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the public atrium or central space of the Star Vista building in Singapore - the main circulation areas are naturally ventilated and cooled.

Al-Bahr Towers are two twin 245-m high towers completed in 2012 and located in Abu Dhabi. The distinguishing feature of the towers is their protective skin of 2,000 umbrella-like glass elements that automatically open and close depending on the intensity of sunlight. The adjustable shades help reduce interior heat gains caused by sunlight by around 50 percent. They were designed by AHR (formerly Aedas UK), and constructed by Al-Futtaim Carillion.

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Aedas were appointed in 2005 as Architect for the Dubai Metro project. Aedas is to design 47 railway stations and 2 rail depots on the first metro system in the United Arab Emirates. Aedas being the lead architect upon this project, has set up the architectural project team in Singapore to design all stations and ancillary structures whilst Aedas Birmingham design the depots and Aedas London provides 3D computational modelling support.

 

The station design concepts respond to Dubai Municipality’s brief for unique, innovative and iconic designs.

 

The design of the metro stations in Dubai is based on the concept of the shell and the pearl.

 

Dubai was the centre of trade and relied on pearling for its main source of income for thousands of years, making pearl diving the oldest profession in the UAE.

 

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Constantine II, or rather Constantín mac Áeda (Modern Gaelic: Còiseam mac Aoidh), was an early King of Scotland, known then by the Gaelic name Alba, who reigned between 900 and 943. The name The Kingdom of Alba is first used during his reign, with previous rulers having been kings of the Picts. This change of title from king of the Picts to king of Alba is part of a broader transformation of Pictland and the origins of the Kingdom of Alba. Constantine was the son of Áed mac Cináeda and grandson of Kenneth MacAlpin (Cináed mac Ailpín), who according to the national myth, was the first King of Scotland, despite never having such a title in his lifetime. Constantine is therefore Scotland’s 8th king according to most modern regal lists. He succeeded the throne following the death in battle of his cousin, Donald II.

 

In 940 Constantine abdicated the throne in favour of his nephew, Malcolm. It is rumored that this may have been involuntary, however Constantine is said to have been a devout king and he spent his retirement as an abbot, probably at St Andrews.

 

Constantine died in 952. Following the death of Malcolm two years later, his son Indulf would be crowned king. Constantine’s reign would prove hugely influential with the creation of a new form of Scottish kingship lasting two centuries after his death.

 

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Hongkong Airport: Interior view of Midfield Concourse

 

Midfield Concourse

 

On 25 January 2011, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) unveiled phase 1 of its midfield development project which is targeted for completion by the end of 2015. The midfield area is located to the west of Terminal 1 and between the two existing runways. It is the last piece of land on the airport island available for large-scale development. This will include 20 aircraft parking stands, three of these will be wide enough to serve the Airbus A380 and cater for an additional 10 million passengers annually. Passengers will reach the concourse through an extension of the underground automated people mover. A Joint Venture of Mott MacDonald and Arup led the design of the project, supported by a range of consultants including Architecture firm Aedas. The Concourse began operations on 28 December 2015, and the first flight that used it was the HX658 operated by the Hong Kong Airlines flying from Hong Kong to Okinawa. On 31 March 2016, the Concourse was officially inaugurated in a ceremony marking its full commissioning.

Hongkong Airport: Interior view of Midfield Concourse

 

Midfield Concourse

 

On 25 January 2011, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) unveiled phase 1 of its midfield development project which is targeted for completion by the end of 2015. The midfield area is located to the west of Terminal 1 and between the two existing runways. It is the last piece of land on the airport island available for large-scale development. This will include 20 aircraft parking stands, three of these will be wide enough to serve the Airbus A380 and cater for an additional 10 million passengers annually. Passengers will reach the concourse through an extension of the underground automated people mover. A Joint Venture of Mott MacDonald and Arup led the design of the project, supported by a range of consultants including Architecture firm Aedas. The Concourse began operations on 28 December 2015, and the first flight that used it was the HX658 operated by the Hong Kong Airlines flying from Hong Kong to Okinawa. On 31 March 2016, the Concourse was officially inaugurated in a ceremony marking its full commissioning.

Conveniently situated next to the Buona Vista MRT station (seen in the upper right hand corner) in Singapore, the Star Vista mall is connected to it via a covered pedestrian walkway on ground level.

Indulf, or rather Ildulb mac Causantín, was an early King of Scotland, known then by the Gaelic name Alba, who reigned between 954 and 962. Malcom was the son of Constantine II (Causantín mac Áeda) and great-grandson of Kenneth MacAlpin (Cináed mac Ailpín), who according to the national myth, was the first King of Scotland. Indulf was a member Clann Áeda meic Cináeda branch of the House of Alpin. He succeeded the throne following the death of his cousin, Malcolm I.

 

According to the Chronicle of the Kings of Alba, during his reign ‘oppidum Eden’, usually identified as Edinburgh, was evacuated by the Northumbrians and abandoned to the Scots. This is usually read as an indication that Lothian, or some large part of it, was captured by Indulf. This is possible, although it may also be possible that Edinburgh lay within the control of the Kings of Alba long before this and that Indulf’s gains were part of a longer process of conquest.

