Thursday, 4 December 2014

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown: prelude

Hello everyone! I'm finally back at this space; the semester has been absolutely nuts and I'm so glad it's over and I have about a 4-5 weeks holiday break before the start of the next semester (which I hear is gonna be even more crazy).

But okay, here's to happy and carefree days once more! :D

Well, December is definitely one of my favourite months of the year because of Christmas and New Year. So....I'm excited to announce that I'm gonna be one of the official bloggers for the Marina Bay SG Countdown 2015 this December! 

Since we are counting down into the Jubilee year (50th year of independence for Singapore, the events this year have been specially tailored to embrace local talents, efforts and sights.

Some of the activities ongoing now include the Wishing Spheres Project, where people can pen down their wishes on spheres which would be set afloat at Marina Bay as an art installation. I've actually written one before about a couple of years back I think! (: 

Wishing spheres installation in 2012 (Photo credits to

 For this year, the unique thing about this project is that, it now includes red spheres (5000 of them) which would form a '50' in the water, being surrounded by the other white spheres. 25,000 of these spheres would be set afloat in celebration of SG50 (: There are lots of wishing stations located all around Singapore; click here for the full list of stations and their opening hours. 

There is also an ongoing photography competition, where participants can submit photos and stand to win prizes! (: The theme of this year's photography competition is 'Happy Jubilee' and here are some of last year's winning entries:

First prize winner - 2014

Second prize winner - 2014 

Third prize winner - 2014

More details about the photography competition can be found here (:

And of course, I'll like to share a little about the events which would be happening on the 31st of Dec itself too! There's something for everyone; young or old (: 

These events include: 
 Aux Media group presents: Celebrate With the World 2015
MediaCorp presents: Celebrate SG50
These two events are ticketed entry events and they are concerts held in celebration of the countdown. Lots of local and overseas artistes would be present ( Stefanie Sun and Big Bang, and DJs such as Ronski Speed and Nicole Chen).

It consists of a series of drum performances by 400 drummers who would perform 'live' and these drummers come from institutions such as Ngee Ann Poly and SMU to drumming bands such as Sambarang Batucran. These performances would be ongoing from 6-12am on the 31st of Dec. 

Esplanade Presents: Celebrate December (19th - 31st Dec)
This event by the Esplanade (at the Esplanade concourse and outdoor theatre) includes the holding of craft workshops, musical performances and many other activities. 

Marina Waterfront Bazaar
A bazaar would also be held around the MBS area where people can shop around for items such as fashion apparel, accessories and handicrafts. There would also be refreshments sold at the bazaar (:

Reflections of our Past, Present and Future (26th - 31st Dec)
A digital art showcase from the Fullerton Hotel to Merlion Park would be shown at various timings from 8pm to 12am. The audience can watch how the landscape comes alive with lights and colours

Let's not forget about the fireworks display as well which would be up at midnight. I've always loved fireworks; Tzu and I actually managed to catch them 2 years back at Gardens by the Bay and it was wonderful watching them with him (: 


I'll be covering some of these events which I've talked about above and giving away some tickets too, so do stay tuned to this space!

Love, Jo 


  1. Hi, Coming from the UK for NewYearsEve we are 4 adults and 4 kids from 6 months to 14 years... Will most parts of the bay be rammed, or will it still be possible to move about ? Would you recommend booking an event or moving around to take in more of the atmosphere of NYE !! Thanks x

    1. Hi there! (:

      Most parts of the bay will be crowded, especially from 9pm onwards. Events that would perhaps be most suited for families to attend would be (at the earlier part of New Year's Eve):
      Carnival at the Promontory which starts at 1pm; concert at 4pm
      Waterfront Bazaar at 4pm
      DrumGaia at 6pm onwards

      For fireworks if you haven't chosen accommodation, you can perhaps choose to book a room that’s around the bay? There are also events around the bay by individual stakeholders and some allows a view of the fireworks in comfort:

      The bay ensures a 360 view of the fireworks, so there wouldn't be any issues regarding where you should stand to get a good view. However, it would definitely be quite crowded as NYE moves into the night.