Last Sunday, I went with Pierre and Ming for the Singapore F1. I've never been for an F1 race before. Can't say it was something I was interested in at first but with all the hype over it and after watching it on TV last year I decided to go to Singapore to watch the night race this year.
The three of us got the walk-a-bout pass which only cost like SGD100 each. I think it's like the cheapest ticket there. The other tickets can cost like SGD 300 onwards.
The bad thing about the walk-a-bout passes is that there's no fixed place to sit with a good view. The good thing though is that you get to walk around along the entire track and get to stand right next to where the cars are driving past.
We spent the whole night walking around and stopped by the river at some point to have some drinks and Mister Potato, enjoying the view of the city.
Took a picture of Pierre too.
If you're wondering why my pictures are so dark. It's because all these pictures were taken with my iPhone camera. Princess took my real camera with her that weekend.
Later in the night we found ourselves in some part of the tracks where you had emergency teams waiting in place in case an accident were to happen. There was like a fire truck all waiting full of fire extinguishers at the back along with an ambulance all with people already inside them waiting to drive out the minute something went wrong.
It's like they weren't going to waste a minute by even standing outside the cars.
Funny thing though was that the next day we watched parts of the race again on TV and realized that there were a lot of things that happened on the race that we missed because we were at the wrong side of the tracks to see it. You know, car banging one another and all.
Overall, the experience of watching the Singapore F1 was AMAZING.
I mean it's one thing watching the cars from an aerial view on TV. It's another thing altogether standing right next to the track when they drive past. It's really loud when they go past, so loud that we all had to buy these little ear plugs to put in our ears whenever we were near the track.
In the midst of buying the ear plugs, Ming also bought a Singapore F1 cap for all three of us.
It cost SGD55 each... something I thought was waaaay overpriced but Ming decided that it was worth it for the memory. Ming is like that sometimes. He has a slightly different view of life than a lot of people have (including myself).
Like if I were going to spend RM100, I would evaluate to see if this material thing I was getting was worth it or not. In this case for example, I would ask myself if the cap is really worth that much.
Ming on the other hand would value something not merely for its material worth but for the memories it brings. So in the case of the cap, the cap probably wasn't worth SGD 55 but the memory of the 3 of us being there was... at least to him.
So in the hope of capturing the memory of it all in the photos we took, we all made sure we wore the caps the whole night.
I really really enjoyed the night. It was good fun walking around the track and watching the cars go by even if we could only see a car for like a few seconds before it zoomed right past us. I tried taking some pictures of the cars driving past but couldn't manage to get any good shots with my iPhone camera.
So I ended up taking a video.
Here it is guys.
I think I'll go again next year :)