I know, it’s crazy and it just makes no sense that I’m a Singaporean and I’ve never been to Marina Bay’s Countdown before. Having said that, everyone should at least experience Singapore’s Official countdown. If you haven’t, there’s always next year. But you have to wait for another 365 days for the next countdown.
In the meantime, enjoy viewing some of the photos below which I’ve taken on the day of countdown itself. Also, read about how I spent my last few hours before the whole nation screams “3,2,1!” and the earth shifts into position which marks the start of 2013.
Breath-taking views of our country’s skyscrapers at Marina Bay seems much more alive and beautiful on the night of countdown. Everything seems more impressive and peaceful at night. Standing at the promontory, enjoying the views with the slight cool breeze brushing across your face. Perfect.
As you can see, it’s rather wet that day as it’s been drizzling during the night. But no one seems too bothered by the rain. The weather is not going to ruin our significant moment when the clock strikes 12am!
TWG’s macarons were sold only for SGD2 and I love it! I had the 1837 black tea and blackcurrant macaron. It’s not chewy and tasted nothing like Laduree’s or Pierre Hermes but it’s so much less sweeter than most macarons and it’s in fact, slightly crunchy and had just the right amount of filling. That’s our Singaporean macarons from TWG which has lesser calories!
By the way, do you know that Twinings Tea Company from London is totally different from TWG, which is a Singapore tea company?
At around 10.30pm, I head over to the Promontory just in time to catch the 365+ concert by local acts.
It’s great to be seeing them performing in public after Sunsilk Academy Fantasia, a singing contest shown on StarHub Channel. I was also a official blogger for that TV reality show and it’s great to see them continuing to work hard in pursuing their dreams.
After the stunning performance by the GoFlyKite team, I continued to hang around promontory with my friends and then I heard…
Clarence Liew singing his self-written and self-composed song, Mary Jane. I remembered watching his videos on YouTube a month ago and I can’t believe I get to see this guy performing live on stage. I reckon he will be the next big thing in Singapore.
Happy New Year!
The most anticipated exciting moment is finally about to begin!
And everyone go “ooo”,”ahh”, “woah” and some even screamed at the top of their lungs!
I wasn’t exactly at the best spot for excellent photo shoots of the fireworks. Neither did I own a set of lenses or camera gadgets to capture photos under dark conditions. All I had was a Canon 650D, using the No-Flash mode to take all these pictures which were all unedited. But I guess, the photo above has got to be one of my best shots!
True Red fiery Brilliance
For me, watching the fireworks cracking and spewing sparks in the air wasn’t was remarkable as observing the people around me who stood in amazement. I mean, when would you ever get to chance to stare at the sky in amazement with so many people packed in one place? Some just stood silently and admire the beauty of the firework display from a distance while others, rejoiced in embrace,smiled and cheered with clapping hands and jumping feet. Everyone wants to own this very moment with their cameras and camcorders.Suddenly, you realised that the whole world is fixated on one thing – the sky or the start of a new beginning.
It lights up your eyes and warms your senses, but it leaves a trail of dust that blurs the horizon.
We now know where we are heading but we should never forget where we’ve first started off.
At last, the fireworks display ended and the whole masses of people begin heading to the train stations and bus stops. I thought I could get away quickly and reach the Raffles Place MRT station before everyone does but there were others who were way ahead of me.
Some of the exits and entrances to the MRT stations were blocked and there was a heavy human traffic where I could only inch my way through the crowd. You got to be fast if you want to catch the train and get home early! I had to be back before 2am as I got a flight to catch at 7am!
So, that’s how I begin my 2013.
With a countdown at Marina Bay and a trip to Bali for an adventure on my own.
Read about my Bali travelogue on my next post.