Ethan having a spinning good time at the DBS Marina Regatta 2013
Do you know that I was once a varsity dragon boater?
While those days were long gone, I still enjoy canoeing and paddling. I’m also drawn to carnivals that promote sports and active lifestyles. Thus, it was a no-brainer for my family and I to check out the Bay Festival last weekend at the DBS Marina Regatta 2013.
Drawing close to 15,000 people over two weekends, the DBS Marina Regatta featured a mix of free watersport activities like kayaking, dragon boating, and sailing, carnival stalls by various social enterprises and performances by artistes over the years – from Electrico, Jack and Rai, Jessica Soo to The Ferdinands. For avid sea sports fans, the highlight was probably the Dragon Boat Races which occurred on 18 and 19 May featuring close to 140 teams and 2,400 athletes.
Practically every Singaporean has a DBS or POSBank savings account. One of Singapore’s largest bank, DBS was synonymous with the Singapore success story, playing a key role in our early economic growth. It is thus heartening to learn how the bank has invested S$10 million over the next three years to transform Marina Bay into a “People’s Bay” with fun activities like the Regatta, DBS Sailing Programme, POSB Passion Run for Kids, and DBS Social Enterprise Year-end Special.
Join my family and I as we check out the fun down by the Bay!
The Social Enterprise Carnival seeks to create public awareness of social enterprises and their importance to the community. Some of the stalls here sold cakes, pastries and candies made by people with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Next up is Circus in Motion’s plate spinning. Here, Ethan learns the trick from an instructor.
Speaking to the group’s manager Ernie, I discovered that they handle everything from juggling, spinning plates, diablo, giant pyramid, giant cube, to stilt walking, unicycling and slack rope walking. Circus in Motion has 3 full timers and 6 part timers, and participated in Taiwan for a diablo competition before.
Meanwhile, I decided to spin a different set of wheels when I checked out Bamboobee. Isn’t the bicycle above a beauty?
Specialising in bicycles and related products made of environmentally friendly bamboo, Bamboobee offers bicycle customisation services, maintenance and repairs. This social enterprise employs ex-offenders, youths-at-risk, single mothers and persons with disabilities in bicycle assembly, maintenance and repair as well as retail management.
I couldn’t resist taking this beauty for a spin. The ride felt good and while the bicycle wasn’t as light as a carbon fibre one, it was actually comparable to my aluminium hybrid bicycle back at home.
I’m certainly looking forward to more fun at DBS Marina Regatta next year. Aren’t you?