Chingay Parade 2010

Together with other bloggers, we are invited to the Chingay Parade 2010 by Singapore Tourism Board. The theme for this year parade is ImaginEast (东方奇想). This is also the very first time Chingay is paraded in the F1 Pit Building, beside Singapore Flyer. I thought the Pit Building is a good venue choice because it is near the sea, it gets breezes blowing to the land in the night. The Pit Building is divided into 3 sections, with parade starting from blue to red and lastly yellow. Spectators should also come dress according to the color section they are seated in.

A little background on Chingay Parade. This year is the 37th consecutive year Chingay has been run. Chingay used to be a celebration in Penang during Lunar New Year season, with men carrying Chinese decorated floats on their shoulders, dancers, jugglers and magicians entertain the crowd. It celebrates a beginning to a new year. But Chingay is introduced to Singapore in the 1972 as an substitute activity for the banned firecrackers during the festive season.

Most of the crowd walk by foot from Suntec and Marina Square to the F1 Pit Building. There isn’t much way-finding signs sadly, only ushers nearer to the event venue. Spectators are to be seated by 7pm and the recording will start from 8.15pm. Did I not say that Chingay Parade will be filmed and telecast on the following evening. Hmm…

Anyway, this is our first time watching Chingay live. I can’t tell you how great the experience is. You are immersed into a whole experiential performance with themes, exploding colors, extravagance costumes, beautifully composed music and spectacular performers. Watching TV is a sure no kick.

Chingay Parade 2010 is choreographed into 6 segments: Opening, Legendary Tales, Cultures of the East, Singapore Samba, Yellow River and Finale. Each presenting Asia in the most wondrous imagination.

There are a few highlights for the night. (1) Real firecrackers are lit with furious Chinese dragons and lions dances. You never know how ear deafening and smoky the firecrackers are unless you are there. But it makes a memorable opening for the parade. (2) We have Go Fly Kite participating in the Butterfly Lovers’ float. Their LEDs decorated butterflies fly up the air as the story progresses. (3) Egyptians from Joseph & his Multi-Coloured Coat throw bags of rice to the spectators. (4) MPs from Tampines GRC and HDB waved their hands from the HDB float. (5) Tallest and largest dream catcher follow suit. (6) Extremely long Yellow River scene is collaborated with Singapore renowned pianist, Mr Ong Lip Tat. (7) All kids favorite, float from Universal Studios Singapore. Parade ended with fireworks.

So which color section do you sit matter? I think it does. There are some positions where the floats make a complete stop, section like the red one where VIPs are sitting. These are excellent spots for photo taking. Else, most of the floats usually pass by very quickly.

We are looking forward to the Universal Studios float when the host announces at the start of the parade. But to our disappointment, the fireworks come just before the Universal Studios float, drawing all our attention to the fireworks. The Universal Studios float only stop by the red section and accelerates when it reaches our. I only manage to capture a few shots of it.

After the Chingay Parade, all spectators have to clear the spectator stands. A music party is prepared which lasted through 4am the next morning.

As a tradition, these Chingay floats will parade to our heartland HDB areas too. Check out the Chingay Heartlands schedule to get a closer proximity with them.

Chingay Parade 2010 Tickets
Color Sections & Directions
To Spectator Stand
Pong Pong
Promenade on the Opposite
Stilt Walkers
Firecracker Dragon of Binyang
Performer from Butterfly Lovers
LED Butterfly from Go Fly Kite
Egyptians with Rice
Celebrating 50 Years of Public Housing
Largest Dream Catcher
My Family, My Joy
Miss Singapore
Yellow River
Resorts World Sentosa “Come Ride The Movies”
Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore
Fireworks Finale

Written by Li Xiang & Lester Chan

Orangy Day

I have 2 presentations in a day: web design and designed experiences. Realise I spent too much time on one of them and neglect the latter one.

My group is doing on Disney for designed experiences and I totally don’t know what i am talking about. Tongue tied to the max! 🙁 Kader hides 5 Mickeys in the class, I only took 4 of them.

More work is piling up. Don’t really want to think.

Hidden Mickey 01Hidden Mickey 02Hidden Mickey 03Hidden Mickey 04Orange FoodOrange FoodOrange FoodClass Jumps

Fake Nails

I attempted to stick fake nails for Chinese New Year this year. Beauty is satisfactory, no doubt. The feel, touch and inconveniences they gave me are the ultimate horrible ones.

There is a lot of things I basically can’t do: type on my iphone, press my remote control, rub my eyes and nose, clean my ears when I bathe, wear my contact lens, button my clothes, wear my earrings, open a can drinks and I scratch myself accidentally for so many times.

As for being a clean freak like me, I’m so concern about hygiene. I have to sacrifice my toothbrush, scrub the dirt in the in-between.

I also dun understand why I feel the nails’ presence every seconds. It’s uncomfortable and painful whenever I try to excert some force with these nails.

So I soak my hands in warm water as per the youtube videos. Water doesn’t really help, but it reduces the tightness between the fake and the real nails. I bathed and further soak them, force them open from the edges, coz I can’t take it anymore. Wrong demonstration, I know. Now I have to remove the glue stains left on my poor nails.

For people who want to attempt fake nails:

  1. Remember to put on base coat before the glue, this protects your nails.
  2. Clean the in-between to stay clean.
  3. Soak your hands in warm water (that probably will take 1 hour) before they can be easily removed. Or visit the nail parlor, they do have services and solution for removing these nails.
  4. Always leave this to a professional.

I gave a box of fake nails to Bong Laily and my sister. Hope they have better luck in this than me.

My fake nails.Removed. Glue stains, yucks!10 fake nails.

Red Red Day

This is my first Designed Experiences class and today’s theme is RED. We have to bring RED food and a RED thing to class. Followed by a RED performance choreographed by our classmates.

Red FoodRed ThingsTesting Handheld GPSRed Performance’s PreparationRed BallonsRed VenueRed PerformanceRed Ending

Missing Module

You are not going to believe what I’ve went through today. I receive an email from my school General Office, telling me that I’m short of 1 module to complete my degree. In all, you are not going to graduate without this missing module.

1 module shouldn’t be much of a problem. But the truth is: I have missed a month long of class, there are limited classes to attend and I have the heavy load FYP. Haiz…

I’m glad that I am accepted by one of my professor. It’s really a lending hand to the helpless me.

[P/S: I am going to be in same class as Kader again. Fun babe!]