Our friends Adele and Joe very kindly passed us complimentary tickets to the Jason Mraz concert yesterday. To be honest, I don’t know many Jason Mraz songs apart from the ones that get a lot of airplay. But K and I were happy to have a different kind of date night from the ones we’re usually used to, and it meant seeing part of the newly opened Gardens By the Bay so we were very grateful.
Thinking that parking would be both expensive and scarce in the Marina Bay area especially with the concert and gardens’ opening, we decided to take public transport. We took a slow stroll from the Singapore Flyer all the way to the gardens, cutting through Marina Bay Sands. The lift going up to the deck that crosses the East Coast Parkway to the gardens was very slow so we climbed up five or six storeys’ worth of stairs to beat the queue and then continued our trek to the concert proper.
By the time we got there, the concert was already in full swing. We were actually fairly close to the stage – closer than the people who were sitting on the slope, at any rate. I didn’t know any of the songs apart from I’m Yours and Lucky, but it didn’t matter. The music was good and Mraz’s singing was practically flawless.
After standing for a while, K and I decided to hunt down a drink. We ended up sitting on a grassy knoll behind the stage, where we could still hear the music very clearly even though we couldn’t see anything. I have to say this was my favourite part of the evening, since I can’t remember the last time I sat down on grass with my shoes off and a cider in hand. And it was nice just to spend some time hanging out and enjoying the cool night breeze with my most favourite person.
We left early and reached Bayfront MRT just as I’m Yours started, near the end of the set. Thankfully, we did, because my friend June said that crowd control was bad and it was a penguin march from the Meadow to the MRT after the concert ended. We really must go back and see the gardens by day – when the furore over its opening has quiet down, for sure.