As part of Singapore’s SG50 Jubilee Celebrations, the Jubilee Big Walk took place this morning.
A historical 5km route
Jointly organised by The New Paper and the People’s Association, this walk started from the National Museum of Singapore. It took participants through a historical 5km route that allowed them to relive Singapore’s past, appreciate the present and look forward to the future.
About 25,000 participants took part in this morning’s event, which was flagged off at about 7.00am, by Prime Minster Lee Hsien Loong.
Some of the landmarks along the way, had included The Peranakan Museum, Hill Street Fire Station, the Padang, Esplanade, the Marina Bay Floating Platform, the ArtScience Museum and Marina Bay Sands. The finishing point was at The Meadows @ Gardens by the Bay – one of Singapore’s newest iconic attractions.
Starting line was colourful and interesting
Prior to commencement, the starting line was pretty amazing to look at – as it was adorned with many colourful balloons – in the shape of iconic landmarks and figures in Singapore. These had even included a MRT train and Singa the Courtesy Lion.
In addition, colourful balloons, which I thought had really added to the pre-event carnival atmosphere – were given out.
Sights to absorb
When the starting horn blew, I took it slowly, absorbing the sights and sounds along the way. But at times, I broke into a slow jog when the crowd had dissipated slightly.
As it had been raining earlier, the weather was also very pleasant in the early part of the walk. It was cool and breezy, but after a while, unfortunately, it became a little more humid than I would have liked.
So many photo opportunities along the way
Throughout the walk, there were many photo opportunities available, ranging from being able to take photos of iconic buildings to costumed participants and performers such as colourful dancers and stilt-walkers. So I couldn’t help myself, but stopped on a number of occasions to take pictures.
SG50 Singapore Heart Map festival at the Marina Bay Floating Platform
The most interesting part of the walk though, came at the halfway point when we passed the Marina Bay Floating Platform. This was where the Singapore Heart Map festival was taking place.
This is an SG50 festival that marks some of the most cherished locations on the island, including the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Haw Par Villa and Tiong Bahru – expressed through literary and visual arts.
But what had caught my eye though, were the colourful balloons shaped like landmarks such as the Changi Airport Control Tower, an airplane and a palm tree. These were awesome and I posed for photos with a few of them.
The Jubilee Bridge, which was also launched today, was definitely eye-catching, as it had been adorned with colourful, gold SG50 balloons for the occasion. A few metres down, we were given SG50 balloons as an interesting mementoes of the morning. This was a gesture that participants really appreciated.
The post-event carnival at the Gardens by the Bay
Upon passing the Singapore Heart Map festival, we headed through Esplanade Park before reaching the finishing line – at The Meadow @ Gardens by the Bay.
And when I reached the end point, a huge carnival greeted the walkers upon crossing the finishing arch.
There were plenty of photo opportunities at the carnival, with various ‘green screens’ – and complimentary goodies, such as Dodo fishballs and boxes of Centrum vitamin tablets, being available as well.
A lucky draw was conducted on stage too, and there were also a few bubbly castles at the far end, for the young ones to bounce around on. This really captivated the kids – and maybe their mums and dads too.
Unfortunately, the sun had come out in full force by the time we had crossed the finishing line. So it had started to get quite hot.
That was when I decided to make my exit – but had promptly bumped into a huge human traffic jam that continued all the way to Bayfront Station.
While it was a little frustrating, I was glad though, that I had completed the walk early enough to not have encountered this bottleneck along the way.
Overall, it was a really fun event and I look forward to taking part in this leisurely casual walk again – perhaps next year.