Had the privilege to witness the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics with the nice people at MediaCorp on 080808. I was wowed by the opening ceremony and having watched it on the huge screen in the cinema with FullHD quality and dolby sound! Impressive display of unity, strength and pride by the Chinese. Its a day for them to be proud of and remember for a very long time.
After the excitement of the performances, the rest of the session before the torch relay was quite a pain to watch. I waited patiently in the cinema for Team Singapore to appear and just couple minutes before 11pm, finally we spotted the familiar sight of our flag. Everyone in the cinema cheered and clapped when Singapore appeared on screen. But I was sadden by the fact that the one holding the flag wasn’t a Singaporean! I know Li Jia Wei has done Singapore proud before, but having her carry the country’s flag at an international event like this just doesn’t seem appropriate.
Furthermore, she was either too tired or has weak arms or did it on purpose. How could she sweep the stadium ground with our flag? Some may say that its just a little bit, but if you watched closely, the flag was swiping the ground almost throughout her march past! This just made it hurt even more.
Updated 19 Aug 2008
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But YouTube still has it! WHAT??? YouTube can host such videos but not Vimeo?