Navy Open House 2013 was a blast! It’s really cool to be up close with our very own Navy ships! The journey starts at the Singapore Expo. Although the queue was long, the queues moved very fast in an orderly fashion and soon we were heading into Changi Naval Base!
Navy Open House NOH 2013!
After a quick security check, we immediately chanced upon our very own submarines!
Submarine at the Navy Open House 2013!
RSS Chieftain at the Navy Open House
It was really cool to be able to see these amazing boats in action right in front of us! We also managed to catch the dynamic display segment by the Naval Diving Unit, Naval Helicopter as well as the submarines. Displays such as this just shows the professionalism of our Navy personnel. Professional and cool!
Chinook deploying divers during the dynamic display segment
Our Navy’s quick response to intruders and threats!
Overcoming terrorist threats at sea!
Naval Helicopter dipping its sonar to detect any submarines!
I Love Navy Board with the Landing Ship Tank (LST)
One of the highlights of the day was the ship visit to our Navy ships. The Endurance Class LST (Landing Ship Tank) is the biggest class of ship in our Navy and it was amazing to have stepped on board this fine ship for the very first time!
In addition to the LST, visitors can also visit the Bedok Class Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMVs), Fearless Class Patrol Vessels, Victory Class Missile Corvettes as well as the Formidable Class Stealth Frigates!
Ships at the RSN’s Navy Open House!
Bedok Class Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMVs) at Navy Open House
Fearless Class Patrol Vessels
Formidable Class Frigates
You can also visit foreign warships at this year’s Navy Open House. One of the highlights must be the Littoral Combat Ships from the United States Navy – USS FREEDOM!
Foreign Warships at Navy Open House Singapore
Close up of USS FREEDOM – Littoral Combat Ship from United States Navy
Besides ship visits, visitors can also ballot for a chance to ride onboard these ships as well! Duck rides were also available. Just have to Q. In case you ask where they sail to…the answer is “Cruise to Nowhere!” Sounds very Star Cruise hor?
Duck cruise at the Navy Open House!
There’s also a ONE SAF Avenue, where visitors can have plenty of photo opportunities with assets from the Army and Air Force. In the 3G SAF, the three services (land, sea and air) work together as one integrated and formidable fighting force! Phew!
Tanks from the Army
Bionix Tanks at Navy Open House 2013
Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) from the Air Force
Futuristic looking Typhoon Gun used onboard some of our Navy Vessels!
If the weather gets hot or the rain threatens, no worries at all. There are several tents that you can visit. For the foodies, check out the F&B tent where there are many food and drinks options available. There are also performances on stage while you enjoy your meals! Don’t forget to try the Mao Shan Wang ice cream! Yummilicious!
At the Experience Zone, you can try your hand at fire fighting or prove your worth as a marksman at the shooting range.
Experience Zone at NOH 2013
Learn about knots and naval traditions at the Navy Open House
Try your hand at the simulators at Navy Open House NOH 2013
The Mission Zone shows the capabilities of the RSN (Republic of Singapore Navy) as well as some of the operations it conducts with countries ALL OVER THE WORLD!!
Entrance to Mission Zone at the Navy Open House
Models of all the classes of ships in the Singapore Navy
After a quick introduction to the class of ships in the Navy, you will be able to enjoy a short video presentation of how the Navy is able to overcome emergency situations (such as an unknown contact) in a professional and decisive manner!
Heart Zone at the Navy Open House 2013
The Heart Zone shows the importance of people to the Navy. There are Navy personnel in the tent who can share some amazing stories with you. There is also a booth for taking photos and they can be given to you, printed, on the spot! Souvenirs are also available at the Heart Zone.
All in all, it was a fantastic experience at the Navy Open House 2013!
Kudos to the Navy and the excellent work that they are doing to protect our seas and ensure the continued growth of our economy! Thanks for having us at the Navy Open House 2013! Looking forward to Navy Open House 2016 already!
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Navy Open House 2013
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Contest ends 31 May 2013
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See you at the next Navy Open House 2016!
Bow of the Landing Ship Tank at Navy Open House 2013
Information on Navy Open House 2013
Navy Open House 2013 will be held from 18 to 19 May at Changi Naval Base. Yes! This Saturday and Sunday!
There will be loads of fun for the entire family! Fancy a ride on one of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) ships or try your hand at the simulators? The Navy Open House offers visitors a chance to have a glimpse of what our sailors do in the Navy!
There’s even an adrenaline charged “Storm and Rescue!” display twice daily, featuring the elite divers in action. If you’re sharp enough, you may even catch the periscope of our very own submarines!
How to get to Navy Open House 2013?
There is only one way to get to Changi Naval Base for the Navy Open House. That is by shuttle buses. The shuttle buses will depart from Singapore Expo Hall 3 from 8am to 4:30pm on 18May (Sat) and from 8:30am to 4:30pm on 19 May (Sun).
You can either drive to the Singapore EXPO (2000 lots available) or take a train to tanah merah mrt and change a train to arrive at the EXPO MRT station.
Navy Open House Opening Hours and Admission Prices
First of all, ADMISSION IS FREE! Although the opening hours is not specifically written, we suggest that you check out the timing of the last bus out and plan from there.
