iFLY – anyone can fly.


By invitation from Seven media and iFLY

Here I am – Getting an experience of sky diving in a wind tunnel (The world’s largest no less).

I’ve heard all about skydiving from a commando friend years ago during my days after temasek poly. Alot of that talk included words like “Airborne” and having earned “your wings”. I was truly delighted to earn mine.

iFLY announced on their first year anniversary that they are to host the first indoor skydiving world championships in Asia Pacific this December.

A four day event spanning 13 to 16 Decemeber, up to 400 flyers aronud the world are expected to compete in professional and amateur catagories. Cash and prizes of over S$150000 will be up for grabs while regirstion for the event will open this 2ndQ of the year.

Representing Singapore is Team Firefly’s 10 year olf Kyra Poh and 11 year old Choo Yixuan whom I met on that day. They gutsy kids have been training over a year at iFLY Singapore and will be competing in the professional category. Wow.


Me and my ladies from RazorTV, in2it.com Gearing up
Coach Thomas Sumner: one heck of a tall dude

Are you wondering how many visitors iFLY has hosted since it opened its door last year? Mr. Lawrence Koh, founder and CEO of iFLY, the previous Officer Commanding of the SAF parachuting school and the team leader of the EliteSingapore Red Lions Parachuting Display Team (that you see every national day) lets us in that over 55000 were hosted at this indoor wind tunnel facility of his. Once a niche sport, Lawrence is most happy iFLY has been able to make skydiving available to everyone in a safe , realistic aad affordable indoor setting.

Alas I am airborne! This is me on round two I think.

The wonderful team of instructors
Here’s Yixuan and Kyra, they’re super bubbly


Here are more pictures of the girls . They’re soooo good.


Getting interviewed for chnl 5
Camera man from RazorTV – (Out of the 7 of us media persons, he turns out to be the one who seem to have a natural talent for ski diving) :)


The SkyLoft – my picture doesn’t quite do Justice but hey check out the unobstructed view ! And imagine the beauty when the fireworks come on at night!

Kyra was a sweet heart – I requested for a picture with her and Yixuan. I was surprised when she grabbed me and was holding to me so tightly LOL. These cheeky girls were inhaling the helium gas from the balloons after too. Makes me miss being a kiddo :)

I made a tour on that day of the newly opened SkyLoft – the rooftop bar and restuarant at iFLY Singapore that holds up to 250 people. It’s a great spot for events and has arguable the best view of the South China Sea in Sentosa. Local bands such as Jack and Rai, as well as 53A and the likes of Shirlyn and the UnXpected will perform regularly here. And if that’s not all, you get great view of the fireworks from Songs of the Sea nightly on weekdays and twice over the weekends.

The food was good – they serve things like truffle fries, and tempura mushrooms, pizzas and more. At a reasonable price! I was expecting alot more for a location in Sentosa. Cocktails start from $14. Not bad at all!




Now, for some fun facts.

iFLY Singapore has hosted several famous flyers including Michael Schumacher, the Red Bull Toro Rosso F1 Team (Go Sebastien!) and Mr. Yam Ah Mee hehehehe.

Anyone from 7 up to 106 years old can fly! (yes it’s never too late). People with certain disabilities can fly too.

Now prices.

Beginner flight packages inclusive of training and 2 flight experiences start from $89 per person for adults. $79 for children and $85 for students.

Each flight experience lasts for approximately 2hrs.

To book your flight visit
www.iflysingapore.com/


Location:
3 Siloso Beach Walk (S)099010

Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future

Even wonder what does Haute Couture means?
Haute couture (French for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking”; pronounced: [ot kutyʁ], English pronunciation: /ˌoʊt kuːˈtʊər/) refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture is made to order for a specific customer, and it is usually made from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. Couture is a common abbreviation of haute couture and refers to the same thing in spirit.

Only certain fashion houses are allowed by law to use the term Haute Couture. They must present to the press in Paris twice a year a collection of a minimum of 50 pieces, for day and evening. The collection must be made in their own workrooms with 20 or more workers, and they must show the collection in-house, in dedicated salons.

At Valentino, the price for such a piece starts from $100,000 Euros.

So the good folks at Cozycot and I were hosted by the exhibitors and taken through this wonderful exhibition of Valentino’s ‘legacy’. We loved what we saw, even the boys were taken :)

About the Exhibition

One hundred pieces of exquisite haute couture designs by Italian maestro, Valentino Garavani, will be featured in a curated exhibition at Resorts World
Sentosa (RWS) from 22 December 2010 to 13 February 2011. The seven-week long show promises to take visitors into a world of timeless glamour and elegance.

The exhibition – ‘Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future’ – is developed by Paris’ celebrated institution Les Arts Décoratifs, and it will feature haute couture looks from founder Valentino Garavani’s early designs to present-day creations by current Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. It features pieces own by Valentino, and private collectors.

Here’s some of pictures I took































Amazing textures!

Dreams in chiffon

And some rather distinct pieces 😀

Location: Resorts World Sentosa RSW
Dates:
22 December 2010 – 13 February 2011

Operating Hours:

11am – 8pm (Sundays to Thursdays)*
11am – 11pm (Fridays, Saturdays, eve of public holidays and public holidays)*
11am- 11pm (4th- 13th February 2011)

Various discounts available for DBS and Mastercard holders.