The Singapore River Festival was awesomely fun!
Singapore has always been my favourite big city in this part of the world, only because Singaporeans have always treated me very well and that there always seems to be endless things to do in such a small place.
Taking advantage of the fact that it’s the Great Singapore Sales, I went to Singapore with the returning Pinkpau (fresh from her summer holidays in the States and certified free from swine flu) to also attend the launch of the River Festival.
We were put up at the Park Hotel Clarke Quay. The rooms here are approx S$200 per night, is completely brand new and located smack in the middle of the night entertainment district of Clarke Quay.
I like it that the general manager of the hotel handwritten me a note to welcome my stay.
Another nice touch was that all non-alcoholic drinks in my room’s minibar was complimentary.
Perfect for inviting unsuspecting girls back from the bar with the pickup line, “Are you thirsty? I have drinks in my room’s minibar.” Unfortunately for me, Singaporean girls are too smart to fall for that. 🙁
I thought my room was very tastefully decorated. However, I ain’t seen nothing yet. When I popped over to Pinkpau’s room to have a look, I was gobsmacked.
Pinkpau’s room is… special.
So special that the only word I can use to describe it is SCANDALOUS.
You see, Pinkpau’s room is one of only three in Park Hotel that features a see-through shower. What that means is that from the bed, you can have full view of your partner washing her armpits or scrubbing her ass crack.
Obviously this type of room is meant for loving couples.
Or zoo animals.
One of the attractions I finally did in Singapore was the Singapore Flyer.
I’ve been wanting to get on the Flyer since the Jurassic Era. Somehow I’ve always put it off because The Largest Ferris Wheel In The World has always attracted The Longest Queue In Singapore.
When I finally managed to get on the Flyer, I realised why it’s so damn popular.
The flight up to the top was nothing short of breathtaking. So breathtaking that our friend Boss Ming had to take a seat and stablize himself with a few deep breaths when we’re nearing the top.
The dude is scared of heights.
Pinkpau and I, on the other hand, were having a ball.
It’s impressive to see Singapore’s skyline constantly changing. The construction on the left is the new Marina Bay Sands casino, also known as The Most Expensive Casino In The World.
When completed by the end of this year, it’ll cost Singaporeans S$100 to get in. For foreigners, it’s FREE. It’s Singapore’s odd but effective way to limit the negative social impact of gambling.
One of the main highlights of the Singapore River Festival is an appearance by master illusionists ‘Magic Babe’ Ning and JC Sum. The two will attempt to put Singapore in the record books by achieving the World Record for Most Number Of Illusions Performed In Five Minutes.
We were given a preview of what they were capable of during one of their stage shows, where they showed us how they can float in the air, walk through metal, make money appear out of thin air and solve the global economic crisis.
Okay maybe not solve the economic crisis, but they really can make money appear out of thin air one. Don’t play play, but dunno why they still need to charge ppl for entrance!
The opening ceremony of the Singapore River Festival was a VIP event that took place in front of the Asian Civilizations Museum.
Coincidentally on that day, the museum was holding a free exhibitio
n by photographer Steve McCurry, famous for taking this haunting image of The Afghan Girl.
This is Kenny Sia, The Afghan Boy.
The grass lawn in front of the Asian Civilizations Museum were laid out with mats and pillows.
There’s something amazingly unique about lying on the ground, looking up towards this amazing backdrop of blue skies and towering skyscrapers.
The Singapore River comes alive this entire week with an array of free events, activities, parades and parties. During the opening ceremony, we were treated to a variety of ‘modern interpretive’ dances.
Otherwise known as ‘siao lang’ dance. Interpretive dances are always like that. No one knew what those dancers were trying to portray except themselves.
So we made up our own meanings.
Xiaxue: “Wah! Look like Ku Klux Klan.”
Kenny: “Singapore army’s underwater unit, preparing to attack Johor.”
Kenny: “Poor fella kena mobbed during Great Singapore Sale.”
