Thursday, September 27, 2012

2012 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix

A lot of things happened lately and I was away not because I was on hiatus. Firstly, I would like to wish one of my best friends a bon voyage as she will be studying in London for her bachelor. Hopefully all is well! You have been such a wonderful friend! She hosted a really great birthday cum farewell party before she flew off. I really appreciate your invitation. It means a lot to me. Keep in touch!

A week ago, I had the chance to watch the Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. I am so grateful that one of my wishes in life really came true. There are so many people to thank to like my parents for allowing me to attend the races, and one of my best friend who has been such a wonderful company throughout the two days.

The first night race in Singapore started in 2008 and during that period of time I was busy with school projects. Especially the Final Year Project and F1 was just a thing we could discuss. Like their marketing strategies, government support, and what not.

At that time there were opportunities to work with F1 as ushers or some other ancillary services. It's common to see polytechnic students getting active on this to get a piece of F1. Who doesn't? But exam period was around the corner so I had to give it a pass. Mind you, I was in that category of people who thought 'Why would anyone wants to see passing cars that disappears in a blinks of an eye?' But I was lying to myself. Deep inside, I really, really wanted to go to this much talked about event.

So this year took a turn. I had the chance to be one of the spectators. You have no idea how elated I was. Beneath all that cool face I put up, go figure how excited I was deep inside. You. Have. No. Idea. I can't even concentrate at work. Heh, guilty as charged!

On the day of qualifying round, we were in The Green Room. The meal were delicious and the service was good. But they ought to set up the table with a little bit more effort, it's a little bland for a price like that. I'm just saying. One does not pay for a table without table cloth! Only kidding! Nevermind that, I think everyone enjoyed themselves and so did I because after the race we went for Maroon 5 concert! It was awesome.

On the actual day, we were in The Club Suite and it was impeccable. My brother was very shy initially and it took him quite some time to warm up to the place. He enjoyed the race which was why he was sitted at the grandstand most of the time while Fiz and I were seated inside watching the race through the glass. It was mad hot outside. Too early to sweat, not before the concert!

Then on we rushed off for Katy Perry's concert. One of my personal favorite! The weekend ended with a blast and the thought of going back to work on Monday was... Fill in the blanks. And I decided not to do my routine evening run that Monday because my physical training on that weekend was jumping for an hour for each concert. I guess that would suffice! Hmmm, sports event after all...

There are a some opinions and facts that interest me:
  1. I think by now all know that Singapore GP is the only night race in the Formula 1 calendar.
  2. But many do not know that the first night race is not the first race Singapore ever hosted.
  3. There's a lot of economic spin off to this. Which now explains why we have strong government support in this event.
  4. SingTel may be the sponsor but that does not mean we get priority signal around there.
  5. The food catered are from renowned hotels in the city.
  6. Not all tickets are for sale. Sadly.
  7. We are so tech-savvy that we introduce electronic flag displays to the sport.
  8. It hadn't rain so far!
  9. The race is gonna extend for the next five years till 2017. Making room for all Singaporeans to watch I hope.
  10. Probably one of the most cost effective events for there's little maintenance to be done.
Nico Rosberg and I back in 2008.
That's all I have to share with all of you and I hope you guys have a great time as much as I do. Night!