Initially, I was skeptical. In fact, it took me awhile before agreeing to be one of the five official blogger ambassadors for Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2014. To be honest, I prefer spending New Year eve away from crowd but with the comfort of my bed, my sparkling Moscato and telly set.
In all true of the matter, I’m a laid-back guy and being with the big crowd gives me claustrophobia. Sometimes I see myself as a hermit, preferring to spend same major festivals like New Year at home, chilling with friends over wine.
But my exclusive invitation to preview the light installation on Sunday night at Esplanade had turned this non-believer into an evangelist. Standing the roof top of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay at 11.30pm to get a glimpse of the rehearsal of the light display for the celebration is a magical feeling. Someone must have sparkle mystical powder over those amazing lights which make me fell in love.
This 31st Dec 2013, I will be heading to Esplanade for the countdown celebration. Are you joining me?
Lead by event host, Vivien Tan, come join Cat Ong & Sheila De Niro and the Singapore Char Siew Baos as they use their powerful vocal harmonies and positive tunes to help us reflect on 2013 and usher in the new year.
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 7pm to 1am
7.00pm – 7.40pm: Cat Ong & Sheila De Niro
7.40pm – 8.05pm: Short Film – Beautiful Life
8.05pm – 8.45pm: Singapore Char Siew Baos
8.45pm – 9.10pm: Short Film – Beautiful Life
9.10pm – 9.50pm: Cat Ong & Sheila De Niro
9.50pm – 10.15pm: Short Film – Beautiful Life
10.15pm – 10.55pm: Singapore Char Siew Baos
10.55pm – 11.20pm: Short Film – Beautiful Life
11.20pm – 11.50pm: Singapore Char Siew Baos
11.50pm – 12.00am: Lead up to Countdown
12.00am – 12.10am: Fireworks + Music
12.10am – 1.00 am: Singapore Char Siew Baos
I saw a familiar name and realized that my friend, Jacob Teo is actually a Char Siew Bao! I mean part of the local band, Singapore Char Siew Baos. I hope I get a chance to catch up with him on New Year eve.
The highlight of this year’s celebration is the 40-second LED countdown display on the façade of the Ocean Financial Centre. If Time Square in New York can have their mega LED display, so can we right? After all, we are Singapore and we always can find our own way of doing an international gig in a local fashion.
Warning! Please take note the road closure on 31 December 2013.
Raffles Avenue, extreme left and right lane (from Temasek Avenue Junction to Esplanade Drive Junction) – From 6pm to 2am.
Esplanade Drive (Both carriageways) – From 11.30pm to 1.30am.
Connaught Drive (All lanes closed) – From 11.30pm to 1.30am.
Raffles Avenue (All lanes closed) – From 11.30pm to 1.30am.
Esplanade’s Vehicular Access Advisory
Esplanade’s Basement Carpark entrances and exits will be closed from 11.30pm to 1.30am.
Esplanade’s Waterfront Carpark will be closed from 27 December to 1 Jan 2014.
Esplanade Mall’s driveway entry and exit will be closed from 6pm to 2am.
Taxi Stand at Esplanade’s Mall Driveway will be closed from 6pm to 2am.
For a more detailed advisory on road closure around Marina Bay, please refer to this site.
Those attending Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2014 need not worry about how to get home as SMRT trains and bus services will be extended. Yeah!
Last trains towards Joo Koon, Pasir Ris and Jurong East will depart City Hall Station at 2.15am, and the last train towards Marina Bay at 2.01am.
Those heading towards HarbourFront and Dhoby Ghaut can catch the last trains at Circle Line terminals at 1.38am.
Happy New Year! See you in 2014.