The Deep

It's all dark in the entire exhibition room of The Deep at the ArtScience Museum.

Summarized history lesson about deep-sea exploration.

Before coming here, I thought that it would just be a display of photographs of the deep sea animals. But it is not. At each section of the exhibition, preserved specimens are displayed.

A sea creature in one of the display tanks. (No, it's not alive.)

As we move along in the exhibition, we dive deeper into the sea. At different depth, different sea creatures lives there.

A giant isopod specimen in a glass case.

DreamWorks Animation

The DreamWorks Animation Exhibition had just started at the ArtScience Museum.

There are three sections in this exhibition:
Section 1 - Character

Models of the characters in various animations.

Models of Shrek and Donkey.

While most of the character models are displayed in the center of the room, the walls are filled with framed sketched of some cartoon characters.

Animation of the sketching of the characters projected onto the screens.

Section 2 - Story

The illustration of the storyboard creation is animated on these white papers, by a projector mounted on the ceiling, facing downwards to the table.

Section 3 - World

Pick a spot among the bean bags and enjoy a short animation clip that takes us on the back of Toothless (from How to Train Your Dragon) shown on a super wide screen.

Berk Island model in How to Train Your Dragon.

Far Far Away model in Shrek.

Screenshots from How to Train Your Dragon.

The music scores for various animation movies.

There are several computer stations at different locations of the exhibition for interactive learning about the technology used in creating the animations. Also, there are two stations for making simple crafts.

Sentosa Merlion

Here on Sentosa Island, this is one of the five official Merlion statues in Singapore. It is the tallest and the only one with viewing decks.

After the ticket gantry, we walk through a path decorated with an under-the-sea theme. At the end of it, we arrive at a lift lobby with mini golden Merlions. We insert the gift card (which was issued during the ticket purchase) into one of the Merlions and it will "spits" out a golden souvenir coin. Then, we take the lift up to the top.

The Mouth Viewing Deck is only a small viewing area, where only a few people can enjoy the outside view at any one time. The Prosperity Bell is located in this area too.

The Head Viewing Deck is right on top of the Merlion statue and we can see 360 degrees view of Sentosa Island.

The cute Merlion mascots key-chain selling in the store on the first floor.

Images of Singapore LIVE & Madame Tussauds

The Madame Tussauds Singapore is located at the Imbiah Outlook on Sentosa Island.

Singapore Girl welcomes you at the ticket counters.

Before entering Madame Tussauds, we have to take a tour in the Images of Singapore LIVE. Photo-taking is not allowed inside the attraction, where an actor (or actress) is stationed at each exhibition zone to narrate the history. The sequence of the exhibition is chronological (as expected), bringing the visitors through the development from our early days.

Old soft drink glass bottles that are no longer sold in Singapore.

At the end of the corridor, there's a trishaw on display. It was a common public transportation in the past. Today, tourist take a ride on them for a cultural experience.

The Images of Singapore LIVE took us about one hour to complete. After a really short indoor boat ride, we can finally see the life-size wax figurines of famous people in Madame Tussauds.

Our first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, and his wife.

Our second Prime Minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong.

Our current Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong.

Exhibit showing the steps in wax modelling.

Local actress Zoe Tay (鄭惠玉) at the TV station.

Local singer Stefanie Sun (孙燕姿)

Taiwanese singer Jay Chou (周杰伦)

Marilyn Monroe

British actress Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Merchandise at the store

There are many other wax figures of leaders, athletes, actors and singers. I didn't have the opportunity to take photos of many because there is constantly people taking selfies with the figures. I'm not really a huge fan of wax museums, but KB had always wanted to visit them. We didn't manage to go to the one in Hong Kong two years ago, because it was way too crowded. So, we went to Madame Tussauds Sydney mid of last year. Way back in 1998, I've visited the original Madame Tussauds London during a school overseas trip. Most (if not all) of the non-local celebrities can also be found in the other Madame Tussauds around the world, but the poses of these repeated figures are different in different countries. By the way, the wax figure of Mr Lee Kuan Yew had already been on display in London when I was there!