Blind singer-songer Ricky Hsiao enjoys rides by feeling

Blind singer-songer Ricky Hsiao enjoys rides by feeling
Ricky Hsiao (right), blind Taiwanese singer-songwriter, visiting Universal Studios Singapore (USS) at Resorts World Sentosa.

He wanted to know if a blind person can enjoy the rides at Universal Studios Singapore (USS) at Resorts World Sentosa.

So when blind Taiwanese singer-songwriter Ricky Hsiao knew he would be performing here, he eagerly made plans to visit the amusement park.

The 37-year-old said: "I can't see where I'm going, but I experience the roller coaster through feeling."

Together with three musicians for the concert, who are also blind, and their aides, Ricky tackled the rides at USS with the ease of a theme-park enthusiast.

The New Paper accompanied him on each ride yesterday, with his aides explaining to him what was happening throughout the rides.

We started the day with a leisurely river boat ride, Madagascar: A Crate Adventure.

The boat took us into an indoor river, as we watched scenes from the Madagascar movies play out on the river banks. But it did not thrill Ricky.

"No, that was not exciting enough," he said.

He felt that our second ride on the Enchanted Airways was too relaxing.

This was a family roller-coaster ride where the car drops from a height and goes through several loops with the car angled sideways.

Ricky said: "I hope the next one is more exciting."

He finally got what he wanted on the Revenge Of The Mummy ride, which was an indoor roller-coaster adventure.

Most of our time was spent in darkness as the car swerved violently around, making abrupt turns and drops.

Riders also had to contend with spouting water and pyrotechnic effects.

Screams from fellow passengers filled the air.

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