The Star & the Rubber Duck

Spreading Joy Around The World

Have you guys ever wondered: “What’s this yellow rubber duck i see everywhere around the world?”

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This enormous rubber duck is far more than a bathtime buddy! I guess we’ve finally met someone who loves traveling as much as us!

Dubbed “Spreading Joy Around The World”, the huge yellow rubber duck was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman to “put a smile” on people’s faces.

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Since 2007, the enormous floating duck has been traveling from city to city. From the Netherlands to Belgium, Osaka (Japan) to Sydney (Australia)Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong KongHo Chi Minh City in Vietnam. If I remember correctly, I might’ve seen it in Singapore too. Including cities as far as Vancouver and in recent times, spotted in Seoul & Shanghai, it seems this humongous floating bird is really keen on joining us our trips!

“Spreading Joy Around The World”, it has already visited famous waters around the world and its next location is usually a well-kept secret.

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The creator of this gigantic bird is Florentijn Hofman, who is a Dutch artist based out of Rotterdam. He’s internationally renowned for his large-scale sculptures which often originate from recognizable, everyday objects. In his ongoing rubber duck series, Florentijn takes the iconic rubber duck that children around the world can identify, and took it to a massive scale.

According to Florentijn; “The rubber duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating rubber duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!”

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Truth be told, how can a giant inflatable rubber duck not brighten one’s day? It’s big, happy and awesome!

Alright, now beck to the topic of today’s entry; The Star.

The Star

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Just moments from Darling Harbour and the central business district and you’ll discover The Star, Sydney’s premier entertainment destination.

Featuring award-winning restaurants, bars and cafes, five star accommodations, a luxury spa, nightclub, designer retail arcade and world-class casino, it’s easy to see why The Star has become Sydney’s favorite playground.

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Centrally located, travel to the Sydney Harbour foreshore, if you fancy a gamble. The Star in Sydney (formerly Star City Casino) has now had a huge refurbish and looks more sophisticated and stylish with a glittery “wow” factor. You’ll know if it is for you as soon as you enter! Open 24 hours, it is New South Wales’ only legal casino and it has stunning views of Sydney Harbour. The Star casino provides a wide selection of electronic gaming machines, including slot machines, bingo, rapid roulette and video poker machines too!

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Over at The Star, there is a large TAB lounge and sports bar, Star Keno and 200 gaming tables, as well as numerous bars and restaurants. The casino caters for the casual punter to the serious players. Every city around the world is bound to have small, illegal casinos but none have the character or fun of the grand (legal) casinos, after all who’d want to have something to worry about while they should be concentrating on gambling? Of course, the atmosphere of a small gambling den cannot compare to the luxurious grandeur of a casino.

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Also, dining is The Star is an experience not to be missed. The Star’s internationally acclaimed line-up of Signature Restaurants is home to some of the biggest names in the business.

As with every other casino, The Star has some of the best nightlife, all under one roof. From the world-famous Marquee nightclub, to the luxe surrounds of Cherry and Rock Lily’s live music scene, there’s something for every taste.

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Similar in concept to Singapore’s MBS, The Star’s retail collection on the floors below the casino features luxury brands such as Chanel, G-Star, Gucci, and more. And don’t forget, the Star is also home to Sydney’s Lyric Theater and The Star Event Center. A little bit like an integrated resort with everything conveniently located in the vicinity, The Star’s a great place to visit if you need a break from all the zoos, museums and beaches the Sydney is so well-known for. Or maybe if you just miss living life in the concrete jungle, that’ll be reason enough too!

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Now, before I end this post… Here are some photos of Darling Harbour I took on the way to The Star. If you’ve been following me for a long time, you’ll know I find an uncanny resemblance between Darling Harbour and Fisherman’s Horizon (from Final Fantasy 8).

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I don’t know about you, but I get many flashbacks whenever I make my way past Darling Harbour. Perhaps it’s just me, that I’ve too strong an emotional attachment to Final Fantasy 8..

Well, I don’t know… Why not take a look at the entry I mentioned about and see if you do happen to find any similarities as well!! Let me know in the comments!

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One thought on “The Star & the Rubber Duck

  1. I love that duck! I think it’s a nice idea. I have yet to see it in person though. ^^

    Happy New Year! ^^


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