display.
Art Science Museum
On New Year’s Day we went to the Art Science Museum that had a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition. It was really interesting and there was also a lot of stuff for the kids to do and explore. They exhibited some of Leonardo’s original sketches, which were super exciting to see. 500 year old sketches of advanced mechanics, and sketches of air flow, pioneering the science of fluid dynamics. In other words, awesome in every aspect. The museum itself is a pretty interesting feat of architecture. It is supposed to stylize the open hand of Buddha, with the palm facing up.
Some photos of the high tech bridges in the Marina bay area, where the museum is located.