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The Future of Us Exhibition @ Gardens by the Bay

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2015 was a year of celebration in Singapore as we celebrated our nations’ 50th birthday with a series of SG50 events.  As a wrap-up, ‘The Future of Us’ exhibition is being held at Gardens by the Bay from 1 December 2015 to 8 March 2016.  This interactive exhibition showcases the possibilities for Singapore in the future, and the hopes and dreams of Singaporeans.

Arrival Plaza / Boarding Area

We pre-booked our tickets from The Future of Us website for 8.30pm entry on a Friday night.  However we arrived earlier at 8pm and were allowed to enter anyway.

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There were some posters asking us to download an app called iFuture.  Which we did. I had no idea what the app was for.  Before we had time to figure out the app, the staff was hurrying us along because the show at the theater was starting.  And after that, I totally forgot about the app because we were ushered from one venue to the next in sequence.

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The Future Express

We came across a section of news telecast and newspaper clippings from 1965 to 2015.  Not that I had time to look at any of them since, “The show is starting! Please proceed to the theater!” The staff deserved a pay raise for their enthusiasm in ensuring we did not miss the show.

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But apparently if you hung around, you should see news of the future with possible headlines in 2030.

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Theater of Generation

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Well, I’m pretty glad we didn’t miss the show.  It was like IMAX style and revolved around the stories of 4 Singaporeans.  They reflected on the stories of their grandparents.

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And went on to narrate what their dreams for the future were.

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Symphony of the City

Immediately after the ‘Theater of Generation’ show ended, we moved to the next segment ‘Symphony of the City’ for another show.  The shows were perfectly timed from one to the next, so you just follow the route and won’t miss a thing.

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The show was about what Singapore could be like in the future.  Smart homes, making use of our waterfronts for recreation and transport, taking things up to the sky.  Basically a ‘Minority Report’ style Singapore.   Check out the 3D mapping on the city model at the center.  It’s pretty cool.

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Home Tomorrow

We were given a quick explanation of this next exhibition area and left to explore on our own.  Home Tomorrow was a collection of models to show what Singaporeans hope to see in our country in the future.

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From lifelong learning to more environmental friendly infrastructure.

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From technology advancement to sustainability.

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There were some binoculars to look through – some were short enough for the kids while others were too tall for them.

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Blue Skies

And we entered the last dome, which was a place where everyone could write down their pledge and swipe it up to the ‘Blue Sky’.

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Again, there were these telescope-like thingies which nobody really bothered about.

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They were too tall for the kids anyway.

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Everyone was a lot more interested in the pledge-writing activity.  The kids had a lot of fun doodling and flicking their pictures up the dome.

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The Lion

Upon exiting, there was a small playground with swings and fitness equipment.

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And obviously this was the kids’ favourite segment.

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The caption was ‘Swing As One to Power our Future’.

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So by swinging together, we powered up the lion and when the power indicator reached the top, the lion would roar.

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And a star-shaped bubble would float to the sky, much to the delight of the kids.

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And just to make sure EVERYONE could contribute, they had different types of swings for kids of different ages.

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And also some of those elderly fitness corner equipment.

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In Summary…

Clearly a lot of money has been invested in this exhibition and it is totally FREE for everyone.  Somehow it makes me feel obliged to attend as a Singaporean. Because in the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s words:

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There were a lot of interactive elements that the kids enjoyed.  The multimedia presentations were also pretty cool.  The venue from the theater to the ‘Blue Skies’ section were air-conditioned, so it can be enjoyed in all weather.  Do give it a visit if you haven’t!

Information on The Future of Us Exhibition

Date: 1 December 2015 to 8 March 2016

Time: 9am – 9pm daily (last entry at 8.30pm)

Venue: Gardens by the Bay (next to Bayfront MRT Station exit for Gardens by the Bay)

Map: Click here for google map location

Getting there: Bayfront MRT (CE1 / DT16)

Admission Fee: FREE

Ticketing: Although admission is free, a ticket is required to regulate the crowd.  You can pre-book your ticket online, or get a ticket at the arrival plaza.

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Event Information

Starts at:

01 Dec 2015

Ends at:

08 Mar 2016

Venue

Gardens by the Bay

18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953

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