Saturday, September 27, 2008

EastCoastLife at World's First Night Race - PH

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Spectacular view of the action at Turn 23

The Ministry of Trade and Industry hosted VIPs, including Ministers and MPs, to the 2008 Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix in the Temasek Suite at the Paddock Club™.The Temasek Suite offers views of the pit straight and Turns 23. There was fine dining and great wines.

My ticket to a historical moment in Singapore...

EastCoastLife was a part of history and witnessed first-hand Formula 1™ cars racing at night for the first time. From my dining table, I enjoyed a spectacular view of the action as the cars reach speeds up to 300 km/h right in front of my eyes! I also stepped out to the private balcony to enjoy the electric atmosphere and had a whiff of the burning tires! :)

EastCoastLife with power ladies Minister Lim Hwee Hua and MP Cynthia Phua

From my prime location offering unrivalled views, I watched the race unfold with all the drama that Formula 1™ delivers. Many F1 drivers have never raced in the night, so there were a few accidents.

All the guests took a walk down the Pit Lane after the first Practice Session, taking photos of the garages and the race car teams at work.

Everyone rushed to the window whenever a race car crashed...

Singapore Grand Prix is the world's first Formula 1™ race to be held at night and the first street race in Asia. 10 teams zoomed around the 5.067 km long street circuit which offers multiple overtaking opportunities as well as fast and challenging turns.

I smelled burning tires (and sweaty men!) from the balcony!

Singapore is aiming to be the 'Monaco of Asia', this iconic event will put it in the global spotlight. It hopes to entice the super-wealthy who come to the race to consider setting up homes here.

Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan and lovely NMP Eunice Olsen

Host and several VIPs toasting to the success of Singapore Grand Prix!

It costs a person several thousand dollars to watch this night race in Temasek Suite at the Paddock Club. But not any one with money could get a ticket to my event. What a memorable and awesome experience for me!





85 comments:

  1. What a wonderful event to attend ECL.Here's hoping Lewis Hamilton wins! Happy weekend

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  2. Cool, very cool! My father would really envy you as he just loves motor sports!! Sounds like an adventure!

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  3. Fun event you attended,ECL! And some very important peeps, I guess:) Happy Weekend!

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  4. You have some great privileges to witness such a historical moment. Cheers.

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  5. jams,
    Yep, it was awesome! Lewis Hamilton was trying out the circuit last night. I hope to see him in person soon. :)

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  6. Diane,
    It was a great adventure! Many guys out there are envying me. I have the actual race to attend on Sunday night. :)

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  7. Yen,
    It was fun, interesting and exciting to see and speak to the big names in person. :)
    Happy weekend!

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  8. oceanskies,
    It is certainly a great privilege to be invited to such a historical event! No money would get any one a ticket to this one. :)

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  9. Sarge,
    haha.... I would have to work some magic and change you into a tiny person so I could put you in my handbag. :)

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  10. That's cool, ECL! A wonderful experience to be part of history. Hubby loves F1 and my son too.

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  11. Sassy Mom,
    Mostly it's the guys who love F1, there were thousands of them at the Grand Prix. :)

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  12. napaboaniya,
    He was standing too far, I'll ask for his photos from the official photographer. :)

    I was there from 2pm to 11pm. :P
    Long day, I'm dead tired. Probably giving the Sunday race ticket to someone.

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  13. From reading your blog, get the sense that you lead quite the interesting and full life, eastcoastlife! ;b

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  14. YTSL,
    haha... I try to make my life as interesting as it can be. I have only one lifetime mah. :)

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  15. Looks like so much fun. Great shots and I hope you have a happy weekend.

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  16. KIMI RAIKKONEN paddock get my attention..go KIMI!!!

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  17. ecl,
    It's an interesting circuit for the F1 drivers. I saw in the news that Lewis Hamilton is eating more carrots to better improvised his eyesight! :D

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  18. So far this one is unique. Haven't seen the race track anywhere else yet. Interesting Post. I can see how everyone would want to rush to the windows to see a car crash.

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  19. I love Kimi the Ice man! :D

    We were excited about that race but of course its not inexpensive to just go there to watch.

    You are so fortunate :)

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  20. Wow! I'm a fan of F1. So envy you get to attend the race and sit at the best place too. Just wondering if the track is good for overtaking cos I won't like it to be like the one in Monaco where overtaking is difficult. Well, hope Ferrari wins! : )

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  21. bintang4,
    KIMI RAIKKONEN's paddock attracted lots of attention! :)

    And Lewis Hamilton's too. :)

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  22. Kok,
    It's not only unfamiliar ground for the F1 drivers, it's the first night race they have ever competed. The circuit is challenging.

    I hope things go well, there were several mishaps at the practice sessions.

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  23. U and your awesome kangtao again! :P

    Was Eunice Olsen there? 8)

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  24. ancient one,
    This is a much anticipated F1 Night Race in Singapore after so many years of lobbying for it. It attracted lots of publicity and it is going to be in the news for days.

    Singaporeans are getting excited, I'm not into car racing but this makes my blood rush! hehe...

    The cars were speeding past like a flash of lightning. We couldn't even see the colour of the car! Not trying to be mean but, but whenever a race car crashed, that was the only clear view of the car and driver! :P

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  25. julie,
    I'm so lucky! :D

    I don't know many of the race car drivers but Kimi, Lewis, Alfonso were the names that kept being mentioned.

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  26. foongpc,
    Yep, we got the best seats in the whole F1 gallery! The best need to have the best. :P

    There were several spectacular turns and a few overtaking tracks. The circuit is quite challenging, there were quite a few narrow escapes. A pretty exciting session last night. Looking forward to Sunday's race.

