Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year 2010

Marina Bay was the place to be last night with an estimated 20,000 Singaporeans, permanent residents and foreigners at the venue for the countdown and the brilliant fireworks.

My wife and I were at Asian Civilization Museum countdown party and Clarke Quay before heading down to usher in year 2010 with the thousands of folks.

At the Asian Civilization Museum, the mood was relaxed with families and friends seated serenely on the lawn while others checked out the exhibits in the museum on its open house night. Disc jockeys spun a medley of great songs and there was a galore of free coke: thousands of 500 ml bottled coke drinks were given to all! There were also limited free food and tonic.

Just a stone’s throw away, the festive mood in Clarke Quay was boiling high with mobile percussionists, fire-eaters and stuntmen roaming around, enthralling everyone with their acts. There was also a large free concert with local bands revving up the spirits of the crowd. Needlessly to say, Clarke Quay was jammed packed with crowds as well.

Close to 11 pm, my wife and I made our way back to the Esplanade area which had, by then, burst its seams with people. We took a detour when a policeman denied entry to more crowds.

Everyone eagerly waited for the fireworks:

And when the fireworks came so magically at the stroke of midnight, cheers of “Happy New Year” greeted the skies and everyone was spellbound at the magnificent display of the fireworks!

Happy New Year 2010!

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