It’s here. It’s now. It’s on the Float @ Marina Bay, on TV, on the internet.

Watching TV

Sorry if we're a little slow with emails, we're watching TV

Remember Captain Crutch?

Captain Crutch visits!

We’ve all stopped what we’re doing and turned to the TV in the office. It’s tough trying to type this and focus.

The boss just SMSed to thank us for an incredible journey. And I in turn, would like to thank my team and the extended SYOGOC family, for getting us all here. One of those lump in the throat moments, if you know what I mean.

And 12 amazing days beckon!

In less than 3 hours, we’re going to kick off the Opening Ceremony for the first ever Youth Olympics.

videographer + float

Videographer shoots the skyline around the Float @ Marina Bay

Give me goosebumps just writing it.

all set to go

Shot at 4.45pm. This will be the best place to be on earth in just a few hours.

But even if you don’t have tickets, you’ll get a feel of the whole party atmosphere just being in the vicinity of the city. You can go for the FREE performances at the Promotionary Promodory Promodormitory Promontory, which is the piece of land between the Marina Bay Sands and One Marina Boulevard.

And when all else fails, just look to the sky.

lights in the sky

Watch the top of buildings around Marina Bay as they join in the celebrations

High beams

Now these are what I call "high beams"!

For those of you too lazy to get out of the house, or are in another country, you can watch the webcast HERE.

Just like Tom Cruise, I was sent to do a MI yesterday morning. Unlike our Hollywood superstar though, my MI stands for Millenia Institute and not Mission Impossible.

But having pull myself out of bed (having slept past 3am) and be in Bukit Batok for a 8.30am talk show seemed just as challenging.

Millenia Institute

That's Millenia, tucked away in Bukit Batok (photo by Gaurav @ Flickr)

I eventually got there, but was about 15 minutes late. (Didn’t have my bus with the Olympic rings and flashing lights unfortunately. :p)

They told me that there’d be about 60 students, but I think it was a fair bit more than that. Probably double that number!

Daniel Martin @ MI

Host Daniel Martin warms up the crowd. Tough when it's before 9.00am!

It was a cool (but perhaps a little short) discussion that talked about the expectations of young Singaporeans and the Youth Olympic Games, and why they were excited/not excited.

the audience

Think they were kinda surprised when I pulled out a camera. Hee.

The focus on studies and expectations of parents came up, which was important. But Daniel also pointed out we tend to blame our parents for everything. True? 🙂

Blame the parents!

Jed (I think) says he'd like to go back to Basketball, but his folks disapprove

Anyway, I’m glad I made it in the end, and thanks to my co-panelists for the morning – James (from Coca-Cola), Philip (from Sports Zone), Richard & Amir (from Millenia Institute), and Daniel Martin from 938LIVE for having me on the show.

Hope to see you at the Games!

P.S. Hope you guys didn’t think I was rude when I was on my phone tweeting. And sorry for the early morning draaawwl. :p

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

Just 1 more day and its the show. I’m so jumpy on my feet, anxiously waiting for the Opening Ceremony. Good show everybody!

Meanwhile, we’re busy entertaining media requests coming in daily. Newspapers have been featuring the performers as well as behind the scenes. Usually its pretty fun facilitating these requests but its even more fun when we get to hang out with the performers after they do the interviews. Like its name YOUTH Olympic Games, the Opening Ceremony Show is filled with youths. People around my age or younger.

Today, we traipse with Melodie from YOGhurt, this nine piece girl band who is formed specially for YOG. Melodie and gang will sing and dance in the segment called “Monster”. She told me its difficult to dance in that costume of hers. My my, look at those boots. A little bird told me their costume was cosplay inspired.

Watch out for her on the 14th. Many thanks to Melodie for hanging out with us!

She loaned me her headgear

Tong tong got an urge to drum it all out

Sings: dancing in the sunlight..

Its us two girls vs the Marina Bay

Melodie looks the nicest as always

Here's to the YOG: Infinity and Beyond

Oh dear, what have I gotten myself into.

Today is Friday the 13th, and I find myself in debt. I owe you, our loyal readers (yes, all 4 of you), another 10 entries with only a day to go to the opening ceremony.

jason says...

"You owe me blog entries..."

Blogging here has been a blast, and I’m thankful to have regular readers who keep my posts warm with comment love. But sadly work has often resulted in my deadlines not being met, and as such, I find myself 10 posts short on the day before the Opening Ceremony. Argh!

So, what say you?

By the way, I’m on a radio show at Millenia Institute some time tomorrow morning – probably about 9am – on 938 LIVE (FM93.8 in Singapore). Tune in if you can, and I’ll try to tweet during the show on @singapore2010. Pls tweet back? 🙂

Gaaah! This was supposed to go up last night… Anyway let’s just pretend we’re still on the 12th, shall we?

Since we’ve moved in to the Marina Bay Sands last Wednesday (it’s been that long already?!), we’ve had some time to develop some sort of routine before the Main Media Centre’s clients (i.e. the media – duh!) descend upon us.

But that time has since passed in the glint of an eye.

media help desk

First thing you see after the metal detectors (it's a lot more crowded now!)

Here at the Main Press Centre on the 4th floor (International Broadcast Centre is on the 1st floor), the media will have pretty good facilities in which to do their work in, like these workstations equipped with internet connectivity, phone lines, and electricity, which is very important.

workroom

Ready and waiting

They’ll even have access to a few massage chairs in the Media Lounge case they knead need a break!

And someone must have told them about the massage chairs because they have started coming…

queueing for accreditation

No Hello Kitty, just media accreditation (and massage chairs)