Overnight Queue to pay respect : Modern Singapore’s Founding Father Mr Lee Kuan Yew

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City Hall mrt

Not everyone has the tenacity to queue…

27 March 2015 (fri) 11pm plus my colleague, Rachael, and I read on Facebook the queue is “closed”. I texted her if we should still go? She replied just go. We decided to meet 1am at Bugis. I decided to leave my house at 11.45am, took me 45 mins to reach Bugis mrt as the train had interval stops.

We met 12.30am at Bugis, and hung out at Bugis Junction Starbucks, got to know Rachael’s friend Sharon. It drizzled for a moment at Bugis and around 2am plus we decided it was time to queue. Upon arrival at CityHall mrt, the queue was still “closed”. For the first time, i sat down at Raffles City Shopping Centre entrance and for 5 minutes i laid down on the floor!

Rachael wanted to go to the ladies and  i observed how few people were able to access to level 1. We took our chances and joined in the queue! It was a snake queue or super snake queue! We started queueing from Opposite the Funan IT Mall.  So close to The Parliament House and yet so far.

From 3am plus to 6am plus, we hardly moved and were almost at the same spot! At 6am, i was so tired and felt like giving up to go home to sleep as i had a long day at work on friday and the night before i only slept at 5am as i was watching the Korean drama Hyde, Jekyll, Me.  Thankfully Rachael encouraged me and i went to the nearby Hotel to freshen up.

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Toilet Trip

The inside of me had wanted to just stay at the hotel for the night. After toilet, forced myself back to the queue.

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I cannot imagine at 6am plus, families with children and maid were queueing too!

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So glad the queue started moving at 6am plus!

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Reminds me of a castle #cinderella

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Moving towards the Padang!

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The crowd and i went into crazy photo mode. We took our phones and snapped the beautiful concrete jungle of our beloved Singapore.

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Alittle blur..

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The Padang was like a ration station, we armed ourselves with water, bread and umbrella. For a moment, i wished for the ice Milo truck.

Video 1 : Folks in Priority Queue moved fast.. The children were literally happily skipping in, hand in hand with their parents. Video is alittle blurred, trying to capture all in 15s, until the person behind thought i am dancing. -__-

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empty? No, i was in front of the queue.

Video 2 : Friends were chatting on the move, i was on the move too. Goodness it is morning! And not afternoon, if not i would have fainted.

Made it through the Esplanade, and then the floating platform..

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Floating Platform Queue

Over at the floating platform, i also laid down to close my eyes for 5 minutes! No sleep is serious…

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The bagpipes band played live on the Singapore River.

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Security Check

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It was a historic moment as a Singaporean.

Thank you Mr Lee, our modern founding Father. #RememberingLKY

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16,354 steps according to Rachael’s friend at 10.45am, we paid our respects and were at City Hall’s MacDonald. I only brought $3 cash, drank a much needed Ice Milo and headed home to sleep till 8pm.

What an emotional week for Singapore.

Thankful to be alive.

#Milo #History #Singapore

2 thoughts on “Overnight Queue to pay respect : Modern Singapore’s Founding Father Mr Lee Kuan Yew

  1. Well done and thank you for not giving up to pay respects. It would have been so easy to go home but you stayed as it was the right and responsible thing to do.

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