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OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014 – 29th & 30th March

A fun weekend of community cycling event on the 29th and 30th March drew to a close for the 6th edition of OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014. It was great fun covering and photographing the cyclists in action from the young children to adult cyclists during the weekend. The Professional Criterium happened on Friday 28th March and here’s my coverage of the cycling action on Friday!

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On Saturday, 29th March was a great time for the families with their young children, cycling and having fun at OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014. Before the children cycling events started, there was the Ultimate Foldies Challenge where more than 1000 cyclists took part. The Ultimate Foldies Challenge was unique and special because the cyclists had to dash from the start arch to a designated “Unfolding Zone”, where they unfolded their bikes, pushed them through a “Mounting Zone” and rode 2.6km route around the F1 Pit Building for 20 minutes for the heats and 30 minutes for the final. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three male and female finishers, and prizes were also awarded for the top three Best Dressed cyclists. The Best Dressed cyclists definitely give OCBC Cycle Singapore more colourful fun, excitement and character on top of it being a cycling sports event!

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There were more than 900 participants that took part in the kids and family rides The Tricycle Ride, The Mighty Savers Kids Ride and The Junior Challenge. The Tricycle Ride was a very interesting cycling event for the young kids, who were enjoying themselves during the 100m and 150m dash, with their enthusiastic parents at the side of the track accompanying, taking photographs and cheering their children on. It was a beautiful sight to see parents participating with their children and letting their kids to have fun in cycling! For the Mighty Savers Kids Ride and Junior Challenge, the older children were pretty competitive and fast in cycling, they definitely will not lose out to the adult cyclists! There were scenes of support and cheering from the sidelines by the parents for their children riding the Mighty Savers Kids Ride and Junior Challenge, it was great!

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On Sunday 30th March, it was a pretty big turnout of 10,000 cyclists, starting in the early morning, uniting to take part in the mass ride categories – The Super Challenge (59km), The Challenge (40km), The Business Times Charity Challenge (40km), The Foldies Community Ride (27km) and The Community Ride (27km). The cycling event was not just confined to the tracks, with fun activities at the carnival village. Check out my OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014 photographs here on Flickr!

During OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014, there was a very unfortunate event whereby a cyclist passed away from his injuries sustained in an accident. This was very sad news and here is the link for the news report on Channel News Asia.

OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014 – 28th March

OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014 kickstarted on Friday 28th March with the Masters’, Women’s Open and Men’s Open Criterium events. Benjamin Paul Arnott from the United Kingdom won the Masters’ Criterium. Sarah Jeanne Fraser won the Women’s Open Criterium. Tjarco Cuppens won the Men’s Open Criterium.

In addition, Team Osteo Health was crowned champion of the Corporate Category and Team Ben-Pete-Nick-Bevan was crowned champion of the Open Category of The Berocca Challenge after an exhilarating Final, and each team earned a trip to the Gold Coast Festival of Cycling in Australia in October. Team Ben-Pete-Nick-Bevan received help from Professional Criterium guest rider Bernard Sulzberger of Drapac Professional Cycling Team.

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OCBC Cycle Singapore continued with The Parade of Hope, a 20-minute ride around the F1 Pit Building aimed at raising awareness and funds for the official charities of OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014: Dover Park Hospice, Singapore Children’s Society, SingHealth Transplant TRUEfund and the SportCares Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Singapore Sports Council.  The Parade of Hope was open for public registration for the first time this year, and also joining the ride were Professional Criterium riders Ed Clancy (Rapha Condor-JLT), Aidis Kruopis (ORICA-GreenEDGE), Rico Rogers (OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team) and Shem Rodger (New Zealand national team), as well as Team Singapore cyclists Ho Jun Rong, Benedict Lee, Noel Teh and Travis Woodford and Team Singapore sprinter Gary Yeo.

The OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team’s Rico Rogers came within a split-second of giving the roaring home fans a victory to remember, as Drapac Professional Cycling Team’s Wouter Wippert edged Rogers by a fraction of a bicycle length to win the OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium on Friday at the F1 Pit Building.

