NYE at Marina Bay and wish balls
Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
50Trip End Sep 20, 2010
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Over the past few months we've been watching boats out in the marina, filling up the bay, with these white balls. "What are those things floating out there?" So I Google it and found out that they started this tradition last year, to have people write their New Year's wishes on white, blown up, beach balls. Then they strategically (?!) place them out in the bay and the idea is to light them up with a spectrum of colored super powered light beams.
One night, we went out to dinner and had drinks at the Ice bar
On the day of, I was apprehensive in leaving our apartment b/c we had received a letter that our building would be expecting high volumes of traffic coming through. Early in the day, they had the red ropes up and extra security. I caved though b/c being holed up in the apartment all day wasn't really ideal.
A few days earlier, we went out and bought glow sticks and jewelry. So we hit the town, glowing! The museums were open to the public (something they do often during holidays) so we had a look at the Asian Civilsations Museum. It was great! They had the exterior of the building lit up with a kaleidoscope of colors, they were giving out free Coca-Cola's and rum, there were performers, a radio station dj and loads of people roaming around
We pressed on down the Quay's and when we got to Clarke Quay, there was a circus theme of "The Ultimate Circus Mayhem!" They had performers walking through the crowds, including clowns, flame blowers, a scary snake guy (the snake was scary...not the guy), a band and people in costume. I was gettin' pumped!
We wanted to take in the whole scene but we were getting pressed for time so we took a trishaw back to our place. It was the parent's first trip in a trishaw, which was a fun way to see the growing crowds of people and feel the excitement! Luckily by the time we got back to our place, there was no line to get in the elevators and we were whisked straight up to our apartment.
As we waited for the fireworks, we pulled out our spread of food and champagne. We took some last minute 2009 pictures. Then, Steve prepped our webcam and a DSLR to capture the fireworks. We climbed out onto our mini clothes drying balcony and watched all the people below us lining up for a view and BOOM, the show began!
The fireworks lasted about 8 minutes. Not the best we've seen as there were no special fireworks (no hearts, smiley faces, etc) but we had a first! From the 50th floor, we were actually looking down on the fireworks and the view of Marina Bay. Breathtaking!