Friday, August 13, 2010

~ Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Singapore is Here! ~

1 more day to go! The Youth Olympic Games will be held between 14th - 26th August. Tomorrow will be the official opening ceremony at The float@Marina Bay. Tickets are on sale pricing at $200, $120, $80 and $30. Even the closing ceremony is priced at $80, $40 and $15. Well, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm sure many are eager to be part of this historic event where Singapore holds the first Youth Olympic Games ever. We'll probably stay home to watch to live telecast on Channel 5 instead. :)

How much does Denver & Gladys know about YOG? The closest to their hearts is the YOG cheer song - "You Are The one, Singapore" composed and sang by JJ Lin (林俊杰). We have been hearing it for months and the repeating lyrics and tune makes it so easy for the children to remember and sing.

O Yeah, O Yeah, O Yeah, Hey!
O Yeah, O Yeah, O Yeah, Ho!

You are the ONE, Singapore
Now is the time, here we go, Yeah!

Beat of the drum. Feet on the ground.
Shout it out loud. Make us all proud! (repeating)

Not to forget our iconic mascots Lyo and Merly! Lyo is the Lion of the Youth Olympics and Merly ("mer" stands for sea and "l y" stands for liveliness and youthfulness) reminds me of our Merlion. There are so many merchandise products on sale. (Tshirts, stuff toys, stamps etc). Denver likes Lyo and Gladys likes Merly.

Torch relay ran through Sengkang on 10th August. It was a rainy morning and we stayed home since Denver was sick. We missed the event but the 12 year old boy, Low Wei Jie from Compassvale Primary hit the headlines when he ran 15km for 2 1/2 hour in his flip flops following the torch relay in the rain! He definitely displayed a lot of determineation, impressing and winning the hearts of many Singaporeans. Best of all, he now gets to be the torch bearer! :D

YOG competitions are held all around Singapore. The closest to us is of course the Hockey matches to be held at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium. It is part of the Sengkang Sports & Recreation Centre located at Anchorvale in Sengkang. Tickets are ranged between $10 - $30 depending if you are watching the preliminaries or finals. Not sure if it will steer some crowd over Sengkang. :)


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