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  27. sho,
    haha.... to my selected group, you want a share of my kangtao, lobang you better put in your share of work. No free lunch.

    The beautiful and elegant Eunice Olsen was there, in a sexy dress. I shall put up her photo in the next post. :)

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  28. wad work? I still waiting for your email mins leh. My house almost complete so after I move in next wk (hopefully nothing goes wrong), I will have more FREE time to do my own things lor.

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  29. sho,
    You didn't receive my emails? geez...

    Wahhh... moving to new house ledi! Needs some warming up? hehe...

    I'll try to send again. Very busy these days.

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  30. I wonder how you are always full of fun and information ECL! Now, I know you watch F1 races too- how cool! I would nag like anything whenever hubby changes the TV channel to watch these races and golf channel. Now, my son is watching these and I can't say no to him. LOL

    Have a nice weekend.

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  31. Always something different here ECL. Congratulations on your big success at this event. Have a good weekend.

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  32. You really DID get some great views! Lucky you. :D

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  33. Farah,
    I don't really watch F1 races but since this is the first time Singapore is holding the World's Night Race, I have to give my support and promote it as best as I could. :)

    Weird or double standard ah? Whenever my hubby watches soccer or any sports programme, I would nag. But if my son watches them, I would praise him for being so sporty. yikes. haha...

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  34. jmb,
    I strive to be unique. :)

    Singapore Grand Prix would be a success! We do our best and no obstacle is too difficult to overcome. We would move mountains and rivers!
    Singapore will shine bright and high!!

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  35. leslie,
    I had the best views of many things which I cannot publish and post. hahaha.... it would be sensational!! :P

    I have great views at this event. :)

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  36. Wow this is so cool! Although I am never a fan of F1 but if someone were to offer to bring me there, I'll say YES for sure!

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  37. Huey,
    I also not a fan but got free ticket wor, so I go lah. hehe....

    I guess any one would have jumped at the chance. :)

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  38. I like that you took a fun twist on the theme too! It made me smile.
    http://blog.hummiesworld.com/

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  39. day-dreamer,
    Perfectly normal reaction. :)
    Every one who knows about this, said that. haha....

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  40. Wow! Looks like a terrific time! How fun that you got to go. Nice choice for "view!"

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  41. Wow, how exciting for you. Love your take on the theme!

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  42. Lilly,
    Thanks. Too exciting for me. Happy weekend!

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  43. I was at a wedding of my work colleague when I lived in Singapore. He got married to an MP's daughter. Go Chok Tong was in the room along with a bunch of ministers and other MP's, when I was invited up on stage in my kilt to do the toasts. Fun time.

    Expensive event that F1

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  44. Wow, it sounds like fun! To bad they had the racing at night when the drivers couldn't see well.

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    Happy Weekend!

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  46. ECL,
    This evening looks like a marvelous night out! I can't imagine what it must be like to race at night, let alone watch! Thanks for taking me backstage!

    And thanks for your thoughtful comment on my blog.

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  47. Wow ! Mr. Gattino will envy you, lol ! He was glued on the TV already yesterday and today at 4 pm, but the race is really only tomorrow ! He supports Ferrari (as Italian, of course) Wasn't it too loud while you were eating ?

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  48. Beautiful views! Happy photo hunting and have a great weekend! Thank you for stopping by!

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  49. Very interesting...loved the power ladies view.

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  50. How lucky you are to be one of the audience...Very nice view..

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  51. so envious!!! takes lotsa photos k...

    and even the tix is so pwetty! :D

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  52. Where were you when you took that 1st shot? Great views of the people too =)Happy photohunting!

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  53. Wow - what an event! Definitely an experience not to be forgotten!

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  54. What an exciting and powerful adventure - you really look nice in the picture too :-)

    What wonderful views - thanks for sharing!

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  55. ECL! I knew u'd be writing abt this he he! Yest when B and I were watching it on TV, I told B exactly that and here is ur post today! This is such a cool event, am sure u are proud to host it at ur country? :D

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  56. And thanks so much for voting for me at Blognet YAY! :):):)

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  57. Lucky you! How did you get hold of the tickets? Did you purchase them?

    Hope you enjoyed yourself that night.

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  58. Bigtime! Must have been a memorable experience...and you had photo opps with VIPs!

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  59. I was in SG till yesterday, but I left as a disappointed man... coz I didn't get CLOSE enough to feel the Singapore F1 :(

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  60. Vancouver used to be on the NASCAR Formula 1 race car circuit but the route was actually through city streets -- it became too expensive to shut down the centre of the city for a week so no more formula 1 here. All I remember is how noisy those cars are.

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  61. My husband and I were up late watching the historical F1 race held in Singapore. You're so lucky to witness it.

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  62. How come the photo with Eunice so blur one? :(

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  63. so, if you happen to come over to Penang during hari raya, drop over at my place ok? :) and if you are not coming, don't forget to get your free biryani from the mosque. :)

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  64. Wow - what a great thing to be a part of.

    Have a good day.

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  65. I love the view of the race way. Come visit my view...I would love to share it with you.

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  66. It seems like everybody is in F1 fever ! It must be quite exciting to be in a live show.

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  67. Agree with you. I just came back from the race. Electrifying indeed....but also deafening at the same time. Luckily I purchased the ear plugs. :P

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  69. Dropping by to say hi ECL, how was ur weekend? :)

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  70. A wonderful view indeed, though I believe the sound can be deafening! I've never been to a motor race myself though my husband and both sons have.

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  71. Wow ECL you can dine and have wine from where you were watching!!! I had to stand!! But given a choice, I wouldnt want to sit either!!!!

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