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Catching the action at 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Singapore’s city roads were converted into a street circuit once again for the Formula One Grand Prix. This was the first year Singapore Airlines was going to be the title sponsor of the night race, so I was quite excited to be in the thick of the action. And oh boy, what a fab view I had :)

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Let the races begin!

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

You could see how excited I was about the races this year, cos’ I reached the venue at 3.30pm to be in time for the first race. So why not pop by the Singapore Airlines booth while waiting for the race to start?

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Another reason to excited – I am going to see Robbie Williams! Woot woot!
Fate would have it rain lions and tigers (worse than cats and dogs) just when the concert was about to start that night. Robbie, ever the true star, went on performing as if the rain didn’t exist. I didn’t manage to get any photos of oh-so-cute Robbie, but I will never forget that night where he shone like a shimmering star amidst the rain. I would have thrown my underwear up if I were anywhere near the stage :p

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Yet another reason for my excitement – it’s the first time I brought a 300mm f2.8 lens to shoot the races and practice some sports photography :)

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Earl Bamber from LKM Racing, winner of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

And the last reason for the excitement – I get to watch the race from the Club Suites :)

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

I must say sipping champagne while watching the races is quite addictive :p

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Quite an adrenalin rush to see the drivers and the team in action

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Fernando Alonso getting ready

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

This driver is amazing – he can still manage to raise a hand to wave at the crowd!

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Trying panning action…one advantage about shooting from the Club Suite – it’s comfy and you do not need to squeeze on an open viewing platform with many sweaty bodies. The disadvantage – no matter how big your lens aperture is, the fencing just refuses to disappear cos’ you are too far away. Duh.

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Formula One Group CEO Bernie Ecclestone and President Tony Tan

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

President Tony Tan flagged away a troupe of 25 Ferrari road cars in the President’s Challenge, a series of parade laps by Ferrari owners who each made a contribution to the President’s Charity in return for the thrill of driving on the F1 track. Anybody needs a partner?

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Apart from the races, there were some cool entertainment acts to be caught at the various zones.

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Guess who we were catching at the Village Stage?

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

Pet Shop Boys! My friend remarked that the average age of the audience was about 40, so I am going to pretend “Huh, who are they? I don’t know them!” LOL :p (Btw, I am not that old okay haha)

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

I may not own a Ferrari, but we got to walk on the race track after the races ended. :)

Singapore Grand Prix 2014

I had a fab time! Looking forward to be back next year! :)


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DBS Marina Regatta 2013 – Row, Row, Row your Boat!

DBS Marina Regatta 2013

T’was a happy day at the DBS Marina Regatta 2013 – obviously :) With a very friendly pair of Canadian rowers
I popped by the dragonboating event to visit my photog friends who were there in full force capturing the action armed with their ‘bazookas’ – super big camera lenses. As my camera was sent for servicing, I didn’t intend to take any photos – until I saw the dragonboaters. I promptly whipped out my trusty Casio ZR200 compact camera and started shooting, erm the boats I meant. While I felt so inadequate beside all the huge professional cameras holding a puny white cam, but it was definitely a good opportunity to have my first try at sports photography. And I think my little compact did pretty well too :)

DBS Marina Regatta

DBS Marina Regatta 2013

DBS Marina Regatta

Say a little prayer before the races

DBS Marina Regatta

If flooding was reported at Marina Bay today, it gotta be my drool.
I thought I had walked into hunk heaven, and unconsciously blushed beetroot. Oh the pecs…Oh the arms…Oh the six-pack…Oh what a lecher I am! I seriously considered taking up dragonboating – well, as the drummer in front, not the rower as I have come to realise I have zero sense of limb coordination.

DBS Marina Regatta

Close fight to the finish

Also learnt to do a high-resolution video to document the action in slow-motion, that was fun!

DBS Marina Regatta

As the drummer increased the speed of the drum beats, so did the rowing and our shutter clicks

DBS Marina Regatta

Love the splashes of water

DBS Marina Regatta

“Come on you! Row faster!”

DBS Marina Regatta

Dragonboating is definitely a team sport – every member plays a part in getting to the finish line. And I couldn’t take my eyes off the well-toned arms…I totally had the wrong focus for the races, hahaha

The ladies’ teams were pretty exciting to watch as well:

DBS Marina Regatta

Giving the team a thumbs up

DBS Marina Regatta

Someone flew a camera mounted onto a remote-controlled helicopter for close-up action

DBS Marina Regatta 2013

While some won, others capsized, oops

DBS Marina Regatta

DBS Marina Regatta

The Filipino team didn’t forget to have fun during the races
It was definitely a memorable first time for me at the races, and sports photography didn’t seem as daunting now. I will try it again once my beloved camera is back from the service centre. And yes – dragonboating is now my favourite sports to watch *WINK*