Splashing Good Times: The Singapore International Water Festival in Focus

1 Jul 2012                          

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Full Speed Ahead!

The Marina Barrage Singapore has seen many kinds of thrilling water races held in recent months: canoes,dragon boats and even sailboats. This morning saw a different kind of adrenaline-filled race held at the reservoir – a raft race which had participants design their own solar-powered boats for a race across the waters.

This was just part of the opening festivities of the Singapore International Water Festival being held from 30 June to 7 July. Participants had clearly unleashed their creativity as designs ranged from paramilitary-themed boats mounted with realistic-looking weapons, to oriental junks decorated with intricate curling dragons. There was even an Angry Birds-themed raft complete with a catapult!

Those with weak sea-legs were not made to walk the proverbial plank however, as Singaporeans of all ages and races arrived in droves for the fun and games at the carnival-cum-bazaar set firmly on ground. Perhaps the coolest store I spied was the one offering free hugs for every purchase made!

Members of the public signing up to take part at
the Singapore International Water Festival happening at the Marina Barrage Singapore
A man from Singapore Polytechnic filming the opening address given by Guest-of-Honour Mr. Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.
Led by students from Singapore Polytechnic, Guest-of Honour Mr. Chan takes a tour of the various exhibits on show at the Singapore International Water Festival. Mr. Chan viewing a miniature solar water boat race, which is one of many sustainable sources of energy earmarked for the future.
It is often said that the future of tomorrow belongs to the youth of today, and these students from Jurong Secondary School are taking matters into their own hands by pledging to reduce their waste.
It is often said that the future of tomorrow belongs to the youth of today, and these students from Jurong Secondary School are taking matters into their own hands by pledging to reduce their waste.

By Oliver Michael alias Clark Kent
Photos by Lionel alias Marcus

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