Thanks to 24Seven, we were able to visit Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC) and SG Tidbits 365 exhibition. SDC has been around for such a long time and this is my first visit! It is better late then never. This may be my longest post till date and is picture intensive. Enjoy the exhibits and of course, Singapore Discovery Centre! 🙂
Getting to Singapore Discovery Centre is very simple. Take the PIE, take Exit 40 and you will be able to see big signs to tell you where SDC is. Plus, parking is FREE! (A rare in Singapore). Of course, other transportation is equally accessible like MRT (Joo Koon MRT Station) and buses.
We we greeted by the friendly SDC staffs there.
We were then given an empty envelope. We were supposed to collect 9 postcards from SG Tidbits 365 exhibition while we tour the SDC.
Did you know that Singapore Discovery Centre is also showing movies? And the charge for each movie is only SG$7. They are now showing Christmas Carol too!
We were taken to the first stop for Singapore Tidbits 365 Exhibition.
That’s Claudia from 24Seven!
A look at Singapore past and present in a big hall with multimedia screens.
Next, we were guided to “So Singapore”. This is where everything (almost) Singaporeans like to do, talk are in here.
This hall way has all the Singlish (Singaporean English) words along it. Very insightful 🙂
We were then ushered into “So Singapore Theatre” to watch a Singapore-laced movie and our Singapore icon, the Merlion.
After the short video, we went pass a few podcast stations and again, more information on Singapore. Here you can hear from Mr. Brown and others. According to SDC, podcast from Mr. Brown is not heard on his blog site but exclusive to SDC only. You will need to go there to listen.
We were then greeted by the biggest exhibits in SDC, the Spectacle.
To judge how big the Spectacle is, here is a shot of bloggers walking next to it.
In fact, inside the Spectacle is a very big multimedia wall where you can craft Singapore. You can dream about the city that you wanted. For example, more shopping in Orchard road and etc.
We proceed to an area where children can play with building blocks to build area for Singapore.
I guess many has since broadcasters talking with video streaming behind them. They are using the blue screen effect (some are green though) to super impose someone onto the video. In S’pore Discovery Centre, you can also do that.
Preparing for the activity.
Now, the results.
Next, we visit the Crisis Simulation Theatre. Imagine a bomb exploded at Raffles MRT. What can we do?
Of course, we have to rely on our agencies and ourselves to carry out the job. This is where the next exhibit come in. It is one of the latest showcase, Battlefield Command. In this exhibit (or game), you can become a commander of your troops, a Apache Helicopter pilot, UAV controller and etc. Very realistic.
How about learning Kungfu. Yet another blue screen effect exhibit. This time, you learn with a character on screen.
The end results.
We move in to another exhibit which allows us to peep into it to see more of Singapore. That is Victor waiting in line to view the peep hole. As bloggers, we take pictures wherever and whenever we can. The peep hole is no excuse 🙂 .
Along the way, we were greeted by our friendly robot friend, Little George. BTW, he is not small in size. He is a joint project with Ngee Ann Polytechnic and he answers questions. Don’t expect complex questions to be answered.
We proceed to a Shooting Gallery. Mind you, this shooting gallery uses real weapons. We have the SAR21 (our standard weapon for Singapore Army) and the P226.
No real bullets were fired, Only simulation. But the recoil from the rifle and handgun is real.
Loading a magazine of 40 rounds and corking the weapon.
And here are our “enemy”. At the end of the session, you can see your score.
BTW, SDC has a lot of interesting stuffs on the wall. If you move around, spend some time on them.
We went off track a little bit during the tour to visit Crossfire, a paintball area which at this moment is undergoing revamp and maintenance.
You can can hide in the maze or castle. Should be very challenging.
We proceed back to our exhibition tour to another part of SG Tidbits 365 exhibit.
Animal spotting. Anyone?
A mini SOC (Standard Obstacle Course) for the army guys.
A giant Kaleidoscope
Here is how it looks inside the scope.
I think it is a nice way to depict a multi Nationals, multi cultural society in Singapore. There are even dresses of different ethnic groups for you to try on.
Another exhibit that interest me is the giant flip book.
To show you how big it is, see my hand at the bottom right corner.
On our way out, you can even write a post note about how you think about Singapore or some place that leave a special remembrance.
BTW, there is a actual UH-1 helicopter too.
After talking so much, here is something on why you should visit SG Tidbits 365 Exhibits. They are holding a contest and there will be prizes to be won weekly.
Another exhibit is the Sama-Sama, Kawa-Kawan. You can listen to Singapore Music in this big Jukebox.
We proceed to the XD theatre, a 4D theatre. Very nice effect with the wind, vibration and seats movements. We have to strap ourselves to seat belts to avoid being “shake” our of our seats.
Finally, we proceed to the Paintball counter to have a feel of firing the Paintball gun.
Because of this visit, we were given a coupon to play this Paintball. We were given 5 paintball.
That is it! My coverage to Singapore Discovery Centre.