Chinatown Crush

January 28th, 2007   •   3 comments   

Brought the family to the Chinatown Light Up ceremony last night, amidst the drizzling rain, nursing Ethan’s raging fever (he insisted on going nonetheless), and the extraordinary crowds.

As usual, there were the fire crackers popping which ushered in the festivities, as well as the street lights. I found the accompanying reveberations and echoes rather eery – they reminded me of a warzone and sounded like multiple bullets firing away in the night. At certain critical periods, there were even low lying pyrotechnics which lit up the night sky.

Catching the spectacle was an eclectic mix of locals (many residents of Chinatown area), friends from China and western backpackers here and there. A few carried umbrellas with them to shield from the occasional droplets of rain.

Through the next hour or so, we were treated to many similar looking dance and martial arts performances on stage. Somehow these didn’t quite catch my fancy. Most of the acts looked like they were rehashed from Chingay.

The stage lights also seemed to be purely for the benefit of invited guests seated under the marquee at New Bridge Road. For the majority of us which are along Eu Tong Sen street (outside People’s Park Complex), we were blinded and could not clearly see what’s happening on stage. Occasionally, the emcees would turn around and address us, their faces shrouded in darkness.

I guess the main highlights were the appearance of the Looney Toon characters like Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tasmanian Devil and Tweety Bird. Parents with their toddlers (yours truly included) pointed excitedly at the various cartoon characters. A group of acrobats and dancers from China did catch generate some “oohs” and “aahs” though. I thought that they did pretty well, especially the multiple hula hoop dancing performance.

Unfortunately, the purported climax of the evening was quite a let down. After waiting more than an hour for the appearance of 128 lion dancers, we only sighted them for a couple of minutes prancing in the dark. None of the lions or dragons moved on to the main stage, and you do not get the sense of scale and grandeur which this was supposed to elicit.

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  1. etel
    posted on Jan 28, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    i never go to chinatown to watch these things before, simply because there are too many people!!! and of course i dont think they are that fantastic every yr..

    Hope little Ethan is feeling better now~!

  2. posted on Jan 28, 2007 at 9:16 AM

    omg, you siao lao pei arh? Bring little Ethan to such a crowded place to watch fireworks. Some more he running a fever. Young people these days arh, tsk tsk tsk……

    This Chinatown light-up is such a wayang every year. Hate it.

  3. posted on Jan 28, 2007 at 2:55 PM

    No choice leh, since he was so geared up and excited about it. I guess we took all the necessary precautions – ensuring that he rested well, adequate clothing to prevent chills, umbrella to prevent getting wet, lots of water and lots of carrying too. He is much better today (thank God) and is as boisterous and cheeky as ever!

    I didn’t think very much of the Chinatown event though some felt that it was pretty entertaining. Perhaps I wished that something more original and extraordinary could happen there instead. What keeps me awake at night is dreaming up the ideal talk-of-the-town event that will set new milestones and get everybody’s tongues wagging.

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