Map of Navy Open House 2013
Navy Open House 2013
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To many people, being a travel blogger (especially in Singapore) is like a dream come true. Afterall, it is not without its perks. We do get invited to visit this attraction, stay at that hotel and try out new restaurants. However, behind all the “glitz and glamour” of having the dream job, the hard truth is that travel blogging is TOUGH and here’s why…
Hard Truth No. 1 : You run your own business
No one ever told us that being a travel blogger is like running your own business AKA TOUGH. Besides writing (which you must enjoy), you tend to various aspects of the site much like a business. You will have to write good quality content (really important!), market the site, speak to potential sponsors, negotiate with companies, compete for travel spots, ensure good customer service, do up your financials and constantly think of ways to improve. Of course, you will be travelling much of the time as well (which drains you physically – we’ll get to that)
Hard Truth No. 2 : Blurred distinction between Work & Play
Since the business is your baby, you will spend alot of time thinking about it. Even in bed. Just before you sleep. If you hold a 9 to 5 job, the distinction is clear. You will focus on your job and go home and relax. The weekends are free for you to enjoy. Not so when you own a business. It becomes a 247 task to make sure that your business runs smoothly.
Travelling also takes on a different meaning. In the past, travelling means “Yay! Time to chillax!”. With travel blogging as a full time job, you will have to think alot about what the readers (yes, we’re thinking of you when we travel) need from our travel experiences. What are the small nuances that will help our readers in their next travel trip. How to have picture perfect moments (still waiting for camera sponsors…) and to deliver the best content to our readers.
Not that we’re complaining, but it is afterall now a whole new ball game.
Hard Truth No. 3 : You really don’t get paid much
You must be thinking that being invited to all the countries, attractions, hotels and restaurants must mean that the companies pay us alot. No. They don’t. Sponsors dont usually give you spending $ per se, which means that you will still need to spend to buy that souvenir or enjoy that dinner.
To that end, living in Singapore also adds to the stress because some months you may do well and in others, “not so well” may be an understatement. The stress is constant and you do have mouths to feed. Aka Kate’s.
Travel blogging is still a dream job!
However, it is not all that bad. It is really a dream job! Writing and travelling combines what we love to do. Takes us to places and allows us to share these experiences with you, our readers.
Whatever you’ll be trying out in the future, the most important thing is to enjoy it!
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The Spring Weekend Afternoon Tea at Chihuly , Ritz Carlton has an emphasis on CHEESES this time round! Sure there are savoury dishes and all. BUT for desserts, cheeses range from ricotta to parmesan to mozzarella to feta and even goat cheese! Cheeses take centre stage!
Extensive spread at the Chihuly Lounge spring afternoon tea
Selection of sandwiches
We started off with the savoury dishes…
Savoury dishes @ the Afternoon Tea
Salmon & Scallops!
Close up of the scallop sushi!
There’s a great selection of sandwiches (including beef pastrami, smoked chicken and smoked salmon), canapes (smoked duck, scallops, salmon and eringi mushroom) and savoury dishes such as the steamed scallop siew mai, glazed wagyu beef ball with smoked garlic as well as the panko prawn with wasabi mayonnaise!
Our favourite from this selection has got to be the scallop and salmon! Both the salmon and scallop were VERY FRESH and the taste was very refreshing as well! The salmon roe really brought out the sweetness of salmon!
The wagyu beef ball and scallop siew mai should not be missed! Full flavoured beef infused with the smoky garlic makes this a must-try! The “white upon white” (scallop and white meat) steamed combination, also made this dish a favourite.
Highlight of the Spring Weekend Afternoon Tea @ Chihuly Lounge, Ritz Carlton Singapore
The highlight for the day has got to be the desserts!
Selection of desserts
Strawberry balsamic salad with Mascarpone Sorbet
There were so many choices of desserts! The ingenuity of the chefs to include cheeses into the various desserts also made the afternoon tea an unique experience! Desserts included
1. Ricotta Cheese Pudding 2. Coffee and Soft Guanaja Mascarpone Cream 3. Parmesan Macaroon 4. Citrus Cream Cheese Rolls 5. Fontainebleau with Berry Compote 6. Goat Cheese Crème Brûlée 7. Baked Vanilla Camembert Cheese Cake 8. Baked Apple with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Feta Cheese Almond Mousse and Lemon Jelly 9. Mozzarella Cheese with Tomato Raspberry and Brioche Toast 10. Honey Cheese Mousse with Apricot Rosemary Jelly 11. Blueberry Cheese Tart 12. Selection of Cheese with Crackers
Sounds yummy doesnt it? But you wouldnt have guessed that the hot seller is this…
What?! A mouse?!
Yes, the mouse is the hot seller! And it’s used as a decoration with all other desserts as well! Each time they appear on the trays, they’d be gone almost instantly!
It’s also here…
Ma look! They’re here as well!
The mouse is actually the Parmesan Macaroon! The ingenious combination made this dish delectable, refreshing and highly sought after!
Tea with ice made of tea!
It’s small little things like this that makes the afternoon tea an enjoyable one. Even if the ice melts, the taste does not get diluted because the ice is made of the same tea!
How much is the Weekend Afternoon Tea at Chihuly Lounge , Ritz Carlton Singapore?
The price is for the afternoon tea is $52++. A little bit on the high side. However, the quality of the food that you’d be enjoying, more than made up for the price. Not to mention, the exquisite presentation of the desserts!
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Chihuly Lounge Ritz Carlton Singapore
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