 

He died in 962, with the Chronicle of the Kings of Alba stating that he fell while fighting Vikings near Cullen at the Battle of Bauds while the Prophecy of Berchán claims that he died where his father died, which is probably the céli dé monastery of St Andrews. He was buried on Iona and succeeded by his cousin Dub, the son of his predecessor Malcom I. He had three sons, Cuilén, and Amlaíb and Eochaid. Cuilén would be king between 966 and 971 and Amlaíb between 971 / 976 and 977.

 

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… Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2, the rear corner…the Sun is on the right hand side…

 

Terminal 2 with an area measuring 140,000 m2 (1,500,000 sq ft), together with the SkyPlaza, opened on 28 February 2007 along with the opening of the Airport Station's Platform. It is only a check-in and processing facility for departing passengers with no gates or arrival facilities (passengers are transported underground to gates at Terminal 1). So far most low-cost carriers and some full-service carriers have relocated their check-in operations to T2. The SkyPlaza is situated within Terminal 2. Architecture firm Aedas and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed Terminal 2 and the SkyPlaza. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_International_Airport#Ter...

In Singapore, there is now a place where you can worship at the altar of consumption, at the feet of a pop idol, or in a megachurch, all under one roof. The Star combines 260,000 square feet of retail space—known as Star Vista—with a 5,000-seat concert hall that is part of the Star Performing Arts Centre, and on Sundays is used by the New Creation Church, a congregation led by the charismatic Pastor Joseph Prince.

 

The Star’s hybrid program and expressive shape are perhaps not so unexpected. What is remarkable is the strength of its imagery, the fluidity with which both the uses and the forms flow into each other, and the amount of open-air civic space the building provides.

 

The Star’s designer is Andrew Bromberg, Assoc. AIA, an American who runs a high-design-oriented, 35-person studio within the Hong Kong office of behemoth international firm Aedas. Bromberg has drawn up slicing, splayed, and canted towers for Dubai and for various cities in China, and he is currently overseeing designs for the new high-speed train terminal in Hong Kong. With his ability to create striking imagery that works within developers’ idioms and budgets, Bromberg is now beginning to compete for significant commissions with both large American offices and the likes of Foster + Partners and OMA.*

 

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In Singapore, the Central Area or Central Business District (CBD) contains the core financial and commercial districts, including eleven urban planning areas, namely Downtown Core, Marina East, Marina South, Museum, Newton, Orchard, Outram, River Valley, Rochor, Singapore River and Straits View as defined by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Part of the Central Region in the southern part of Singapore, it includes high value land intensely regulated by the URA's urban planning initiatives. It approximately equates to the area which may be referred to as the city despite Singapore being a city in itself.

 

Singapore River which currently empties into Marina Bay by the Merlion, is a major landmark in this Central Area. The river originally emptied into the Singapore Straits, the main maritime activity site for the colony. The commercial areas which developed on the south banks became the central business district for post-independence Singapore (also known as Golden Shoe). URA groups these areas of commercial activity and calls it the Central Area.

 

The Central Area has since been expanded by the Government of Singapore and the URA to include the land reclamation of Marina Bay. Many construction projects have been completed on these reclaimed lands with many more still under consolidation or development. One significant feature of the Central Area is that it is more densely packed than other parts of Singapore and there are greater numbers of MRT stations.

 

The Helix Bridge , previously known as the Double Helix Bridge , is a pedestrian bridge linking Marina Centre with Marina South in the Marina Bay area in Singapore. It was officially opened on 24 April 2010 at 9 pm, however only half was opened due to ongoing construction at the Marina Bay Sands. It is located beside the Benjamin Sheares Bridge and is accompanied by a vehicular bridge, known as the Bayfront Bridge. The entire bridge was opened on 18 July 2010 to complete the entire walkway around Marina Bay.

 

The bridge complements other major development projects planned in the area, including the highly-anticipated Integrated Resort Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay and the 438,000 m² business and financial centre which will be ready by 2012.

 

Marina Bay Sands (traditional Chinese: 濱海灣金沙; simplified Chinese: 滨海湾金沙) is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.

 

With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m. The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.

 

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort. Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.

 

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening (which included the casino) on 27 April 2010. The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November 2010. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December 2010. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

 

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly-anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011. The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants (Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club) opened on 18 September 2011 and 22 September 2011 respectively.

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Constantine II, or rather Constantín mac Áeda (Modern Gaelic: Còiseam mac Aoidh), was an early King of Scotland, known then by the Gaelic name Alba, who reigned between 900 and 943. The name The Kingdom of Alba is first used during his reign, with previous rulers having been kings of the Picts. This change of title from king of the Picts to king of Alba is part of a broader transformation of Pictland and the origins of the Kingdom of Alba. Constantine was the son of Áed mac Cináeda and grandson of Kenneth MacAlpin (Cináed mac Ailpín), who according to the national myth, was the first King of Scotland, despite never having such a title in his lifetime. Constantine is therefore Scotland’s 8th king according to most modern regal lists. He succeeded the throne following the death in battle of his cousin, Donald II.

 

In 940 Constantine abdicated the throne in favour of his nephew, Malcolm. It is rumored that this may have been involuntary, however Constantine is said to have been a devout king and he spent his retirement as an abbot, probably at St Andrews.

 

Constantine died in 952. Following the death of Malcolm two years later, his son Indulf would be crowned king. Constantine’s reign would prove hugely influential with the creation of a new form of Scottish kingship lasting two centuries after his death.

