No Words, Just Action (The Day We Got Together)

27 Jan 2012 is a very special day…

After school, the The Girlfriend and I went down to the floating platform at Marina Bay for the River Hongpao. The River Hongpao is an annual Chinese New Year carnival that lasts throughout the entire duration of the Chinese New Year period. There’s food, games, performances, and a lot of other interesting sights and sounds.

Last year, I watched a movie that gave a glimpse of Singapore life prior to the 60s. In the days before shopping malls and big entertainment multiplexes, most couples went on dates by going to a carnival. River Hongpao resembles the kind of carnivals that people used to go. I think it’s quite cool to do something that our parents (and possibly, our grandparents) might have done in their younger days.

There was a lot of people there. But we managed to get some food despite the long queues. Since we were at the floating platform – a half-stadium by the bay – we went up to the highest cluster of seats to enjoy our dinner and the breathtaking view of the city and the carnival. It was really fantastic.

Now… I had a very romantic surprise for her. The plan was to bring her to Marina Bay Sands (not too far from the floating platform), and to sit by the bay there, where we would continue chatting until it was time for the spectacular laser, fire and water fountain display. Unfortunately, we were rather late. By the time we arrived, it was almost the end.

Nonetheless, the experience was simply breathtaking. We were literally running towards the show area. When we finally reached the side, we slowed down to walk. By then, one of the features of that show was to release a vast array of bubbles into the air. So, as we were recovering from the mad rush, we found ourselves in this very magical atmosphere – “What a wonderful world” was playing, and we were just surrounded by bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles floating in the air, illuminated by the lights nearby.

Words cannot describe how awesome that was. For once, I felt like I was in a movie. The scene was too perfect. One guy, one girl, and an amazing setting that was so romantic, it seemed magical – almost like a dream.

The Girlfriend wanted to stay and soak in the moment even longer. But I pulled her away. Why? Well, I discovered this event by accident a few days ago. And I remembered that towards the end, the machines on the side will begin blowing out HUGE doses of smoke. It’s awesome if you’re in the middle, but it really sucks if you’re near the smoke source.

Good timing too! Not too long after we walked away from where we were, the machine, which produced all the bubbles, began spewing huge doses of smoke. I pity the people who got caught off-guard over there.

And with that, the show ended. I revealed to The Girlfriend that my original plan was to surprise her with this spectacular laser, fire, and water show. She didn’t mind waiting another hour for the next show. And so we waited, walking around and chatting to pass the time.

One hour later, we were back by the bay, sitting right in front to catch the best possible view of the show. This time, we had the most perfect view of the show. It was a bit too perfect though – the strong winds blew the water (from the fountain) towards us it was as if someone was spraying our faces with a water gun. We just looked at each other, and laughed, amused by what had happened.

The climax of the show was when it started playing “What a Wonderful World.” The synchronisation of the water and lasers was so beautiful. It was as if the water was dancing along with the song. And again, there were bubbles floating all over in the air.

I see trees of green,
red roses too.
I see them bloom,
for me and you.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue,
And clouds of white.
The bright blessed day,
The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

And lastly, the big finale, where smoke was filling the air, making it seem as if we were in a mystical paradise.

It was beautiful.

At that moment, I turned to The Girlfriend and asked her, “May I put my hands around you?”

Without saying a word, she moved closer to me, reached out and grabbed my left hand, resting her head on my right shoulder. In return, I wrapped my right arm around her and rested my head on hers.

This was the first time we held hands.

In that moment, there was no words – just action and pure experience. Without saying anything, we both knew that we love each other. Holding on to each other, we soaked in the moment. There was no subject or object, no “you” nor “I”. It was just unity, a unity of hearts connected by the holding of hands.

Our relationship had transcended that of mere friendship, and from that silent moment on, we were together as boyfriend and girlfriend.

The first day.

The colors of the rainbow,
So pretty in the sky.
Are also on the faces,
Of people going by,
I see friends shaking hands.
Saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying,
“I love you”.

And thus begins a new chapter in our lives.

And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.


(If you’re a new reader here and you’re wondering why we’re sharing such stories, read “A Prologue to The Relationship” for the inside scoop!)