Get Outta Town and Leave Your Passport Behind

Visitors to Singapore are sure to include Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Botanic Gardens, and the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel in their itinerary but may miss out on some interesting places that are off the beaten path.  Before the Lion City was famous for its futuristic architecture, it had kampongs and fishermen.

Palau Ubin

Palau Ubin harkens back to what Singapore used to be like.  To get there, you take a bumboat from Changi Village.

St. John's Island

St. John’s Island has a fascinating history.  A ferry from Marina South Pier MRT station will take you there.

Lazarus Island

Lazarus Island is inhabited by monkeys and cats.  You must walk there over the causeway from St. John’s Island or you can take your yacht.


West Side Story Reimagined

In keeping with the theme of unusual things to do in Singapore, this post is about what I did last evening.  I am not sure what to call it; it was a film, it was a symphony, it was amazing!


It is events like this (and like the exhibition that I posted about previously) that blur the line between art and technology; perhaps there isn’t even a line to blur.  According to the program, “Half a century after its original release, West Side Story the motion picture will be presented tonight in a format that brings its own innovations.  MGM has created a restored, high-definition print of the film that reveals details unseen since 1961.  A new sound technology developed by Paris-based Audionamix and utilized by Chace Audio by Deluxe, one of the film industry’s top restoration companies, has isolated vocal tracks from the feature, using new source-separation technology that separates elements within a monophonic soundtrack.”  The Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Joshua Tan, performed the musical score so seamlessly that I often forgot that the music wasn’t part of the film. They deserved every bit of the enthusiastic applause that followed the film’s end credits.