Thank You Mr LEE

On April 6, 2015, in Singapore, by omegaforest
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A tribute corner at High Street Center

 

Today was the final day for visiting Mr Lee at Parliament House. We came at a time where the organizer had decided not to admit people into Padang. All were told to head home.

315am

We joined a queue just beside St Andrew Cathedral. It hardly moved and we sat for almost 2.5hrs. At 615am, we made progress and we were ushered towards the Padang.

Despite all the waiting, most of us were patience and moved in pace with the queue.

The Padang was pretty empty. Umbrella lined the barricades. Each represented another kid soul.

We were ushered towards the floating platform. It was a long walk. No one complained. No one ran.

We all knew that it would eventually leaded us to PH. Kiasuism does not seem to exist today.

Unfortunately our group was made to walk the longest mile. One of the LT Col explained and told us not to rush. By rushing, people at the end of the line will start to run. He led us back to the PH.

This time, we did not returned to the Padang.

If you have noticed. The line were manned by high ranking officers.
Not NSF. It had made the difference.

On our final stretch. A sign indicated a 40mins queue. It was our final push to pay respect to Mr Lee.

I looked at the people around me. Some had teared!

It took us no longer than 15 mins to enter PH. I was impressed by the Virgil guards.

There were 2 lines for paying tributes. The coffin was placed quite a distance away, no chance to get a good look at his face.

Some bowed, some stopped for a short while to pray while others were ushered away.

Tears were shed…while many held back.

2, 8 or 9 hours. Those who persevered would had felt that they had accomplished what they had came for.

Thank you Mr Lee.

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At 315am, we joined the queue outside ST Andrew Cathedral

 

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After 2 hours, most were pretty tired

 

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Many chose to stand

 

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At 620am, we were finally ushered into the Padang.

 

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From the Padang, we were ushered to the floating platform.

 

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It was a long walk

 

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It was a winding route

 

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Our group was stooped and told to walk the extra mile!

 

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And finally, backed to the floating platform

 

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A bug smile from Eddie’s face

 

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More joined the queuw

 

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We proceed toward Parliament house

 

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A military usher reassured us that it was another 1 hour before we enter PH

 

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The final push

 

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Spirits were high!

 

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Security check before PH

 

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Final push into PH

 

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A Night at the Opera

On August 7, 2013, in events, Singapore, by omegaforest

Tonight was a special night. Instead of watching her usual cartoon on Disney Channel, she was here with me at a Chinese Opera performance. Before the show, I took her backstage to view the preparation. Initially, she was too overwhelmed by the facial makeup. After warming up, she felt more relaxed and began to explore around.

Tonight was a full house. The majority of the audience were elderly and some I believed were hardcore fans. Megan sat with me, trying to relate the performers to those she saw earlier at backstage.

I strongly believed that we have to experience our  culture. There is only so much books and TV programs can teach.

This year, the Hungry Ghost Festival (7 Aug 2013 – 4 Sep 2013) is another good opportunity for you and your family to enjoy Chinese Opera.

View 2013m Getai Schedule here. In most venues, Getai and Chinese Opera are common events during the hungry ghost festival.

View more photo from my album here

Huge banners given by the fans.

Huge banners given by the fans.

Lots of action at backstage. There are no makeup assistants. All the artists had to makeup themselves before the show.

Lots of action at backstage. There are no makeup assistants here. All the artists had to makeup for themselves before the show.

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Anyone needed a beard?

 

Tonight, a young girl was featured in the show

Tonight, a young girl was featured in the show

Photo opportunities with the artists.

Photo opportunities with the artists.

This temple has a huge stage and more photo opportunity with the artists

This temple had a huge stage and more photo opportunity with the artists

Getting ready for their turn to get on stage

Getting ready for their turn to get on stage

The elaborate makeup and glittering costumes do made them look good on stage

The elaborate makeup and glittering costumes do made them look good on stage

She may not understand the dialogue but she sure enjoys the show

She may not understand the dialogue but she sure enjoyed the show

A full house tonight

A full house tonight

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A Ride along the River for Alex & Jim!

On August 1, 2013, in cycling, Singapore, Uncategorized, by omegaforest

A Long Way Down
After 14 months of bicycle touring. Alexandra and Jim had finally arrived in Singapore. They had cycled West Malaysia in a 300 psi air and unfortunately Singapore was not spared!

Alexandra & Jim cycled thru Malaysia and into Singapore in one of haziest days in Singapore history!

Alexandra & Jim cycled thru Malaysia and into Singapore in one of haziest days in Singapore history!

The Challenge
To plan a half day cycling route for our guest. This is their first time visiting Singapore.

The Route
A 11km route starting from Alexandra Park Connector Network > Cycling along the Singapore River into the Central Business District. This route showcased the best of both worlds! Starting from Alexandra PCN, they would be cycling in the heartlands, surrounded by old and new public housing. The route would take them to Zion road market to savor some of the best of Singapore hawker food! From Zion, we will follow the river all the way down to Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage and the Singapore Flyer.

The River Route

The River Route

Alexandra Park connectors. Starting from the heartlands.

Alexandra Park connectors. Starting from the heartlands.

No panniers! yeah!

No panniers! yeah!

Enjoying Ice Kachang @ Zion Road market

Enjoying Ice Kachang @ Zion Road market

This 3km Singapore River segment starts from its source at Kim Seng Bridge. The cycling path hugs the river passing by the 3 quays (Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay). These areas around the river are full of historical, cultural and economic importance.

Heading to Robertson Quay. Starting of the Singapore River

Heading to Robertson Quay. Starting of the Singapore River

Clarke Quay. F&B outlets

Clarke Quay. F&B outlets

Into the CBD @ Boat Quay

Into the CBD @ Boat Quay

Photo opportunity @ Raffles Landing

Photo opportunity @ Raffles Landing

From Boat Quay, we crossed over to the Merlion and The Esplanade. At the mouth of the river, you would enjoy a panoramic view of the most scenic part of town.

Heading to Merlion Park

Heading to Merlion Park

Onto the helix bridge and into Marina Bay Sands

Onto the helix bridge and into Marina Bay Sands

Garden By the Bay

Garden By the Bay, just behind Marina Bay Sands

A view of the city from Marina Bay Sands Promenade

A view of the city from Marina Bay Sands Promenade

Read more About the History of Singapore River here

Learn more about Singapore Park Connector Networks here. Click on South Tab to view Alexandra PCN.

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