10 September 2015 – In case you were wondering, the title of this post is in fact the actual name of the light & water show at Marina Bay Sands, and it’s hard to argue against it – the evening show, which runs for around fifteen minutes twice daily, is indeed wonderful and spectacular.
What’s not so wonderful though is the yearly occurrence in Singapore of the Southeast Asian haze, a result of the burning of agricultural land in Indonesia. Though cost effective, this act of clearing land for palm oil plantation by companies and individuals has had a serious impact on both the health of the people in the region and the environment.
The haze had been quite thick on the morning of our visit to Marina Bay Sands, and it was a relief to see that it had cleared a little by late afternoon (though you can still see some of its effect in the photos on this post). The first light show had already started by the time I arrived at the boardwalk just outside the mall, so I took a few quick shots from there before heading towards the Louis Vuitton store, a structure of steel and glass located on a ‘floating’ pavilion by the harbour.
After the first light show had ended, I made my way across the Helix Bridge. There are several viewing platforms along the bridge, all offering impressive views of the hotel and the stunning lotus shaped ArtScience Museum.
On the other side of the bridge, I met an American photographer by the name of Eric, a retiree from the US Air Force now living in Hawaii who often travels to photograph in Asia. Teaming up, we decided to walk a little further along the promenade and made it to a great spot just in time for the second light show.
Despite the haze in the air, it still turned out to be a great night of shooting. If you happen to be in Singapore, make sure to catch the show, the largest of its kind in SouthEast Asia – certainly a wonderful way to spend an evening!