Honestly, I am always very proud to be a Malaysian. Never thought that I will do anything to betray my country.
But yesterday was a close shave as I accepted Ryan’s invitation to go for NDP Rehearsal at the padang.
(Don’t think of him a s very nice guy hor, he got the tickets from his sister, and his girlfriend is at work, and I so happen to be MSN-ing with him).
It turns out to be very much enjoyable, and I am proud to be in Singapore. I mean, you can expect me to say I am proud to be a Singaporean, which I am not, for many reasons (CPF is one, National Service is another).
The evening started a bit gloomy. I was waiting at City Hall station for Ryan (who was unceremoniously late, but he said he is only Singaporean!). The place was absolutely crowded with people of all sizes and ages in red. Yes, a in RED. Even I was in red. Lucky for me – otherwise I will stick out like a sore thumb.
So we were walking to Padang with the rest of the crowd. Ryan’s tickets are for the grandstand! Feel so fucking important. Wahaha… he has got four, and since there are only two of us, he randomly picked up two foreign tourists and pass the tickets to them.
(Very generous of Ryan, I would say, but too bad the ang mohs were spotted leaving NDP halfway through the rehearsal)
Crowd mood was slightly dampened with the drizzling rain
Rows of goodie bags. Quite a good haul this year.
The entertainers of the day were Gurmit Singh, Adrian Pang, Kym Ng, Sharon Au and another unidentifiable guy. Gurmit reminds me very much Singapore Idol, Adrian was adoringly funny, and Sharon is so just so cute! We did the “Padang Wave” and the “Singapore Wave”, which is like repeated so many times I got bored half way through.
The Padang Wave
Ryan managed to took this shot of me. What, trying to do me in, is it?
No way you are going to catch me red handed!
And so the show begins. My memory is failing me slightly – I only remembered the combined school band performance, the awesome parade of army vehicles (believe me, Singapore is much safer than you think), the parachute jump… oh well, Ryan took an amazing lots of photos! Like he said, his phone outlasted my camera.
Here are some pictures taken. Oh, I just love the fireworks!
Alright, there you have it, or you can see the photos in my online photo album. So…. this is my self-confessed account of being a Malaysian in a Singapore National Day Parade. Feeling proud of it. Afterall, Singapore has been my home for more than 6 years.
Happy Birthday, Singapore!
Tag: singapore, ndp