I get it now. Why we did what we did. Just sharing a few thoughts.
Why the location is secret..it feels even more exciting when the location is kept a mystery. Keeps the anticipation up.
Why we paid the $25..it's not only DEB membership but the transport costs, venue costs, entertainment costs and other logistical & security arrangements. After considering these other costs, the $25 seems like a very reasonable cost to me.
Why we bring our own tables, chairs, plates/food..it feels like we're not just passive participants like in most events where everything is set up & ready for us. It feels even more satisfactory when we each take co-ownership of the event & fulfilled our roles, which in the end contributed majorly towards the success of the event.
Why we did as we're instructed..it's not just that we're rule-abiding, I would guess that it's the promise of a magical enchanting night that kept us going & willing to follow DEB's instructions. Being in all-white definitely gave the event an otherworldly special feel. Also being the first Asian city to host DEB, I guess in our hearts, we all wanted Singapore to shine in the eyes of the world.
About the controversy: I believe the story is not about how you fall, but how you get up after you fall. In this sense, DEB has exemplified the value of respect that it aims to promote. DEB apologized for it's mistakes, took responsibility of the situation, explained its stance calmly to their critics & never once became defensive. I applaud DEB for showing such class.
Thank you Clemen, Nicole, the DEB organizing committee & your hardworking volunteers for such an amazing night. It was as magical as you said it would be. And it was very well-organized. When telling my family & friends about this event, for sure i will have nothing but glowing reviews. A few of my friends are already interested to join next year's DEB.
Au revoir DEB..till next year.