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Another Chingay ~ The Water Dragon Year 2012

on February 13, 2012

It’s yet another Chingay, and this is my third year shooting the Chingay.

The word Chingay is derived from the Hokkien dialect, of which the Mandarin equivalent is Zhuang Yi, meaning “the art of masquerade”.

The festival began as a neighbourhood parade with only Chinese elements in 1973. Today, after 40 years, the Chingay Parade has evolved to be the grandest street and floats parade in Asia, showcasing the rich, vibrant multi-culturalism of Singapore and exciting cultures all over the world. To all Singaporeans, the Chingay Parade is a parade of our people, our dreams and our pride!

During my first year in 2010, I stood by the aisles along the road and shot the parade. It was amazing!

The parade was full of colours with elaborate costumes, music and dance.

The performances showcased stunning feats and generated so much energy and vibrancy.

Last year, I had tickets from Soo Hoon to attend the parade with.

I shot from the stands.

This year, I was lucky enough to have tickets again (from Titus, this time), and we shot from the purple sector. (We : Anthony, Ken, Wee Yang & myself)

Unlike last year, I watched the parade on a Sat. This year, I had tickets for the Friday’s show. It was a mad rush from my office to the stands. And with the long queues, we took ‘forever’ to get in.

Friday, 3 Feb 2012 – Parade Day 1 at 8.30pm
Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 – Parade Day 2 at 8.30pm
At Pit Building (Next to Singapore Flyer)

The flickering coloured lights creating lots of ‘diamonds’ on the water surface. It was spectacular!

This year, I’m not too sure if it was because it was the water-dragon-year or was it the spate-of-floods inspired, they built a 360-metres waterway with performers making a splash, creating spectacular stunts and exhilarating breathtaking performances with and on water.

This Chingay 2012 promises a splashing good time for all, and indeed it was.

They had a ‘variation’ of dragons show from LED Hip Hop dragon dance, straw dragons, water dragons, human dragon from Zhangjiang, a dazzling dragon float to two magnificent dragon and phoenix from Xi’an, Shaanxi of China with 36m-long bodies and 16m-wing. There were even balloon sculptured dragons too.

The waterway upped the level of difficulty for most performances; such as stilt-walking on water, bicycle stunts with and on water. But I would have to agree that the water created a magnificent display of water trail in many of the performances and the first picture in this blog post has been one of my favourite, with a clear distinct water trail from the ‘taekwondo aerobics’ performance.  With the flickering of the coloured lightings, the water surface sparkled like diamonds. It was spectacular.

Throughout the entire parade, I immersed myself in the music and cheers and was once again mesmerized by the colours and energy. I can’t wait for the next Chingay. I wonder what surprises awaits…

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6 responses to “Another Chingay ~ The Water Dragon Year 2012

  1. helpch_shooter says:

    Hi ya, I’m going to shoot at Chingay Parade and am wondering what lense would you recommend that I bring for this event?

    • xia says:

      Hi there ;

      Where would you be shooting from ? From the seating galleries, or would you be running around or are you shooting from the free-standing areas ?

      If you are shooting from the seating gallery, chances are you would need a longer lens; minimally a 200mm. And you would need to shoot fast cos you need to get up from your seat and sit back down again quickly lest the peeps behind “oooiiiii” you… Haahaa….. :p

      If you are running around, it would be helpful if you have two bodies; one short lens (f1.4 or f1.8 for nice bokeh) and a longer lens (200mm and above) or fun lens (fisheye).

      If you are at the free standing areas, one body and one lens should suffice, a short range to a long range to cover all aspects (i.e. 70-300mm).

      Hope that helps. Have fun shooting at the event. I’m sure it gonna be so much fun, full of vibrance, action and colours.

      Wishing you a Happy Lunar New Year in advance 🙂

      • helpch_shooter says:

        Do you think a tripod is required ?

        Thanks.. 🙂

      • xia says:

        Hi there ;

        Sorry. I was away and couldn’t revert to your enquiry in time. I do not think a tripod is necessary if you are running around.

        Did you have a good time at the Chingay? I liked the Indonesian group best. The costumes were really awesome and out-of-the-world…!! Did you manage to get any good shots? Do link me up to your shots if you like. Would love to reminisce them again… 🙂

      • helpch_shooter says:

        Thanks XIA.

        Didn’t get any good shot though. 😦

      • xia says:

        I see. No worries. It’s quite difficult to grasp as the lighting is low and constantly flickering. However, I’m sure it has been quite an experience which you’ll be able to learn from it and do better next year… Jia you… 🙂

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