Thursday, February 25, 2010

City Alive! 2010

20-21 January 2010

Volunteers arrived at the Singapore Flyer as early as 6pm. We then walked our way to the holding room at the Pit Building, as we awaited for Chingay Day 2 performances to end. There, we took a change of clothes to the City Alive! event tee that bore a big letter "A" at the front.

At about 8.30pm, the various teams of volunteers headed off to their respective locations to standby as the finale ends. My team was fortunate to be able to see the marvelous fireworks expends its life. As the event ended, the emcees Quan Yi Fong, Bryan and Gurmit Singh walked past us.

No time was wasted to convert the Chingay leftovers to City Alive!. Volunteers, with the help of CISCO police, emptied the premise of Chingay participants. I was the Volunteer I/C for Sector 4, which spanned the entire 350m of dance floor from one end of the seats to the other end. It was really an experience.

The Guest-of-Honour was Mrs Josephine Teo, MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. She is also the Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC, as well as Chairman of the GPC for Education. She was accompanied by Mr Tan Boon Huat, Chief Executive Director of People's Association, as they made a grand entrance at the top of the Hippo Bus.

Celebrity DJs hyped up the crowd with their own varieties of music. Stilt walkers, electronic kite-flyers as well as dancers added vibe into the atmosphere.

Sector 4 volunteers worked through the night till 4am. While some sectors could stand down, sector 4 was the dance floor and practically couldn't stand down till the event was over.

When the event was finally over, some Caucasians turned rowdy and started hurling abusive words to the auxiliary police. They also snide the officers by using their mobile phones to video the officers as they usher the crowd out. I thought such acts were uncalled for, and that perhaps reflect how different nationalities view their police forces. Anyway, the event was a hugely successful one and the music would stay on in my head until...

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