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Still, the second-place finish was the OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team’s best-ever result at its home race. Cameron Bayly gave Singapore’s only professional cycling outfit further reason to cheer by capturing the Cycle Asia King of the Sprints crown, the second year in a row the team has captured the accolade. Rapha Condor-JLT’s Graeme Briggs, the 2011 British national road race champion, finished in third place.

Ho Jun Rong, the only Singaporean in the field, finished in 26th place, 18 seconds behind Wippert, to become the first local rider since 2010 to complete the challenging Professional Criterium. Terengganu Cycling Team’s Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan earned the Best Asian Rider title by crossing the line in 21st place.

* Information and details above Courtesy of OCBC Singapore and Black Dot Pte Ltd *

It was good to be back covering OCBC Cycle Singapore cycling event, Day 1 action is over, now for Day 2 – 29th March and Day 3 – 30th March for more fun and community cycling events! This is my third time covering OCBC Cycle Singapore and I covered OCBC Cycle Singapore 2011 and OCBC Cycle Singapore 2012! If you are participating and cycling, have fun and enjoy yourselves! Do come down to OCBC Cycle Singapore village for Attractions Off The Track and check out the Sports and Lifestyle Expo, there will also be fun and activities for the children!

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The Parade of Hope cycling event, an earlier event before the Professional Criterium race, showed the fun and community side of cycling, recreation and fun, from the different kind of bicycles to the little children pushing their bicycles instead of riding their bicycles, cycling along side with their parents. With such fun and interesting cyclists in action, the community rides on Sunday is going to gather more interesting cyclists, wondering how they will come to OCBC Cycle Singapore dressed up as? Maybe fictional cartoon characters like Spiderman, Captain Marvel or somebody else? Check out my photography coverage of OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014 here on Flickr! 

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Here are the key social media links and events information for OCBC Cycle Singapore

OCBC Cycle Singapore website

OCBC Cycle Singapore Instagram

OCBC Cycle Singapore Facebook Page

OCBC Cycle Singapore Twitter

Today, 29th March is Fun Time for the Kids and Family with the Tricycle Ride, Mighty Savers Kids Ride and The Junior Challenge, do drop by OCBC Cycle Singapore at F1 Pit Stop Building and catch the action! Have a fun sporting and cycling weekend at OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014 and see you there!


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Chingay 2014 – Knit As One

Chingay Parade, Asia’s largest street performance and float parade, the history of the first Chingay Parade dates back to 4th February 1973, over the past 40years, Chingay Parade has transformed and grown so much during this period of time. From a local flavour to a multi-cultural flavour, with international groups and performers arriving in Singapore and giving the Chingay Parade the fun and excitement of both local and international flavours. Watching Chingay Parade over my years of growing up in Singapore, my first experience getting close to Chingay was in 2009, watching the parade from the side and during 2012 when I attended the media preview of Chingay Parade 2012. Chingay Parade today in Singapore is a uniquely Singaporean Chinese Lunar New Year Tradition, usually held during the first weekend of the Chinese Lunar New Year. The unique flavour of both local multi-cultural and international performers make Chingay Parade one of the brightest and colourful street parade and performances in Asia.

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Chingay Parade 2014 was officially my first Chingay Parade inside the main parade event ground, in the thick of the action. I was seated in the Green Sector, with friends DK, Joe, Huishan and Nelson, enjoying the festivities and performances. Chingay 2014 has a extensive list of different performances and parade, the pre-parade segment was the grandest opening in the history of Chingay Parade. One of the key pre-parade segment that I am impressed with was the “Paint With ONE Heart”, showcasing a 360m Batik fabric that flow through the Chingay Parade route, accompanied by multi-cultural performers.

