NDP 2018 is one of the best National Day Parades

NDP 2018 is one of the best NDPs! The best NDP could still be SG50, when LKY Singapore’s founding Father passed on. (Visit our NDP blogs here)

We have star powers like Joanna Dong, the usual fighter jets, but it was the poignant story-telling which touched our hearts.

The whole NDP has a Cinematic effect, human to human connections, stories of how we overcome hardships and strive for our Goals. As the Singapore story slowly unfolds infront of us, there is a segment for everyone.

NDP 2018 Moments for us  (YouTube link)

Let us share our favourite moments from NDP 2018.

We had not been successful with balloting (for 6 pax) for the last 8 NDPS. But we were very lucky to be gifted the NDP tickets, thanks to Daddy’s previous Accord engagement.

Watching National Day Parade together as a family at the venue is an awesome feeling. It is different from watching behind a television screen. You need to be at the venue to feel the raw emotions.

NDP 2018
NDP 2018

For NDP 2018, We noticed songs were more youthful, and we did not know most of the bands. But our teenagers liked the renditions.

As the bands led us through the favourite NDP songs through the years, we heard beatboxing too.

Before we proceed, NDP 2018’s theme is “We Are Singapore”.

Image credit Ndp.org.sg

 

Let our story unfold on the big screen (50m wide!), we noticed the LCD “panels” can swing and reveal “Arts Museum” in the background too, interesting (feels like a transparent mirror).

 

18 tote bag designs, crafted by special needs students. This can be a collecter item 🙂

..with the usual goodies and NDP props.

Families all deck in Red and White. Although this is only a “rehearsal”, it is as real as it can get 🙂

 

Introducing the mascots from yesterday, how many do you remember?

Funny host Gurmit was seriously late for Singapore’s biggest party. For some reason, he met Mr Brown and hitchhike in his pickup, help Macik with groceries until IMM (Jurong), and was eventually lifted by some muscled seniors to reach NDP at the Floating Platform (also known as NS Square).

If not for the Red Lions and Navy Divers, Gurmit’s zodiac boat entry should be the most stylish.

 

We love this placard gimmick, just listen to command Up/Down and the audience will form “We ♥ SG”!

Families love flipping the placards 🙂

 

NDP 2018 is the Naval divers’ first free fall event in National Day Parade. How did they jump and land with 50kg of load and flippers! The way they land in the water looks graceful and slow motion too.

The Red Lions has been jumping since 1989! And their wing-suit antics raised the bar, imagine soaring 200kmh+ through the air!

 

 

Above All, RSAF’s Heron is providing a sustain oversight for us.

As audience HooHah and Oh Oh Oh, our elite soldiers gathered to salute the spectators.

Military tattoo is a usual crowd favourite. Not easy for band members to march and perform at the same time, and the MP’s rifle-swinging drills are SPOT ON!

Commands for the contingents.

Many families were clearly enjoying the atmosphere.


 

The traditional National Flag flypast and us singing Majulah Singapura 🙂   

Some other interesting sights at NDP 2018.

“Simulation” MP, DPM and even “Mr Goh” paying their roles. Audience like to cat call and disturb the part-time ministers haha. A gentle reminder to pack our rubbish before leaving the parade venue.

We did noticed there are some spectators along Benjamin Sheares bridge, hope they get a bird’s eye view of the NDP performance, and fireworks too.

 

 

As Defence Minister inspect the contingents, our RSAF assets flew overhead and 25 Pounder rock the skyline.

In case you are wondering why every air assets are displayed, it is RSAF50 #RSAF50. Singapore Air Force celebrates its 50th anniversary 🙂

Come 11, 12Aug, catch more planes over Marina Barrage!

As the jets soared pass, the last beam of Sun set behind CBD. We got ready our special light bulbs and heavy Techno blasted “Majulah Singapura”, quite COOL! especially with the special effects lightings.

There are no Army military convoys at NDP 2018, we only have a few trucks to pickup the Samsui women 🙂

Our pioneers build our towns and industries. These are the folks who left their countries and sink their roots in Singapore.

Watching the scenes unfold before us, we sometimes wonder is the theatre set Under the Sea, or in the Galaxy above us?

It does not Matter, just use our imagination and enjoy the scene.

Wow, got Joanna Dong too, NDP 2018 got the concert FEEL 🙂

Our Hopes Our Aspirations floated from Singapore River.

 

Tears well up in my eyes when I heard 93 years old Uncle Tan playing the violin. It felt so good and I was super proud to be a Singaporean, kids did not see my tears under the blue hour.

Secretly, I am wondering whether our kids understand how much Singapore has gone through to reach this stage? So much sacrifices from our pioneers.

Sharing the same stage was Jazz musician Jeremy Monteiro, and a beautiful backdrop.

 

Themes like Home and Family kept coming across, from the patriotic songs too. Kit Chan’s (Home) always raised our spirits during sing-along sessions.

We all know about NDP 2018 theme song (link), watch the MTV played out on the Floating Platform stage. (Composer Charlie Lim and Creative Director is Boo Junfeng)

Honour the everyday heroes! Really touching when we see how everyday Singaporeans overcome their own challenges, and reach out to help each other. Quoting the Samsui Ah-Ma ” 有饭吃饭有粥吃粥”.

 

 

The volunteers did a good job, kudos! They were waving Good Nights and shouting “Thank you” to all the spectators 🙂

 

We hope your family will enjoy the story telling behind NDP 2018 too 🙂

Singapore is only 53 years old, we can be proud of our achievements, and we must strive for higher peaks. Do not leave anyone behind.

