Singapore National Day
The island nation of Singapore is being blanketed by Singapore flags. Almost every apartment has a flag hanging from its balcony and almost every street light has a flag flying.
It is Singapore National Day on August 9th and since we will not be here for the event I decided to write about it now. Lucky for me the national day parade has been practiced for the last 6 weeks.
Coming from a country that (to the best of my knowledge has) only has 3 flags (one at the international airport, one on the harbour bridge and one at the beehive) seeing so many flags has been quite a shock to the system. Having flags flown everywhere is an excellent way to learn what your national flag looks like ( I am willing to bet that 90% on NZers could not tell you the difference between the Australian and NZ flag).
The national day practice runs are intense! Not only do they practice the parade (complete with cannons, army jets, tanks and helicopters) they also practice the massive fireworks display. AND I MEAN MASSIVE. The practice run I saw on Saturday night was the biggest and most impressive fireworks display I have ever seen (that is saying a lot considering I saw the new years eve fireworks display in Dubai last year). I can not even comprehend what the fireworks will be like on the actual night.
I might get “taken care of” for this next comment but it seemed like the whole parade was to show off Singapore’s military fire power. Needless to say I was very impressed. New Zealand’s Air Force does not even have fighter jets (not much of a force).
If you don’t hear from me again. I have been “taken care of”.
Although having parade practice will ruin the surprise for some, it gives others (who may not be around) a chance to experience the parade. Apparently it is a ballot process to get tickets, so not everyone will get a chance to see the national day parade.
The highlight of the practice run for me was when the large chinook helicopter did a low fly by and the prop wash blew the water from the merlion fountain into the crowd. Amazing!