Singapore Zombie Walk: The Infestation Hits The Lion City
After seeing the zombie virus begin in Sacramento, California and then continuing to ravish other cities like San Diego, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Brighton and Brisbane, the wave of infestation has now officially arrived in the South-East Asian island city-state of Singapore.
Over 130 zombies gathered at the touristy riverside nightspot called Clarke Quay on 27 October and at 845pm, they all proceeded to shamble (in a surprisingly organized fashion) around the area in three separate groups.
The rotting flesh, bloody tattered wear and gorily exposed wounds were a source of wide-eyed wonder, horrified gasps as well as nervous amusement from on-lookers, revelers and patrons of the many al fresco restaurants there. Although, comparatively speaking, I did not think the zombies act that much differently from those who stumble out of the late night drinking holes.
There was a nice variety of zombies out that fateful night. Blank-eyed Patient Zero was still dragging her teddy bear. There was a small huddle of mental patients and nurse from hell, a Japanese schoolgirl, wedding couple and even a little Disney Princess Aurora.
Zombie Aurora is actually Atasha, a 6-year-old who loves Disney Princesses and zombies and counts “The Vampire Diaries” as her favourite TV show. It was all so adorable, if not a little disturbing to hear that from such a sweet little girl.
Some zombies were recent imports. Aussie couple The Tehvands, has only been in Singapore for 6 months, but they decided to reanimate into their ghastly military-styled zombie counterparts for the walk anyway.
“We went as the same military zombies to a friend’s fancy dress party about 18 months ago. We decided to exhume them again this time, but added a bit more decomposition to make it more authentic to our own narrative,” explained Patrick Tehvand.
Judging by the amount of good fun and public interest the zombies generated for 1.5 hours that tropical night, it seems like that they would be here to stay.
Here’s hoping that Singapore Zombie Walk’s organizer Gillian Ang will be able to pull together another similarly horrifying scheme again next year.
Meanwhile, I’ll be keeping an axe beside my bed.
Just in case.