Big Walkers dressed to thrill

Big Walkers dressed to thrill

A superhero, a villain, a silent comic, a god and a man called Mr Spoon got the crowd excited at the Big Walk 14 carnival, held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform yesterday.

They were Big Walkers dressed up and won prizes for their effort.

Mr Ong Chee Keong, 31, was the winner for the best dressed.

His Captain America costume, including the shield, cost him more than a thousand dollars.

He said: "I didn't know there was a best-dressed contest going on, but when the emcee called for Captain America, I just went on the stage."

With his easy charm, he worked the audience into a clapping and whistling frenzy and he took the prize of $100 cash and a Huawei TalkBand.

This was not Mr Ong's first time at the TNP Big Walk.

The civil servant had attended the Big Walk during his secondary school days, but it was his first time dressing up for the occasion.

He said: "I had planned to wear the costume during sports events such as marathons, but since The New Paper Big Walk was coming up, I figured it would be a good opportunity for me to wear it."

Mr Ong told the New Paper that the Big Walk was one of the best events for wearing his costume because of the diversity of people turning up.

He said: "There are a lot of families at the event, especially children. So I get to interact with a lot with them. A lot of children came up to take photos with me."

Mr Ramli Ahmad, 67, the ultimate long-time fan of the Big Walk, was dressed in a costume made out of 800 green plastic spoons.

He started collecting the spoons in 2004. Mr Ahmad has been at The New Paper Big Walk every year since the first one in 1991.

Other contestants included Mr Hoe Voon Hee, 67, who was dressed as Charlie Chaplin, Mr Jimmy Goh, 43, who went as the God of Fortune, and Ms Asih Musriyati, 26, who was there as Catwoman.


Although The New Paper New Face 2014 finalists were not in costume, they received plenty of attention, too, with walkers wanting to take photos with them.

The women also helped pick the winners of the lucky draw and shortlisted the best-dressed contestants.

And they led the walkers on a simple warm up exercise routine before the flag off and cool down session at the finish line.

Ms Mira Azman, 19, led the crowd during the exercise routines.

The personal trainer at Amore Fitness said: "I'm used to doing warm up routines one-to-one at work, so I was shivering and trying to compose myself before the exercise."

"I was more afraid of the crowd because everyone's looking at you," she said with a laugh.


This article was first published on December 1, 2014. 
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