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 🙂

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 🙂

One more day to Singapore NDP 2019 🙂

 

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 🙂


 

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 🙂

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

Got concert feel 🙂

NDP Padang photos
NDP Padang photos

Thousands of  “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 🙂

Proud to be Singaporeans!

NDP 2019 Fireworks
NDP 2019 Fireworks

 

We wave Goodbye and say our thanks to the volunteers 🙂

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.  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 🙂

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

 

NDP 2019 Mobile Column form up at Suntec

NDP 2019 Mobile Column form up outside Suntec City. This will happen every Saturday until 09 Aug Singapore’s National Day.

And the best place to grab a selfie would be right at this junction.

NDP 2019 Mobile Column
NDP 2019 Mobile Column

Traditionally, Mobile Column only occurs once every 5 years. But 2019 being Singapore’s bicentennial celebration, NDP 2019 Mobile Column is happening one year in advance.

NDP 2019 road closures
NDP 2019 road closures

Nicoll Highway would be their staging area, before the tanks and vehicles roll to Padang main stage.

One of the most convenient spots to watch the drive through would be at Esplanade MRT Exit A (Suntec City).

I thought these kids had the best seats for NDP 2019 Mobile Column (at Suntec City). Imagine the thrill as the tanks roar to life, and thunderous F15 flying overhead.

Best spot to watch NDP Mobile Column rehearsals
Best spot to watch NDP 2019 Mobile Column rehearsals

If you want to impress the kids, memorise the vehicles (link here). There are a total of 171 vehicles (and missile arsenel)!

Image credit ndp.org.sg

Let us share more photos of the vehicles from Armed Forces and HomeTeam. Take note these photos are not in order.

Terrex

Singapore Army Hunter
Singapore Army Hunter

The new Hunter. This ride is fully digital, guns and missiles can be fired without the crew exposing themselves. The Hunter is much bigger that the Bionix (not in picture).

The foreground flowers seem to camouflage the Leopards.

This uncle could be one of the pioneer tankee from Merdeka generation 🙂 

Once you see the chinooks with the National flag, this is the cue for the vehicles to rolloff.

Belrex towing scout bikes.

Light Strike vehicles, only the Guards can play with this buggy.

Himars always look so docile, but packs a devastating payload.

Pegasus howitzer

Are these the radar trucks? Too many configurations.

Airbus A330 refuel tanker escorted by F15s. They replace the old KC-135.

This should be the harpoon.

Is this Aster 15 or 30?

Navy seems to bring out all their toys.

Navy divers on their RGIB.

Remote controlled Protector keeps our sea lanes safe.

My bike infront of the Navy special craft. Normally, the boat is very stealthy.

Bridge (M3G) under a bridge.

Heavy duty tow truck. Who call for Bob the builder? On a serious note, this monster will clear a path for others!

Advance and Overcome!

TP has many variants too.

There are many more HomeTeam vehicles(ambulances, police petrols, fire engines etc), a pity I had to rush home.

Hope to bring the kiddos back for more NDP 2019 Mobile Column vehicular actions.

Nicoll highway was still closed as I cycled home.

In case you are interested, you can follow my rough Google Map (URL) to cycle from Sengkang to Nicoll highway. It took me 1 hour through PCN (Park Connectors).

If your kids love army or HomeTeam actions, they will be thrilled by NDP 2019 Mobile Column.

For the rehearsal,  I would recommend that you arrive at around 6pm (or earlier for good spot). Be prepared to stay for up to 1 hour. The vehicles will move off around 1845 during rehearsals.

Do pop by our previous NDP Mobile Column photos and blog posts :
NDP 2019 Preview
2015 NDP Mobile Column
2010 post (still on old blog)

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