Happy New Year!

Year 2013 ended with a bang, thanks to Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay for the special arrangement to allow Michelle (Michhysaurous) and I to view the fireworks from the rooftop of Esplanade.

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Michhysaurous and I met around 7.30pm on 31 December 2013, perhaps due to the rain, Raffles City and Marina Square were packed with diners and party-goers. Thankfully we managed to find empty seats in Yoshinoya and settle for a quick dinner before meeting the organizer to collect our media passes.

When we reached Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, local band Singapore Char Siew Baos was already entertaining the Colosseum of merry-makers. The amphitheatre was full to the brim with an overflow of audience standing at the back. We managed to elbow through the crowd and find a space large enough for two of us to squeeze in. Michhysaurous loved the band’s version of What Does the Fox Say? and Roar, you can check out their catchy tunes via her Instagram.

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The other performing group, Cat Ong & Sheila De Niro sang the jazz version of popular songs such as When You Believe, You to Me Are Everything, I Will Always Love You, etc. Unfortunately, Tiffany was unable to join us that day due to road blocks. (Here’s a word of caution for next year’s countdown: please arrive at Marina Bay before 9pm.)

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At 10.30pm, we headed up to Esplanade rooftop. Orgo Bar & Lab was having a private event but we were privilege to be given the prime viewing spot as our media corner. The highlight for the night was the 8-minute long fireworks display, here’s a clip from URA:

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After the mesmerizing fireworks display, I bumped into my friend, Ron who was a staff of Esplanade. For the good of the community, he was on duty to help usher the party goers to the nearest exit. A salute to all the unsung heroes who had to work on New Year Eve to ensure that the masses got to enjoy this special joyous occasion.

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However, the journey back to the MRT station was met with lots of road blocks and detours. This was also my greatest fear when attending such mass events. To make matter worse, the security officers were not communicating with each other, we were made to go up the escalator to be told that the exit was blocked. But we managed to make it to City Hall MRT station after 30 minutes of jolting with the crowd. Thankfully the train was not as crowded as we thought it would be.

Did you manage to snap an awesome photo of the countdown festivities at Marina Bay? Send in your photo and you may win the top prize worth S$5,488 from OSIM! For more information about Marina Bay Countdown 2014 Photo Competition, check out the link here. Submission deadline is 6 January 2014 extended to 10 January 2014, so hurry and act now!

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