Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Chingay 2013 “Fire in Snow” - Event Coverage

From left: Khin Wai, Sii Inn, Chief Executive Director (PA) Mr Yam Ah Mee, Khai Woon and Pavani.
The floats getting into position before the parade.
Singapore’s annual Chingay Parade is typically filled with performances by multi-ethnic groups, and this year’s parade was no exception. The theme for this year’s event was “Fire in Snow” and the audience was thrilled with a variety of dance items and fiery displays. 

A series of woks lined up and lit up!
The Chinese Opera Troupes in action.
The Community Development Councils float.
The pre-parade segment was as interesting the main event as motivators were stationed at every section waving their pom-poms and singing along to a unique selection of songs like “Top of The World” by The Carpenters and "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver. The audience consisted mostly of families and elderly couples. There were also several tourists who were very eager for the parade to begin.

When the Indonesian team came out we were in for a surprise as firecrackers were brought out and set off. Since the theme was “Fire in Snow”, there was plenty of fire, but where was the snow?

The audience was showered with what seem like snowflakes from afar but was actually foam. Finally, the night ended with a magnificent display of fireworks.

By incorporating multi- ethnic dances and foreign acts, Chingay symbolizes how Singapore is multi-cultural society with the individual performance encapsulating the culture of each ethnic group. This is important in ensuring that Singaporeans do not lose their identity even as we become more globalised.

This year’s Chingay also made a splash in the Singapore Book of Records for the most number of Ukulele performers, the biggest snow scene created within a 360m area and the most number of people cooking on mobile stoves.

Speaking of records, we also met NYP’s very own robotic snake, Ana the Snake, at the F1 Pit Building. Ana was crowned Champion in the Open category of the Singapore Robotic Games 2013 and was developed by students from NYP’s School of Engineering and School of Interactive & Digital Media. 

Made of 13 sections and powered by 24 motors, Ana is two metres long and is designed to look and move like a real snake. To prevent the motor from absorbing too much heat, the motor only maintains intermittent contact with the ground. The colour blue was used because 2013 is the year of the water snake. Its smooth and natural motions were impressive and we learnt from the students that creating these motions was quite a challenge, but they clearly pulled in off. Thumbs up to Team NYP!
Team NYP gives us a demonstration of Ana's capabilities.
After the parade ended, we mingled with invited guests at the post-event reception room. The reception area was filled with people and there were plenty of interesting  crockery and food made available to guests. The setting resembled an English tea party, where one would sip tea and have biscuits.

The beverage counter served as a reminder of simpler times.
The gastronomic delights were simply irresistible. It was a buffet with a great variety of dishes such as fried shrimps, stir-fried noodles and shitake mushroom with cheese. They also served yummy desserts and jasmine green tea.

It was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had so far. Attending Chingay 2013 was an interesting and enriching experience and we want to thank the People’s Association for inviting us to this event!

By Pavani Jeyathasan Krishnan, Year 1, Diploma in Accountancy and Finance and Chua Khai Woon, Year 2, Diploma in Banking and Financial Services.
Photos by Chua Sii Inn, Diploma in Business Enterprise IT , Year 1

When Pavani is not attending lectures or tutorials, you would probably find her browsing through books at the Library.  Other than reading and writing, she also enjoys foreign films and television shows. 

Khai Woon is a Year 2 student pursuing a diploma in Banking and Financial Services. Watching movies and reading are among some of her hobbies. Above all, she enjoys listening to music and likes writing.  She is also a member of the NYP Symphony Orchestra. She believes  life should be unpredictable; because that is the only way it will be exciting. 

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