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09th August, it is a memorable and significant day for all Singaporean. It is a day, we celebrate our country National Day. Happy Birthday, Singapore ^_^
National Day, it is time for us to remember how the country has been build up over the years and how, we are still able to shine as a tiny country with full of ambitious dreams.
Every year, there is always 5 fighter planes that would show their way to the parade by our excellent and experienced plane captains.I was there on one of the preview and i was excited when it flies passed me even though the noise was real LOUD!
As usual, the opening is always the welcoming of the ministers, followed by the welcoming of the President. Though it is routine and a must every year, but somehow, i feel that it is also the time for us to give them the recognition for what they have done for us, to give us the secure home.
Though every year, the things does the same, from planes to cannon shots, to fireworks, but this year, the theme of the parade "Love Singapore, Love Home" should consider, most appropriate theme this time, because we love Singapore, our home.
It is not easy for the team to organise such a big event that involves and they did a great job to get everything together. Thank you for the efforts put in to ensure every small details are under control. Year 2012 is coming to an end within months, let us put in more efforts to keep our home, a more harmonity and lovely place to stay.
This year's national day parade is as grand as every year's parade. The goodie bags are extremely fruitful and cool because they giveaway the Bandana which i find is very useful and I LOVE SG Scarfs that are meaningful.
During the parade, the first to emerge is the march up parade and the guard of honors which look very smart and gain my respect. The other contingents are also very fabulous especially my CCA GIRLS BRIGADES whom I find is the smartest contingent of all the school CCA Teams. I respect all the participants of this event as I know they trained very hard with many rehearsals under the HOT and Wet Singapore weather to bring out a good show for us in commemorating our country's birthday.
The Navy and the coast guard's boat demonstration are very swift and suave. However the grand finale of the fire-works is still the most exciting part of the show for me. Every year I look forward to the fire-works especially because it is very beautiful and colorful.
However for this year's Drama part of the show is boring for me because it feels like they are repeating the same style and story everytime.
In spite of the boring drama, I will still support and participate in the NDP every year as I feel that Singapore is my country and I am proud to be participate in this event.
National Day Parade, an iconic event that we get perked up, excited and enjoy every august as a nation, united and undivided. It is also a time where good memories of our past achievements and events are brought back, reminding us of the adrenaline rushing moments of glory as a little red dot shining in the vast ocean of the many countries, stronger, more establish, with more resources and power. This year’s theme, I find particularly appropriate “Love Singapore, My Home” !
The front part of the entire event, I find it rather routine. The march in and march pass of the contingents however, this routine events are also much sought after for many. It’s a time where we see the muscles of our country dressed smartly, standing tall with power and dignity, especially for the parents and relative of the contingents. Well trained and extremely timely in every move and positioning. I particularly love to see the Unions march pass. Dressed in polo tees and trying to look neat and timely during marching, these ladies and gentlemen representing the mass public and working unions look proud and happy, I could really see fun in their eyes.
The usual cannon shots, parachutes jumpers, F1 flying routines, the Navy patrol boats and fireworks creates excitement in the event almost during every moment. What really caught my eye was the Singapore island shaped projection screen and the stage design, I love the projection screen, it somehow allows a good view of whats happening during the cultural and dance performance yet it seems like these cultural performance are embedded into the Singapore Culture, which is very appropriate.
I also love this year’s NDP goodie bags… The bag itself is the super IN waterproof pack which is functional and very popular, which is totally different from the past year’s NDP Bag where I definitely wouldn’t wanna be seen carrying it. The few other things I like about the NDP goodie bag is the foldable fan, which I find it particularly useful and windy, the slap on rubber wristlet which is fun, the led lite blown up clapping sticks which really light up the skys and prevented a bruised pair of hands from clapping too much and a booklet that illustrates the stories of Singapore which to me is something I will keep for a long time and to show my children.
What I love and hate is the security checks and the queues to everywhere, which has to happen for security reasons and in a mass event like this, Its no choice, however, I still hate it.
NDP 2012, ended on a good note and shortly before we know it.. preparations of NDP 2013 will begin… I appreciate all the efforts put into organizing this super iconic events every year and indeed every year as a nation, we cannot but feel proud that we are so FABULOUS… Lets take time and enjoy our peaceful and safe country.
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