I took my family to free but local heartland’s milder attraction coinciding with Singapore’s grand carnival christened as Chingay @ North. Rains poured delaying start of the procession and it finally appeared at midpoint only around 10pm rather than the intended 8:30 pm slot. After an arduous wait of 2+ hours, dotted with lots of mandarin karaoke was of no use as time killer. In the end 5 floats arrived which was of little visual bon appetite and was wondering what happens if it lasts for an hour plus with people donning different persona swept by, a great fun time to watch their energy being showcased and be awed. No wonder the Rio’s Samba attraction is world famous and I thought I should witness at least once in my life time, the carnival’s Mecca in its glory.
Following the micro carnival was the thunderous & smoky lion dance whihc I’ve ever witnessed. The poor lads from China were amidst thousands of crackers jostling around with acrid & horrible smoke that nearly suffocated me after some time. I was really pitying them – what a human cost they pay merely for other’s entertainment. It tantamounts to inhaling millions of ciggrates within 5 minutes. It also shows how extreme we take certain things in the name of culture and entertainment, hence we should practice “green entertainment”