Saturday, June 18, 2011

Marine Life Park

Hi all, here are some stuff you may like to know about the Marine Life Park. Let us know what you think in the comments below, which we will collate and address in time.

1. What is the Marine Life Park?

The Marine Life Park (“MLP”), one of the main attractions at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), will be the world’s largest oceanarium when it opens in 2012. It will house over 100,000 fishes in over 55 million litres of water which includes the aquarium, dolphin experience and Reef Swim. The MLP will be all about family fun, interactive multi-sensory experiences and, most importantly, ocean conservation. We envision MLP as a showcase for ocean science education, research and stewardship.

2. Why did RWS include the MLP as one of the attractions at the integrated resort?

Situated on Sentosa Island, our integrated resort has the advantage of being surrounded by water and, hence, we wanted to give Singaporeans and visitors the opportunity to understand and appreciate the unique marine life in our oceans. The MLP will play an important role in educating visitors on the diversity and beauty of marine life. For many visitors to the MLP, it will likely be their first close-up encounter with marine life, and we hope this experience will inspire them to think about the part they can play in caring more about marine animals and their conservation.

In addition, the MLP will also have a structured education and research programme for the propagation and conservation of marine life animals. MLP will work with both local and overseas academic institutions and other marine animal facilities to collaborate on a variety of research and educational programs.

3. What can visitors expect when they go to the MLP?

There is plenty awaiting visitors at the MLP! The MLP will offer a myriad of activities for guests of all ages. At the Reef Swim guests will be able to snorkel amongst thousands of brightly colored tropical fish. Or they can hop in an intertube to tour the 620m Adventure River which includes an underground grotto or experience the fun and excitement of our exhilarating water slides and a wave pool.

4. How big is the marine life population at the MLP?

There will be over 100,000 fishes across various species of fish such as non endangered sharks, jellyfish and moral eels. Other aquatic species include a variety of rays, angelfish and many pelagic school fish. One of the most interesting and educational elements of MLP will be our Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.

Testimonials abound about how deeply-moving encounters in aquariums and parks have inspired guests to become more aware and proactive as it relates to conservation of the environment. Some guests may even be inspired to take up careers in marine conservation and education. We offer many of the same opportunities and experiences that will inspire our guests and potentially make a positive impact.

5. There is the view that certain marine life species, such as dolphins, should roam free rather than be housed in ocean parks and aquariums? Would they be safe in your park?

We have assembled a team of experts to support our efforts in various aspects pertaining to the care, well-being, education, research and conservation of marine life.

The MLP has already opened its laboratory and developed the required veterinary and husbandry procedures and protocols required to house and maintain marine mammals. In addition, we are pursuing the launch of new conservation and research initiatives. The care and well-being of our marine life will take precedence over all else.

6. Why did the MLP source its dolphins from the wild instead of from captive sources?

We hold the belief that zoological organizations have a role to play in wildlife conservation and that to avert species crises, controlled wildlife collections can occur for quality zoological facilities to increase our understanding of the species and for breeding purposes.

To put it in context, the movement of marine animals including dolphins is governed by the United Nations Environment Programme which upholds the internationally agreed upon policies of CITES. Bottlenose dolphins, which are the species of dolphins that will be housed at our marine park, are not classified as endangered nor are they threatened with extinction.

Our research programs with our animals in conjunction with field research are on the fundamental pieces of worldwide conservation of marine mammals. Our staff will collaborate with other research facilities and institutions to conduct studies important to the conservation of marine animals and their environment. We want to play our part in the propagation of dolphins, and very early made the decision to implement a breeding programme at our marine park.

Dolphins have bred successfully in marine parks, an important measure of successful adaption of dolphins to human care. Today, the success of these breeding programmes provides us with valuable insight and knowledge into the propagation of this and other marine mammal species. Decades of successful breeding of bottlenose dolphins in parks that span Australia to Hong Kong and the United States have shown these animals to be very adaptable to living in controlled environments.

