Singapore NDP 2019

09 Aug, Singapore NDP 2019 celebrates both 54th Nation-building and SG’s Bicentennial. National Day Parade will be at Padang, and Mobile column will be one of the highlights.

Theme for Singapore NDP 2019 is Our Singapore.

We park at Kallang and took the train to Padang area. You should not park near Padang, unless you wish to be stuck in 1 hour jams (both nearby carparks and main road!)

Walking from Esplanade MRT to Padang. We purposely detour so we can catch some Leopards. They are park just outside Suntec city, read our blog NDP Mobile Column post here.

We have not been successful in balloting for the tickets for the 8th year now. But we manage to get Preview because of my previous community engagement with Mindef (Accord).

The current Accord “Blogger” is Kelvin from Cheekiemonkies, read his NDP review here.

We had gathered at National Gallery. Love the Window, peeping out to the Padang. Singapore NDP 2019 is ready to rock in a blast of colours.

NDP 2019 Padang
NDP 2019 Padang

Before we go to Parade proper, we would like to share two NDP related clips.

1) Mobile Column supercut by Tedd, this fellow collected all these clips from all the Saturday rehearsals! You should checkout his previous videos on Mindef and Home Team in action πŸ™‚

2) I got goosebumps listening to this soulful rendition of Majulah Singapura. Sang by Ramli Sarip, but the verdict is mixed. Not everyone appreciate this rock rendition πŸ™‚

One more day to Singapore NDP 2019 πŸ™‚

 

Cheerleaders and hosts are dressed in vibrant colours to rouse the crowd. We sang along to popular songs and disturb the “simulated” MP and Ministers. Only Defence Minister Dr Ng is real during our Preview :p

Red Lions wow the crowd. I am always amazed at how they weave in and out between Swissotel and nearby skyscrapers!

One moment you see them, the next moment the wind might push them out of sight, but they always land to loud applause!

A different type of mobile column, depicting Singapore’s growing-up brands and institutions. From the first hospital (SGH) to bank, Post office to Robinsons!

From 1819 to 2019, this is Little Red Dot’s 200 years of history and heritage.

Happy to see special needs drummers together with SAF’s Band.


Contingents form up. What many do not realise is the number of hours and sweat behind all this preparation. Soldiers might enjoy shorter weekends with loved one, volunteers are clocking in because of pride and passion.

Our Love for Singapore πŸ™‚


 

National Flag fly pass, we sang Majulah Singapura with gusto and pride.

As Dr Ng inspected the parade, 21 gun salute echoed from Marina Bay area.

RSAF airbus A330 flank by F15 streak across the sky. Kids might not understand why Singapore air force need to refuel in the air.

Parade march off, and we can already hear diesel engines rumbling around the corner.

While all the actions are rolling, take a minute to soak in the beautiful colonial and urban landscape around the Padang.

Singapore is a beautiful city.

Leopards and some Merdeka Pioneers led the Mobile Column along St Andrew’s Road.

From 1960’s AMX 13 to 21st century’s Leopards. A lot has changed.

Singapore AMX to Leopard
Singapore AMX to Leopard

Navy brought in their Harpoon and Torpedo, Army brought their Asters!

NDP Mobile Column Harpoon
NDP Mobile Column Harpoon

Salute to our Merdeka soldiers and Police! Thank you Uncles!
(Where are the Merdeka service woman?)

NDP Merdeka Soldiers
NDP Merdeka Soldiers

Red and white, backdrop of National Gallery. Can you spot the spaceship dome (Supreme court) ?

Performance, highlighting Singapore’s multiculturalism and rich diversity. Burst of colours from Chinese, Indian, Malay and Eurasians.

I hope I would get to see the day when our NRIC remove Race and only indicate Singaporean πŸ™‚

The next Act was more futuristic. Spacesuits, rapping and lasers fill the Padang arena!

Got concert feel πŸ™‚

NDP Padang photos
NDP Padang photos

Thousands ofΒ  “NDP watches” will synchronised in blue and green and other colours.

Quite impressive, just like fireflies flickering around Padang!

The Lion enter the stage. It weighs 1 ton and reaches 6m!

Fireworks bring our Parade near to finale. We sang Majulah Singapura and cite our Pledge again πŸ™‚

Proud to be Singaporeans!

NDP 2019 Fireworks
NDP 2019 Fireworks

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We wave Goodbye and say our thanks to the volunteers πŸ™‚

Video : 4 min of NDP Parade, fantastic display of emotion and pride

Just a shoutout to the NDP Goodie Bag, which happens to be an Emergency bag too.Β  We can simply scan the QR code and get free CPR training.

