Souvenir photo booths these days are really fun. Or maybe I’m just really slow.
To take a commemorative photo, you don’t just stand in front of a fake backdrop anymore, or stick your face through a hole in a piece of painted plywood.
No. Your face gets super-imposed on an image onscreen, sized properly, and the photo is sent to you via e-mail.
How cool is that?
The booth was one of the many fun stops at the neglected Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium (Aquarium not open yet) next to Universal Studios.
I played a gig there first. And I was fascinated by the bobbing Oriental lion head fixed to the bow of a life-sized replica of Zheng He’s vessel, with flashing red eyes and emanating smoke from its nostrils whenever the introductory movie came on.
I had to drag the kids there. I dragged KK along.
Plagued with trepidation – I didn’t know what else to expect apart from the lion head – I feared it would suck. And I, the one who always wants to try the new, would have to bear all responsibility.
But it was fab. For $20 in total ($6 for adults and $4 for kids above 4) it was great value-for-money.
* It’s very, very kid-friendly with loads of corners for colouring, making Chinese junks out of paper and interactive computer terminals which actually work.
* The price includes admission to a Typhoon Theatre movie depicting a war ship wrecked in battle, complete with mist and lightning, which terrified Jo and Lu so much they left in tears.
* When we went, there were no crowds, which is crucial to me. (We went on a weekday, though, during the December school hols)
* The queue for tickets
* KK and Jo watching the introductory movie and the lion head on a field of empty beanbag seats
* It has a great shop with loads of stuff which make great presents. Like simple foam ship-building sets.
* The museum is along a sunlit walkway overlooking the shops below
* Life-size cross section of Zheng He's ship. Jo and Lu in bottom left-hand corner.