Being a Singaporean for almost 18 years now, it was truly an eye-opening experience to be able to join thousands of people at the Padang last Monday (9 August) to celebrate Singapore’s 45th birthday. I loved the great atmosphere throughout the celebration and had truly enjoyed the NDP (National Day Parade) in a way totally different from viewing the live telecast at home. I am also thankful to have been successful in getting two precious tickets through the ballot system for the first time. We had been applying for the tickets since the ballot system started many years ago.
Inspection by the President
Another Aerial Flypast by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). This is the final of the series of flypast – five F-16 Fighters performing an electrifying bomb burst, painting the sky with their smoke tails.
The second part of the celebrations was a show put up by thousands of performers, consisting of 4 Acts. Thanks to the very talented man, Dick Lee who was the Show Maker for this year’s show!
Kit Chan singing HOME which is the NDP song for year 2004. I would say this is the best NDP Song ever!
After the event, I couldn’t help feeling even more thankful to the organiser and all involved for putting up such a fantastic celebration event for the people. It is certainly a very challenging and complicated task considering the amount of preparations and logistics involved. Not forgetting to mention all the rehearsals and previews. The thoughtfulness of the organising committee is also well reflected in the Fun Totes (goodies bags) given out to each and every attendee which quite frankly, I don’t think we deserve at all.
Each of us was given a Sunshine bread roll……
Content of the Fun Tote – national flag, flag clapper with light, two bottles of water (include a bottle of NeWater), NDP Magazine, Fun Box, poncho, 3 batteries for the clapper, Courtesy Lion fan, and a thick booklet of discount vouchers. That many! Oh, I love the NDP Magazine!! It is so well done and informative!!
In the Fun Box – stickers, tattoo stickers, 3 packets of Khong Guan biscuits, Nestle Koko Krunch, Eu Yan Sang candies, 2 packets of drinks, wet and dry tissues, badge, post card and even hand sanitizer! Thanks to all sponsors!
The NDP 2010 will certainly be something special and memorable to me even though I must admit that DS and I somehow no longer feel so attached to the country now as the country has changed so much and don’t feel like the old Singapore anymore. I still feel proud to be a Singaporean although as a matter of fact, I do not like the increasingly crowded environment and seemingly less gracious society.
That night, for the first time ever, I had the opportunity to sing our National Anthem loud and with pride.