Black Knights performance

How have you started your SG50 long weekend?
There are a lot of SG50 promotions and free entries all around Singapore, and queues are expected.
Black Knights Marina South
(image credit RSAF Fanpage)

After catching National Day Parade NDP 2015 NE3 (display timings listed too), there are two more events which we hope to witness.
Recap, our videos from NDP Parade, NDP Flypast and Mobile Column.

We hope to catch the Black Knights in action over Marina South and we hope clearer sky will prevail over the weekend. Their first performance 07Aug (Fri) was a wet affair, but still super popular. Crowds braved the wind and rain to catch them in action. Video of the special SG50 Black Knights special performance can be found on RSAF Fanpage.

*updated 20150809 Video – we pop y Marina South for a splendid performance!

Black Knights will be performing from 07 to 09Aug at 12pm. Perhaps we will go outdoor to join the crowd for NDP 2015 on 09Aug? Pop by our NDP 2015 events.

* NDP performance timings are listed on our NE3 post

Packing NDP Funpacks

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Salute to our very own Singa contingent. Whoever wish to donate or sponsor more Singas to us can reach us at our email address :p
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By now, most families should have received their NDP funpacks. Our Hip Hop brothers collected their own Funpack sometime back. We were fortunate enough to collect many Singas through collaboration with NDP related events (2015 NE3, Mobile Column, and NDP Funpacks packing)
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The usual contents in a NDP Funpack are flags, mineral water, and biscuits. The moody emoticons from the message-cards are unusual and limited edition! Pardon Boon Xin, as she has a habit of drawing 🙁 when she meant 🙂 ooops.
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It is a huge logistics undertaking to churn out and deliver 1.2million NDP funpacks across Singapore. Thanks to CSSCOM (Combat Service and Support Command), soldiers painstakingly ensure that every household can enjoy National Day Parade, even if they are not at the Padang.

Can you imagine how many weekends were burnt and the amount of efforts which went into the funpack project? Kudos to the team from CSSCOM!
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We had an opportunity to experience human-conveyor-belt at Kranji camp.
No automation, pure manpower, endless bags! No aircon.

The kids from SengkangBabies and Cheekiemonkies deserved a shoutout too!
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If you are tired, just take a rest. It is no joke for the kids to stand solid two hours without resting.
Super proud of the kids! They really give their best to ensure all Funpacks are properly packed. They even pack extra water for some Funpacks 🙂
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Video (Link): Kids were perspiring but no one wish to give up until our line reach quota of 1000!

Super energetic kids rub off each other’s positive vibes.
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Packing is made easier with the 槐槐s to accompany the kiddos. The charm is mutual 🙂
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I had to correct the kids when they were too cheeky tired and address 槐槐 as Aunties!
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The Nuffnang volunteers packed a total of 4000 Funpacks in under 2 hours, even the real Singa came out to congratulate us.
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We wished to thanks NDP Organising committee and Nuffnang for the Fun invite. We had an opportunity to experience first-hand all the hard work behind the scenes. It is all human connections, heart and perspiration to bring the goods (and hopefully smiles) across. Happy Birthday Singapore!

Do pop by Nuffnang Darye for more photos and stories. All our NDP 2015 events can be found under #NDP2015 (NE3, Mobile Column, NDP Funpacks).

ps.. All group photos above courtesy of Nuffnang’s Gillian 🙂

2015 Golden Jubilee NDP

We celebrated Singapore Golden Jubilee NDP in advance last Saturday, and we can already proclaimed 2015’s NDP the best one so far.

The storyline, the vintage parade, the jets, helicopters and tanks rumbling mere meters away from our Grandstand. There is something for everyone. Fireworks, oldies goodies songs, and the spontaneous audience.

We feel you, Singapore!
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(Chinook Time 6.51pm)

Last Saturday, we joined countless other families (and a cohort of Primary 5 students) to celebrate National Day at the Padang.
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One People, One Nation, One Singapore. Does not matter race, religion and language, we were all wearing Red and White last Saturday.
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Families waited in anticipation, as segment after segment of performances kept us engaged. The Sam Willows, and sometimes Mexican waves help too 🙂

Motivators and performers lead the audience to “Chan Mali Chan” yesterday’s favorite Singapore songs.
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Red Lions(Time 5.52pm) always attract the crowd’s attention from the moment they leap off. The clear blue sky captured their trails and speedy descent. Audience chorus “OH..oH..Oh..” as Red Lions touch down so gracefully onto the tarmac.
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SAF Military Tattoo performance (combined Military Band and Precision Drill Squad) entertains with their formations and synchronisation. Look out for the classical instruments (Gu3 Zheng1) at the rear.
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Meanwhile, Boon Yee and Boon Xin eagerly posing with one of the motivators, who were busy giving away balloons and cheering the audience.
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As the Black Knights (Time 6.15pm) flew a Five Stars tribute for MM Lee, we remembered Singapore’s outpouring of emotions in 2015 Mar at Padang. This is also the same spot where we first heard Lee Kuan Yew shout “MERDEKA!” from the steps of Cityhall.
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An empty seat, a stalk of flower, a tribute to MM Lee.
Since Singapore’s independence, MM Lee has never missed a single NDP Parade before 🙁

Thank you MM Lee. One People One Nation One Singapore.
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The integrated show leads us through Six chapters, from Singapore’s early beginning to her future aspirations. Details at this link ndp.org.sg.

