Saturday, May 01, 2010

Helix Bridge & Youth Olympic Park Opening Ceremony

24th April, 2010 ~ The 280m long Helix Bridge, the world’s 1st curved double helix pedestrian bridge was open to the public on the evening of 24th April. Located at Marina Bay, the pedestrian bridge connects Marina Centre to the Bayfront area. The bridge also leads to the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort. The Youth Olympic Park located at the entrance of the bridge was also opened on the same day. According to Urban Redevelopment Authority, the opening of the bridge & the Youth Olympic Park is an important milestone event for Marina Bay.

Day/night scene of Helix Bridge & Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort

To mark the completion of the Helix Bridge & the opening of the Youth Olympic Park, a special 2 minute pyrotechnic show was held, set against the backdrop of the pedestrian bridge. At 8 pm, the Helix was officially named and declared open by National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan. The opening celebrations also featured a series of music, dance, drum & gongfu performances choreographed by Aaron Khek, chief choreographer for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
And I was part of the performance as a stilt-walker & the only female stilt-walker there! Well, I was told that I'm 1 of the only 2 active professional female stilt-walker in Singapore. xD

The day before the opening ceremony, a rehearsal was held. Our costumes were not ready & it rained! Fortunately, the rain stopped in the late evening & we got on with the rehearse.

Rehearsing Hamster =P

The actual day came & we were at the place as early as 4.30 pm. Preparations took us nearly 2 hours with minor amendments to our costumes which turned out to be way too long! Last came on the face paints & we were ready!

Painted-face Hamster! =P

Costumed Hamster on Stilt! xD

The Stilt-walker Team

At the appointed time, we went up the Helix Bridge & took our assigned positions. Our task is to welcome Minister Mah Bow Tan, the VIPs & the invited guests onto the bridge. Many of them were rather surprised to see a female stilt-walker & took lots of photos with me. xD

Stilt-walking Hamster in position! xD

Merging & photo-shooting with the crowd

After the whole crowd passed by, we went down to the Youth Olympic Park to entertained the people with more photos taking. We paraded around at the park till about 10.15 pm, end of the show.

Hengbok, the Stilt-walking Entertainer! xD

I really love this sort of thingie! Wearing costumes, performing & entertaining people. And of course getting paid for doing what I love is the best part! Hope to do more! Who wanna engage a stilt-walking Hamster for their events? xD



At Saturday, May 01, 2010 5:28:00 PM, Anonymous moi said...

nikon time when u performed..i brin 1 milo tin..i goe roun korrectin donations...
we split...
u 51..lark...
khek khek khek...

At Sunday, May 02, 2010 12:39:00 AM, Anonymous Keith said...

Again with the stilt-walking! I think you got the best outfit colours there too - the pink and purple go together really nicely. Also you have an entertaining hat. A craaaazy hat! Heck, if you ask me, I reckon that hat could start its own blog and have a couple of dozen followers inside a week! I bet you wanted to keep it. Anyway, glad you enjoyed yourself. It looks pretty scary up on those things though - I'm keeping my feet firmly on the ground! Obviously I don't have your hamstery boldness and courage for such things. But then again, who does?

At Thursday, May 20, 2010 2:24:00 AM, Anonymous Intronrunner said...

Wow, those knee pads alone must make it abit more difficult. Does one get trained to fall the proper way when stilt walking?

At Thursday, May 20, 2010 2:40:00 AM, Blogger Nikita Hengbok said...

RE: Intronrunner (Thursday, May 20, 2010 2:24:00 AM)

Not at all, just feel hot at times & yep, we're trained to fall. :)


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