A Blue Kind of Beat

It was by accident that I stumbled upon the Marina Bay Sands website looking for a show to watch at the theatres. It was one of those days that you were just browsing the Internet randomly clicking away at whatever catches your fancy that day. So I clicked, and saw three blue bald guys.

I did a bit of look up on the Blue Man group and found a few clips on YouTube. I watched one and I found myself giggling at what I saw. So I called up the wife and asked her to watch it. I had to ask her because there were strobes and a barrage of lights during the show which my wife is kind of allergic to (she calls it Migraine). We booked our tickets a week after.

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We were at the Master Card Theatre in Marina Bay Sands that Saturday all waiting to see if the short clip that got us hyped would translate well into a live stage.

Surprisingly, we were a bit early and there were not a lot of people watching. As we settled in, one of the group members approached us and asked if I would like to be a part of the show. Without hesitation my wife said yes. So I had to say yes. And I did say yes. After which I was pulled away from my seat to be told about what I need to do.

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Blue

The Blue Man Group seems to be an odd one. It’s a bit difficult to describe what they actually are. Obviously they are blue in color (whatever parts we can see anyway). And they are always in a group either with themselves or with the rest of the entourage. For the most part, their beats can be categorized as Rock and Roll, or more accurately, Alternative. They use unorthodox instruments like plumbing pipes and drums and fire extinguishers. And although you see an incoherent mish mash of themes along the show, you won’t figure it out until after you had fun during their performance.

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Blue Man standing

Being part of the performance was something unexpected. I wasn’t made for show business and it shows. But it was still fun and different nonetheless. The beats were great and the lights were blinding and the visual drama was definitely worth it. It was entertainment on a different level no matter how you look at it. While some may not be willing participants, the atmosphere in the theatre engages you to the point wherein you would look like a kill-joy if you didn’t joim in.

Overall, we had a great time. Dizzying strobe lights aside, the laughs were worth the price of admission. We brought home confetti and stories of how I was used as a human stamp to paint a masterpiece on a canvas. Pointless, yes, but it was a story to tell anyway.

Watering Lego

When we first came to Legoland a few years ago, it was only the theme park that was around. It was new, bright and colourful but it was scorching hot and the queues were ginormous. When we came back this year, there was already a Legoland Water Park and more importantly, the Legoland Hotel had also been built up. Staying in a hotel sitting in between the two parks is the best thing you can have, at a price though, but I think it was worth it.

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Right after we had a romp at the theme park, we hurried back to the hotel to make the most of our time. We picked up some food and ate all the way through. A few minutes to digest and recharge were all that was needed before suiting up for the water park next door.

We were all hyped up on the way to the water park when it started to rain. But we went on ahead thinking you can’t get wet if you’re already wet. The theory was true, but the rain came down heavier and lightning soon got added to the mix. Needless to say, we were asked to stay away from the pools. We waited forever before the water park re-opened, but then there was only roughly an hour left before the park closed for the day. Guess what? That didn’t stop the kids.

Got raft, will travel
Got raft, will travel

We were immediately in the Build-A-Raft river where we hijacked somebody else’s raft that was already built. Since we were short on time, being pirates helped. We went around the river and looked at the slides. Yes, we had to have a go at them before the park closed. I picked up the boys and off we went to the nearest slides.

Come rain, come sun, it's all fun
Come rain, come sun, it’s all fun

We went around to a few of the slides, one of which was the Slide Racers. Three kids, three slides, one winner. In a gravity race, weight and an aerodynamic head plays a part giving me the win. We also went for the Brick Blaster and the Wave Rider which were more or less typical water slides. Both of which provided enough smiles as we slid down with the rain in our face and a pool of water waiting for us at the bottom of the slide. Alas the day came to an end too soon. We packed up hoping to get an early start the next day.

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We hit the buffet table early in the morning. I was surprised that the food tasted amazing. Most hotels don’t really have delicious food for their breakfast buffets, but Legoland does. Second and third servings weren’t uncommon. After breakfast, we were back in our swimsuits and on our way to the water park once more.

Sometimes being bright and early pays a good deal. For one thing, we were there to actually open up the water park. We literally had to wait for the actual gates to open up as we stood there in our swimming costumes. But hey, we were first at everything when we got in. For some reason, the river is always a must for Matthew. For every water park that we visited, we always went in and around the river.

As the barriers were lifted and the slides were opened, we were running towards them as well. Unable to figure out which one to get on to, we decided to build Lego boats to race first. And just like at the center, I lost to the kids as well. Sometimes, thinking too much is bad for you. Then we hit the slides.

