Here comes the time of the year where every Singaporean would mark their calendars. Yes, it is the 9th of August which is NATIONAL DAY or better known as NDP! This coming 9th August 2009 is when Singapore turns 44th and it reminds us that Singapore has been independent for 44th years.
I have always enjoyed watching National day over the Channel 5, Channel 8 or even Channel U which was always a LIVE broadcast by MediaCorp from the Singapore Indoor Stadium. However, I would very much love to be LIVE at the Indoor Stadium more than watching over on the television because I would be able to feel the tremors and the impact of the fireworks that is being set off right above me.
That was a most unforgettable experience for me when I went for the Rehearsal show when I was Primary 5. Those songs reminded me of my childhood times as I sang along at home in front of the television screen. I remember that there was one time during my primary school life that my whole cohort was to learn a dance for the theme song “Where I Belong” for NDP conducted by the dancers of NDP during that time. They made effort to come down to my Primary School with their “Easy-to-Learn” dance steps. True enough, the “Easy-to-Learn” dance steps were simple enough to learn and understand.
Every year, there would be a different singer that is chosen to sing the theme song for NDP. Some artist that I would remember being part of the NDP were Stefanie Sun who was Singapore’s very own home grown singer that has been so successful, Joi Chua, Tanya Chua and Kit Chan. Besides those professional singers, the other people singing were the Choir that sings harmoniously in unison, they sing for ever rehearsal NDP and the main NDP that is being aired. Their harmonious spirit and preserved trainings begets a great singing experience for us as the audience. I feel that is a real satisfaction for any singer of performer to be able to make their audience satisfied with their performance and to receive a well deserved applause and cheer at the end of their performance.
The costumes were also another aspect that was fascinating. The bright coloured outfits that the performers wear every year gets more flamboyant and colourful. The costumes and the choreographed dance steps all had a linkage to signify Singapore’s independence on that very day.
Not forgetting the live gun shooting scene by the army. The gun shots from the rifles and the tanks were all simply eye-catching because we do not get to see a rifle every day, not to mention even seeing a tank in our daily lives, so at that very moment, the rifle show was very impressive to me.
The air show by the Singapore Air Force was the part that I was most amazed by every single year when I catch NDP. No doubt that I could not be LIVE in the Singapore Indoor stadium every NDP, however the loud noise that the jets produce could be heard from anywhere and every part of Singapore. This was significant to me because the loud noise acts as a shout-out by Singapore that she would continue to live on independently on her own.
The National Day Parade would always be a significant part of my life because I am proud to be a Singaporean and keeping Singapore up and living is every Singaporean’s responsibility.
Therefore, we should always treasure every NDP be it past, present or future because it only happens once a year and every year would be different from the previous. Hence, we should all celebrate and enjoy together as proud Singaporeans.