In times of emergency, this bag should be on standby (with all the emergency barang barang).

If you wish to watch NDP from home, perhaps Mobile Column will roll to your neighbourhood?

Take note NDP happens on Friday and Mobile Column (Heartlands) on Saturday 10Aug πŸ™‚

Do pop by our Fanpage for more Singapore NDP 2019 Photos.

NDP 2019 Photos
NDP 2019 Photos

You still have a chance to catch some of the Mobile Column vehicles this Friday! Read our Mobile Column blog here.

Our previous NDP are documented here http://sengkangbabies.com/tag/ndp

Image credit NDPeeps

 

Tim Ho Wan dim sum now available in Punggol

Tim Ho Wan dim sum is now available in Punggol. ζ·»ε₯½ι‹ has opened it’s 11th outlet at Punggol Waterway Point.

We heard there is now a new management in place. Menu has been revamped, but dim sum remains delectable.

Everything is now hand-made at the outlets, no more machines.
Dim sum is now served plate by plate, instead of serving everything together (as if for flatlay). This is the correct way for us to enjoy our Dim Sum η‚ΉεΏƒ.

However, this would require extra resources and I thought it would be challenging to maintain quality and consistency across all outlets.

Tim Ho Wan dim sum
Tim Ho Wan dim sum

We were at Punggol outlet to savour some of Tim Ho Wan dim sum’s latest offerings, and of course their traditional favourites.

We started with refreshing Hong Kong Milk Tea and Herbal flower tea.
The herbal taste is slightly bitter, really authentic πŸ™‚

Their signature Baked BBQ Pork Buns (Char Siew Bun ε‰ηƒ§εŒ…) was next. Yummy!

The handmade crust (bun) is fluffy, the sweat and moist pork simply melts in our mouth. This is definitely one of my favourite.

Tim Ho Wan Char Siew Bun
Tim Ho Wan Char Siew Bun

Some of the new offerings from Tim Ho Wan’s menu.

Spinach Dumplings with prawn
Wrapped in a translucent rice skin, bite and enjoy a flavourful burst of taste. We gave high scores in the Looks and Taste for this dish.

Kudos for Tim Ho Wan for introducing these new creative Dim Sum (chives and spinach) on the menu. I have not seen them in traditional Dim sum restaurants before.

Even the chewy translucent skin is nice.

If you like sour stuff, you will enjoy Pork Dumplings in Hot and Spicy Sauce. This is the Mrs’ favourite dish.

Wanton δΊ‘εž with minced pork soaked in 18 different herbs and spices.

Every mouthful bursts with rich concoction of texture and sourness. There was not enough dumplings for us.

Shrimp with Clives in Filo Pastry ( popiah θ–„ι₯Ό). This was first introduced at Punggol Waterway Point outlet, and is an acquired taste. Our kids hate chive’s strong taste but I like the fragrance.

Chives are not overpowering, and goes well with the crunchy shrimp.

Beef dishes are reintroduced to the menu πŸ™‚
And we love Hong Kong Braised Beef Soup Noodle!

Tender and juicy, the braised beef goes well with the noodles and delicious broth. Best for a cold night πŸ™‚

BBQ Pork Rice Rolls
Succulent pork with sweet sauce. The chewy skin texture was interesting too.

The next one should be popular with our kids, cause got salted egg πŸ™‚

Sesame Balls with Molten Salted Egg
The molten salted egg goes well with the sesame skin.

 

Look at the golden goodness oozes out in second photo below.

 

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Traditional fare are still available, and yummy πŸ™‚

Har Gao (蝦逃), very fresh prawn

Glutinous rice η³―η±³ι₯­ so soft and sticky.
The grains are moist and stickiness just nice.
(Some Glutinous rice would be too sticky and cloy)

Delightful morsels of char siew and mushroom within the wrapped goodness.

Carrot cake anyone?

Tim Ho Wan best selling dim sum
Tim Ho Wan best selling dim sum

Siew Mai (烧卖) with Gou Qi Zi (枸杞子).

We finished our food too fast, and had to use another table’s flatlay for photo πŸ™‚

Cool down with Chrysanthemum Aloe Vera Jelly .
Refreshing ending for the diners. The black chunks are sour plum.

Tim Ho Wan desserts
Tim Ho Wan desserts

More families can enjoy good Tim Ho Wan dim sum in the heartlands.

Punggol Waterway Point outlet is popular and caters to mostly families,queues kept forming at this outlet.

Thank you Tim Ho Wan ζ·»ε₯½ι‹ for the food tasting invitation.
We had a jolly good time, and we will be back with kids to savour more η‚ΉεΏƒ.