Saturday, 30 May 2015

DBS Marina Regatta 2015: 1st Day

While this sporting event has only been started 3 years, this was my 1st attendance. I wanted to go last year, but was overseas.

Dragon Boat, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore
An example of an actual boat that used in the race. Put here for Instagram lover.

This year the dragon race is bigger than ever because it's coincided with the SEA Games, which in turns coincided with SG50. OK, the last 2 events weren't coincidental. The SEA Games Committee would quite likely agree to let Singapore host the Games this year as a birthday gift to Singapore. So I imagine the Promotory @ Marina Bay had many happenings and activities on this 1st day of the 6-days event to keep our eyeballs and fingers quite busy.

Dragon boat, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore
The 6 days events are going to be held over 3 weekends just as this poster says.
(click to enlarge)

While there was reasonable turn-out, but it's smaller than I thought. Well, I'm saying this because the last time the Kite Festival was held here in 2014 at the Promotory @ Marina Bay, there was more people turned up than today. I think the good weather was to blame. 80% of the time, Singapore's sky is nicely overcast or cloudy. Unfortunately, today is one of those 20% sunny days (OK, in the next 4 years, 45%).

Well, there was 80% chance of cloudy days when La Niña reigned (or more correctly rained) over Singapore since 2009 (when I arrived here, accompanied by her honorable La Niña, who sit right next to me on Airbus A830 on row 13). But I think La Niña had left Singapore while her less likable brother El Niño came here last year in 2014 (El Niño shines on brilliant sunshine). I think we're going to see more horrible sunshine in the next 4 years when El Niño is up to his old tricks. By my calculation, they're here for every 5 years (their obnoxious relative the Global Warming has been making the twins really confusing). I'll stick to my gun, rain or shine.

Nila the SEA Games mascot, and Xing and Jaan DBS'mascot, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore
3 mascots on a dragon boat: Nila the SEA Games mascot, and Xing and Jaan the DBS' mascot

Singaporean, especially less healthy older locals wouldn't venture out today in this fine weather. Once I had a heat stroke walking in this blue sky days in Singapore for a couple of hours. It was quite a memorable experience. I believe in trying everything at least once, and had checked it off of my bucket list. Still haven't tried egg-nog, believe it or nog!

Surely, what's happening today here was surely more interesting than flying kites, which locals can do any day of the year in many places.

Today the dragon boat races was for the Open and Women of 200 and 500m.

Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore
Team 3 is leading by half a boat length.
The blokes' boat is heading in the opposite direction.
Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore
Team 3 is continue to power ahead.

Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore
They're gaining by a full body length.
Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore
They speed past the finish line; the crowd roars...

My eyeballs suddenly zoomed into a somewhat unexpected sight.

man and dog on bicycle, Singapore
Man on a bicycle with a dog in biker gear

man and dog on bicycle, Singapore
Dog with mohawk is too cool for this weather...woof !

Cosplay performance took place right after the dragon boat race (so I was saved from having to tear my body into 2). Nope...I don't think the man with his man's best mate was part of the cosplay performers today.

Having cosplay as part DBS Marina Regatta is a sort of recognition that it's gaining popularity. One can say that cosplay is progressing from a sub-culture to pop-culture status. Maybe I'm reading too much. Methink not. But then one can also think of dragon boat races and cosplay are all part of the youth culture. Don't they all look yummy and cute?

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Cosplay, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, SingaporeCosplay, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore Cosplay, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore
Cosplay, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore Cosplay, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore
Cosplay, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore Cosplay, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore

Speaking of cosplay going more mainstream in Singapore. Last time, the President of Singapore was received with 2 columns of Star Wars characters in the Singapore Red Cross International Bazaar. Far out...right?

After a quick lunch, some free Milo and a free ice cream (compliment of DBS PayLah phone app), we returned to the stage to catch up with some dancing competition.

Dancing Competition, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore Dancing Competition, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore Dancing Competition, DBS Marina Regatta 2015, Singapore

I'm glad I went, and worth the risking another heat stroke. Oh, as we left, the clouds started to roll in. Of course!


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