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March 15, 2018

An Airport And A Giant Slide…

Filed under: Changi Airport,PHOTOGRAPHY,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Changi airport in Singapore is huge, it can take twenty minutes to walk some sections, and even though there are already three terminals, the construction of a fourth is already well under way.

Everyone knows that with security checks and tight schedules that airlines have to keep to enable minimum profit, getting the customer checked in on time is essential.

But then you have the problem of what to do with your customer whilst they are “in holding” within the airport.

Of course there are the food and drink outlets but ideally you don’t want people spending too much time in bars, because they might become unruly on the plane.

Families with kids always have the problem of keeping them entertained, after all, sitting still in rows of chairs is as boring as it comes for young ones with boundless energy.

Changi has installed something ingenious; a giant slide. We didn’t have time to investigate it too closely, but the slide is like those found in swimming pools, naturally without the water. There is a queue at the top, and had we had more time I think both of our kid would have been interested in having a go. At 12 metres (4 storeys) in height this a definite way to have fun in an airport! Tickets for the ride are given per $10 spent at Changi Airport in a single same day receipt (with a couple of exceptions) so saving those food and drink, book and duty free receipts will be a ‘must do” from now on.

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A YouTube video showing the making of the T3 Slide:

January 29, 2015

Wheeee!!! …We Are Going To The Crèche !

Filed under: Funny,GERMANY,Ichenhausen,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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I have my family well trained.

Last year whilst on holiday in Germany, and on one of our little detours around the area of   Ichenhausen,  I found  myself looking in one direction and then greeted with a chorus of exclamations from Himself and the kids who were looking in the other direction.

Just like the “pencil house” a few days ago, this one is a real “find” so Himself turned the car around so that we  could get a better view of this rather interesting house “feature” from the other corner of this large corner house.

At first it looked kind of like someone has installed a really fun play attachment  to their house, or  if an eccentric retired fireman couldn’t quite manage the fireman’s pole any more but still wanted the rush of adrenaline of the slide.

Closer inspection turned up an explanation that’s probably a little more mundane: this is a crèche (day care) centre and since the business has been set up in what is (or was once) a residential house and clearly some changes have had to be made to suit commercial requirements.

We assume that this wonderful slide has been installed to meet the fire escape requirements, and that in an emergency this would be a quick and safe exit for staff evacuating babies and toddlers. I’m not sure if it’s used the rest of the time, but either way, it’s a brilliant idea and one totally suited to the business on the site.

Who knows? Maybe on warm spring or summer days the  doors to the shute is opened and staff and children alike enjoy having a ride on a slide on a more epic scale than the little yellow normal one in the garden outside. Just imagine the laughter, whoops and squeals that would have rung out in the garden then.

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December 26, 2014

The Wall Of Water Is Impressive…

Filed under: GERMANY,Legoland Germany,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Whilst those who celebrate Christmas are recovering and enjoying a “light”  lunch of leftover roast veggies, meat and Christmas Pudding , here is another Kiwidutch retrospective post from our autumn trip to Legoland Germany last year.

I was surprised to see quite a few rides around the park and in since the place is so enormous, it was day three before we got to this section and discovered more rides to amaze us.

I of course kept well out of trouble and viewed from a distance, Himself and the kids either jumped in excitedly or bailed as the viewings of the attractions progressed.

Little Mr for instance, at first sight rather liked the idea of a boat ride, but after seeing that the boat in question takes a big slide down and produces a huge wall of water around it he quickly reversed his decision and frequently repeated the phrase “noooo way!”.

Kiwi Daughter opted out as soon as she saw the drop from the “cliff”, which amused me because on some of the other rides she appeared to enjoy the stomach churning  turns.

Himself however was not so reticent and declared that this was one ride he really would love to do. The close-ups of his face as he hurtles towards the bottom of the slide are rather funny, but sadly not for posting due to reasons of internet privacy.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The looks on my children’s faces as they watched their father hurtle towards the bottom of the slide were also rather priceless, so our private family album is richer for the experience.

Himself stood in the queue and once his turn to board came around, he waved and he and his boat departed around the back of the “cliff” on which the waterslide stands.

Little did I know, but the ride itself is quite long and very exciting: there are even a few surprises (which I won’t mention here as not to spoil the fun if anyone ends up going on the ride after reading this).

I spent quite a while waiting for Himself’s boat to appear at the top of the “cliff” and used the time to photograph other boats, since the wave made at the bottom is particularly impressive.

Himself went around several times in all, and loved it… as usual the attention to Lego detail is on hand,  Lego flamingo’s,  gulls and pelicans don’t at all mind getting wet by this ride.

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