Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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As darkness fell I headed, like everyone, to the massive sound and light extravaganza at a huge fountain in the center of the park. Overlooking the fountain, however, was the mighty Merlion, and I decided to watch the show from its high vantage point. Thus I raced into its base and up the elevator hoping it wasn't too packed for me to see - only to remember that the entire park is empty and thus, I had the whole thing to myself. It was dark and quiet in the Merlion's mouth, and it offered a great view of the nearby park and distant cityscape. Suddenly, some part of the show must have involved the Merlion, and spotlights shone out of the darkness illuminating my perch for the entire audience to stare right at me. To make matters worse, green lasers burst from the Merlions eyes and started prying about the park, turning my private vantage point into a suddenly very public spectacle. Cameras blinked from the audience and I suddenly felt like a star! Granted, they were pretty far away, and were probably more interested in the Merlion's laser eyes than some guy sitting in its mouth, but still. It was exciting nonetheless.

It turns out the island wasn't entirely empty, as everyone came from far and wide to witness the gala event: the musical fountain's sound and light show. In essence, a huge array of aligned fountains created a giant wall of water, onto which was projected a 3D dancing and singing monkey. Furthermore, fifty-foot fountains were simultaneously sprayed by synchronized spigots, carefully choreographed into an amazing audible aquatic-art act. Though I couldn't make out the sound clear enough from my Lion perch, the show was impressive nonetheless.

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