Singapore is anticipating the biggest Birthday bash of the year. Cars are showing off their little flags, students wore red and white to school on Friday.
Wow, are we 49 years old already?
For a nation, 49 years old is still relatively young.
Back in 1965, nobody even know whether Singapore will survive another day.
No water nor sanitation, no jobs, no army to protect ourselves.
It is a miracle that we had even survived our infancy!
What if communists had overrun SE Asia?
What if Singapore never split from Malaysia?
What if EDB did not manage to secure jobs for Sinagpore?
We only had swarm lands in the 60s and 70s, it is amazing how they have all transformed into thriving towns today.
Singapore has no hinterland to fall back on, our only assets is our people.
Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his comrades (and our pioneers) for bringing Singapore from Third world to First world.
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We do not even have to look far to see how our fates could have played out.
Look at the slums in some of our neighbours’ backyard, where people has no shelter, worry about their meal, and families are subject to sickness.
Alas, we have taken so many things for granted.
Some have even question whether we need a strong army to protect ourselves.
Is life really so good in Singapore that we have become conceited?
The world does not own us a living, never was the case in 1965, and definitely not today.
If we cannot protect ourselves, why would anyone bother to help us?
Video : We started our day with a simple breakfast. Egg and toast, fishball noddles and kopi. Simple joy, simple blessings. Have we ever wonder how much of our breakfast ingredient are imported?
The challenge is how to bring up the next generation to appreciate that nothing in Singapore should be taken for granted.
We are all waiting for National Day Parade on TV, so that we can sing Majulah Singapura and recite our pledge. Happy Birthday Singapore !
Singapore celebrates its 49th Birthday this year.
The theme for 2015 is “Our people, Our Home”.
Life is good in Singapore.
We complain about delayed train services, flooding, P1 balloting, and even LGBT issues. We do not have to worry about threats or life and death issues on a daily basis.
We have so much time to bicker and pull each other down.
Nobody cares about difference of opinions anymore, it is either My view or Your view.
Voices are getting more vocal and less tolerant.
Daddy cherish our way of life (the peaceful one).
We can walk in the evenings without fear of muggings.
Kids go to school and do not worry about being gunned down.
Food and transport is relatively affordable.
All our complains are so insignificant compared to real World issues.
Perhaps this National Day, take a step back, and count our blessings for Singapore.
Is Singapore perfect? No.
Are we gracious? No.
Can we make Singapore better? 100% YES!
Enough ramblings, we are supposed to blog about our 2014 National Day Parade first full-dressed rehearsal.
We started our Day with a cruise down Marina Bay. Not any normal cruise, but our RHIB (rigid hull inflatable boat) can reach 30 knots!
eBrake, splashes, getting wet and acting cool is part of the itinerary.
Have you seen our exhilarating boat ride already? (click for RHIB link)
Checkout this link on how SAF helps to fight piracy at Gulf of Aden (part of an international task force).
Video : If you ever get an opportunity to ride a RHIB, Go for it!
Waves at 40s caught our DSLRs by surprise.
We tour a parking lot too. The kids love posing with the hardware from SAF and Hometeam.
Kids were reluctant to dismount from the Terrex, they can play remote targeting (gun mounted on turret), and Terrex got aircon too!
We supposed the view from the top of the 10-storey Ladder should be splendid.
Milo and snacks for the hardworking performers and volunteers, and (cough) media group too.
** This NDP Rehearsal is part 2 of Mindef and NDP’s bloggers engagement programme, we also visited Paya Lebar’s to witness how F15SG pilots prepare for their NDP flypast (click link)
(image credit Mindef PR)
At around 4.30pm, we collected our NDP tickets and oh-so-vibrant colourful Funpacks. Seated at the Yellow sector, a Big TV greeted us.
This is the first time that MINDS is participating in NDP Parade. Drums away!
Everyone is in a party mood, even the weather is nice to us. The haze in 2013 had disrupted some rehearsals.
SAF’s Military Band and Precision Drill squad lead the way.
As the contingents start to form up, we can spot the 25-pounders floating by. They will be giving the President a 21-gun salute.
We spend almost 11 hours at the NDP area, no wonder the little ones might be a bit overwhelmed with the full suite of activities!
Red lions and Chinooks (with Singapore Flag) are always crowd favourties!
Everyone “woke up” and sang Majulah Singapura with gusto.
Our Happy Family in Red and White.
(photo credit David from OurPrincessDana)
Try to spot the 25 pounder’s ring.
Dynamic Display kept everyone glued to their action-packed routine.
Contingents marching off into the crowd, everyone waves bye bye. Thank you to the hardworking participants!
Video : The highlights of NDP 2014
When the sun set, everyone took out their light sticks.
More Singapore Stories unfold on the stage. The drizzle could not stop us from enjoying the SHOW !
Fireworks cap the evening.
We love the songs for 2014 NDP. Yesterday’s favourite melodies tell the stories of how Singapore is growing, the music video talks about family, respect, love and care.
Daddy got some goosebumps in some of the scenes.
Thank you Mindef PR for the invitation, there is no better platform for families to express their Love, patriotism for Singapore! Thank you to all the performers and volunteers for your sacrifice!