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Upon the arrival of the Guest of Honour, Prime Minister Lee on Friday 7th February, the Chingay Parade 2014 kicked off to a roaring start. The performers and floats entered the Parade ground/route, from acts/performances from our local multi-cultural communities. You can’t miss the colourful floats of Chingay Parade, their size, colourful light up and design! I always look forward to the different floats driving through the Chingay Parade ground/route. There is one performance during Chingay Parade that I always like, that’s the Dragon dance performance and the spectators get to see the “Fire” from the Dragons!

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One of the exciting local performances that caught my attention was the Singapore Getai “新加坡歌台” with celebrity artistes Liu Ling Ling, Wang Lei, Lee Pei Fen and Rawi Hamin being featured at the Chingay Parade. The Community Puppetry Art with the huge mobile structure and huge puppets was popular with the spectators too! For those spectators close to the parade ground/route, they were able to touch and be up close and personal to the puppets! The Mass Children Ballet Display definitely caught my eye and attention, along with the other spectators too! This was the first time in Chingay Parade history that the Mass Children Ballet made their maiden debut performance! They were beautiful, gorgeous and very graceful to watch in their ballet performances at Chingay Parade 2014.

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International performers had been an integral part of Chingay Parade and for Chingay Parade 2014, we were graced and honoured by performers from China, Italy, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. With their costumes and performances, they also caught the eyes of the spectators.

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Leading and building up to the Grand Finale, performers returned back into the Chingay Parade ground. There were 1,500 Pieces of Community-Knitted Tapestries, big and small, contributed by Constituencies and more than 30 Schools, Organisations and Corporations, along with 2 x 360m long knitted art pieces that signifies a closely-knitted Singapore community. Chingay Parade 2014 – Knit As One, with the spectators standing up and holding the One People scarf above them, a sea of One People community, with the scarfs can be seen and felt, along with the Grand Finale singing and dancing.

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Our local multi-cultural and international performers gave Chingay Parade 2014 a memorable time with all their flavours, performances, dances, costumes and singing. They all played a significant and important role to make Chingay Parade fun and colourful. While I may not be able to cover all the different performers and their performances, I will let my photography coverage to showcase the diversity and flavours of the different performers at Chingay Parade 2014. Thank you to all the performers from both local and international communities that grace Chingay Parade 2014, making it spectacular, colourful and fun!

I would like to say a Big Thank You to Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth for the invitation to Chingay Parade 2014! It was a fun time at Chingay Parade 2014, enjoying the performances and photography!


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SingTel Flags Off 2013 Singapore GP Weekend!

The 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix (GP) is back in Singapore and this year, in the 6th edition of the Singapore GP, there are many activities and events to Rev Up Singapore for the 2013 SingTel Singapore GP! On Thursday 19th September 2013, the “Rev Up Singapore” campaign by Singapore GP, opened up the famed Marina Bay Circuit Pit Lane and F1 village in Zone 1 to members of the public, generating a huge excitement leading up to the 2013 Formula 1 Singapore GP happening this weekend from Friday 20th September till Sunday 22nd September!

Gate 1 was opened at 7pm and the huge crowds started queueing up before the official opening time and they walked in to enjoy the Thursday Pit Lane Experience around  the F1 village in Zone 1. There were entertainment and performances on the Village Stage and around the F1 village, there were booths around the F1 village whereby you can buy F1 merchandise too. There was a major event for 2013 SingTel Singapore GP, with the crowning of the SingTel Grid Girl, held at the village stage. SingTel, Title Sponsor of the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix, unveiled Singapore’s top three Grid Girls at The Pit Lane Experience, just 24 hours before race weekend.

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The quote (via press release) by Mr Allen Lew, Country Chief Officer – Singapore, SingTel gave a great insight of the upcoming 6th edition of Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP –

“Summing up this year’s Formula 1® Singapore Style race carnival, Mr Allen Lew, Country Chief Officer – Singapore, SingTel, said: “This being our sixth consecutive year of sponsorship, we had the opportunity to learn what people enjoy, so we went all out to create a Singapore-Style  Formula 1® experience for people from all walks of life. As a result, we are very happy to have seen a tremendous increase in public engagement; with close to a million votes for the Grid Girls, bigger crowds at the roadshows and over a thousand people signing up for The Big Race.

