Well... It's just a special orientation event which only NUS.
Rag & Flag starts off with Flag Day to raise funds for 20 beneficiaries.
While Rag Day is a day to thank the supporters who donated by having a float display performance by the various Halls and Faculties.
This year, Rag Day was held at the Padang in conjunction with National Day celebrations.
I volunteered myself to be the photographers for Science Fac (my fac).
Was a tiring and shagged day as I did not have much of sleep.
Final Prep Night (Fri, 10/08, 2300hr, S16):
It was the night before the actual Rag Day.
The science fac raggers are still busy touching up their float and making sure that everything was in order before moving the float down to the Padang at midnight.
And a lot of walking between Science and YIH (where i rested).
Sat, 11/08, 0300hr, S9A:
The performers are mostly here already in one of the tutorial rooms at S9A.
Makeup and costume helpers were busy in the room doing makeups and preparing the costume for the performance.
0600hr, S16 lobby:
Waited for the science club lorry to fetch the helpers down to Padang.
Was shiok to squeeze at the back of the pickup lorry zooming at high speed down the AYE and into the raffles place before arriving at the Padang with my hair all messed up.
Two things I shot while waiting for the transport.
I could see the sun rising up at the Padang.
This could be the only chance for me to chiong to the Merlion Park to shoot sunrise (what some clubsnap photographers did, travelling early in the morning there to shoot sunrise).
But I was too tiried to even leave the Padang area.
So forget about the sunrise shoot.
Will do it next time if I have the motivation to go there that early.
The sun was already up.
Science fac raggers were already busy working on the float to keep it in top condition.
Then came the NUSSU people who said that there is a restriction to only 10 people inside the float boundary at any time.
Oh well... 10 people.
1000hr, The light drizzle:
The touching up work lasted till about 1000hr+ where the float judging was about to begin soon. And just as the judging for static display on the float was about to begin, light drizzle came and all the Halls and Faculties panicked as they struggle to cover their floats.
But Science Fac did nothing except to cover some corners the materials we used were not really prone to rain damage with this kind of light drizzle.
Some of the helpers took this time to rest.
1100hr, The judging begins:
Finally the rain stopped and the judging of the floats started soon after.
The static display dancers had to move back to the float to prepare themselves for the judging.
1400hr, The mailto:warm-ups@tent:
Half more hour to go to the start of the Rag Day proper.
The dancers all had their lunch and their final makeup touching ups.
Body warming began to warm their bodies up for the great performance.
And a few practices here and there.
1500hr, Performance area:
While the dancers had their warm-ups, science fac freshies and seniors had their lungs warmed up for the loudest cheer for the whole event.
Leading the whole Science fac was no other than Science Club president, Ziyang.
And Science Fac's Dean was there too.
1700hr, Science Float reveals:
Finally, after enduring the heat and the deafening loud noises from the speakers facing science fac, it's Science Fac's turn to perform.
With good coordination on the float and the ground sheet (though the sides of the ground sheet curled up), science fac team set up the whole display pretty fast.
Science fac cheered their hearts out and supported the dancers throughout the whole performance.
It was a pitty that Science Fac did not win the chancellor shield.
But we did swept away 5 awards.
There were joys and tears around, but we are still Science Fac.