Something substantially more entertaining than those modern interpretive dances though, was the Singapore River Festival’s bumboat parade.
The bumboat parade starts 7:30pm every night from now till this Saturday. I highly recommend having a look at this unique light and musical showcase of traditional boats and dancers in giant bubbles.
For a list of free events and activities during the Singapore River Festival, be sure to click on singaporeriverfestival.com
We found out the River Taxi Ride is free of charge during the Festival. After the show Pinkpau and I hopped onto one of the boats.
As you can see, Pinkpau absolutely enjoyed it!
Both of us have been to Singapore multiple times, but to see the architecture of the country from the waters while enjoying the breeze blowing in our face was truly an unforgettable experience.
The river at night is amazingly beautiful.
I still find it difficult to imagine that as little as 40 years ago, Singapore was a fishing village no bigger than Kuching. Yet today it’s sprouted into such a beautiful modern city.
The taxi ride took us back to Clarke Quay.
Here, we joined the rest of our friends and partied the night away at The Arena.
Now, here’s the problem.
The party we were going to was a pajama party and the dress code was obviously, pajamas.
The problem is, I don’t wear pajamas to sleep. I have no pajamas in my wardrobe, so I went to Singapore without any form of sleepwear tucked in my suitcase.
Naively, I thought since it’s the Great Singapore Sale, I should be able to easily grab a set at one of Singapore’s many many many many many shopping centres.
So earlier during the day, I asked Stickgal to follow me pajama-shopping at Vivo City.
This is Stickgal. For those who not know, Stickgal is the now-retired comic blogger who inspired this entry.
Vivo City is one of the biggest shopping malls in Singapore, but even after scouring every corner of it, we found no signs of pajamas on sale at all.
Not for men’s anyway.
It wasn’t until we p
opped into La Senza that I finally picked up my attire for the Pajama Party for 70% off.
Yes, LA SENZA. The lingerie shop.
Can’t help it, satin felt soo good.
(My reputation has evaporated.)
Karma Point Collection: I’ve been getting tons of e-mails from people asking me to highlight their different plights.
I hope you guys are feeling charitable today ‘cos there’s a 4-year-old girl in Singapore fighting cancer, an 8-month-old baby in KL who needed a liver transplant, and a 20-year-old dude selling virtual real estate to fund his education to Berkeley.
HAHAHA WTH! LOL at the last pic.
u are… crazee! haha
SUPER LOL!!! You’re super daring!!!!!!!!!!
Bro, its a afgan girl.. Not boy 🙂
OMG Kenny you look damned SExy!!! lolx
yo kenny, those satin…erm… i think they just make your legs look as sexy as my “sexy leg” entry.
bahahaha… nice shots of singapore. 🙂
Holy crap… that last picture looks soo ‘sexy’… XP
Ahahaha. Nice pjs !
“Obviously this type of room is meant for loving couples.
Or zoo animals.”
Or Pinkpau. 😛
Can’t help it, satin felt soo good. – Kenny.
I always knew you were a cross-dresser.
Wow! You look great!!
why kennysia always can hang out with many pretty jie jie ?! ..
You always never fail to make me laugh!
You look Gorgeous in that Shocking Pink lingerie!
Nice shot of you 🙂 HAHA
LOL !!~ GORGEOUS KENNY ~
Kenny, the last picture is so sexy!
yo kenny, nice pink dress ^^ how i wish i can wear it for tonight’s prom^^
you are so funny!
U look great with the La Senza…
Fits you just well, I must say.
Finally this post it up! I came all the way from KL for holidays and met you in The Arena.
ahahahah never mind, it always rains it back down 😀
omg sexy kenny!You got big boobs! wahahahahahahahhaa
LOL, i bet ur reputation increase by the last photo~ hahah
really troubling image, kenny…
kenny…you are giving a NIGHTMARE!!!
gosh, that’s beyond gross
go drag.. hahaha
did u get grabbed?? hahahaha
i’m starting to worry about your blog being children and family friendly!
first was u as susan boyle and now you as megan fox!
man! how come you know more about Singapore than me!
omg i’m so glad i saw this today! i live in singapore and yet i didn’t know about this river fest at all! definitely heading there after work today 😀
p/s: you are one sexy mama.. or is it papa?