Additional tips:

-No1 tip, do not drive to Marina Square and Flyer area. We got stuck in a jam (in carpark) and along Raffles Boulevard  for 1 hour, and this was after we had our dinner! You may wish to park at Kallang Stadium and take the train to NDP venue.

-Do visit our previous NDP experiences here http://sengkangbabies.com/tag/ndp

-How to take Fireworks photos tips

–Visit NDP Website and Fanpage for the latest updates

-Baby and toddler will need individual tickets too, you will not be able to bring your stroller into the venue

-For those with young kids, do not rush to exit after after the event. Stay for 20 minutes  before you make your way out. The stairways around Floating Platform can be quite narrow and congested.

RSAF45 at Singapore Airshow

[ Media Invite ]

RSAF45 is about Singapore Air Force’s 45th anniversary. They will be holding an exhibition at SA2014 (Singapore Airshow), and we were invited to touch the Apaches, Falcons and Eagles !

Wow, Daddy did not tell Boon Wee and Boon Yee that Hercules C-130 is Heavy?
Hercules c-130 Singapore

And how often can we stand so near to F15 Eagle’s rear, oops we meant afterburner :p

We started our tour in RSAF’s pavilion, where visitors will learn about RSAF’s transformation and capabilities.
– Zone 1 – Our Air Force Heritage and Transformation
– Zone 2 – Experiencing our Air Force Capabilities
– Zone 3 – Our People, Our Tribe.

Kids wasted no time mapping their own Fun itinerary, (hint) Zone 2’s simulation booths are kids’ equivalent of Timezone!
Exhibition booth RSAF45; Map of RSAF at Singapore Air show

Seriously, Fighter Jets can land on Lim Chu Kang Road, kids thought Daddy was joking.

UAV has been loitering in the sky for quite some time (since 1998s), and collecting first hand intelligence.

Air to Air refueling.

We learn more about RSAF’s layered security umbrella (anti aircraft)

Give Boon Yee a Mistral, he has experience with Nerf Guns.

Guess which is my favourite missile, Aster 30 or Spyder?
Anti Aircraft missiles Singapore, AA RSAF

Modern warfare is all about Network Integration.
3G SAF Integrated strikeforce
SAF Air Defence network

Last Saturday, everyone has their hands busy trying to direct a war.
Even Nintendo Wii can help us mechanic wanabes haha.
Simulation and Games at RSAF45

To call for a smart bomb, kids just aim the cursor at target, click <Enter> or click mouse. Daddy hope Boon Yee is not lasering the wrong apartment.

Kids can attempt a 9G on their F16, without feeling giddy.

Besides missiles and simulation, RSAF also showcase it’s humanitarian efforts.

RSAF’s arsenal on display. Tons of photo opportunities for families.
RSAF anniversary static display; apache at Singapore Air Show

SuperPuma family

Kids are eager to sign-on as future Air Force pilots, Boon Wee need to wait another 8 years.

The big guys in the RSAF, Chinook and Hercules. Did you know Chinook airframe has been used by USAF since 1960s.
Biggest Helicopter Singapore Air Force; Chinook ride

Hercules C-130, serving RSAF since 1977.

We say hello to an uncle Jet, Daddy say F5E is older than him !

But F5E is still a respectable interceptor in RSAF.

We realised RSAF’s Fighting Falcons are not exactly young anymore. Since 1990, they have undergone countless upgrades, and Black Knights’ acrobatics show the nimble F16s are still agile and lethal.

AEW (Airborne Early Warning), the old Hawkeye e-2C and the new Gulfstream 550.

Up in the air the G550 will give Singapore advance notice when hostile forces are detected, but on the ground, the G550 is providing some shades from the sun.

Some other interesting exhibits at 2014 Singapore Airshow. Will Singapore be buying the 5th generation F35?

We could not cover all the mean machines, click link for a map of RSAF booth and assets.

(Image credit RSAF and SA2014)

Boon Yee is clearly impressed with RSAF45’s exhibition.

We gather outdoor for the Acrobatic Flying Displays.

Black Knights Rocks, even when inverted !
Black Knights performance timing

RSAF’s Black Knights last thrilled the crowed six years ago, we witness precision manoeuvres, split seconds rolls.

Have you seen F16s and F18s (Australian Air Force) in slow motion before? Really cool as they drift infront of you at (perhaps) CTE’s speed limit.

Video : Loops, Rolls, RSAF45 Black Knights in action

When the jets power their afterburners, kids cover their ears !

Thank you RSAF, for protecting Singapore’s way of life.

Do pop by these links for more videos of Black Knights, from behind the cockpits! (Video 1 and Video 2)

15th and 16th Feb, Singapore Airshow will be opened to public.
Transport to Singapore Air Show

Two sections will make the kids and parents happy.
3D screening, let Black Knights tell you about “Sky’s the Limit“.
video of RSAF Black knight

Role playing a military career is always popular with kids, parents will be glad to see their junior pilots in No1. (checkout previous open house Navy and Army too!)
RSAF uniform kids

Media group photo.

(image credit RSAF)

Goodie bags and tattoos from RSAF, we would like to thanks RSAF for the invitation.

Do pop by The Republic of Singapore Air Force Facebook page for the latest updates.
More photos are available on our Fanpage album.

Video : RSAF45 activities

Additional points
– RSAF45 is a ticketed event, as part of Singapore Air Show 2014
– Singapore Airshow is only opened to public on 15th and 16th Feb
– Tickets are not sold on site, purchase them at this link, (Adult $22, Child 3-12 $9)
– Transport and Logistics options (Taxis)
* The acrobatic display timings and teams are listed at this link