“We are delighted to have found the first Singaporean to take the chequered flag and thank everyone who participated in the activities. We look forward to an adrenaline-filled race weekend where we have also created a unique way for Singapore to show its support for the race – a specially-designed chequered flag which is available in both physical and digital form.”

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Close to a million votes for this year’s SingTel Grid Girl

23-year-old student, Shannon Lim won the honour of holding the Singapore flag as this year’s top SingTel Grid Girl. She is one of three winning Grid Girls who will flag off the race this weekend. In second and third place were Jermayne Chow, 23 and Stacey Liu, 21, both also students.

The public got to know this year’s SingTel Grid Girl contenders via The Singapore Factor, a series of Singapore-style challenges that were designed to find Grid Girls who best epitomise the Formula 1® Singapore Style theme. Featuring favourite local pastimes like shopping and eating, the clips were available for viewing on www.singtelrace.com. The winners were determined via SMS and online votes by members of the public.

“Being a SingTel Grid Girl has been an amazing experience. The challenges truly highlighted our unique Singapore culture and I really enjoyed meeting all the F1 fans at the roadshows. I watch the race every year and still can’t quite believe that I will be the one holding the national flag on the starting grid this weekend,” said Miss Lim.

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After catching the crowning of the SingTel Grid Girls, we continued exploring around the F1 village before queuing up to enter into the Pit Lane for the Pit Lane Walk Experience! The crowds were very enthusiastic and this was a highlight that they were looking forward to! The crowds walked along the famed Marina Bay Circuit, near to Turn 2 Grandstand, starting at Turn 3, walking towards Turn 2, then Turn 1 and straight road to the Start/End. Along the walk, you can see and sense the excitement with people taking many photographs on the Marina Bay Circuit track! As we continued walking into the Pit Lane area, looking at the F1 garages preparing their F1 cars for the 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP! This rare photography opportunity to be up close to the F1 cars and Pit Garages was something that the participants could not resist and the photography went into overdrive mode, taking as many photographs as possible. Although we can’t visit the F1 garages, I am very happy that I was able to take photographs of the Pit Lane and the F1 cars being prepared for weekend racing action! Walking from one end of the Pit Lane to the other end of Pit Lane, we turned back and walked along the Marina Bay Circuit track, soaking in the atmosphere of the famed Marina Bay Circuit. The Pit Lane  Experience walk feeling was great and enjoyable, it’s building up to the race weekend in Singapore!

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The 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP is starting tonight at the Marina Bay Circuit, I am looking forward to my 6th edition of Singapore GP and adding it to my Singapore GP collection! Do check out Singapore GP website for more information and updates! Enjoy and have fun at the Singapore GP this weekend!


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Singapore F1 GP 2012

In the year 2008, Formula 1 came to Singapore, lighting up the Marina Bay cityscape skyline in the night with the maiden world’s first and only Night Race. In her 5th edition year, the Singtel Formula One Singapore GP 2012 grew over the past 5 years and we would be having the Night Race in our beautiful Marina Bay cityscape for another 5 years!

Looking back in time from Singapore F1 GP that I attended from 2008 to 2010, it brought back many memories since I was an Formula One fan and I loved watching Formula One cars in action at the Marina Bay circuit, a city street road race in the night! Here are my posts and memories –

2008 ~ 300th post – Reporting on Singapore F1 GP – Night Race Practice

2009 ~ Friday Practice @ Singapore F1 GP 2009 

2010 ~ Singapore GP 2010 – Practice Session

2011 ~ Singapore F1 GP 2011

With my strong passion and interest in sports photography and watching Formula One action, I wrote a post on F1 Photography tips, from my experiences, trials and errors during the time I was at Singapore F1 GP photographing the F1 cars in action.