Take of the stocking to make yourself look prettier~!! XD
I wonder how many person would do this!
LOL you actually wore it! very brave of you haha i wouldnt even dare !
Mmm… Few weeks ago you dressed as Susan Boyle, this time something similar… Hmmm, oh well, good for you though!
Kenny is drag. Haha…
kenny oh kenny…
y u always like 2 dress up in dressed 1?
hahahaha..leng lui weiiihhh!!!
WTF HAHAHAHAHA! The last pic was awesome man! Keep the unexpected humour going!
hmm, I’d go with zoo animals looking at the last pic lol
Oh god… that’s extremely “sexy”…
omg kenny i think i have the exact pyjama =.=
OMG, Kenny has cleavage !
I’m drooling over the last pic….slurp
OMFG. NICE TRY!! The satin looks GOOD on u haha!
Anything in the name of glory… :)) ROFL!!!
wah lau eh. my eye!!!!
Nothing sexier than having a man in a satin RED DRESS!!!
*eye pops out**
wow~~ pretty sexxxxy~~ Kenny
you are so daring…
your natural boobs…lol
and your hairy legs…gosh…ish…
Stickgirl is pretty!!!
your last pic…FTW, LOL!
Hahaha! Pink is definitely for you! Suits your…erm…. ermm…. cheeks…
BTW, Kenny, quoted your “Ah Hee Nee” joke in a comment on one of Patrick Teoh’s articles (http://niamah.blogspot.com/2009/06/so-what-is-it.html) look for it at 4:50PM. Hope you don’t mind.
omg kenny, last pic is so revolting!!!! omg omg omg.. wash my eyes
OMG~~ the last picture..
bobby is such an A-hole, he got a scholarship to London but chooses not to.
Come on, when you don’t have money, do you have a choice? London is already very good, just get the degree and work your way out there.
Besides, there’s a program in Msia called the American Degree Transfer programme, where he can study 2 years here, and 2 years there.
He doesn’t deserve my donation!
Kenny, u should shaved ur leg B4 u wear that…LOL..
Thanks 4 making my day brighter 😛
Kenny get the last image out of my mind~! hahaha
Aw. Got to head to Sg one of these days. And stayed there at night to see those amazing views. XD
Thanks for the post, Kenny!
cool you got to see the Steve McCurry photo. i was captivated by that NG cover. 🙂
and..pink is SO your colour~
“Singapore army’s underwater unit, preparing to attack Johor.”
“Poor fella kena mobbed during Great Singapore Sale.”
the next time i go back, i’ll certainly visit singapore’s flyer (1 hour drive from jb only without queues at the customs).
you look kinda sexy in your lingerie… really must praise your courage to wear it…
The Afghan girl actually looks much more worn out and older (she looks about 40) now.
I almost choke on my coffee when i see e last pic.
Pinkpau was so lucky to get tat room de. =) So did u go her room to take a shower *evil grin . I believe none of us mind viewing such *ahem pictures . ROFL. But hor remember not to save it on laptop. U wun wan to end up like Edison
Assumption : Muz be the hotel ppl make mistake tot u booking 1 room for 2 person.Thinking u 2 couple and giving U opportunity. U shdn’t have add another room mah.
ok i saw the toilet bowl sitting foto *hehe*.
Nice to see u in KL Marathon. You looked much fitter.
Glad the are people who actually like Singapore and the Flyer!
yeah, you should cross-dress professionally. you really have good “assets”. maybe have a blog entry dedicated for it! ;p
Was happily goggling at the photos of cute female bloggers until ur last photo came into my view …
PUKE !!! Hahahaa ….
