I am quite possibly the only person from both sides of our families and among our friends who is the most “enthu” (enthusiastic) about the National Day Parades. Wear red? No problem! Wave a flag? I’ll wave TWO! Sing the songs? If I know the words, heck yeah! I’ll probably scream out the words if I can. Nobody can shout “Chan Mali Chan Oi Oi” better than me ok? If I don’t know the words, just fake it with some realistic mumbling lah! Nobody would be the wiser!
We got to watch the NDP 2016 Preview 2 last Saturday (30 July 2016) and I was super excited that it was going to be at the stadium. I have attended a preview at the old stadium with my mum many years ago and it was awesome. I was sure it would be just as fabulous this year. I even excitedly told my husband “Got aircon inside you know! No need to use our battery operated fans!”
However, there had been so much talk about this year’s NDP at the National Stadium (The Singapore Sports Hub) and most of them not very positive.
The common complaints I read online:
- My favourite Red Lions will not be dropping into the National Stadium because of safety issues.
- No mobile column aka military vehicles and the aerial displays. Bimbo confession: I thought they were talking about some movable structure. *twirls hair* Haha!
- Cannot see the fly past with the gigantic national flag from inside the stadium.
- Cannot see the grand external fireworks from inside the stadium.
- The tok gong retractable roof cannot be retracted during the parade.
At first I thought, “Har? No Red Lions? No big big flag? No way!!” These are iconic elements of past parades and I enjoyed ooohing and aahhing for the brave jumpers. I grumbled a bit and then I stopped to think for a bit. Actually change a bit is ok mah. Why is everybody so stuck on the old programme format? Must we always see the same things during every NDP? You not sian one meh? 往事只能回味 ok?
- We’ve had the Red Lions dropping in to say hi since 1989. Not seeing them for 1 year is ok right? It won’t make me love them brave (male and female) jumpers any less. They so stylo like Top Gun! *girlie scream*
- Weren’t the mobile column supposed to only happen once every 5 years? Last year already have right?
- Technically, we can still see the fly past but it’s on the big screen. During the national anthem, 6 huge national flags were unfurled and raised by the audience at the seating gallery. The symbolism gave me many feels and good goosebumps.
- Technically can see the external fireworks through the small opening and on the LCD screens all around us. There were some indoor fireworks too. Yvie was super excited about those and kept screaming to me “WOOK MUMMY! PIREWORKS! PIREWORKS!!” The kid’s screams were louder than the fireworks and it probably shocked the lady in front of her more than the fireworks themselves. Haha! You know ah, if you bear to leave the show early, you can see the fireworks very clearly outside of the stadium.
- There were equipment hanging off the ceiling so how to retract leh you tell me? This roof is not like your VW convertible’s roof leh, you cannot happy happy anytime want to open close can open close leh. Besides, the stadium got aircon. Your mother never tell you cannot open the windows when you have the aircon on because it will leak out meh? Ok, not the same.
The Husband helping Xander during the segment when the audience had to sign the words to “Count on Me Singapore”.
Learn from the video here. Didn’t know they have the video online until I saw Sengkang Babies’ post the other day. Thanks ah Andy!
The post show madness was expected. The Stadium MRT station was so full, we couldn’t get anywhere near it. There were (I am assuming here) NS guys sitting in the middle of nowhere on what looked like umpire’s chairs with loudhailers, trying to keep the spectators updated about the MRT station situation and even tried to entertained them by asking some questions and getting folks to do some practise cheers. Needless to say Kallang Wave Mall was full house too. Be prepared to either leave the show very very early so you can catch the train home peacefully, pack some light dinner to munch during the show (food is also available for purchase at inside the stadium if you feel lazy to bring any) or take your time and linger around until the madness subsides.
My photos are limited because my phone camera is so frustratingly lao ya and I shouldn’t give away too many spoilers for those who are going to watch it on the actual day. We enjoyed the show and I think if you go with an open mind and no expectations, you would too. Give the new format a chance lah.
I balloted for our tickets the good old fashion way and all opinions expressed are 100% my own.