Thursday, December 30, 2010

Party-hop this New Year’s Eve

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Christina Ng,, Thu, Dec 30, 2010

PHOTO: FIERY START: Fireworks lighting up the sky at the Marina Bay New Year’s Eve countdown last year. (PHOTO: THE ESPLANADE)

MARINA Bay will be the stage for one of the biggest countdown parties this year, with some 300,000 party revelers (masculine or feminine) expected to turn up to usher in the New Year.

The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown is organised by The Esplanade and the Urban Redevelopment Authority and comprises a ticketed event as well as festive-fringe events held at locations such as the Esplanade.

The countdown will also include a special light display to mark the final 10 seconds of 2010. Rays of bright lights will converge from opposite ends of Marina Bay to form a distinct canopy of light shining over the entire area.

Details of the party were revealed yesterday at a media briefing held at Marina Bay City Gallery in Marina Boulevard.

PHOTO: Spending tonight planning New Year's Eve Image by Paul Keleher from NYE 2007 in Needham

At the stroke of midnight on Jan 1, an eight-minute-long fireworks display will take centre stage, choreographed to music specially composed by Cultural Medallion winner Iskandar Ismail.

With more vantage points such as the Marina Bay waterfront promenade and the Helix Bridge opened this year, more will be able to take in the fireworks display.

Motorists take heed: Several roads and lanes will closed at different times during the festivities.

The footway along Benjamin Sheares Bridge will also be closed to pedestrians from 6pm that day until 1am on New Year's Day.

PHOTO: For everyone out there in the Windy City who’s ready to ring in the new year

Public-transport operating hours will be extended to handle the human traffic. The frequency of MRT trains will be increased and their operating hours extended until 2am on Jan 1.

Buses will run until 4am that day.

The ticketed event which will be held at The Float @ Marina Bay will boast a host of performers such as Taiwanese singer David Tao. Tickets are on sale for $38 at Sistic (

Apart from the event, more than 15,000 Serangoon residents are expected to turn up at the Serangoon Swing 2011 countdown to be held at Serangoon Garden Circus. The party, starting at 7pm, is one of more than 50 heartland parties organised by the People's Association this year.

At a press conference held on Tuesday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance and Transport Lim Hwee Hua said that the Serangoon Citizens' Consultative Committee took more than a year to put together the party at a cost of some $500,000.


She said: "This is a family oriented street party for residents to celebrate in their own backyard. We expect some people to even come in their pyjamas, with their grandparents and children."

The Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and Transport, Mr Teo Ser Luck, told my paper: "We may need so many parties to get the community into an active mood.

Most of them are in the heartland, so the parties there will be more accessible to the residents who can wear slippers and shorts and have a good time right at their doorstep."

He added: "I would party- hop if I could. With public transport, it would be so much more convenient."

PHOTO: New Years Eve Fireworks

Heartland countdown parties

Countdown @ Boon Lay 2011 'We Are The World'
Where: Boon Lay Place
When: 7pm to 1am
Highlights: A vibrant street carnival which will showcase four continents - Asia, America, Europe and Africa - will be staged. Mardi Gras dancers and Japanese cosplayers will also dazzle the crowds. There will also be performances by veteran singer Rahimah Rahim and Taiwan TV star Chen Zhao-rong.

Welcome 2011: Party By The Park
Where: Tiong Bahru Park
When: 6pm to 1am
Highlights: Singaporeans, permanent residents and new immigrants can participate in interactive games such as the Frog Hunt where pairs comprising a Singaporean and a new immigrant, for instance, hunt for various "frog" signs around the park.

Hypesteria! 2011
Where: Open field beside Woodlands Civic Centre
When: 7pm to 12.40am
Highlights: Performances by Singapore magician Alan Extreme. There will also be a five-minute fireworks display.

The Punggol East 2011 Countdown
Where: Rivervale Harmony Square
When: 9.30pm to 1am

Highlights: Performers include the first Singapore Idol, Taufik Batisah, and host-comedians Mark Lee and Henry Thia.

By Christina Ng,, Thu, Dec 30, 2010

PHOTO: Ring in 2011 with two fireworks shows on the Delaware River as SugarHouse Casino Presents Twice the Fireworks! Twice the Fun!
(Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)

我的字典: Wǒ de zì diǎn

Countdown: 倒数 - dào shù
Centre stage: 焦点 - jiāo diǎn
Backyard: 后院 - hòu yuàn
Pyjamas: 睡衣 - shuì yī