Power sliding
Power sliding

Splash and Slide puts two of you in a big round red and yellow floater. You then slide down and around into a tunneling funnel. We went and did the Tidal Tube and the Brick Blaster one more time to get more slide time. Then the two rough nuts went on the Tidal Chaser for a race before winding down in the Lego Wave Pool. While the kids went about splashing and playing around, the wife and I just sprawled and enjoyed basking in the sun while waiting on the kids to finish. Of course, they never did finish on their own so we had to drag them out of the pool and back to the hotel where we took our final rest and packed our bags.

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While waiting for our ride, we scurried down to the Lego Theme Park to buy some Lego. I built three Minifigs and Matthew went on to buy his Lego Nexo Knight. Its the new Lego that is going to eat into the pockets of parents more than Ninjago probably would. Since this new series powers an App called Merlok 2.0. We all went home brick-happy and wouldn’t mind doing it again if we could have the water park to ourselves just like this.

Legoland, the second time around

We arrived in Legoland Malaysia at about 10 in the morning. Quite early considering that check-in time was much later in the afternoon. Using her charm (or it could be her witching powers), my wife requested for early check-in so that we can unpack our bags and at least have a bath before we went to the park. The nice thing with the Legoland Hotel is that is sits between the Legoland theme park and the Legoland water park. All you had to do was decide where to go first. Having experienced incredibly long queues the first time we went to Legoland a few years ago, we decided on going to the theme park first and see how much we can squeeze in before attempting to go swimming at the water park.

We were surprised to see no queues at all. Well, the one week school break only starts the next Monday, so that could have been the reason. We didn’t bother thinking about it much because we practically had the park to ourselves!

Yeah. These poses aren't just for show. All four went on to ride The Dragon.
Yeah. These poses aren’t just for show. All four went on to ride The Dragon.

There were four kids in tow. Andrae and Matthew are already big enough for all the rides so there were no issues there. Then there were the twins Nikki and Frankie who were not yet so tall for the big rides. They could be accompanied by adults on some rides though.

As soon as we got the go signal, we were already at the Technic Project X ride. It didn’t look scary since it’s not nearly as tall as the rides at USS (or so I thought). The first drop was a good surge, but it was the U-turn (and the following S-turns) that got me cringing. You know how cars lean to the sides when turning? Well, you have this feeling that the cart was going to flip over its side while it was turning on rails. And that was the scary part, as you look to the side of the cart and see nothing but the pavement. It did those turns a few times and after one round, we finally got the hang of it and asked for another round.

We then took the twins on the Aqua Wave Racers next so that they can have a go at the rides like the boys. Naturally, we got wet since the boys did their best to carry out water bombings as the yellow boats skimmed around the atoll.

We walked on and found our way to the Lego Star Wars zone where we posed with Darth Vader. The building itself housed quite a number of Lego Star Wars scenic builds. These weren’t the toy versions that they just built up and displayed though, these were actually designed to a bigger scale. Hence there aren’t any Minifigures on the scene. The characters were blocky Lego creatioms about three times the size of an average Minifigure. I wasn’t really impressed, but the place as a whole is entertaining for Star Wars fans.

No Minifigs here. Just near-life-size Lego dudes.
No Minifigs here. Just near-life-size Lego dudes.

Moving along we arrived at Lego Kingdoms. There were two rides that stood out and both of them had dragons in them. First we got the kids to ride on The Dragon’s Apprentice. Which is basically a small roller coaster. The smaller kids definitely had fun on it but the challenge was getting them on to The Dragon. This is a scaled up version of the Apprentice with a slighlty bigger dragon and a slightly bigger track. Apparently, the twins wanted to go along. It was definitely faster and more fun on this Dragon. In fact, since there was no queue, we asked for one more ride which the operator happily obliged.

Imagination came up next on the map. We didn’t do much since the adults were getting tired. So we headed in to Build and Test where we built our cars and raced them along the slope. Okay, so aerodynamics don’t work so well on Lego vehicles. The boys did a better job and won nearly all the races. After the race, we spent the next few minutes waiting for the screening of the Lego Movie in 4D. Nope, it wasn’t the original but a spinoff for Legoland. Since it was 4D, the fourth dimension was added to the experience. I’ll let you find that out for yourself. If you have kids that loved the Lego Movie, bring them in.

On to the Land of Adventure (kids never seem to get tired these days)! We shot spiders and mummys in the Lost Kingdom and Arvin only won by a hundred points. The boys didn’t do so well and the twins shot at the sky. That wasn’t much of a challenge so we moved along to Dino Island. The ride had you on a log that flows along a river and ultimately ends up in a giant drop on water. Naturally, we were soaked afterwards. If it wasn’t so hot, we would have gone for another round. But alas, we were hoping to get more time at the Water Park as well. Our day at the Legoland Theme Park ended a bit short but everyone went home happy, and that’s what matters.

Even animals have been Lego-fied!
Even animals have been Lego-fied!