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We’ve made it. I frankly never thought it would come, but it has.

It’s with great pride, relief, happiness and sadness that I write this post.

The Games have been delivered, and by my measure (I don’t know about you), it’s been a rip-roaring success.

There was so much joy, moments of despair, many dreams realised, many dreams still to be fulfilled, and a whole lot to be thankful for.

With a lump in my throat the size of Sentosa, I would like to thank:

The athletes: For your determination and athleticism that remind us all how pure sports can be and how it can unite us all.

The organising committee and my crew: I’m thankful for the great bosses,colleagues, partners, vendors, and other awesom people I have had the honour of working with, and my amazing New Media team that has hung in there since we started work on this just over 2 years ago. Amanda, Jialin, Kok Siong, Yee Hon, Victor, Nazif and Adeline: You guys rawk. hard.

To the extended family that have come forward to multiply what we’ve been able to deliver during the Games… STARS and volunteers, you don’t know how incredible you’ve been, and how there wouldn’t be a Games without you. I’m proud to have worked beside each and every one of you.

And finally, thank you dear reader for accompanying me on this 100-stop journey. I hope you enjoyed the ride.

flame

This flame may have gone out, but the Singapore 2010 spirit burns on

Don’t stop believing.

It’s amazing how each day whizzes by before I can even pull up the WordPress page to bang out an entry. I foolishly thought that with the Games under way, that I’d have a little more time to catch up on, and finally finish my #100 entries.

WRONG. WRONG. WRONG.

Between waking up and falling asleep with the TV on, the hours are spent updating the website, sending out newsletters, tweeting, facebook-ing, replying emails, and attending meetings.

I’ve even lost track of the days, being at the Main Media Centre every day for almost 3 weeks now.

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As you can see, even this sign to help us keep track of the days has become outdated

But it’s been fun, even if I don’t get out much.

The size of my team has suddenly exploded by about 20 times, and we are overflowing with content! Stories, photos and videos are spilling out of our ears… (See for yourself > Stories > Photos > Videos)

new media ops room

The New Media Lair in full swing (minus the guys slacking off watching TV)

Despite the significantly larger team (we had a small base to begin with, so any increase seems substantial actually), the job doesn’t exactly get very much easier. Depending on how addicted you are to your job (i.e. you don’t want to go home), there are times where you just zonk out at the desk after 1,034,543 hours on the job.

sleeping on the job

WhyOhGee Editor editing in her sleep. (Not!)

But sometimes we get visitors, and we have to wake up…

alexandra visits

Our friend Alexandra from Rio 2016 visits!

Other times, we take a break to remember that there are other moments that we need to celebrate…

vicson's birthday

Birthday boy Vicson & friends (no interns were harmed in the shooting of this photo)

And the happy/sad thing is, all this is almost over. 🙂 😦

As we celebrate sports, youth, and the Olympic values, I’d like to also remind athletes (and anyone who reads this blog) not to forget the people who got us here.

Sponsors, coaches, teachers and most of all, our parents.

Just a couple of nights back, we were watching a young shuttler named Huang Chao play his heart out for good reason.

Huang Chao

Smash from Huang Chao

Huang moved from China to Singapore in search of better opportunities. That night, he was playing in front of his dad, who he had not seen for the past six years. Can’t imagine what might have been going through his mind then. (Read more about Huang Chao)

A couple of days ago, one of the bosses lost his dad, and another colleague lost her grandmother. As we rush through every day during these Games, let’s also be thankful of all these people who got us here. 🙂

After spending close to 4 months working on Opening and Closing Ceremonies (aka OCC), I’ve started to grown attached to the Floating Platform, the Marina Bay skyline, the people I work with, the performers and the security uncle who always smile at me when I walk in.

This entry documents my last trip camwhoring around the OCC Stage.

I'll miss you both (Tong and Lyo) when YOG ends... Do you know Lyo has an official pass to the Float?

Eugene (one of the NS boys we work with), Tong and I under this roof decoration.

we thought of going swimming in the Reflecting Pool

tried to be Godzillas climbing the props

Got eaten and killed by the Dragon Head

guess what it is?

shaking hands and making friends with the Giant Monster

The coils of tubes are actually those washing machine tubes where the dirty water comes out from

Being the lead of a team during the Games can be quite a pain in the neck. Literally.

Being in charge means being contactable, means having different means of contact with different groups of people. Thus I’ve got an accreditation pass, a mobile phone, and a walkietalkie-like thing hung around my neck. Plus of course my own personal phone that i thankfully keep in my pocket.

Heloise and her four phones

Helloise from next door shows off her connectivity

And I’ve just learnt that we just picked up yet another handset … !!

Maybe we’ll get one of these soon:

2 cups + string

No SIM card required (Image from whoislauralee.blogspot.com)

It’s admirable when people forsake their Sunday sleep-ins, and turn up despite a torrential downpour at a location that they’re unfamiliar with at 8.00am+ in the morning for something they probably have never heard of. (Hence the title of this post)

That’s why I think my volunteers rawk.

and this is a sunday!

The workforce that's going to be based at the Main Media Centre

For your information, venex is in no way related to latex, Tex-Mex, or ‘kleenex’. Rather, it’s short for Venue Exercise (yes, we love shortening things!). But no, we didn’t gather really early last Sunday morning to do jumping jacks together. It was for a much more serious reason…

empty chair... don't ask me why

Not the most serious of pictures, I know

neighbours

Our neighbour Robert (from Language Services) explains what we do to his team

We needed to orientate them to the place that would be their home for approximately 2 weeks, get them familiar with what they would be doing during Games Time, and make sure they all knew what to do in an emergency. Sorta like Freshman orientation, just without the silly games.

Where's the sense of urgency??

Victor takes the time to photograph the city skyline during the fire drill. (Don't try this at home kids!)

Mini Me

Volunteer does his impression of "Julian on Sunday morning" (that's my work pass)

It was of course, also nice to see how many of them were real people and weren’t fictitious names floating around in cyberspace.

Turns out we’ve got a good bunch of committed people who we can count on when the weather is at its worst! (think another tree or two might have fallen that morning) Though we were a little overwhelmed when we actually saw how many people we had when they all turned up at once.

Amanda wonders if the mob will eat her alive

Victor tries to tell everyone a joke. haha.

But honest to goodness truth, we’re all infinitely thankful to all of you for showing up on a soggy Sunday, and look forward to working with you for the next 3 weeks or so! 🙂

We’ve finally moved our stuff into one of our Games time venues – the Main Media Centre. (We’ve got stuff happening at the Youth Olympic Village at NIE too, but that’s for another blog post.)

boxes boxes boxes

Amanda was very focused on packing. Not sure she kept track of what she packed though.

There were lots and lots of boxes, some loaded with pretty delicate equipment, so we had a few shocks when the moving guys started throwing our editing stations like cabbage. :p But we told them about our frail hearts and I think they got the message.

taking stock

And then we waited for the big truck to take our stuff away...

So off we went… to our new home at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre!

i saw the sign!

That's the sign... and in Francais too. (Didn't know I was working in a bureau!)

We furiously unpacked and set up our stuff, and within a couple of hours, we were practically settled in, save for a few bugbears here and there.

idm faoc's desk

tadah...!

We’ve still got some way to go to make the place feel homely, but I think we’re getting there.

Lyo the security guard

Lyo helps make sure people don't print indiscriminately.

One thing we’re not looking forward to though… re-packing everything at the end of the Games!

Deanna doesn't like small spaces

We promise not to put Deanna into a box to save on taxi fare.

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