Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Iron Maiden Experience - Singapore Indoor Stadium

One word - AWESOME! That's the right phrase to picture Maiden concert on the 15 Feb 2011. My 20 something years of wish and dream finally came true that night. Never did I imagine that I would be seeing them live, in an energy-packed atmosphere and Bruce saying his famous chant...Scream for me Singapore, which, was replied with the loudest roar from the fans.

The concert was held inside Singapore Indoor stadium. Almost all of the seats and pits that faced the stage were full with fans from all walks of life, just to see Iron Maiden's maiden concert in South East Asia. I read somewhere that 12,000 fans came.

As for me, it was an experience to remember for many, many years to come in a lot of ways. That morning, I flew from KK to Johor and took a bus to Singapore. When I reached the immigration counter, I forgot to bring along a pen to fill in the immigration form. Guess what, I saw a few guys in Maiden tees and I greeted them. Lucky for me they have a pen in hand and after that, we took the bus together to Singapore.

We parted ways at Bugis where I met a friend who came from Bintulu for the concert. He brought along my Maiden ticket. (Note : all photos were taken using Aria)

The ticket case. It stated : Losing your voice for your idol : priceless. Indeed!

Top part : receipt. Bottom part is the ticket. Pen A, right in front of the stage.

After we freshen up at the hotel, we made our move via MRT to the stadium. We reached there around 4.30 pm.

First thing first, buy merchandise.

I bought this flag for SGD20. Bought another Maiden's Final Frontier 2011 tee and one for my cousin for SGD100.

Then we made our the Pen A entrance and we saw a quite a number of fans already lined up. rained. Heavy. Damn heavy. In an instant, all of us were soaked. I was fortunate to have a plastic bag in hand where I stored my passport, wallet, ticket and handphones. The new tee quickly became my temporary rain cover.

Later we were ushered into the covered parking area, where from then onwards, chaos started. Some of the fans who queued early find themselves not in the front row anymore and that made them furious. Lots of swearing and cursing were thrown. Things were getting more ugly until more security personnel came to calm down the situation.

My friend and I stayed away from all the ruckus. We came to enjoy music.

Why not kill the time with some photos.

Finally, after hours of standing, I entered the stadium after 7. The opening act was Rise To Remain where Bruce's son is the vocalist. They played metalcore songs from their new EP. The fans were sporting enough to cheer for them but after every song, 'Maiden' chants took over. The stage were cleared, then around 8.30 pm, finally...

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the best moments in my life.

Bruce, even in his 50's can still ran and jumped around the stage.

We screamed, shouted, jumped and headbanging to the songs.

This was their setlist for that night.

  1. 1. Satellite 15...The Final Frontier
  2. El Dorado (kudos to Maiden for getting a Grammy for this song)
  3. 2 Minutes to Midnight
  4. Coming Home
  5. Dance of Death
  6. The Trooper
  7. Blood Brothers
  8. The Wicker Man
  9. When The Wild Wind Blows
  10. The Talisman
  11. The Evil That Men Do
  12. Fear of the Dark
  13. Iron Maiden
  1. The Number of the Beast
  2. Hallowed be Thy Name
  3. Running Free
After then concert, then reality set in. My right leg was cramped and at times I had to walk on my toes. My back hurts, but it was worth it. I finally witnessed Maiden live! During the concert, Bruce did said that it was Maiden's first time in Singapore, and surely won't be the last. Woohoo! I'm looking forward for their next visit here.

Then we stopped to have some drinks where we chatted with a nice guy from Switzerland. He had attended Maiden's concert numerous times at Europe. It was during the chat that we discovered that every time before the concert starts, the song Doctor Doctor by UFO will be played and when the song Always Look On The Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle is played, it marks the end of the concert. much for our first Maiden concert.

The next morning, still nursing a sore leg and backache, I headed to Bugis to get some souvenirs and taking some photos before going to the airport to catch the flight home.

I was interested with the stairs at the homes here.

Bugis Junction.

One of the few smoking areas at Changi airport.

Tonight, Maiden is playing at Jakarta and later Bali. Can't wait to catch them again hopefully next year. I met new friends, and some were on the same flight to KK with me. All of us were looking forward for the next concert. Time to save up starting from now.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Scream for me Singapore!!!

Iron Maiden tee...checked!
Flight tickets...checked!
Aria, fully charged...checked!
Maiden ticket...with a friend in Singapore so checked!
Myself? It will be a long night tonight. I'm not sure if I'm able to sleep even.

One more thing...Fisherman's Friend lozenges...go buy tomorrow. Lotsa screams, howling, wailing, shouting etc will be made tomorrow night so I think, I'm good to go!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Perdana Park, Kota Kinabalu

Hey! There's a new park in town! And it's located right next to Tanjung Aru Beach and it's called Perdana Park. Apart from its spacious jogging/recreation area, visitors are entertained with musical water fountain and I must say I'm impressed with the display. Not forgetting they play some of my favourite 90's songs as well.

The entrance.

A view of the carpark area.

It's spacious!

You can try foot massage located along the jogging pathway.

Kid's choice!

The best feature of the park.

Plenty of slow shutter opportunities.

On a different note, I'm just a few days away from experiencing and achieving one of my childhood dreams. I blogged about this last time and it's about attending and witnessing Iron Maiden, live, in Singapore. I was excited when my school's Principal gave me the green light to take a day's leave, if not, it would be almost a few hundreds of ringgit wasted. It will be Maiden's first show in South East Asia, and I got to witness that! Wooo! I don't think I would be bringing my camera to the concert, guess I just have to rely on my Aria then.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Kiulu White Water Rafting

As stated in my post yesterday, my friends and I went to Kiulu in Tamparuli to watch water rafting activities. It's a popular tourist spot and it showed today as I saw a lot of them turned up here. We managed to talk to one of the operators and he can give us RM65(which includes meal) per person if we can gather more than seven participants. Sweet! Another event for my fellow camera friends and I very, very soon.

The river is classified as Grade 1 and 2, which is shallow, slow moving river with rocks. Safe enough for children and elderly folks. A more adventurous rafting experience can be obtained at Padas.

Brief instructions were given before heading out to the rapids.

One of the raft(and the operators).

Let's go!

You can try the swinging, hanging bridge which is a lot here.

I was surprised to see small kids joined in. Some are as young as five years old.

The 'ritual' before rafting.

We drove and stopped at a spot to catch some actions.

Another hanging bridge.

One of the earlier rapids.

Hey hey! Thanks for the pose. I guess they thought that I'm on of the assigned photographer as some raft operators will provide photographers at strategic locations.

One before going back! Joseph and Dzul.