Archery 101

Yesterday, I finally had the chance to try this sport. Initially I want to try target shooting, but considering the fees here in SG for that sport, I think archery was the safer, cheaper alternative. Of course, I would still definitely try it when I go back home this week (Weeee!).

Archery is an art, practice, or skill of shooting using bows and arrows. It can be traced back through history as a weapon of war or battles. And if you are a fan of the Hunger Games, then you know that this is the weapon of expertise of the heroine Katniss Everdeen 🙂

I saw my friend’s FB profile pic of him in an act of shooting with a bow and arrow and I immediately asked him where he tried it. After asking around, I was able to find out the fees for a round of archery session. I found DM Archery online and called the contact number for more details. Basically, there are three kinds of packages but for beginners, the best would be the free and easy, unlimited arrows for an hour for S$15, and S$10 for 30 minutes. They also offer deals from deal.com.sg from time to time but the regular fee is not so bad already.

DM archery is located in Orchid Country Club, 1 Orchid Club Road, Orchid Country Club, Singapore 769162. There is a shuttle bus to and fro Yishun Mrt Station, near the taxi stand.  I booked first before we came because Daniel specifically told me that when I called in for information. Before starting, the instructors will give a run through of the do’s and don’ts as well as how to use the bow/arrow, the correct position and posture. We were given 5 arrows each, and we can choose any of the bows available. After firing the 5 arrows, everyone must wait until all is done, then the last one to finish will shout CLEAR so that everyone can go and retrieve their respective arrows. They also told us the scoring system so we can keep score if we want a little competition. The bulls eye (yellow) is 10 points, with decreasing scores by two as you go farther from the center. I had a great first few rounds, that the instructor was teasing that it was definitely not my first time because I was good with it.

not bad for my first try :)

not bad for my first try 🙂

 

target boards

target boards

After a while, I got tired, especially in my left arm, the one holding the bow. We took a pattern of 3 rounds then rest since it was surprisingly soooo tiring. haha. I got to change boards 3 times also, but I think my first one was the best.

Channeling my inner Katniss. haha..

Channeling my inner Katniss. haha..

another one :D

another one 😀

 

DM Archery

1 Orchid Club Road, Orchid Country Club, Singapore 769162
Telephone: +65 6346-4788
Email: dmarchery@hotmail.com

HP: +65 98523542 – Daniel

Check their Facebook Page here.

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Love Sculpture

Love Sculpture

I’ve seen a similar sculpture in a friend’s FB account before, she was in the states then so I figured that the statue can only be found in the US.  I filed in the back of my head that if I ever get the chance to go to NYC, I would make it a point to have my photo taken near the Love sculpture.  So 2 weeks ago, when my cousin came to Singapore for a holiday, she asked me where this place was because apparently there is a Love statue there, and I got a bit excited to have a chance to see one up close, and have a photo taken with it (i’m camera shy that way, haha).

LOVE is an iconic Pop Art image by American artist Robert Indiana. It consists of the letters LO over the letters VE; the O is canted sideways so that its oblong negative space creates a line leading to the V. The original image, with green and blue spaces backing red lettering, served as a print image for a Museum of Modern Art Christmas card in 1964. In much this same form the design soon graced a popular US postage stamp. Its original rendering in sculpture was made in 1970 and is displayed in Indiana at theIndianapolis Museum of Art. The material is COR-TEN steel Indiana’s LOVE design has since been reproduced in a variety of formats for rendering in displays around the world. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_(sculpture))

The photo posted above was taken in its location in the courtyard of Lanson Place Residences near Somerset MRT.  The list of Love sculptures around the world can be found in this link.

Okay I really have to start on my Bali post. Sooooon 🙂

XOXO,

Jinkay

Universal Studios Singapore

I am a fan of theme parks!  From back when town carnivals were a hit during fiestas in our town, to Enchanted Kingdom in Laguna, then Disneyland Hongkong, and now to Universal Studios Singapore.  It always brings out the child in me.

The Universal globe

The Universal globe

Universal Studios in Singapore is a theme park located in Resorts World, Sentosa Island.  It is the second Universal Studios in Asia, US Japan being the first one.  Like most theme parks, it is divided into seven themed zones: HollywoodNew YorkSci-Fi CityAncient EgyptThe Lost WorldFar Far Away, and Madagascar. I have been to USS twice already.  Both times were when my sisters came to visit me, separately of course.  The second time the bf also came with us.  It’s a good thing we decided to go after the CNY holiday in SG, we were able to still enjoy without loong queues.  Since this was my second time, I knew which rides gets the longest queues so the moment we got inside the park, we headed straight to Sci-Fi City for the Transformers 4D!  The bf and my sister enjoyed it!  Thankfully, we only queued for like 30 minutes. The first time I went we waited for more than 1 hour.  Others say they waited for 2 hrs.  Anyways, having accomplished that first ride, we were able to enjoy each ride from there forward such as the Battlestar Galactica (we did Cylon twice!), the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure (got ponchos for this one), Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, Shrek 4-D Adventure, and Madagascar Crate Adventure (a bit boring).  We also watched the main shows such as the Waterworld and the Monster Rock.  There was also this show in New York zone called Lights! Camera! Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg which shows a stage with effects to mimic a major hurricane hitting NYC scene.  We skipped all of the kids rides because well, uhm, it’s pretty boring.  There will be a new attraction that is yet to be opened to public, which is the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase.  I didn’t know Sesame Street was under Universal Studios too. Another thing to look forward to when I return here 😀