Hey Kenny, next time before doing this kind of stunt please give a warning first …
Ok, now this is such a contrast compared to seeing you at the Stanchart 21 km…lol!
Thanks man, you look like you slimmed down a bit yourself too.
(ok this is starting to sound a lil homo)
LMAO! love the last pic. gay but hilarious.
Nah, not just shaving his legs.. probably chest hair and.. wait.. everywhere else? LOL!
I choked on my coffee when I saw that last pic.
Singapore is beautiful!
and your last picture is…
wow, stick girl is actually quite pretty.
hey, wrong pick lar, next time try those see thru pj leh ;D
OMG Kenny!!! You so ‘HOT’ lol..
It’s troubling me to see that you have cleavage and I have none!
Kenny, what you did reminds me of my last “tour” around Singapore. Somehow I think you are more Singaporean than me…
… alright, alright, so we are both Malaysians. LOL.
i think i actually have that la senza slip. O_O
my eyessssssss… lol
OHHHHHHHHH KENNY KENNY.
AHHHH MY EYES. TOO. MUCH. SEXY. TOO. MUCH. AHHHH.
love the view 🙂
wow, like Pinkpau’s room.
GOSH! HAHA kenny u are so funny!!
dammm..u always to the extreme~
Hi Kenny, thanks for highlighting Kai Xin’s plight. I’m one of her parents’ friends who are helping them out with the fund raising. Your pimping here is giving her blog quite a number of hits and let’s just hope half of them will donate to her liver transplant fund.
Hope to see you again 😉
omg, i cant believe u can fit into that…awesome man!
lol, don’t u love tht lingerie kenny? 🙂
looks like fun man. haha nice pic in lingerie haha
Very nice post- makes me want to visit Singapore
Looks like you had a great time. I’ve never visited that part of the world.
about 2 years ago, I had visit singapore…. that time is wrong time and wrong place…
very good for last pic…. lol…
remember to tuck in the extra string from the pyjamies or any ladies clothing next time… =)
ah! you made me miss Singapore all the more. i don’t wanna stop reading your post…cool pictures. cheers lah!
you’re an “okama”!!!
I always dreaming about singapore.
I want to go there sometime
for wearing that pink satin… erm pj 😛
Love the satin! (lol) You have seen so much of Singapore, I know the city well and I love it…Sorry can’t stop thinking about the satin…
Hey…this is one of the greatest reviews I have ever read…nice photos too….I will definitely visit it next year 🙂
ohh,my goog…very beautiful.i will go to there
yea man, now u know what ur missing out on guys! satin really does feel good.
BTW KENNY ISNT THAT A LITTLE SHORT
very nice post you made
whoaaa.. nice post! such a wonderful place singapore is.seems like u had a great time there! cheers!
you’re the man la, kenny! hahahahaha!! :))
Really tou are so funny
i like Pinkpau’s show
LOL.. see u around Kenny…. take care bro…
Wow.. singapore looks really beautiful.. We were supposed to go there last year but my dad backed out. (boo!).. Anyway, hope I can go there one of these days.
Nice lingerie XD
But Singapore looks amazing, maybe I’ll go there one day
Great pictures. Looks like you had a great time.
The Singapore Tourism Board thanks you. Seriously, you sell Singapore so well you should be made an honorary citizen, since you definitely love this country more than alot of its own people.
HAHAHAHA, I can’t stop laughing!
is Sis, not bro =)
can’t help myself laughing looking at ur last photo…
Nice sg trip..
My eyes blew out one second before my brain short-circuited.
Your picture, your picture!!
is pinkpau not single n available? How come no one compliment u two looks a beautifully happy couple? All the best Kenny! Regards fr kch 🙂
Pink suit you bro…!
so THAT is Stickgirl. OMG i love her blog sooooo much. and i love your pajama too. *tugs at your straps*
you look fantastic in satin, kenny!
Kenny …LOVe the lace ! Probably some shavings might help :p
reckon u took off yr underwear too!