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Jan 7, 2019

Childhood Memories of Fireworks Display

In Singapore, the Marina Bay area ushered in the New Year 2019 with a dazzling fireworks display over the island's skyline and other festivities in the vicinity.

Landmarks including The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, the ArtScience Museum and the Merlion also lent their facades for light projection shows throughout the night.

The countdown for the last 10 minutes of Year 2018 was screened on the digital clock on The Fullerton Hotel and everyone joined together and shouted with excitement from 10 to 0 to welcome a Happy New Year 2019. The sky was blazed with colourful spectacular fireworks and I captured a video clip here .

The Singapore waterfront was calm and quiet before the fireworks started at 11:00 pm on 31 December, 2018.  Earlier in the afternoon and earlier evening, the intermittent heavy rainfall
which later drizzled; unexpectedly the blessed "greatest event of the year" completed successfully when the rain stopped.

The musical events at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre was open to the public free of charge at 7 pm.

As a "Kiasu Singaporean", I 'chopped' my favorite spot (as always in the past years of the Countdown fireworks displays) beside the ArtScience Musuem at Marina Bay Singapore. Please read about this here .

The crowd grew bigger and bigger as the time for the countdown at midnight.  The visitors were mostly Singaporean and their family, guest workers from China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Blanglalash, India and a few visitors whom I met from Japan, Mongolia, Russia and England.

The wait for the countdown fireworks display for 9 to 10 hours is worthwhile for everyone.  Many were prepared with umbrellas, ponchos, mats, food and drinks to picnic everywhere at the Marina Bay areas.   The waiting periods helped them to occupy the time with their smartphones to play games or watch YouTube with their favorite videos.

Childhood Memories of Fireworks Display

At the "Senior Talkshop" course in Mandarin organised by The TSAO Foundation, I spoke about my childhood memories of fireworks display when my mother brought me to the Clifford Pier at the Singapore waterfront in 1953 here .

I hope the parents in Singapore will help their young ones to watch fireworks display every chance they have - to create their fond childhood memories and remember the happy memories of Singapore.

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