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Rooftop bars in Singapore.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

We explored three rooftop bars in Singapore.

The first one, Halo@Wangz, looked nice. It had little ambience, but that may have been due to the fact that it was near closing time and there was nobody there.

Liondance National Championship Singapore

Friday, September 10, 2010

See, that's another nice thing about Singapore! You go into town for some shopping, hear a lot of noise, check it out, and ..... voila .... you're suddenly looking at the Lion Dance National Championship. Great!

With all the cultures, history and religions in Singapore, there is always  a party, celebration or other type of event going on somewhere. And the mix can be surprising and charming; these championships for example -very traditional chinese-  were held in a square, in the middle of the busiest, most expensive, most modern shopping malls of Singapore.

The competition grounds were fenced off and there were chairs for the audience. It was free and  you could join or leave as you pleased. We sat down and watched fascinated for an hour.

In front were the judges that assessed the teams. They did that very seriously and carefully. After each team performance  aspects such as choreography, technique, attributes, synchronicity between band and dancers (= lion) and facial expressions ;-) of the lion were discussed and judged. When the jury reached a verdict, they held up signs and the points were counted.

One of the teams places the poles on which the lion will do it's dance. In front of them the jury in blue. And behind the jury, on an elevated stage, the guests of honour.

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