Saturday, May 15, 2010

Some like it Hot

It has been a long time since I blog about something that just happened. I've slacken in recent months & tend to fall behind a little on my blogging. Tonight's different. I attended an event so awesome I needed to tell you about it.

The Girl & I used to have our Friday girls' night out. However due to various commitments, we haven't done that lately. So it's not exactly Friday night but what better excuse than to check out the opening act of the Singapore Arts Festival.

Indochine right by ACM is one of my favorite restaurants. I tend to shy away from the other side of the river with the very touristy joints. So when I'm in the vicinity, I almost always head over to Indochine for a bowl of pho or bun. At $14 a bowl, it does a pretty decent job - the stock is flavorful & the beef is tender.

The Girl loved the Laotian sun dried beef. Asian beef jerky. Delicious.

We even had a view of the dragon boat races that were going on. The Girl, needless to say was thrilled.
Here's my date


The Charcoal Balls


Who would have thought the ah pek singlet can look so cool


This is a rotating structure. Very captivating.

We sat there for a good 10-15 minutes watching them light up every one of the pots.

This whole program is called Invitation to Dream - a Fire Garden installation by the French group Compagnie Carabosse. True to it's name, the entire Esplanade Park & the ACM Green was converted into one huge garden of fire. It was hot ! & it was amazing !

Accompanying this fire spectacle are musicians that provide the haunting background music as you wander around.

My first impression after WOW this is so awesome was WOW Singapore allowed this to be put up. Okay so there was nothing controversial nor risque about this but there were pots of fire everywhere. The Singapore of the past would not have approved anything that could potentially be dangerous.

But hey this Fire Garden is fantastic. There were security guards around but most definitely not intrusive. Nothing was fenced up. You were free to get as close as you wanted with any of the fire installations.

Fire bulbs attached to metal chairs scattered around Empress Place

Fire is very mesmerising
You really need to be there to feel the heat, see the flames to fully appreciate this

Even the Lim Bo Seng Memorial got illuminated

A member of the group which the Girl calls the Cowboys, managing another fire contraption.

Does it not look like a Fire Garden ?
What are you waiting for ?
Tomorrow's the last night
I know you will enjoy it


Ivana said...

I wish I were back in time to be at the fire garden. Thanks for the post! I still can't believe that the authorities allowed this!

petite fleur said...

Glad we went on Saturday cos it rained quite heavily Sunday evening so I'm not sure if they had gone ahead.

There are some other free Arts festival outdoor events that we will be going. Maybe we'll see you there ?

Tsu Lin + + said...

Singapore always have more interesting stuff and always always breathtaking.

petite fleur said...

tsu lin - but you're not lacking in things to do in london right ? oh or have you moved ?