For Singapore GP 2012, I went for two days, Friday and Saturday. It was great fun for me photographing the F1 cars, at my favourite Turns 11, 12 and 13, whereby the F1 cars were at a much slower speed and this allowed me to capture (freeze) them in action a lot easier. Photographing F1 cars in fast high octane action is very difficult, it’s not just about skills and experiences, it’s also about the quality of my photography gear, especially the lens and DSLR body! My cousin and niece were there too on Friday night practice and we all watched the action from Turn 13 viewing platform. There were entertainment too at the Padang, whereby Jay Chou was performing after the second practice session on Friday night. However, I didn’t stay back and watch his Jay Chou’s performance and headed home to rest.

On Saturday, I was back again at the Singapore GP, courtesy of Singtel, with a bunch of social media community friends to enjoy and have fun at the Singapore GP. While they enjoyed it from the Padang Grandstand, I walked around to  Turn 11, 12 and 13 again to capture the F1 cars in action, trying to capture different angles and views from my favourite Turns 11, 12 and 13. After the qualifying session was over, I joined back bunch of friends for Maroon 5 concert at the Padang and they rocked the house down! The concert was awesome and you can see the whole of Padang filled up with many people! Check out my Singapore GP 2012 photos on Flickr! 

The 2012 Singapore GP had to be one of my most exciting and fun years that I attended (as compared to the other 4 years), reasons were I went for 2 days instead of 1 day, a bunch of friends to stay back and enjoy the concert that were part of the entertainment. On the photography aspect, my F1 photography experiences over the past 4 years and the addition of a mint 2nd hand Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM powerful lens helped me a lot in my F1 sports photography for 2012 Singapore GP!! Check out my Formula One Singapore GP photography collection over the years on Flickr! 

The unique and iconic F1 Night Race in a city landscape, it’s beautiful and special, making the Singapore GP a great carnival atmosphere with F1 sports photography action. This is indeed an awesome branding, publicity and marketing for Singapore to the whole world. With the renewal of the Singapore GP for the next 5 years, I am looking forward to 2013 Singapore GP !!


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Army Open House 2012 @ Our City

The Singapore Army is entering our Lion City this weekend from the 24th to 28th May 2012, bringing with them their big military equipment and technology into the heart of Singapore, at the Marina Bay area. This is the Army Open House 2012, held at the Singapore F1 Pit Building, in support of the growth and prosperity of Singapore, bringing the Army closer to the public with this Army Open House engagement, building and fostering closer relationship, as well as showcasing NS45 and the capabilities of the modern 3rd Generation (3G) Army of Singapore.

This is my 3rd time visiting Army Open House and I am glad to be visiting them again since my previous 2 Army Open House in 2007 and 2009, do check out my stories and photographs below –

Army Open House 2007 story and photos

Army Open House 2009 story and photos

Army Open House 2012 is special and unique this year, moving away from the Army Camp grounds, into the heart of Singapore, promising to be a Grand Celebration of 45 years of National Service in Singapore and to showcase our modern 3G Singapore Army capabilities. I was honoured to be invited by MINDEF Public Affairs to attend a preview of Army Open House 2012 @ Our City on Tuesday 22nd May on what participants and visitors can expect for this coming weekend Army Open House on 26th to 27th May 2012. The Army Open House 2012 promises to be fun and exciting, even though it is  away from the Army Camp grounds. At the Singapore F1 Pit Building and surrounding areas, they have the following highlights

– NS45 Showcase

– Army Avenue and Pavilion Display

– Dynamic Show Arena

– Technology & Innovation Zone

– Battle Rides Zone

– Combat Zone

– Carnival Zone

That’s something for everybody, from the young to the adults, it’s going to be fun and nostalgic for many of those who served National Service. The most popular highlights in my opinion will be Dynamic Show Arena, Battle Rides Zone, Combat Zone and NS45 Showcase! Don’t miss out the above popular highlights that I shared, it’s going to be a fun time for your kids too and a good bonding time for your family too! Do check out some of the photographs that I took during the preview of what you can find at Army Open House 2012 @ Our City !

