Sunday, 10 August 2008

NDP 2008

OK, i regret it. i regret it terribly. please remind me NEVER GO TO MERLION OR ESPLANADE ON NATIONAL DAY! EVER!

i had this great idea to shoot airplane, parachute and fireworks during NDP so i jio my goodest bestest friend jiahui to go with me. we were contemplating between the NTUC building were CY n LL were perched and merlion and we made the great great mistake of choosing merlion. we parked at funan and walked there. before we even went down the stairs to the merlion, our nostrils were attacked viciously by a pungent pong!

me: wa! so chao! what's that???
jiahui: think it's the river... got a lot of decomposed things..
me: bu hui ba! our singapore river so stink??? *look at the jet skis out there....*

it turned out as we realised later... that it was the smell of the porta-loos there. you see, people pee-d so much (and probably didn't flush) that the pee leaked out onto the pavement beside the loo hence the whole place REEKED of urine (and probably sai =P)...

we saw a sea of people.... found a not so good spot and set up our chairs, opened our tripods and mounted our cameras on the tripod.... wait... wait... wait... then there were more and more people... and suddenly when we looked around... we realised we were in foreign land, celebrating singapore's 43rd national day at home but felt we were overseas. there were china chinese, bangladeshis, indians, thais, filipinos, ang mos... we counted only 4 singaporeans near us, including us. the other two are one lao uncle and one lao aunty who made themselves v comfortable LEANING against our chairs (the lao aunty was actually holding the back of my head rest n i felt a bit pai seh to lean back -.-) i asked jiahui, "wa! where are all the singaporeans??? i feel like i am overseas..."

then the parachuters appeared! yay yay! but they were so tiny we could not even get a decent shot even with zoom lens. if only we were on ben sheares bridge...

wait... and wait... more people squeeze beside, in front, behind... wait and wait....

wait some more... watch the big screen.... oh NDP started! nothing really happened on our side but EVERYTIME there was some SMALL activity, the people in front of me will suddenly stand up -.- so we could only see their butt and the lao uncle and lao aunty behind us will scream, "OEI! sit sit!" and they'll stretch pass us and kok the guys in front of us with their cardboard fan and wave the fan up down up down telling them to sit. so we were trapped in this stand up sit down stand up sit down thing for a while until...

the sky turned dark....tock... tock tock...tock... *raindrops* AAAHHHH! quickly keep camera... people around me scurry off to nearby shelter or just stand up and get ready to cheong.... uncertainty... can't see a thing.... can't shoot a thing cos don't dare take out cam... anyway, sky grey grey one not nice...

so we decided to walk over to the esplanade to try to get to the roof terrace, which from our side looked quite empty...

me: should be a good spot but not many people know how to get there.... eunice and king brought me there before... let's go.

THAT. WAS MISTAKE NUMBER TWO.

the escalator up the esplanade was SUPER crowded. we could feel the body heat, touch the sweat and smell the B.O. around us. the escalator was not on so we had to walk up. then, esplanade looked so near yet felt so far cos the passage was jammed. the NS people who cordoned off the area was smart enough to make a one-way passage way for two-way human traffic. so there were people trying to get AWAY from esplanade and there were people trying to get TO esplanade.... after like 15 mins, we travelled 10 metres and finally reached.... then AAHHHHH! roof terrace is RESERVED FOR PRIVATE FUNCTION! AAAHHHH.... want to give up anot? okok, let's give up.... let's go for a massage at kenko wellness.... ha??? no slot? got to wait til 7:30pm? okok, go eat dinner first.

over dinner...

jiahui: actually tanjong rhu there got one place for playing golf one is one big grass patch nei... unblocked view i think.
me: oh? open?
jiahui: should be. i ask my sis go there pretend play golf chope a place for us...
me: OKOK =)

so we made our way back to funan (on foot) and zoomed to tanjong rhu... jiahui turned here turned there finally got on ECP...

then...

she made wrong exit.... turned into KPE... go all the way to PIE... underground... and we believe the fireworks went off while we were in the tunnel cos when we turned back towards town, we heard on the radio, "the crowd was great! the atmosphere was great! even AFTER the fireworks! people stayed around...."

we turned and looked at each other, want to cry... "AFTER the fireworks???? did you hear AFTER the fireworks??" we were at chinatown area so we heard pom pom pom but saw nothing. we looked up the sky, chinatown was deserted... everyone was at merlion n esplanade. we HEARD the fireworks.

so, we didn't manage to shoot ANY fireworks tonight. we didn't even manage to SEE any fireworks -.-

jiahui: this viewing NDP business is damn tiring. need to be v strong. think my mum this type will faint. those two uncle and aunty are v yong! LOL
me: no. need to be rich. just book a room at fullerton, ritz or whatever.
jiahui: oh ya.... haha...
me: chris should have become president. then i'd get THE BEST SEAT.
jiahui: haha... or be organiser lor! also can!
me: -.- not worth it

but it was great company. if it was chris, he would have made so made noise and i think i would have tio scold by him. jiahui n i decided to head to great world city to catch Journey To The Centre Of The Earth which I will blog about tomorrow... i mean.... later.