 

Find out more at: www.bricktothepast.com/blog-to-the-past/constantine-ii

 

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As the clock ticks away from 2012 to welcome 2013 , it seems like it wasnt a day for photography. It had started raining since 11am and was still drizzling at 10pm. It was then i tried my luck and rush down to the most possible spots with less jams and make it in time for the firework. I was lucky to reach 15min earlier prior to 2013 to my favourite spot for capture the firework.

 

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About Marina Bay Sands

 

Marina Bay Sands (traditional Chinese: 濱海灣金沙; simplified Chinese: 滨海湾金沙) is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.[1][2]

With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, an iconic ArtScience museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.[3][4] The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.[5]

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort.[6] Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.[7][8]

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening (which included the casino) on 27 April 2010.[9] The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November 2010. The floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by 2011. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December 2010. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly-anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011.[10] The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants (Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club) opened on 18 September 2011 and 22 September 2011 respectively.

 

About Garden by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay consists of three distinctive waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central, spanning a total of 101 hectares. They are set in the heart of Singapore’s new downtown Marina Bay, encircling the Marina Reservoir like a green necklace. The Gardens will complement the array of attractions around Marina Bay.

 

Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government that further transforms Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’, in which the city is woven into a green and floral tapestry. This aims to raise the quality of life in Singapore with a more holistic and all-encompassing programme that enhances greenery and flora in the city. First announced to the public by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Rally in August 2005, Gardens by the Bay will become Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space, and a national icon.

 

An international competition for the design of the master plan was held in January 2006 to elicit the best designs for the Gardens. This attracted more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms from 24 countries, from which two firms – Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter – were eventually awarded the master plan design for the Bay South and Bay East Gardens respectively.

 

The Gardens are being developed in phases. Bay South is currently being constructed and is slated to be completed by June 2012. Bay East has been developed as an interim park in support of the Youth Olympic Games 2010, and is scheduled to open to the public in late 2011 or early 2012. The full master plan implementation of Bay East and the development of Bay Central are part of the next phase of development.

 

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About Marina Bay Sands

 

Marina Bay Sands (traditional Chinese: 濱海灣金沙; simplified Chinese: 滨海湾金沙) is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.[1][2]

With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, an iconic ArtScience museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.[3][4] The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.[5]

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort.[6] Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.[7][8]

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening (which included the casino) on 27 April 2010.[9] The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November 2010. The floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by 2011. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December 2010. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly-anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011.[10] The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants (Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club) opened on 18 September 2011 and 22 September 2011 respectively.

 

About Garden by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay consists of three distinctive waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central, spanning a total of 101 hectares. They are set in the heart of Singapore’s new downtown Marina Bay, encircling the Marina Reservoir like a green necklace. The Gardens will complement the array of attractions around Marina Bay.

 

Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government that further transforms Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’, in which the city is woven into a green and floral tapestry. This aims to raise the quality of life in Singapore with a more holistic and all-encompassing programme that enhances greenery and flora in the city. First announced to the public by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Rally in August 2005, Gardens by the Bay will become Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space, and a national icon.

 

An international competition for the design of the master plan was held in January 2006 to elicit the best designs for the Gardens. This attracted more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms from 24 countries, from which two firms – Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter – were eventually awarded the master plan design for the Bay South and Bay East Gardens respectively.

 

The Gardens are being developed in phases. Bay South is currently being constructed and is slated to be completed by June 2012. Bay East has been developed as an interim park in support of the Youth Olympic Games 2010, and is scheduled to open to the public in late 2011 or early 2012. The full master plan implementation of Bay East and the development of Bay Central are part of the next phase of development.

 

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Liptovský region in Slovakia is very rich in natural beauty, the beautiful mountain ranges, nature and historical monuments. Liptovské Sliače is no exception and lies in the middle of the valley of the Sliačanky river, at an altitude ranging from 500 to 1261 meters. The village of the district of Ruzomberok has 3777 inhabitants. In the vicinity of the National Nature Reserve Sliačske travertíny with the Mofet source. The village was founded from three villages, of which two - and Nizhny Middle Sliač originated in the 13th century. In 2001 they celebrated their 750th birthday from the village. The third village of Vyšný Sliač originated in the early 16th century. Already this century had a common name Tri Sliače. In Sliače is a Gothic church of Simon and Judas dating from the 14th century, later cultivated and uncovered 14th and 15th century murals. Rich folk traditions, songs and dance are held by the local folklore group Sliačanka. They even join the international folklore festivals. Our holiday home booked via aeda7.sk is a classic Slovak house suitable for 10 people. It consists of 2 parts each with its own entrance. It is a nicely decorated house, each of which has a private bathroom. For a nice, cosy atmosphere, there is also a fireplace. The house has a large, modern kitchen.

 

Our Large holiday home in classic Slovakian style - in Liptovské Sliace, Slovakia. We had a great stay at AEDA Chalupa. AEDA is the abbreviation of the first letters of the owners four daughters. The house is centrally located in Slovakia. Photo of a cow in our kitchen window.

