As you know, we at Changeparade believe in always bringing you something different, something fun, something exciting.
So we were wracking our brains on how to do that for our latest photoshoot when, during his extensive travels hitchhiking across the information superhighway, Lenz stumbled across this quaint amusement park in the backyard of our favourite neighbours who are otherwise better known for their Ramly burgers and pirated DVDs.
And thus, the concept for our very first overseas shoot was born!
At the moment, Danga Bay still exudes a somewhat "rustic" charm. It's an old tourist-centric waterfront theme park that's been slated for development into a premier waterfront city under the Iskandar Malaysia project (i.e. become commercialised like every other water-facing establishment in Singapore).
Do take the chance to visit it while it is still untainted by globalisation, greed, and other Singaporeans!
The amusement park itself evoked many childhood memories, bringing us back to an era when the Uncle Ringo amusement park was still a staple wherever the pasar malams did their rounds of the HDB housing estates.
There are various rides ranging from an old ferris wheel (about 1/10 the size of the Singapore Flyer) to retro bumper cars, but the beautiful two-tiered carousel was undoubtedly the star attraction.
Given the ornate decorations and the fairytale glow it exudes at night, it was unsurprising that both times we were there, there were couples having their wedding photographs taken.
In case you are wondering, all our shots were taken when the carousel was moving. And after countless rides (see the thick wad of tickets YCMM was holding in the above picture) to make sure we get the shots we wanted, even the two chest-thumping macho men in our crew got wobbly knees from motion sickness.
But was that enough for our model? Nooooo, she decided to challenge the Viking after that since she has never tried it before. Poor Mr Goodheart, despite his weak constitution, had to take the ride as well in order to capture the precious video below.