24 April 2010, Saturday
The official opening of the Double Helix bridge at Marina Bay attended by National Development Minister Mr Mah Bow Tan. Most of us could not even see what was happening, only through the announcements by speakers.
The pyrotechnics started at 2000 hrs and lasted about 10 minutes.
After the pyrotechnics ended, we were told that the Double Helix bridge will only be opened to the public at 2130 hrs. Many left for the Marina Bay area shopping centre after hearing the announcements instead of visiting the Double Helix bridge.
The security people were making things difficult for people with prams and children as we had to walk one big round of the Marina Bay floating platform instead of the shortcut access through the seating area to get to the Double Helix bridge.
You cannot get near the Double helix bridge by the Marina Bay platform stage area as there was a VIP tent.
The Double Helix bridge is now renamed to “The Helix”. It was a disappointment for me that they choose a vanilla flavoured name instead of a more creative one, personally for me, the double helix bridge sounds better.
]1[ Pyrotechnics for the official opening.
]2[ More pyrotechnics.
]3[ VIP tent.
Second perimeter defence for the VIP tent. No go for the public.
]4[ Crowds leaving the Marina Bay floating platform.
]5[ Waiting for the Double Helix bridge to open for the public.
The security guards were telling people to get back to the Marina Bay floating platform.
]6[ Crowds at the Double Helix bridge.
The crowds which were not shown in the Sunday Times newspaper.
More photos in my Flickr album.