 

Liptovský regio in Slowakije is zeer rijk aan natuurlijke schoonheid, de mooie en diverse bergketens, de natuur en historische monumenten. Liptovské Sliače is geen uitzondering en ligt midden van de vallei van de rivier Sliačanky, op een hoogte die varieert 500-1261 meter. Het dorp van de wijk Ruzomberok heeft 3777 inwoners. In de omgeving van de National Nature Reserve Sliačske travertíny met de Mofet bron. Het dorp werd gesticht samen uit drie dorpen, waarvan er twee - en Nizhny Midden Sliač is ontstaan in de 13e eeuw. In 2001 vierde ze haar 750e verjaardag van het dorp. Het derde dorp Vyšný Sliač is ontstaan in het begin van de 16e eeuw. Reeds in deze eeuw had een veel voorkomende naam Tri Sliače. In Sliače is een gotische kerk Simon en Judas uit de 14e eeuw, later verbouwd en ongedekte muurschilderingen uit de 14e en 15e eeuw. Rijke volkstradities, liederen en dansen worden gehouden door de plaatselijke folklore groep Sliačanka. Ze doen zelfs mee met de internationale folklore festivals. Ons vakantiehuis geboekt via aeda7.sk is een klassiek Slowaaks huis dat geschikt is voor 10 personen. Het bestaat uit 2 delen met ieder een eigen ingang. Het is een netjes ingericht huis, waarvan iedere slaapkamer een eigen badkamer heeft. Voor een gezellige sfeer is er ook een open haard. Het huis heeft een grote, moderne keuken. Foto van een koe in ons keukenraam,

The rain during december keep delaying my visit to the Garden by the Bay.

 

Finally today the rain stopped during the blue hour but dark cloud cover the sky........and i am able to visit it....

 

Gave up 15min of my precious blue hour to help a bunch of outgoing and chatty elderly to take some photos and sent it to them....

 

Good to help out people =) Life not always about $$$.....

 

More photos to come......

Stay tuned...

 

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About Marina Bay Sands

 

Marina Bay Sands (traditional Chinese: 濱海灣金沙; simplified Chinese: 滨海湾金沙) is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.[1][2]

With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, an iconic ArtScience museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.[3][4] The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.[5]

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort.[6] Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.[7][8]

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening (which included the casino) on 27 April 2010.[9] The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November 2010. The floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by 2011. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December 2010. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly-anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011.[10] The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants (Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club) opened on 18 September 2011 and 22 September 2011 respectively.

 

About Garden by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay consists of three distinctive waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central, spanning a total of 101 hectares. They are set in the heart of Singapore’s new downtown Marina Bay, encircling the Marina Reservoir like a green necklace. The Gardens will complement the array of attractions around Marina Bay.

 

Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government that further transforms Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’, in which the city is woven into a green and floral tapestry. This aims to raise the quality of life in Singapore with a more holistic and all-encompassing programme that enhances greenery and flora in the city. First announced to the public by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Rally in August 2005, Gardens by the Bay will become Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space, and a national icon.

 

An international competition for the design of the master plan was held in January 2006 to elicit the best designs for the Gardens. This attracted more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms from 24 countries, from which two firms – Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter – were eventually awarded the master plan design for the Bay South and Bay East Gardens respectively.

 

The Gardens are being developed in phases. Bay South is currently being constructed and is slated to be completed by June 2012. Bay East has been developed as an interim park in support of the Youth Olympic Games 2010, and is scheduled to open to the public in late 2011 or early 2012. The full master plan implementation of Bay East and the development of Bay Central are part of the next phase of development.

 

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Liptovský region in Slovakia is very rich in natural beauty, the beautiful mountain ranges, nature and historical monuments. Liptovské Sliače is no exception and lies in the middle of the valley of the Sliačanky river, at an altitude ranging from 500 to 1261 meters. The village of the district of Ruzomberok has 3777 inhabitants. In the vicinity of the National Nature Reserve Sliačske travertíny with the Mofet source. The village was founded from three villages, of which two - and Nizhny Middle Sliač originated in the 13th century. In 2001 they celebrated their 750th birthday from the village. The third village of Vyšný Sliač originated in the early 16th century. Already this century had a common name Tri Sliače. In Sliače is a Gothic church of Simon and Judas dating from the 14th century, later cultivated and uncovered 14th and 15th century murals. Rich folk traditions, songs and dance are held by the local folklore group Sliačanka. They even join the international folklore festivals. Our holiday home booked via aeda7.sk is a classic Slovak house suitable for 10 people. It consists of 2 parts each with its own entrance. It is a nicely decorated house, each of which has a private bathroom. For a nice, cosy atmosphere, there is also a fireplace. The house has a large, modern kitchen.

 

White storks flying over our holiday town Liptovské Sliace. Our holiday house is centrally located in Slovakia. A large population of storks lives in central and eastern Europe. A carnivore, the white stork eats a wide range of animal prey, including insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and small birds. It takes most of its food from the ground, among low vegetation, and from shallow water.