Chapter 1 Beginnings
A prince from Sumatra, Sang Nila Utama first discovered our island, followed by Sir Stamford Raffles.
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As the story unfolds, our forefathers (early immigrants from China, India and archipelago) streamed to Singapore to start their new lives. Hawkers, rickshaw pullers, coolies, and other professions came to our shore (Durians too!)
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Vintage parade must be one of the highlight of NDP 2015. As 2015 is Singapore’s Golden Jubilee NDP, some of the participants had marched in Singapore’s National Day parades from the 60s! The audience clap especially loud when our Vintage parade (Grandpas) filed past.

So nostalgic to see Police wearing khaki shorts, è­ŠćŻŸç©żçŸ­èŁ€! (just like Ch8 period dramas)
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Chapter 2 Progress
Parade form up, comprising members from Statboards, private enterprises, Hometeam and SAF.
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Took the opportunity to share with the kids, Red berets are the Commandos and those smart guys in all whites(shoes too) are Naval divers.
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One second, we see the “50” F16s (Time 6.53pm until 7.08pm) on the LED screens, the next second they flew over MBS towards Padang. The crowd goes Wow as the first wave of F16s approaches.
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Non-stop action from the fly past! Plane and helicopters roar overhead, afterburners full blast! We have never seen such a huge gathering of RSAF assets in Singapore’s history. Formidable sight!

Do look out for the Airbus A380 on 01 and 09Aug!
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This F15 pilot wants to say Hello to you! Click on image below for RSAF F15SG’s cockpit video.
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(image credit RSAF Fanpage)

Love how the screen seems to extend performance to audience!
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– 25pounder Gun (Time 6.57pm) (estimated)
– Feu-de-joie (Time 7.02pm) (Guard of Honor contingents firing into the sky)

Defence Minister, flanked by CDF and Parade Commander waving to the crowd. During Dr Ng’s Guards of Honour inspection, the 25pounder ceremonial guns were firing away near Merlion.
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Marching past, making way for the Mobile Column. We can already hear the 60 tons engines rumbling from a distance!
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Chapter 3 – Strength
Boon Yee liked the Mobile column segment, he remembered all the special vehicles from an earlier media event at Kallang Leisure Dome.
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Mobile Column gif!(Time 7.21pm until 7.35pm) Love the endless vehicles passing by, we are impressed with SAF and Hometeam’s capabilities!
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Stephanie Sun and Kit Chan will be performing our favourite songs on actual day, I am looking forward to “Home 柶“.
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As night falls, love how special lightings are casted on National Gallery’s facade. Cityhall’s Dome looks especially mesmerizing (and colonial) under the moonlight.
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Chapter 4 – Unity – Many Cultures, One Nation
Folks from Soka and others will form up words on the Padang like “Majullah”. This chapter hopes to showcase that Singaporeans are united in common ideals and goals of building a home that belongs to all of us, regardless of race, language or religion.
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From our seats, we noticed new LED screens forming an arc from left to right. There is a theater-feel as we watched the “story” unfold from one end to the other 🙂

Chapter 5 – Identity – Uniquely Singaporean
Can you recognised some of the icons from our growing up years? Expect to see some Singlish too, and kids did not understand “Blur like Sotong” haha.
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Chapter 6 – Onwards – Bright Future
Love the dancing light tubes from 600 students. When the performers are in sync, it is pretty amazing and adorable sight. We had a few giggles when someone forgot to “change” colour hee hee 🙂

Quite cool to see the colourful stickmens.
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Golden Jubilee NDP performance

Grand Finale (Time 8.12pm)
Fireworks leading to the climax of 2015 Golden Jubilee National Day Parade.
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Our happy family, super proud to be Singaporeans.
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We heard around 200,000 people will be crowding the Marina Bay area to celebrate 09Aug.
After all, how many times do we get to celebrate a nation’s Golden Jubilee?

Kudos to all the organisers and performers! They have sacrificed so many weekends to present Singaporean’s Golden Jubilee show.
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(image credit ndp.org.sg)

Thank you Mindef (Accord and NEXUS) for the invite, 2015 Golden Jubilee NDP is the best NDP performance thus far.
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Pop by the following links for more NDP updates :
– NDP Website and Fanpage
– A few weeks earlier, we rode a Bionix (From Mobile Column) into Town
– 2014’s NDP Parade (we drifted with RSN Divers’ RHIB at Marina Bay!)
2010 Mobile Column Rocks too!

– More 2015 NDP NE3 photos have been uploaded onto our fanpage album

What made our experience more memorable this year is our kids got an opportunity to pack some Funpacks too!
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* All our NDP 2015 events can be found under #NDP2015 (NE3, Mobile Column, NDP Funpacks)