Like my just-posted review of the Hunger Games prequel movie, I finally found the time to work on this post. I’m glad I managed to! These pics have been sitting on my disk for a while and I really should post them before Christmas comes and goes!
The story: All pics were shot about a fortnight ago on Nov 20. For the first time in five years, I was also at the airport not just to check out this year’s Changi Festive Village decors or the Mario-themed ones at Jewel but to actually use the facility.
Yup, I took the following pictures right before I flew off on a week-long holiday. You bet that added a lot of magic to the visiting experience!
Changi Festive Village 2023 at Terminal 3 – A Candylicious Wonderland
Because of time constraints, and because I was carrying something like 5 kg of barang barang and camera gear in my backpack, I only visited the Candy Wonderland showpiece at Terminal 3 Departure Hall. It was festive and yummy enough for me, though. All that luscious pink reminded me of Barbieland right away. What’s great too was that even the departure counters had suitably candylicious decors.
This brief visit to the festive village was certainly a very sweet prelude to my flight.
PS: Check my list of other festive wonderlands in Singapore this year-end.
Super Mario Pipe Around the World at Jewel
I think Jewel deserves praise for this. Mario-themed displays with a Nintendo pop-up store don’t feel very Christmas-y but hey, it’s something different from the usual Santa and reindeer, and elves with presents, yes? I’ll pick this any day over traditional Yuletide displays, even if I’m not a big Super Mario fan.
You know, these Mario displays are truly awesome! There aren’t that many but what’s there, especially the ones at the Shiseido Forest Valley, really looks right out of the games. I’m sure all will be hugely popular with selfie-lovers right till the final display day on Jan 1, 2024.
The Wonderfall – A New Terminal 2 Landmark
I’ve been up to my eyeballs with work since September, and so nope, I didn’t have the chance to visit the much-talked-about LED digital waterfall at Terminal 2. I thus scheduled a visit to be the final stop of a U-shaped walk that started in T3, passed through Jewel, and ended at T2.
My frank opinion. Erm, the Wonderfall wasn’t as mind-blowing or visually stunning as I thought it would be; maybe my expectations were too high. It was quite tough to photograph too without a super-wide angle lens, and even if you have one, you’d to deal with loads of distortion.
But I agree this massive digital display has a certain mesmerizing appeal. Visitors arriving at Terminal 2 would no doubt experience a sensation of grand welcome too.