Gardens by the Bay OCBC Skyway – Photo walk with Nikon D750

Most of my friends know that I use a Sony A6000 camera.  Which I love to bits.  But my closest confidants will know that I have always had an infatuation with full-frame cameras, and I’ve always been eyeing the Nikon D750.  You can tell I’m not very brand loyal.  I mean, I wouldn’t mind having a Sony A9… But hey, money doesn’t drop from the sky.

Recently, I managed to get my hands on a second-hand set of Nikon D750.  So I decided to bring it for a walk at where else but Gardens by the Bay.  I thought hard about whether to tell you that I’m actually using a Nikon D750 in this post.  Because there’s this saying among my friends that it’s better to be known as a skilled phone camera user than an unskilled DSLR user.  Coz it’s freaking sia suay (Singlish for embarrassing?) to be walking around with a gigantic camera and taking crappy photos with it.  Whereas if you’re just using an iPhone, or a tiny Sony A6000, well… you get away with anything.

But I thought I better state that I wasn’t using my usual Sony A6000 for this.  Because I have had readers asking me a couple of times which camera I was using and in case they are reading this too, I don’t want them to be mistaken into thinking that these photos were also taken with the Sony.  For good or for bad.

For reasons I can’t be bothered to explain, the older son was with me that day when I decided to go for the photo walk.  (Most of the time I go for photo walks at Gardens by the Bay alone, or with my fellow Friends of the Garden Mabel, while the kids are in school.)

I asked the son if he wanted to go up to the OCBC Skyway and he said, “Yes yes yes!! Let’s go up!!”   He was actually pretty excited about it.

So we dashed off (or rather he dashed off and I chased) towards the entrance of the OCBC Skyway.  And before I could whip out our Friends of the Garden card, MF had dodged past the staff and ran in.  And the staff and I were like, “COME BACK!!”  Because admission to OCBC Skyway was NOT free.  You had to show your ticket (or annual pass in our case) to enter.

Right after I flashed our membership card and the staff waved us through, MF ran in and declared, “I’m climbing the stairs!!” and up the stairs he ran.  The staff and I exchanged amused looks while I waited for the lift.  Yup, I took the lift.

Believe it or not, the athletic son reached the top by stairs faster than I did by lift.  By the time I reached the top, he was telling me, “Mummy, it’s quite scary!”  And he had tons of questions waiting to ask me once the lift door opened.

“What will happen if the bridge collapses??”
(“We will die,” I answered matter-of-factly.)

“Why is the bridge shaking?”
(“Because the wind is blowing it.”)

“Is there anything we can hold on to if the bridge collapses??”
(“You can try grabbing the railing but it’s probably going to go down with the bridge.”) 

You can tell I’m not a very nice nor comforting mother.

Just so you know, the bridge will vibrate and sway slightly.  So it can be pretty scary (or fun) for the kids – depending on what kind of kids they are.

I told him MF to sit down by the side while I snapped some photos.  I reckoned sitting would feel less scary than standing? But the son got bored of sitting and waiting for me to learn how to use the camera (I was trying to figure out what all the knobs and buttons were for on the spot) and decided to just walk along.

In the middle of the Skyway was the spot where everyone would stop to take a selfie with Marina Bay Sands Hotel in the background.  But I didn’t.  If I tried to take a selfie with the Nikon D750, I would probably drop it.  The weight sure took a bit of getting used to after using my Sony for so long.

The son stopped briefly to ask me how many photos I needed to take of the ‘ship’ (that’s the term of affection my boys have for Marina Bay Sands – because of the rooftop that resembles a ship).  But I only took like 3 photos!  I was spending much more time messing around with the camera menu and buttons.  But the son wouldn’t understand.  So I just told him “a few more” and off he went without me.

Not that I could possibly lose my son at the Skyway.  (Can’t say the same about the rest of the gardens.)  So I just hung around a bit more to try taking a classic shot of the hotel with the gardens below it.

After which I hurried along to catch up with the son.  In case he decided to descend the Skyway without me.

I worried for nothing.  Because he was too scared to descend without me.  So much for being all garang (singlish for ‘brave’) and dashing up the stairs in the beginning! I asked if he wanted to take the stairs down and he was like “NOooo…” and we went back down via the lift.  Safe and sound.

That’s it for our photo walk at OCBC Skyway.  Look out for Part 2 of our photo walk where we headed to Cloud Forest~!

Information on OCBC Skyway:

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953

Map: Click here for Google map location

Getting There: 5 mins walk (if you know the way – make it 10 min if you are not familiar with the gardens) from Bayfront MRT (CE1 / DT16)

Note also that the OCBC Skyway will be closed in the event of bad weather.

Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm  (please check the official website for closure dates)

Admission Fee:

  • $8 per adult
  • $5 per child (3 – 12 years old) or senior (60 years old and above)

Tel: +65 6420 6848

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  • Mabel says:

    Your photos damn nice! Omg! Mad love! Now I wanna catch up with you in terms of skills then upgrade my equipment too!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      With this camera, no need to upgrade skills before buying. I didn’t use any of the 1001 functions on the camera (coz dunno how to), only adjust the aperture using aperture priority mode, anyhow snap also came out swee one. HAHAHA.. So it’s more like upgrade my equipment already then upgrade my skill. Time to go read up more on what all the buttons and menu functions are for! :p

  • Wah you even bother to fiddle with the camera on the spot hahah. I doubt I’d ever be patient enough. My slr is good enough for me! =D

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I love fiddling with cameras! Though I don’t really love doing it when there’s an impatient kid with me… But we parents just learn to make the best out of whatever situation, no? Hahhaa…

  • Natty says:

    Nice nice photos! Loving the angles 🙂 can’t wait to see more photos taken with it.

  • We are back in Singapore next month – the gardens weren’t open last time we visited so we are soooooo excited to see them! Love the photographs! Can’t wait to take some of my own…with my new camera!! I can see myself trying to work it out too! #citytripping

  • Lolo says:

    This garden looks absolutely amazing!! I was definitely go to this! #CityTripping

  • These are really beautiful pictures and nothing to do with the camera, I’m sure! You always take brill photos. I wish we’d done this walk when we were in Singapore…next time! Thanks for linking #citytripping

  • I love the feeling of getting a new camera or lens. It’s better than getting clothes or shoes to me lol. Singapore has so many beautiful attractions, makes me want to visit soon!

    • Queen Bee says:

      I know right.. I haven’t really bought new clothes or shoes or bags (with the exception of a camera bag) since I got into photography. Hope you get to come to Singapore one day!

  • Hilary says:

    Beautiful gardens and photos! I’m not nervous about heights, but I am an over protective mother, so I’d probably make my son hold my hand the entire time! #citytripping

    • Queen Bee says:

      Hahaha… I think being in Singapore makes me lose my protective instinct because it’s generally very safe. But when I travel I plant them on the stroller most of the time so that they can’t get lost. LOL….

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