Botanical Gardens. Punts. Water-guns. Bubbles. Barley. Pimm's. What's not to love?
A week ago we had Punts & Pints, an event all Singaporeans were looking forward to. The weather was effortlessly beautiful, with the much-anticipated sun finally deciding to grant us her presence. Shop was set up in the Botanical Gardens, just by the river. Combined with the company of fellow Singaporeans, this was a very welcome break from work, especially for those who were to face their exams in the next few weeks. (Good luck guys!)
The spread of food was glorious. There were strawberries, oranges, biscuits, chips, and candy. The OUMSSA Committee brought out their homemade peach salsa and guacamole on tortilla chips, and peanut and black sesame tangyuans (alas, the ready-made sort, but only following a colossal failure to make them from scratch in Liki's room).
There was also homemade barley water with winter melon candy, iced Rose Sangria, Pimm's cocktails and pints of beers all round. We also had special Singaporean snacks like Wang Wang, and bakkwa from good old Tag.
Then came the highlight of the day - punting! For the uninitiated, punting is a quintessentially Oxford activity - you are armed only with a hollow metal pole and a small paddle, which you use to propel yourself and steer through the narrow rivers. Honestly, it is harder than it looks. There were two main groups of Singaporeans: those who could punt... and those who couldn't. No matter, the latter sat back while the more experienced navigated them around Christchurch Meadows, St. Hilda's College, and even into the Isis.
The more adventurous among us also tried the ultimate punting challenge: punting up to a bridge, climbing up onto it while the punt floats under the bridge, and hopping down onto the punt again when the punt floats out from the other side of the bridge. Sounds like fun? Not when you land in the water!
For those who were waiting their turn to punt, or simply felt like relaxing on land, there were tons of things to do. Some sat around in groups and jammed on the guitars (and even a ukelele) to popular tunes. Other tried shotgunning with cans of beer. The most entertaining activity, though, whether it be for participants, spectators, or bemused tourists, was the water-gun fight that ensued. Grown men, rediscovering their childhood, crouched down onto the grass and hollered tactical commands. (One would imagine this was counter-strike or DOTA in real life, only the author is a girl who has never played either, and hence would not know.) Such strategies were soon abandoned, as they resorted to pinning each other down and drenching each other with the water-guns.
Otherwise, what better way is there to catch up with a friend you haven't seen in a while, than to sit on the grass in the sun and chat over a glass of iced Pimm's and lemonade? Search us.
For more photos, check out our Facebook album here.
THANKS FOR COMING! All our events would not have been possible without the support of everyone in OUMSSA (and our sponsors). It's amazing how the academic year is already coming to an end. Soon we'll be breaking for summer, where all of us will either tour the world, or go back to the lovely sunny island set in the sea. Eat more chicken rice and roti prata, drink more tehbing, and recharge for the next year. Please continue to support your OUMSSA Committee - look out for our orientation events, where we welcome the young padawans!
In the meantime, here's a song to celebrate the recent days of sunshine we've had! May it laaaaaast