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LEGO Lunar New Year Monkey (40207)

Lunar New Year is coming and as usual LEGO is releasing a set for the zodiac animal of the year. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.

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All you need is to spend $88 and above to redeem the LEGO Lunar New Year Monkey (40207). You’ll also get the LEGO Red Packet if you spend $30 and above.

That’s not all. Spend $100 and above and you’ll stand a chance to be 1 of 10 lucky winners to win a 4 pax LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort 2D1N VIP package. Check out LEGO Facebook page for more info.

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LEGO DC Super Heroes Batman Classic TV Series Batcave (76052)

LEGO just announced the LEGO DC Super Heroes Batman Classic TV Series Batcave (76052) in honour of the first episode of Batman on 12 January 1966.

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The design is based on the classic 1960s TV show and has a Wayne Manor section with an exterior wall to climb on and Bruce Wayne’s study featuring the iconic Batphone and a false bookcase that slides open to reveal the secret entrance to the Batcave. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson can spiral down the Batpoles into the Batcave and change identity to Batman and Robin. The Batcave features a Bat Lab with Batcomputer, Batcopter with flick missiles, Batcycle and Batmobile.

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The classic Batmobile looks fantastic. I wish LEGO will also sell the Batmobile alone. Would really like to have one together with Batman and Robin in classic costume.

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This is a pretty big set. The Batcave measures 46cm high, 56cm wide and 20cm deep. Total 2,526 pieces and retail at US$269.99. The LEGO DC Super Heroes Batman Classic TV Series Batcave (76052) will be available from March 2016.

Star Wars and Beyond, The Iconic Film Scores of John Williams

Star Wars and Beyond, The Iconic Film Scores of John Williams will be coming to Singapore in March 2016 for 3 shows only. This musical voyage through a galaxy of well known film scores also includes electrifying multi-coloured light and laser displays, a pyrotechnic finale and opens at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands.

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Nothing can compare to the iconic film scores of John Williams. An American composer, conductor, and pianist with a career spanning over six decades, John Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history. From the first sinister bass notes of Jaws to the grandeur of Jurassic Park, from the emotion of E.T. to the mystery of Harry Potter, from the sublime Schindler’s List to the sensational Superman, these magnificent music masterpieces remain as popular today as when first released. Crowning it all is Star Wars, as one of the most epic scores of all time.

Each memorable music will be further brought to life by a magnificent light and laser display stunningly programmed to perfectly complement each musical score. This spectacular lighting display is designed by Durham Marenghi who has recently been appointed as the lighting designer for the Rio 2016 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The concert will be introduced and conducted by the irrepressible showman Anthony Inglis, taking charge of the full 80 piece Singapore Metropolitan Festival Orchestra.

Hurry. Tickets are now on sale at MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing and sistic.com.sg.

Singapore Motorshow 2016

The Singapore Motorshow is back for the second year from 14 to 17 January 2016. The 2016 edition will see 24 car brands making a return to the show on Level 4 of Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, and a dedicated area for car accessories on Level 3.

One of the highlights is the stunt driving performance by Russ Swift. Brought in by Subaru, Russ Swift will be putting on driving exhibitions. Remember to collect ticket for the performance one hour before each show at level 4 “Stunt Performance (Ticket Collection)” Counter.

Borneo Motors Singapore will also be unveiling the 4th generation Toyota Prius at The Singapore Motorshow 2016.

Ticket pricing for Singapore Motorshow 2016 remain the same at $6 per entry. There will also be a limited amount of special preview tickets available at $10 per entry. The special preview tickets will allow visitors to enter the show at 1pm on 14 January instead of 5pm on the same day when it is open to the public. Tickets will be available for sale onsite.

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Marina Bay Countdown 2016

I thought I told myself that I’m not shooting New Years Eve fireworks again. It’s like a toxic relationship. You know you are going to wait long hours, squeeze here and there and have a hard time leaving the place because it is too crowded. And the photos most likely won’t turn out great since they fire a lot of fireworks and the entire sky will be smoked out after a few shots.

But you still go back year after year. I don’t know why.

And to make things worse this year, it decided to rain before the fireworks. Luckily I brought along a disposable poncho and rain cover for my camera.

Decided to camp out at Marina Bay Sands side this year near the Art Science Museum. The crowd only start forming after 8 plus due to the on and off rain. The crowd control at MBS was horrible. They closed all the doors and left just 2 open. I don’t know the logic behind that. There a huge crowd and they are forced to use just 2 exits at the 2 corner of MBS. If there is a stampede I think a lot of people will be injured.

I managed to capture some nice reflection shots just before the fireworks thanks to the windless night.

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Not sure what’s the special occasion this year but the New Year Eve’s fireworks lasted for 8 minutes. I must say this is one of the nicer fireworks I’ve seen. But as usual, the whole area starts to get fully smoked out after a while. And it doesn’t help that there isn’t much wind. But still managed to get a few good shots.

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The fireworks were a bit too high. Didn’t bother adjusting my camera cause I know my 1.6 crop factor Canon 60D with 11-16mm Tokina lens will not be able to capture everything no matter how I adjust it. Oh well. Maybe I should get a full frame with fish eye lens next time. Or stand further back.

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The whole place is so smoky after the fireworks that it actually looks good on camera. But I’m too tired so I only took a few shots handheld.

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Surprisingly, the crowd managed to clear pretty fast this year. Deep down inside, I’m telling myself this is the last time I’m shooting fireworks on New Year Eve. But something tells me that I’ll be there again.