 

Liptovský regio in Slowakije is zeer rijk aan natuurlijke schoonheid, de mooie en diverse bergketens, de natuur en historische monumenten. Liptovské Sliače is geen uitzondering en ligt midden van de vallei van de rivier Sliačanky, op een hoogte die varieert 500-1261 meter. Het dorp van de wijk Ruzomberok heeft 3777 inwoners. In de omgeving van de National Nature Reserve Sliačske travertíny met de Mofet bron. Een grote populatie ooievaars broedt hier in midden en Oost-Europa. Zoals de meeste van zijn verwanten, eet een ooievaar vooral regenwormen en grote insecten, maar ook jonge vogels, mollen, hagedissen en knaagdieren staan op het menu. Het dorp werd gesticht samen uit drie dorpen, waarvan er twee - en Nizhny Midden Sliač is ontstaan in de 13e eeuw. In 2001 vierde ze haar 750e verjaardag van het dorp. Het derde dorp Vyšný Sliač is ontstaan in het begin van de 16e eeuw. Reeds in deze eeuw had een veel voorkomende naam Tri Sliače. In Sliače is een gotische kerk Simon en Judas uit de 14e eeuw, later verbouwd en ongedekte muurschilderingen uit de 14e en 15e eeuw. Rijke volkstradities, liederen en dansen worden gehouden door de plaatselijke folklore groep Sliačanka. Ze doen zelfs mee met de internationale folklore festivals. Ons vakantiehuis geboekt via aeda7.sk is een klassiek Slowaaks huis dat geschikt is voor 10 personen. Het bestaat uit 2 delen met ieder een eigen ingang.Het is een netjes ingericht huis, waarvan iedere slaapkamer een eigen badkamer heeft. Voor een gezellige sfeer is er ook een open haard. Het huis heeft een grote, moderne keuken.

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Liptovský region in Slovakia is very rich in natural beauty, the beautiful mountain ranges, nature and historical monuments. Liptovské Sliače is no exception and lies in the middle of the valley of the Sliačanky river, at an altitude ranging from 500 to 1261 meters. The village of the district of Ruzomberok has 3777 inhabitants. In the vicinity of the National Nature Reserve Sliačske travertíny with the Mofet source. The village was founded from three villages, of which two - and Nizhny Middle Sliač originated in the 13th century. In 2001 they celebrated their 750th birthday from the village. The third village of Vyšný Sliač originated in the early 16th century. Already this century had a common name Tri Sliače. In Sliače is a Gothic church of Simon and Judas dating from the 14th century, later cultivated and uncovered 14th and 15th century murals. Rich folk traditions, songs and dance are held by the local folklore group Sliačanka. They even join the international folklore festivals. Our holiday home booked via aeda7.sk is a classic Slovak house suitable for 10 people. It consists of 2 parts each with its own entrance. It is a nicely decorated house, each of which has a private bathroom. For a nice, cosy atmosphere, there is also a fireplace. The house has a large, modern kitchen.

 

Our Large holiday home in classic Slovakian style - in Liptovské Sliace, Slovakia. We had a great stay at AEDA Chalupa. AEDA is the abbreviation of the first letters of the owners four daughters. The house is centrally located in Slovakia.

 

Liptovský regio in Slowakije is zeer rijk aan natuurlijke schoonheid, de mooie en diverse bergketens, de natuur en historische monumenten. Liptovské Sliače is geen uitzondering en ligt midden van de vallei van de rivier Sliačanky, op een hoogte die varieert 500-1261 meter. Het dorp van de wijk Ruzomberok heeft 3777 inwoners. In de omgeving van de National Nature Reserve Sliačske travertíny met de Mofet bron. Het dorp werd gesticht samen uit drie dorpen, waarvan er twee - en Nizhny Midden Sliač is ontstaan in de 13e eeuw. In 2001 vierde ze haar 750e verjaardag van het dorp. Het derde dorp Vyšný Sliač is ontstaan in het begin van de 16e eeuw. Reeds in deze eeuw had een veel voorkomende naam Tri Sliače. In Sliače is een gotische kerk Simon en Judas uit de 14e eeuw, later verbouwd en ongedekte muurschilderingen uit de 14e en 15e eeuw. Rijke volkstradities, liederen en dansen worden gehouden door de plaatselijke folklore groep Sliačanka. Ze doen zelfs mee met de internationale folklore festivals. Ons vakantiehuis geboekt via aeda7.sk is een klassiek Slowaaks huis dat geschikt is voor 10 personen. Het bestaat uit 2 delen met ieder een eigen ingang. Het is een netjes ingericht huis, waarvan iedere slaapkamer een eigen badkamer heeft. Voor een gezellige sfeer is er ook een open haard. Het huis heeft een grote, moderne keuken.

Made it to EXPLORE - september 2013

 

Staying in this hotel is a once in a lifetime experience one never forget... I enjoyed every minute of it!

 

Marina Bay Sands is an Integrated Resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.

 

With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with almost 500 tables and over 2,500 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m. The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The architect was Aedas and they were responsible for employing all local consultants and for developing, co-ordinating and implementing the design. Engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.

 

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort.Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.

 

The resort and SkyPark were officially opened on 23 and 24 June 2010 as part of a two-day celebration, following the casino's opening on 27 April that year. The SkyPark opened the following day. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

 

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011. The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants, Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club, opened on 18 and 22 September 2011 respectively

 

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Aedas were appointed in 2005 as Architect for the Dubai Metro project. Aedas is to design 47 railway stations and 2 rail depots on the first metro system in the United Arab Emirates. Aedas being the lead architect upon this project, has set up the architectural project team in Singapore to design all stations and ancillary structures whilst Aedas Birmingham design the depots and Aedas London provides 3D computational modelling support.

