The Team @ AKAAWOL.com helped to set a Singapore record for the largest display of handpainted lanterns. A fun Saturday out at VivoCity led to being a part of this record-setting event. The mall has made it a fun-packed month celebrating the mid-autumn festival (my new favorite holiday).
By the way, I had posted about this wonderful time of year a year ago, but that was before my site got hacked and the post was lost. I had managed to get the photos taken at the Chinese Garden put back up afterwards but without any write-up. I'll post more about the mid-autumn festival shortly as I already have the photos for it.
So back to this Saturday just past.
With tickets in hand, we had some time to kill and checked out the festivities around Vivo.
There were these rabbit family mascots dressed up for the kiddies and making people smile. A nice touch considering it's really about family.
And of course there were mooncakes!
Lots and lots of mooncakes and so many varieties.
A gal offered me a sample that looked really good, but lucky for me I asked what kind first and discovered it was durian flavored! Close call! To anyone who hasn't tried durian, the odor is something else. I often compare it to dirty socks and it’s so strong it's actually banned from being carried onto buses and trains. But the locals seem to really enjoy the stuff.
This gives you an idea of how many different mooncake vendors there were.
There were also a large variety of lanterns for sale in all kinds of shapes and sizes.
This cellophane dragon was just another example of the many lanterns there were.
When the hour was about up, we headed over to the amphitheatre where the record-making event was to take place.
The event organizers were prepared for up to 1500 participants to take part in the hand-painting of lanterns and had a goodie bag for each of us.
In each was the lantern, watercolours and a stack of shopping vouchers just for participating.
While the emcees and various performers put up a show to entertain the audience, everyone got to work painting their own lanterns.
There was so much creativity when it came to the painting.
People both young and young at heart were all having a great time.
And here you have the AKAAWOL.com submission! I was feeling rushed as the announcer was making it sound as though we had to have our works in quite early, so yeah, it does look a little, well, rushed.
Chilli Padi submitted a colourful lantern with the DEF logo, in honour of the DEF brand ukulele that Shop @ AKAAWOL.com carries.
Our lanterns turned out to be two of the 568 lanterns that were painted and displayed at the third-level Sky Park at VivoCity.
And that is the story of how AKAAWOL.com has been instrumental in the creation of a record-making event, with hopes of even more to come in the future!