7. Does being in a marine park shorten a dolphin’s lifespan?

No. Scientific data over the past decades show that bottlenose dolphins can indeed thrive in marine parks. Dolphins in marine parks have lived in excess of 40 years, often exceeding the average life span of many of their counterparts in the wild. Contrary to popular belief dolphins in the wild do not necessarily enjoy a totally carefree life; in the wild, they can become victims of predation, are taken as ‘by catch’ by many fishing fleets, and are subjected to on-going ocean pollution.

The MLP will ensure that our animals will be given top-class care and treated with respect and dignity at the park.

8. How big will the MLP be?

The MLP is eight hectares in size and contains 20 million litres of seawater which is part of the overall 55 million litres of seawater that make up the entire park.

9. When will the MLP open?

The MLP will open to the public in 2012.

Yours Sincerely
Marine Life Park Team

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Up close & Personal: The Voyage de la Vie band!

What is it like to play ‘live’ for a circus theatrical like this?
Adam: It helps to have a background in improvisation. Circus acts are very precise art forms and the music needs to move with the act, especially the drums – it handles much of the subtle accenting that makes the movements come to life. It was a challenge to pull together a complex show with this mix of ‘live’ orchestra and multi-track sequence arrangements. We had to be creative with the multi-track sequence so that we keep the wonderful details and textures created by composer Jonathan Lim. Even today, we still find ways to make the music better. It is – and likely will always be – a work in progress.

How ‘common’ is this style of music playing?

Erik: It’s very common – just look at Broadway and Cirque du Soleil.
Peter: I’ve done this for 20 years now.
Norbert: I’ve played for theatrical shows for 10 years but only as a sub. So playing for the same show for 7 days a week, for nearly a year is quite a new experience for me.
Bill: I’ve been doing it since high school – 7 to 12 shows a week since college. It is fun, I get to travel and so here I am!

How has the journey of life changed you in the past one year?
Adam: I’ve learnt a lot – though trial and error – about technique, software, music and management. Being a Musical Director for a show this complex is a first for me. We’re all very much like family – and like any families, some squabbles are bound to happen. I believe we are all very happy with where we are at now as a band and as ‘family’. Talking about families, the biggest change is parenthood! Both Peter and I had children one month apart – Peter’s second, my first. Norbert is expecting his first child in October.
Erik: I now know to trust only God and my heart.
Norbert: This country is very different from where I came from – that means a lot of changes.
Billy: I feel more like a citizen of the world. I’ve never lived outside USA previously so it’s very different for me. I’m more aware of the goings-on in SEA and see places I’ve only dreamed of visiting.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Calling all you Reggae fans!

The Wailers LIVE!

Hard Rock Hotel® Singapore and Hard Rock CafĂ© Singapore brings a slice of Jamaica to Singapore when its global Ambassadors of Rock Tour rolls into Singapore. Reggae legends, The Wailers, are set to take the stage at The Coliseum™ at the Hard Rock Hotel® Singapore for a one-night-only, special performance on Saturday, 11 June 2011.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

We're (still) Hiring!

We had a Walk-In Recruitment Drive last weekend. For those who missed that, we have another session this week. 

This Walk-In Recruitment Drive is open for those keen in the positions of Retail Sales Associates and Croupiers*. If you are interested, meet us at e2i! 

Date :             June 3 & 4, 2011
Time :             9:00am – 4:00pm
Venue :          e2i (Employment and Employability Institute)

e2i is located at 141 Redhill Road #01-01, Singapore 158828 (5 mins walk from Redhill MRT Station)

Please bring along the original and photocopies of the following documents:
1.       Resume
2.       Identity Card & Passport
3.       Highest Educational Certificates
4.       Other Professional / Job Related Certificates (if applicable)
5.       2 Original passport size colour photos (non-returnable)

* Requirements for Croupiers:
• At least 21 years of age
• Minimum height requirements: Male – 1.65m; Female – 1.58m
• Normal colour vision
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