 

The station design concepts respond to Dubai Municipality’s brief for unique, innovative and iconic designs.

The design of the metro stations in Dubai is based on the concept of the shell and the pearl.

Dubai was the centre of trade and relied on pearling for its main source of income for thousands of years, making pearl diving the oldest profession in the UAE.

 

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outside the auditorium of the Star Vista building in Singapore, the title refers to the tiny figure that can just be seen on the upper floor :-)

I am amazed with the amount of subjects my latest lens addition Sigma 10-20mm can capture.

As the CBD (Central Business District) contained many if Singapore 's iconic buildings, it presented me the chance to test out my lens.

The latest addition to the CBD was the Marina Bay Sands and Marina Bay Financial Central.

At the same time , i also tried out with the camera-in-built HDR function to capture this photos.

I was happy with the final outcome of the picture and the experience

 

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About Marina Bay Sands

 

Marina Bay Sands (traditional Chinese: 濱海灣金沙; simplified Chinese: 滨海湾金沙) is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.[1][2]

With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, an iconic ArtScience museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.[3][4] The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.[5]

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort.[6] Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.[7][8]

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening (which included the casino) on 27 April 2010.[9] The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November 2010. The floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by 2011. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December 2010. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly-anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011.[10] The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants (Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club) opened on 18 September 2011 and 22 September 2011 respectively.

 

About Marina Bay Financial Centre

The Marina Bay Financial Centre (abbreviation: MBFC; Chinese: 滨海湾金融中心; pinyin: Bīnhǎiwān Jīnróng Zhōngxīn), located along Marina Boulevard at Marina Bay, Singapore stands on a 3.55 hectare site, consisting of three office towers, two residential towers and retail space at Marina Bay Link Mall.

The construction of the Marina Bay Financial Centre development comprises two phases,with its first phase completed in 3Q 2010. The entire development will be completed in 2013.

The first phase consists of the office Towers 1 (33 storeys) and 2 (50 storeys), Marina Bay Residences with 428 units and 93,800 square feet (8,710 m2) of the retail mall. The second phase comprises office Tower 3 (46 storeys), 82,200 square feet (7,640 m2) of the retail mall and Marina Bay Suites (which will be completed in 2013).

 

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Victoria Palace Theatre. The restored facade of the theatre, now part of the Delfont Macintosh Theatres group.

On 9th April 2016 "Billy Elliot" closed at the theatre to allow for a multi-million refurbishment and extension of the grade 2* listed, Frank Matcham designed building. The most significant changes since the variety theatre opened in 1911. It reopened at the end of 2017 with the Broadway smash-hit "Hamilton".

 

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City of Westminster, London, England - Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street

October 2019

 

Victoria Palace Theatre refurbishment, July 2018. The auditorium in all its glory. The new colour scheme (by Clare Ferraby) is radically different from the old dark red and gold.

On 9th April 2016 "Billy Elliot" closed at the theatre to allow for a multi-million refurbishment and extension of the grade 2* listed, Frank Matcham designed building. The most significant changes since the variety theatre opened in 1911. It reopened at the end of 2017 with the Broadway smash-hit "Hamilton".

 

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London, West End, Victoria Palace Theatre building works.

July 2018

As the clock ticks away from 2012 to welcome 2013 , it seems like it wasnt a day for photography. It had started raining since 11am and was still drizzling at 10pm. It was then i tried my luck and rush down to the most possible spots with less jams and make it in time for the firework. I was lucky to reach 15min earlier prior to 2013 to my favourite spot for capture the firework.

 

It was a fast and furious as not long after my test shots , i had heard people counting down , thus hit the shutter and hope for a perfect exposure with the first burst of firework without photoshop.I was surprised that the group count down was so accurate and i got this image ! I can proudly pat myself of my back in capturing this as not much photographer can be so lucky ! Since my 2012 ended so well. i hope my 2013 will be a good one...So as to everyone whom is reading this !!!

 

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About Marina Bay Sands

 

Marina Bay Sands (traditional Chinese: 濱海灣金沙; simplified Chinese: 滨海湾金沙) is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.[1][2]

With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, an iconic ArtScience museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.[3][4] The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.[5]

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort.[6] Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.[7][8]

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening (which included the casino) on 27 April 2010.[9] The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November 2010. The floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by 2011. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December 2010. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly-anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011.[10] The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants (Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club) opened on 18 September 2011 and 22 September 2011 respectively.

 

About Garden by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay consists of three distinctive waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central, spanning a total of 101 hectares. They are set in the heart of Singapore’s new downtown Marina Bay, encircling the Marina Reservoir like a green necklace. The Gardens will complement the array of attractions around Marina Bay.

 

Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government that further transforms Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’, in which the city is woven into a green and floral tapestry. This aims to raise the quality of life in Singapore with a more holistic and all-encompassing programme that enhances greenery and flora in the city. First announced to the public by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Rally in August 2005, Gardens by the Bay will become Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space, and a national icon.

 

An international competition for the design of the master plan was held in January 2006 to elicit the best designs for the Gardens. This attracted more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms from 24 countries, from which two firms – Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter – were eventually awarded the master plan design for the Bay South and Bay East Gardens respectively.

