As we headed on to Macau’s International Dragon Boat Festival, we took our seat on the spectator stand rather than on the boat. It was another fascinating experience for us.
The venue was an awesome inlet built for the purpose of dragon boating, with a calm, wide race course back dropped with the colorful blocks of casinos. There were many close races, and even the slowest teams looked darn good. The Filipino men’s team championed the race with a record of 1:52.89 for 500m!! Two giant TV screens were set up to broadcast the races, playbacks and results. We watched the races with thousands of spectators, of all ages and nationalities, including families with children and Filipino workers rooting for their country. As people stood up with excitement, as our screams were lost in the crowd, as people clapped and cheered, we got swept up in the moment of exhilaration and enthusiasm, and thought, ah, this is what dragon boating is like!
We got interviewed by a local TV station.