Saturday, October 24, 2009

World's Tallest Indoor Via Ferrata in Orchard Central

We start climbing even before we could stand.
Climbing on to a high chair, on to the bed, up the stairs and etc.
At Orchard Central,
you can challenge yourself, climbing at a different level.
30m high

Check out the construction of this massive wall.
View the compound and Facilities
Updated : April 2010 : From Sports Illustrated
Be cool..
Get to the highest point.
In the cool of Orchard Central

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Awesome Sea Creatures @ Underwater World Singapore

Awesome sea creatures 

Life story of Gracie the Dugong..
In September 1998, baby Gracie was stranded when her mother died in a fishing trap
near Palau Ubin island of Singapore.
Staff of Underwater World Singapore had to rescue her because baby dugongs could not survive on their own without milk and mother care.
They gave her a safe home and became her nanny, her playmate and her friend.
Mermaid legends are believed to have originated from dugongs:
Sailors probably made the mistake because dugongs could stand upright in water and the females appeared to cradle their young like a woman.

Posted by National Geographic
The Ultimate Raw Fish: Wow!
See if you can stomach this..

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Swift Stingrays @ Underwater World Singapore

Nicknamed 'Underwater Birds'
Known to be shy and elusive.
See the 'swift-flying' of these magnificent 'Birds' underwater in this clip.

Amazed by these creatures,
I had to find out more.

Interesting info from National Geographic:
Stingray Profile
Stingrays are commonly found in the shallow coastal waters of temperate seas. They spend the majority of their time inactive, partially buried in sand, often moving only with the sway of the tide. The stingray's coloration commonly reflects the seafloor's shading, camouflaging it from predatory sharks and larger rays. Their flattened bodies are composed of pectoral fins joined to their head and trunk with an infamous tail trailing behind.

While the stingray's eyes peer out from its dorsal side, its mouth, nostrils, and gill slits are situated on its underbelly. Its eyes are therefore not thought by scientists to play a considerable role in hunting. Like its shark relatives, the stingray is outfitted with electrical sensors called ampullae of Lorenzini. Located around the stingray's mouth, these organs sense the natural electrical charges of potential prey. Many rays have jaw teeth to enable them to crush mollusks such as clams, oysters, and mussels.

When they are inclined to move, most stingrays swim by undulating their bodies like a wave; others flap their sides like wings. The tail may also be used to maneuver in the water, but its primary purpose is protection.

The stingray's spine, or barb, can be ominously fashioned with serrated edges and a sharp point. The underside may produce venom, which can be fatal to humans, and which can remain deadly even after the stingray's death. In Greek mythology, Odysseus, the great king of Ithaca, was killed when his son, Telegonus, struck him using a spear tipped with the spine of a stingray.

Average lifespan in the wild : 15 to 25 years
Size : Up to 6.5 ft (2m) TALLER than an average man.
Weight up to 790 lbs (350kg) : HEAVY!

More details : National Geographic

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Smart Adorable Pink Dolphins @ Underwater World Singapore

To have your photo taken with these adorable dolphins...

Looking at these smart and adorable Pink Dolphins,
 it is sad to know that they are an endangered species.

Info from Wikipedia:
The pink dolphin lives in the freshwater of the Amazon River. 
This species looks like the grey dolphin, but individuals are bigger, 
and instead of a dorsal fin they have a hump on their back. 
Their tails are also bigger. 
The pink dolphin has been listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of the Nature due to pollution, over fishing, excessive boat trafficking and habitat loss. 
The brain of the river dolphin is 40% larger than a human brain.

A wonderful clip on YouTube by PBS

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Leafy Seadragons & Weedy Seadragons @ Underwater World Singapore

Pretty unusual.
These lovely Seadragons are astounding.
See the slow movements of these amazing creatures.
Mingling among the weeds.
Amazing protective camouflage.

Some pictures to get a closer look

Sharks Galore @ Underwater World Singapore

A previous post on SHARKS : Life under water

Wow! is that..
Confrontation! Assembly! or just Sleeping..
View on the piled up.
A Hologram..

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Mid-Autumn Festival : Extravagance of Moon Cakes

The extravagance of moon cakes
has got the vendors working hard on their designs for the packaging to attract customers.
Here are some interesting packs.
Any for indulgence?

Ngee Ann City celebrates...
The place was sprawling with people ..

An evergreen love song :
' The Moon Represents My Heart'
posted by 'flowzero'

I guess, moon cakes can be a lucrative business.
As seen from this list.
It has got the 'BIG BOYS' involved.


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