 

The Gardens are being developed in phases. Bay South is currently being constructed and is slated to be completed by June 2012. Bay East has been developed as an interim park in support of the Youth Olympic Games 2010, and is scheduled to open to the public in late 2011 or early 2012. The full master plan implementation of Bay East and the development of Bay Central are part of the next phase of development.

 

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Liptovský region in Slovakia is very rich in natural beauty, the beautiful mountain ranges, nature and historical monuments. Liptovské Sliače is no exception and lies in the middle of the valley of the Sliačanky river, at an altitude ranging from 500 to 1261 meters. The village of the district of Ruzomberok has 3777 inhabitants. In the vicinity of the National Nature Reserve Sliačske travertíny with the Mofet source. The village was founded from three villages, of which two - and Nizhny Middle Sliač originated in the 13th century. In 2001 they celebrated their 750th birthday from the village. The third village of Vyšný Sliač originated in the early 16th century. Already this century had a common name Tri Sliače. In Sliače is a Gothic church of Simon and Judas dating from the 14th century, later cultivated and uncovered 14th and 15th century murals. Rich folk traditions, songs and dance are held by the local folklore group Sliačanka. They even join the international folklore festivals. Our holiday home booked via aeda7.sk is a classic Slovak house suitable for 10 people. It consists of 2 parts each with its own entrance. It is a nicely decorated house, each of which has a private bathroom. For a nice, cosy atmosphere, there is also a fireplace. The house has a large, modern kitchen.

 

White storks flying over our holiday town Liptovské Sliace. Our holiday house is centrally located in Slovakia. A large population of storks lives in central and eastern Europe. A carnivore, the white stork eats a wide range of animal prey, including insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and small birds. It takes most of its food from the ground, among low vegetation, and from shallow water.

 

Liptovský regio in Slowakije is zeer rijk aan natuurlijke schoonheid, de mooie en diverse bergketens, de natuur en historische monumenten. Liptovské Sliače is geen uitzondering en ligt midden van de vallei van de rivier Sliačanky, op een hoogte die varieert 500-1261 meter. Het dorp van de wijk Ruzomberok heeft 3777 inwoners. In de omgeving van de National Nature Reserve Sliačske travertíny met de Mofet bron. Een grote populatie ooievaars broedt hier in midden en Oost-Europa. Zoals de meeste van zijn verwanten, eet een ooievaar vooral regenwormen en grote insecten, maar ook jonge vogels, mollen, hagedissen en knaagdieren staan op het menu. Het dorp werd gesticht samen uit drie dorpen, waarvan er twee - en Nizhny Midden Sliač is ontstaan in de 13e eeuw. In 2001 vierde ze haar 750e verjaardag van het dorp. Het derde dorp Vyšný Sliač is ontstaan in het begin van de 16e eeuw. Reeds in deze eeuw had een veel voorkomende naam Tri Sliače. In Sliače is een gotische kerk Simon en Judas uit de 14e eeuw, later verbouwd en ongedekte muurschilderingen uit de 14e en 15e eeuw. Rijke volkstradities, liederen en dansen worden gehouden door de plaatselijke folklore groep Sliačanka. Ze doen zelfs mee met de internationale folklore festivals. Ons vakantiehuis geboekt via aeda7.sk is een klassiek Slowaaks huis dat geschikt is voor 10 personen. Het bestaat uit 2 delen met ieder een eigen ingang.Het is een netjes ingericht huis, waarvan iedere slaapkamer een eigen badkamer heeft. Voor een gezellige sfeer is er ook een open haard. Het huis heeft een grote, moderne keuken.

a blue hour view of the Star Vista mall in Singapore, seen from the Buona Vista MRT station. This gigantic building with a mall and indoor / semi-outdoor auditoriums and performing spaces was designed by Aedas Architects Ltd., one of the five largest international architectural firms in the world.

A shooting outing with fellow veteran photographer zoompict for the 2012 countdown event

at the garden by the bay .

 

The position allows a overall view of Singapore iconic buildings such as the singapore flyer , the MBS and the financial centres around the CBD areas.

 

Reflection on 2011

2011 had been a year full of natural disasters. Earthquakes , flood and tsunamis that had hit many countries that resulted in many casualties.

 

Singapore had been blessed from the natural disasters but it faced it's high profile problems such as the flash flood that had hit orchard and several areas;MRT face disruption for many hours and having problems for the next consecutive few days;Bedok Reservoir that had been met with several mysterious sucide cases.

 

Singapore also went through both the general election and presidential election and saw the PAP taking majority of the areas and took control of the parliament. However , The worker party had made a history by making a breakthrough to win Aljunied GRC from the PAP .

 

Personally , it had been a roller coasters year for my work and i am starting my new job on Jan 3rd 2012. As the clock ticks away and welcome 2012 with blast of firework.I hereby hope the firework blast away the bad luck. May 2012 will be a smooth and disaster-free year.

 

May everyone have $$ rolling into the pocket and climb up the cooperate ladder !!

 

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About Marina Bay Sands

 

Marina Bay Sands (traditional Chinese: 濱海灣金沙; simplified Chinese: 滨海湾金沙) is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.[1][2]

With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, an iconic ArtScience museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.[3][4] The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.[5]

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort.[6] Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.[7][8]

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening (which included the casino) on 27 April 2010.[9] The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November 2010. The floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by 2011. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December 2010. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly-anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011.[10] The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants (Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club) opened on 18 September 2011 and 22 September 2011 respectively.

