On 1 June 2013, GDAB organised an outing for our volunteers, clients and their family members at Singapore DUCKtours. It was also an opportunity for our volunteers and clients to foster a more meaningful friendship with this mini get-together. It was a new experience for most, and everyone was looking forward to this uniquely Singapore adventure.
We all gathered at Suntec City Tower 5 at 10.15am, eagerly waiting to embark on the journey. We boarded the coach and soon were well on our way, with our friendly tour guide giving a comprehensive commentary about the different historical landmarks in Singapore. He also shared interesting facts about the ‘Wacky DUCK’—the amphibious vehicle that we were on, which was actually remodelled from a WWII Vietnamese war craft! Then came the moment everyone was waiting for–the moment when the DUCK would descend into the river! Water splashed into the boat, with squeals of laughter and excitement all around.
As the boat navigated the waters of the Singapore River, we saw the iconic Singapore Flyer; the spectacular Gardens by the Bay; the colourful floating platform; the majestic Marina Bay Sands; the ‘durian’ Esplanade; and our national symbol–the Merlion, much to the delight of the shutterbugs among us.
After the river tour, the boat then headed back to shore.
We then passed by the Esplanade and went through the historic civic district where the Padang, Raffles Hotel and the war memorial, The Cenotaph stood, before arriving back at Suntec City. The one-hour trip seemed to pass by so quickly, enjoying the sights amongst great company. All too soon, it was time to say our goodbyes, but not before snapping a few group shots to preserve the memory of an enjoyable morning with friends.
We would like to thank our sponsor, David Lim & Partners, for making this event possible. We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves, and we look forward to many more enjoyable trips in the future!
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