A key highlight that strikes a deep chord with/inside me is NS45 Showcase, something special and unique that most (if not all) Singapore males have to go through, the bonding, the time spent serving National Service (2 years and 6 months for me), the friendship, camaraderie, leadership, physical training, the blood, sweat and tears. That journey is very special and tough yet it builds up the character and discipline into us, we metamorphosis from boys to men. Looking back at the founding 1st Generation Army, to the 2nd Generation Army that I was in, and now we are looking at the modern well equipped 3rd Generation Army. Going through the NS45 Showcase brought back many many of my memories serving National Service and I was able to relate with my fellow blogger friends on what we went through, some shared common memories of anything related to our National Service days, as we said when the group of us walked through the NS45 Showcase, we had a common lingo “Those were the days!”

Times and technology has changed tremendously, the roles of our Singapore Army has also changed too, from defending a nation to helping and supporting other nations around the world. From Fathers to Sons, 45years of National Service, we can see, watch and listen to 1st Generation NSmen (The Fathers) sharing their stories, passing down their stories and memories to their sons, who are serving in the current 3rd Generation National Service.The Singapore Army today is an integral factor in ensuring the safety and defense of Singapore in the early days of independence, allowing overseas investors to have the confidence to invest in Singapore, thus bringing economic and prosperity progress from 1965 till today. The modern 3rd Generation Singapore Army is well prepared and ready to handle the threats, making Singapore a safe country to live in. Beyond the shores, they have make many contributions and support overseas too that Singaporeans can be proud of.

Army Open House 2012 is happening this weekend on 26th and 27th May 2012, drop by Singpore F1 Pit Building, enjoy and have fun there while learning more about 3G Singapore Army!


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OCBC Cycle 2012

3 days of riding festival, showcasing a popular sport, in Singapore, the OCBC Cycle Singapore 2012 was back in action from 2nd to 4th March 2012. It was a great weekend for both professional and leisure cyclists from around the world, showcasing Singapore to be a great venue/location for major sporing events, held around the Marina Bay region. Recalling my coverage during OCBC Cycle Singapore 2011, I was glad to be part of this wonderful event and covering this major cycling event again!

On Friday 2nd March, I photographed and covered the Professional Criterium from 8:30pm onwards, shooting from various locations around the circuit, giving my readers and followers different perspectives, angles and views of the professional cyclists in fast octane action! Since I am also a cyclist, I was happily admiring their professional, top-end and “powerful” road racing bikes and I hope my bike could be slowly improved and be upgraded too, down the road ! The racing was fast, competitive and under the night lights, it was fun to watch and photograph the professional riders zooming past you and feeling the wind across my face (that’s how fast the professional riders were riding!).

I was back on Sunday 4th March, to photograph and cover the Super Challenge, Challenge and Community Ride riders in action, looking at the number of riders and bikers along the roads, F1 Pit Stop Building and around Marina Bay area, it’s a testimonial on the popularity of cycling in Singapore, with the potential to become even bigger, with emphasis of leading a healthy and sporting recreational lifestyle in Singapore! It’s not just the young adults, we have a wide range of age group from the senior citizens to the young kids riding on Sunday! From the Channel News Asia report, there were over 10,000 riders in action on Sunday, reinforcing the growing participation and interest in cycling as a sporting, leisure and recreational activity in Singapore over the years! For more photos of OCBC Cycle 2012, check it out here on my Flickr !

Looking ahead in the future, let’s hope cycling gets more followers, riders and interest, with more Singaporeans adopting a healthy, active, sporting, leisure and recreational lifestyle in Singapore!


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Chingay 2012 – Preview

Chingay 2012, a multi-cultural, spectacular, colourful and exciting parade of performers and floats, dazzling in front of your eyes. This year, Chingay 2012 will give all the spectators a very memorable experience with their extensive line up of performances, that is accompanied by lots of water splashing, along a waterway! On 14th Jan 2012, I was invited by Marina Bay Division of Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), to the Media Preview of Chingay 2012. I had a great time photographing and documenting my wonderful experiences at the Chingay 2012 full dress rehearsal.

