15 Aug 2010

Let The Games Begin

First I'm sorry that I didn't manage to post in time last week, mainly because of all the mayhem happening due to the epic NDP + YOG combo. We had to go back on Saturday 2 weeks ago for a double celebration of National Day and the Olympic torch arrival. The performance items were so-so in my opinion, but the main thing is that we saw the torch bearer run on the red carpet(yes, really given the red carpet treatment), who passed it to our senior deputy headmaster, who then proceeded to light up the Olympic lantern meant to store the flame temporarily. Then we had simultaneous teacher vs students matches on the field which I wasn't too interested in, while the two mascots Lyo and Merly were wandering around our school taking pictures. Finally the flame left the lantern and 4 RI students participated in the torch relay. So there.

Then on National Day my family and I went to Marina Sands hotel(yes, that super high hotel with the pool on top) so we could get a nice view of the fireworks and fighter jets from the Padang later on. Tips: book your room MUCH earlier because it can get very crowded during major events like this, and order takeaway food to bring to the hotel because the food sold there can be EXPENSIVE. Oh right, the fireworks. Turns out we got more than we expected. Sure the fireworks were really spectacular... a bit too spectacular: we were actually too close to the fireworks, and we were on the 55th floor, about the same height as the fireworks themselves. Result: fireworks that almost explode in your face, and become too big to take photographs of properly. All we got were super bright flashes that looked nothing like the typical fireworks. So there.

More recently, last night we went back to the same hotel again to watch the YOG fireworks this time. At least we know that the fireworks would be slightly further off so we wouldn't be bombarded as much. Well we were correct about the further off fireworks, but they seem underwhelming compared to what happened on NDP(the sky got blocked by all that smoke). When I saw what was happening on TV, I thought that maybe the committee in charge of all the performance items were misinterpreting the youth. I think there were several people across the island who thought that some parts were too childish even for especially to the youth. How the heck did shadow boxing turn into a stupid boss fight against a giant Muppet?!?

Well at least everyone in our family liked the last bit where the torch was making its way to the big-ass torch at the stage. We spotted some weird animal hybrid in the water glowing and spraying water, until we realised it was meant to be a phoenix and that the water jets were supposed to be wings(everything looks a bit different when you look at it sideways...). Then we also realised that for some reason it was spurting out glowing stuff from its rear which looked suspiciously like a certain type of movement that I prefer not to mention. Anyway, the torch bearer standing on the phoenix landed and the flame went in a zig-zag towards land and finally went to the last runner who was running across the water into the mist with the flaming torch in his hand. Somehow I was reminded of Avatar when I saw that scene, and I don't mean the blue one. Finally he lit the bottom of the torch/tower/lighthouse(?) and the flame spiraled up towards the top, where a mini fire tornado was formed and causing the flame to peek out at the hole on top.

So the Games have been officially declared open. I'm sure things might get more hectic when we have more volunteers going around our school and using our guitar room as headquarters for reasons I don't understand when they could have found a much bigger room!!! And I already know how chaotic tomorrow's going to be with sleep deprivation, late homework, presentations etc, so I can't imagine what it would be like with all the YOG activity.

It feels like I'm a competitor in a totally different type of competition... :(