DBS Marina Regatta 2014 - Dragonboat, Drum and Cosplay Fun!

Visited the DBS Marina Regatta last year on my own accord, of which you can check out the posts [HERE] and [HERE]. I enjoyed myself thoroughly - Watching the exciting dragon boat races and taking photos of cosplayers who dressed up and did their thick make-up to look the part of the characters which they were cosplaying as (Kudos to them for doing so despite the sweltering heat!).

This year, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore's biggest water sports festival, was held over two days, on 17 and 18 May, and I was invited there as a Social Media Influencer (SMI). Actually, I would have gone for this event even if I did not have the invitation, as I am very much interested to watch the dragon boat races. But one good thing about being one of the SMIs of this event was that I got to go for a media bumboat ride and be nearer to the action! :)

Went onboard this bumboat!
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Following photos were taken
onboard the bumboat!

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The bustling activities that were happening right infront of the DBS building.
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View of the Singapore Merlion Park from the bumboat
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DBS's charity movement of providing a free meal to a primary school student supported by the Student Advisory Centre for every selfie taken at the DBS Marina Regatta was amazing! There have been a few thousands of selfie photos posted and hashtagged with #DBSMarinaRegatta on Instagram. Imagine the number of free meals for these kids!!! Wonderful way of combining social media and charity!

My selfie photo hashtagged with #DBSMarinaRegatta
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DBS Marina Regatta 2014 saw more than 140 dragon boat teams paddling it out in the 200m (17 May) and 500m (18 May) races. The paddlers came from tertiary institutions, corporate, as well as regional national teams. The competition was intense for sure. Due to the wet weather on the second day, all races were cancelled except for the International Premier category.

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Other than the dragon boat races, there were other activities happening around the event venue - Such as the Asian Food Festival that had stalls selling food of various Asian cuisines. One can dance to the drum beats at the Asian Drum Challenge where percussion teams battled it out.

Here's the Samba Masala team, from SMU.
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I continued my walk along the Marina Bay
and took the following shots...

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There was a giant screen that was showing the races "live". Afterall, it would have been too far to watch it that upclose. I knew I had to take this shot when I saw a group of ladies dressed in pink, looking at the screen. It was the lady that was wearing the Pink Ribbon Walk t-shirt that caught my eye. For those who have been following my blog/Instagram for a long while, would have known that I started supporting the annual Breast Cancer Awareness campaign since past few years ago.

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I totally loved the cosplay displays that I saw last year at the DBS Marina Regatta! This year, the cosplay event was larger! There were so many cosplayers which came dressed and acted the part of the various characters found in animation, comic and games. Teams from 9 countries competed for the title of  "Finest Cosplayers in Asia". Took photos of some of them, before I called it a day at the event.

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That is all for my post for DBS Marina Regatta 2014.
Do check out #DBSMarinaRegatta on Instagram for more pics posted by others!

** All photos taken with Panasonic mirrorless camera GX7m 20mm lens,
except selfie photos were taken with the iPhone 5**

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