Looking into a brief history of Chingay, it’s all about celebrating multi-cultural diversity and neighbourhood celebrations, dating back to 1973. Over the years, Chingay has progressed and transformed from a community heartlanders celebration and performances, into an international spectacle attracting both locals and international visitors and performers to Chingay in Singapore. Chingay Parade today is a very grand street and floats parade in Asia, showcasing our rich and vibrant multi-cultural society of Singapore, as well as embracing exciting cultures and colours from all over the world.

Chingay 2012 promises to be a splashing spectacular with the theme of “Love, Care and Kindness Everywhere”, it will take you through a very colourful and dazzling performances, encompassing love, harmony, friendship, community diversity and spirit. On the night of Friday, 3 Feb 2012 – Parade Day 1 at 8.30pm or Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 – Parade Day 2 at 8.30pm, coming to you live at the F1 Pit Building (Next to Singapore Flyer), Chingay 2012 will light up the 2 nights!

Here’s some of the Chingay 2012 Highlights 

– Dragon Dramatics

– Beautiful Cultures

– Dreams Realised – Love Our Children

– Engaging as One – Love Our Community

– Triumph Over Challenge – The Grand Finale

Chingay 2012 will be a spectacular performance, with lots of water splashing! The ticketing information is available here on their website. Do purchase your tickets and watch the Chingay 2012 performance live, you can’t beat the feeling of being there in the midst of the performances and celebrations!

Here’s some of the photographs of Chingay 2012 Media Preview – Look forward to seeing you at Chingay 2012 !


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OCBC Cycle 2011

A big cycling event and carnival in Singapore, OCBC Cycle 2011, into its 3 year since its birth in 2009, a time of cycling fun for the community, promoting healthy and active lifestyle, from the big turnout of cyclists for the 60km, 40km and 20km routes. The professional racers too were in the thick of action, with a night Criterium race on Saturday.

With my media pass, courtesy of Spectrum Worldwide and thePRelement, I was able to get close to the racing/cycling action, wearing a media vest and becoming a sports photojournalist. Overall, it was a great learning experience for my sports photography, learning the ropes on being part of media, interacting with fellow media, photographers and PR staff. Many thanks to Ben & Kelvin of thePRelement for their assistance and support during OCBC Cycle 2011.

 

On Saturday 5th March 2011, covering the different criterium races, giving me a chance to learn more about professional cycling competition, it is a great spectacle too! Cycling is not just your road cycling or off-road cycling events, that’s a lot more! Watching the professional riders, racing in the night, under the flood lights around the F1 Pit Stop Building and Singapore Flyer, it’s a mini F1 race. The kids races in the afternoon were of great fun and joy, capturing the various happy, carefree, cute and funny faces of the kids cycling. It’s awesome and wonderful that these kids learn and have fun with cycling as a sports and recreational activity.

On Sunday 6th March 2011, with the exception of the 60km route, the 40km, 20km and iFlyForHope races were community based, that emphasis on active healthy and sporting lifestyle and the overall turnout was awesome. The riders were split into different waves, avoiding “riders/cyclists bicycle jams” and that was a great idea by the organisers. The atmosphere and spirit was nice, with good vocal support from the sidelines.

A special mention to the iFly Singapore Cycle of Hope race, a fund raising ride organised along with National Cancer Centre, to spread the awareness on cancer patients, cancer treatment and their experiences they went through. This special race was graced, participated and supported by staff of National Cancer Centre, cancer survivors and supporters for the fund raising event. Among the supporters was Dr William Tan, a person who is a great role model despite his physical and medical condition. It’s great to see OCBC Cycle, a major sporting event in Singapore, supporting a noble social cause and their movement.

Looking forward to another great OCBC Cycling event in 2012 !


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