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Singapore Flyer

IMG_1695[1]October 5, 2012

After more than a year of staying here, I finally was able to ride the Singapore Flyer! Haha.. Thank you so much for the sponsored ticket, SPA (Singapore Packaging Agreement)! We attended the SPA Awards, our company being among the awardees, and they gave us free tickets to the flyer. And after 3 months of keeping the ticket in my wallet, I finally got to use it before it expired. Yey! 😀

Singapore Flyer is one of the many tourist attractions in the country. Inaugurated in 2008, it consists of 28 air-conditioned capsules that can accommodate up to 28 persons. One complete rotation will take about 30 minutes. Currently the largest observation wheel in the world (even higher than the London Eye), you can enjoy the view of Singapore’s CBD and even the islands of Batam and Bintan, Indonesia as well as Johor, Malaysia.

Quite frankly, it’s not really all that exciting to ride the Flyer, and it cost a lot too, 33sgd (for adults) for a 30-minute ride to a very big Ferris wheel. But hey, I got mine for free (though my companion have to pay for his ticket, ha! ;P). Still, it’s definitely one of those places where you can just say that yeah I got to ride and experience it, but I probably won’t do it again.

See the Singapore Flyer website for more information.

Toodles! 🙂

Botanical Gardens

20120824-163220.jpgSo we went to Botanical Gardens at night time. Not a very good idea! If you’re into sight-seeing and taking photos that is. But otherwise, it’s a nice place to have your moment and just chat and talk about anything under the sun (or the moon for that matter). And since we walked from Orchard to Botanical Gardens, then all the way to the other end so we can board the MRT circle line, it was also a good exercise, never mind that my feet got blisters! Haha.. But I will definitely go back when the sun is shining and I can enjoy the scenery. 🙂

Gardens by the Bay

August 15 & 20, 2012

Located in Marina Bay area, this super-park is the newest addition to Singapore’s wide selection of tourist attractions that marks the country’s vision in becoming a “City in a Garden”. It is very accessible via the Bayfront MRT station (Circle Line). You can also opt to come from Marina Bay Sands where there is a connecting bridge to the gardens.

From afar the thing that would draw your attention to this place is the big tree-like structures aptly called the Supertrees. Ranging in height from 25 to 50 metres, the Gardens’ 18 Supertrees are basically vertical gardens covered in bromeliads, ferns and tropical flowering climbers. Two of the trees are connected via an aerial walkway (called the OCBC Skywalk in which you have to pay 5sgd in order to walk through this bridge). The structures mimic the ecological functions of real trees through their environmentally sustainable features. Some have photovoltaic cells on their canopies to harvest solar energy to light up at night, others are integrated with cooled conservatories and serve as air exhaust receptacles (Source: http://www.cnngo.com/singapore/visit/gallery-gardens-bay-opens-singapore-403330). This is the one I wanted to see, especially the lights at night that surround the trees, hence the purpose of visiting at night.

Night view of the Supertrees

The place is great for sight-seeing and relaxing in one of the benches or swings beside the reservoir. If you want to do some relaxing, then I suggest going on a weekday, so that there wouldn’t be too much people passing by your designated spot 😀

View across the MBS side

Marina Bay Sands

Stairway with fountain

View of supertrees and Flower Dome

with Singapore Flyer in the background

Night view of the Supertrees

Aside from the supertrees, you can also opt to visit the conservatories- the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome, situated along the edge of the Marina Reservoir, although you have to pay entrance fees for both, separately. There are also different dining options available within the Gardens. Other information are available at the Gardens by the Bay website.

Singapore Zoo on SG’s National Day

Singapore Zoo!

August 9, 2012

The last time I went to the zoo, I think I was still in gradeschool. I’ve always wanted to go back but since life has been pretty busy while I was growing up, and aside from the fact that I’m too old to bother going on my own, I never found the time to go. I recently became friends with one of the pinays from the church I am attending now and she asked me if I wanted to come with her and her family to the zoo. Since it was a Public Holiday and I’ve got nothing to do, I decided to come along, and I’m glad I did.

The Singapore Zoo is one of the tourist attractions in Singapore. It is located at Mandai Road which is probably why locally it is known as the Mandai Zoo. It is right next to the Night Safari. It was also quite easy to commute since there are buses that go directly to the zoo. The entrance fee is 20sgd for adults and 13sgd for children. Since we went on public holiday, there were a lot of people queuing to get tickets and visit the zoo. The zoo is very big, and houses about 315 species of animal, of which some 16% are considered threatened species.

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