Time Out Singapore: Three Best Waterparks

Gwen Pew checks out what’s on offer at Singapore’s two main water parks – plus a third opening soon nearby.

Adventure Cove Waterpark. Image courtesy of Resorts World Sentosa.

Adventure Cove Waterpark. Image courtesy of Resorts World Sentosa.

1 Aug 2013: 

Adventure Cove Waterpark

The newest waterpark on the island, Adventure Cove opened in Resorts World Sentosa at the end of 2012. It is home to six slides – including the notorious Riptide Rocket, the first hydro-magnetic water-coaster in South-East Asia – as well as a whole bunch of attractions that cater to visitors of all ages and gut levels. Tots can enjoy the shallow wading pools and fountains at Seahorse Hideaway, while daredevils can take on the challenge of Splashworks, where you can cross tight ropes and jump off ‘cliffs’.

For a more immersive experience, float down one of the world’s longest lazy rivers and experience 14 different habitats, snorkel with 20,000 fish in Rainbow Reef or get up close and personal with dozens of rays at Ray Bay (an extra charge of $38 applies).

Do note, however, that crowds and queues do tend to get quite crazy during weekends and school holidays, so either go early, or take a day off (trust us, it’s worth it!).

8 Sentosa Gateway, RWS (6577 8888, http://www.rwsentosa.com). MRT: HarbourFront, then Sentosa Express. Daily10am-6pm. $20-$33.

Wild Wild Wet

Adventure Cove may have taken over as the largest waterpark in Singapore, but Wild Wild Wet is a bit cheaper and still tons of fun.

While smaller children can take it easy in the meandering Shiok River or splash around in Yippie!, a shallow sloshing area, older kids can enjoy slides, ladders, water cannons and fountains at Professor’s Playground. For brave adventure-seekers, grab a few friends and head to Ular Lah – the first raft slide in South-East Asia complete with high, banked corners and 360-degree spins – or take it to the next level of thrill at the recently-opened Torpedo, where you will free fall from a height of 18 metres (the equivalent of seven storeys) at the mind-blowing speed of 70km/h.

If the stress gets a bit too much, there’s always the Jacuzzi for you to relax at – just sit back and let jets and bubbles untangle your kinks and knots. With nine rides in total, there’s plenty to enjoy for the whole family.

Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Cl (6581 9128). MRT: Pasir Ris. Mon-Fri 1-7pm, except Tue; weekends and public holidays 10am-7pm. $14-$19; free for toddlers under three.

Legoland Malaysia Water Park

Feel like you’ve exhausted your options here in Singapore? You’re in luck – a brand new waterpark is currently being built just over the causeway. Legoland Malaysia’s Water Park – the largest in the world – is set to open its doors to the public on 21 October. While their main target audience is two- to 12-year-olds, we’re personally getting quite excited at the prospects of having the opportunity to experience 20 water slides and over 70 Lego models. One of the park’s highlight is the ‘Build a Raft’ River, where children can float down a lazy river in their self- built soft Lego brick raft.

Limited numbers of Premium Annual Passes will go on sale from this month for MYR395 ($158), which will be valid for both the Water Park and the Theme Park next door (whose opening date is yet to be confirmed).

7 Jln Legoland, Bandar Medini, Nusajaya Malaysia, Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia (+60 7 597 8888, http://www.legoland.com.my). Sun-Tue & Thu-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-8pm.

Time Out Singapore: ‘Othello’ Preview

Shakespeare in the Park is back, this time with one of the Bard’s first and finest tragedies. Gwen Pew talks to British director Bruce Guthrie.

Othello. Photo courtesy of Singapore Repertory Theatre.

Othello. Photo courtesy of Singapore Repertory Theatre.

25 Mar 2013: As one of the Bard’s most popular and oft-performed plays, Othello has captivated generations of actors and audiences alike. However, British director Bruce Guthrie – who’s back in town to direct the Singapore Repertory Theatre’s (SRT) upcoming production for its annual Shakespeare in the Parkperformance – is confident that he will still be able to keep things fresh. ‘I have never seen a version of this play that is set as modern as we are setting it. Or in the scale we are producing it. This is blockbuster-scale Shakespeare,’ he says. ‘I am a big believer in value for money and I know SRT shares that opinion. All of our ideas have come from how best to serve the play and how to convey that to a modern audience.’

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the tragedy, it essentially follows the downfall of well-respected war general Othello – the Moor of Venice, as he is referred to in the play’s subtitle – as his jealous ensign Iago plots to destroy him and everything he holds dear in life.

‘There are a few laughs along the way, but it is essentially a thrill ride of a play that explores masculine jealousy and the consequences of judgement being impaired by it,’ says Guthrie. ‘I had a very strong instinct about the tone of this production of Othello and how it could work for an audience at Fort Canning Park. Our production will be modern and focus on the absence of war and its effects on a soldier who is in the mind set for battle.’

Other than a modern make-over in terms of how it looks, however, audience here should expect a pretty direct interpretation. ‘We have made some cuts to the original text as it is one of Shakespeare’s longest plays, but it is still Shakespeare’s story and we will stay true to his language and script,’ Guthrie promises.

Also notable, of course, is the question of Othello’s race. Though typically portrayed as a black character, modern interpretations have seen the role cast in any number of races – and given the demographics of Singapore, many had anticipated (and indeed, prefer) race-blind casting. But in this case, Guthrie has decided to fly in UK actor Daniel Francis for the role, commenting: ‘I wanted to cast a black actor so they would stand out not only in our cast, but in Singapore itself. I think that as long as Othello is a different race that stands out from the rest of the cast, then you are okay.’

He’s clear, however, that the most important thing for him is to ‘cast great actors’ and people who suit the roles; other lead roles will be filled by the locally-based Brit Dan Jenkins as Iago and UK-based Singaporean actress Wendy Kweh as Desdemona.