 

About Garden by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay consists of three distinctive waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central, spanning a total of 101 hectares. They are set in the heart of Singapore’s new downtown Marina Bay, encircling the Marina Reservoir like a green necklace. The Gardens will complement the array of attractions around Marina Bay.

 

Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government that further transforms Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’, in which the city is woven into a green and floral tapestry. This aims to raise the quality of life in Singapore with a more holistic and all-encompassing programme that enhances greenery and flora in the city. First announced to the public by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Rally in August 2005, Gardens by the Bay will become Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space, and a national icon.

 

An international competition for the design of the master plan was held in January 2006 to elicit the best designs for the Gardens. This attracted more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms from 24 countries, from which two firms – Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter – were eventually awarded the master plan design for the Bay South and Bay East Gardens respectively.

 

The Gardens are being developed in phases. Bay South is currently being constructed and is slated to be completed by June 2012. Bay East has been developed as an interim park in support of the Youth Olympic Games 2010, and is scheduled to open to the public in late 2011 or early 2012. The full master plan implementation of Bay East and the development of Bay Central are part of the next phase of development.

 

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New bedroom wing, part of redevelopment of the former Midland Grand Hotel, architects Aedas. The Grand Opening was on 5 May 2011, the 138th anniversary of the original opening in 1873. British library on the left.

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Sarapuu nime päritoluks võiks pakkuda seda, et tema peenikestest vitsadest saab sara ehk aeda valmistada. Tegelikult on põhjus aga hoopis muus. Nimelt oli varem Põhja-Eestis rohkesti aedasid, sarasid, milles kasvasid need pähkleid kandvad puud. Sealt ongi Põhja-Eestis levinud sarapuu, seevastu Lõuna-Eestis aga pähklipuu.

  

Taken from another angle, this shows the enormous scale and size of the Star Vista mall compared to a "normal" office or apartment tower block in Singapore. However, its bulk is somewhat offset by the large expanse of grassed open space in front of it.

ArtScience Museum with Marina Bay Hotel / Singapore

 

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Downsview Park Station is a fully integrated multi-modal transit facility serving both the TTC and GO Transit trains. In contrast, other interchanges between TTC subway and GO Transit rail lines have separate structures for each agency. The TTC subway platform is underground on an east–west axis parallel to Sheppard Avenue West, and the GO Transit commuter rail station is at the surface on a north–south axis. An intermediate TTC concourse level is located below ground between the two. GO Transit has committed to cost sharing at this station. Upon its opening, this station will replace the York University GO Station located a short distance to the north; that station will then be closed. A southerly extension of Bakersfield Street on the west side of the station provides vehicle access and passenger drop off.

 

The station is located in a low density district; however, the TTC expects mixed use development on nearby land. The GO train connection is also expected to boost ridership.

 

The station building is constructed of glass, stone, and aluminum blend and has a green roof. It is designed to allow sunlight to reach the subway platform. The artwork Spin by artist Panya Clark Espinal spans the interior's walls, floors, and ceilings. Artist Espinal also created the artwork for Bayview station. The floor of the station at the platform level is constructed using striped terrazzo.

 

Architecture firm Aedas was commissioned to design the station; their initial plan provides twinned entrances on opposite sides of the rail corridor, each with green roofs that resemble landing strips or wings.

Ocean Heights is a supertall residential skyscraper in Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE. The tower stands 310 m tall with 83 floors. The tower is designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas.

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Waterway Terraces II, Punggol, Singapore

 

By Group8asia and Aedas Architects

 

The last time when I was here in 2014, it was still a messy construction site. Today, this spanking new estate is home to at least 804 families.

 

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Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. At its opening in 2010, it was billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including the land cost.[2][3]

 

The resort includes a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000-square-metre (1,300,000 sq ft) convention-exhibition centre, the 74,000-square-metre (800,000 sq ft) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, art-science exhibits, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines.

 

The complex is topped by a 340-metre-long (1,120 ft) SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150 m (490 ft) infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67 m (220 ft).[4][5] The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie architects.[6][7][8] The architect was Aedas,[9] and they were responsible for employing all consultants and for developing, co-ordinating and implementing the design. Engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.[10][11]

 

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the outset. The global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort.[12] Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared in scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.[13][14]

 

The resort and SkyPark were officially opened on 23 and 24 June 2010 as part of a two-day celebration, following the casino's opening on 27 April that year.[15] The SkyPark opened the following day. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance of Riverdance on 30 November. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water show called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the integrated resort.

 

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011.[16] The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants, Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club, opened on 18 and 22 September 2011, respectively.[17]

Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion (US$5.7 billion), including cost of the prime land.

 

When complete, the resort will feature a 2,560-room hotel, a 120,000 sq.m. convention-exhibition center, The Shoppes mall, an Art & Science museum, two Sands Theatres, six "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating pavilions, a casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m. The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP).

 

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening earlier in April. The museum, theatres and floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by December 2010.

 

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"At the edge of the Abyss"

 

Photographed from 98th floor of the Trust Tower in Abu Dhabi. It is the very tip of the tallest tower in the Capital.

Those men on the makeshift wooden ledge are standing over the 300m deep abyss. Slightly unnerving to say the least...but definitely worth it! The view these men and me had that morning was second to none...

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