Not that those people who said that didn't know me well enough, but it just seems that my temper has officially taken the back seat (most of the time). And I supposed one of the best-est thing I have ever fallen in love with is to do evening walks - Walking and breathing in some fresh air or basically trying to be at my zen-most and catching up on the latest changes on the neighborhood around me!
And since there was a large pocket of time before one of the dinner meet up would commence, I decided to take a walk around downtown Singapore!
Here's some of the landmarks I captured during the walk!
The last time I had a live experience of our National Day Parade, I was about 10 years old and taken by my school to one of the rehearsals that year. I remembered how wonderful it felt to be there in the crowd but thanks to the horrible balloting method to grab the NDP tickets, it has been impossible to get any of them and I have never ever went for another one ever since.
Then came this evening walk, a big handful of people were gathered for one last try at rehearsing for one of the items during our National Day Parade this year! I managed to catch some bits of it as I walked pass, like an exclusive backstage pass! Shiok! But I am still not taking back my comment about the horrible balloting for the NDP tickets! Haha!
I must have avoided this part of town so much that I didn't realise that there is a new bridge, Jubilee Bridge, erected that connects you from the promenade in front of Esplanade to Merlion Park just across the river. At the same time, it offers you a beautiful view of Marina Bay, especially in the evening when the facade of Marina Bay Sands turns golden in the setting sun.
And did I mention that it was actually one beautiful and clear evening after several bouts of showers throughout the day and guess what I caught sight of when I arrived at the Jubilee Bridge!
Probably because of the route I took, I was mistaken for a tourist umpteen times even before I arrive at Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. And tourists and Singaporeans alike I met along the way were smiling brightly at everyone and anyone that they cross paths with, some even sparing a small chat. That was some awesome vibe I don't think I can elaborate accurately with words.
And just in case you are curious with the route I had taken, I had very ingeniously remembered to turn on a tracking app during this evening walk! Hehe!
There is absolutely no doubt how much Singapore had grown and prospered over our 50 years of independence. Oh how we are a beautiful and bustling city now even though we are just a single red dot on the world map!
And although you are so crowded these days and you are costing me a bomb to live here on my homeland, thank you for the peace and security that I reckon I can find anywhere else on Earth!
Happy birthday and Majulah Singapura!