Today is Singapore 54th National Day!!

For those who don’t really know about Singapore, Singapore is not a settlement in South Africa, nor is it part of China/Philippine, and it’s definitely bigger than Sentosa (Sentosa is part of Singapore).

According to Wikipedia:

In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles founded colonial Singapore as a trading post of the British East India Company. After the company’s collapse in 1858, the islands were ceded to the British Raj as a crown colony. During the Second World War, Singapore was occupied by Japan. It gained independence from the British Empire in 1963 by joining Malaysia along with other former British territories (Sabah and Sarawak), but separated two years later over ideological differences, becoming a sovereign state in 1965. After early years of turbulence and despite lacking natural resources and a hinterland, the nation developed rapidly as an Asian Tiger economy, based on external trade and its workforce.

Singapore is a small island, a city, a country, a place which I have grown up (I was born in Malaysia, but moved over before I went preschool).

This Year, lucky we get to attend the rehearsal despite the unlucky forgetful mum forgot to ballot for NDP (National Day Parade) preview/actual day ticket.

Singapura welcoming us at the entrance

We reached the Padang slightly later than 5.30pm, and it was people mountain people sea. Although there are some a lot of seats around, we were sent to the front row of the sector, probably to spread the crowd so it looks aesthetically better.

While waiting... we need to take wefie, Kpo Kia is feeling too hot to smile

Sweaty and hungry, she was still engrossed in the performance

The performance goes well, and Kpo Kia was very engrossed in the shows.¬†Occasionally Kpo Kia will ask for snacks, thanks for the sponsored bread and muffin, she was well-fed throughout the session and didn’t whine being hungry or bored.

Reviewing officer of the day

During pledge taking time, Kpo Kia looks particularly serious and stands very still, was quite surprised, but guess her preschool taught her well. Keke~ She is definitely a true blue Singaporean.

See her serious face while taking the pledge... but I chuckled a bit cos of the bread crumbs near her mouth

Great job, all the performers~ Thanks for making our Saturday so colorful

Towards the end of the show, the fireworks start showing up at the far corner behind Padang. Have to say I was a bit disappointed, as the view was half-blocked at my yellow zone.

Nevertheless, I am glad to attend this event and got to watch the performance live with my dear family.

Creative Director - Dick Lee, giving his ending speech

Happy Birthday, Singapore!

I wish you have a happier nation, and you will progress with more empathy. I miss 80s Singapore which most people are happy, helpful, and kind to each other.