2011 Extreme Sailing Series @ Marina Bay, Singapore

Thanks to the folks from URA, I attended the final and ninth Act of the global 2011 Extreme Sailing Series held in the waters of Marina Bay. The finals was played by 10 Extreme teams between 7 to 11th December 2011. I was there on the last day at late noon.

Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sand in the background
Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sand in the background

The sky was cloudy with slight rain. There wasn’t much wind for the sail boats to ride with, hence the sailing teams did not get to show off their skills much.

This is the first time I attend a sailing event and it was a eye-opener to me; learning the jargons and competition details.

With a media pass, I was ferried around the water in a little motor boat together with three professional sports photographer. We were able to get really up close with the sail boats to catch the action as they execute their various maneuvers.

Sailing photography is serious business
Sailing photography is serious business

I was a little intimidated when the other three blokes started shooting with their gigantic   expensive cameras while I was armed with just a point-and-shoot compact. Nonetheless, I still managed to get some pretty decent shots, thanks to the close proximity:

Lining up for the race
Lining up for the race
Red Bull Extreme Sailing
Red Bull Extreme Sailing
Alinghi
Alinghi
Groupe Edmond de Rothschild
Groupe Edmond de Rothschild
Team GAC Pindar
Team GAC Pindar
The Wave, Muscat
The Wave, Muscat
Up close with Team Extreme
Up close with Team Extreme
Up close with  Team GAC Pindar and Red Bull Extreme Sailing
Up close with Team GAC Pindar and Red Bull Extreme Sailing
There was a decent crowd at the event
There was a decent crowd at the event
Trampoline for kids
Trampoline for kids
Some sailing-related ground games
Some sailing-related ground games
Jeep vehicle for test driving
Jeep vehicle for test driving
Inside the VIP tent
Inside the VIP tent

Here’s the results for the overall race and the race in Singapore for those of you who are interested:

Competition Results
Competition Results

The landscape of Singapore is changing really rapidly. Go back a decade in time, I would never have expected Marina Bay to be a venue for an international sporting event like this or the F1 races.

More exciting events and transformation are yet to come at Marina Bay in 2012. Visit their official website regularly for more details. 🙂

Ministerial Salaries Review: The One Who Got Away…

What legacy did S R Nathan really left behind?

1. World record holder as the highest paid politician with a last drawn salary of S$4.27 million a year.

2. Served two terms as an “elected unopposed” President from 1999 to 2011. He did not even have to contest to get his job.

nydc @ Novena Square

After nydc hosted my friends and I for an early Christmas dinner, I returned to nydc on Christmas Eve last year for lunch.

We were in Novena Square to shop for some new clothes for our son Asher as he was going through a growth spurt. Rachel recalled there’s a nydc restaurant tucked on the top floor of Novena Square in a corner unit; perfect for a quiet lunch.

While we went through the menu, Rachel and I reminiscence that nydc was a very popular hangout place back when we were still in secondary schools and JCs in the late 90s.

We were delighted many of our old favourites on the menu were still available. I ordered a Three Amigos Cheese Baked Rice (meatballs cheese baked rice) – an item I always ordered when I visited nydc in my younger days. Between the two of us, we shared one of their mudpie. The mudpie was one of the reason I kept going back to nydc in the past. It is just as sinful and irresistible to me now.

We started with a salad to share between the two of us
We started with a salad to share between the two of us
Three Amigos Cheese Baked Rice
Three Amigos Cheese Baked Rice
Rachel ordered a salmon main
Rachel ordered a salmon main
Mudpie
Mudpie

Rachel and I had a satisfying meal at nydc Novena Square. The staff were in a festive mood and were really friendly. Food was nostalgic good and we always appreciate rare alone time like this when we leave Asher in the care of my parents or my parent-in-laws. 🙂

About nydc

nydc is a regional chain of restaurants owned by the Singapore-­‐based lifestyle conglomerate, SUTL Group, offering big city lifestyle dining experience in a dynamic and cosmopolitan place known for great mouth-­‐watering food, signature desserts, and smashing beverages.

nydc currently operates six outlets in Singapore.

nydc @ Novena Square

Address : 238 Thomson Road #03-26/27 Singapore 307683
Tel : 6358 4924
Fax : 6358 4021
Operating Hours : Mon — Sun 11.30am to 10.00pm

Website: www.nydc.com.sg/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nydcSG