Date: 9 August 2015
Found our front-row seats beside Marina Bay Sands. Chose a spot where we could see the fireworks, and at the same time the big screen that would be telecasting the parade live. We had 4.5 hours to burn before the program began, so I dabbled with my under-utilized Instagram account.
Some volunteers came by to dish out goodie packs for those of us sitting around. The most useful item inside was a Courts discount card. Not for buying electronics, but for fanning ourselves.
2 year old MY decided to take over the camera. He took a selfie, so that we will remember how much he was sweating.
Tried to get MY to nap under the umbrella. Failed.
Hubby decided to bring MY on a spin on the stroller inside the air-conditioned MBS to put him to sleep. It worked! We took turns to stay in the air-con with the sleeping kid while the other picnic-ed outside with MF.
When it was my turn, I contemplated getting a cold drink from 7-11. The queue deterred me.
Thought I may as well use the toilet while hanging around. The queue was incredulous.
The kopi and teh shop downstairs looked significantly less crowded and an iced cold yuan yang was extremely tempting. But after seeing the toilet queue, I decided I better not drink or eat anything till the parade was over.
MY woke up. Started making my way back to our front-row seats. There was a major human congestion outside! Was extremely thankful MY did not sleep any longer, otherwise I would not have made it back.
Bff reaches Bayfront MRT. Sends a picture of the crowd at the station.
I finally reached our picnic area. Yes, it took me almost half an hour to get back to a spot less than 100m away. I was extremely relived to make it back. MY was happy to be reunited with his Thomas, Toby and Diesel.
A Natty girl who was supposed to join me messaged to say that she was stuck in Bayfront MRT for 20mins.
A bunch of otters decided to start a pre-show entertainment for those of us who have been sitting by the waterfront for hours.
They reckoned they could not lose out to the Black Knights (fighter planes).
Evidence that this did not take place at the zoo. It really happened in front of the crowd waiting for NDP.
Bff somehow barges through the crowd successfully. She was one of the last to make it in I think.
Natty girl messaged to say that she couldn’t get to where we were because the area got locked down. We were officially trapped until the parade was over.
The super excited kids were disappointed to find out that the Red Lions (parachuters) were not going to jump due to poor weather conditions.
‘One People One Nation One Singapore’ started playing in the background. Everyone started singing along.
MF deserves an award for his extremely enthusiastic rendition.
The big shots arrived. We were starting at last!
A tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew came on. Everyone paid attention.
Am I the only one feeling emo as I watched him get older and older in the video?
Okay, I was almost tearing by now.
And what a way to change the mood! The first flypast was here!
And making it a point to make sure I capture photos of the kids WITH the flypast. So that they will remember they were right there at the SG50 celebrations.
Spotted some people who found a secret vantage point.
Feeling a bit bored while waiting for the next flypast, MF took over the camera.
He captured evidence that the daddy was wearing an AUSTRALIA t-shirt.
And bff still had the temporary durian tattoo from our visit to Sentosa the previous day.
There was a huge commotion. I turned towards where everyone was looking. And there it was, the gargantuan A380!! I grabbed the camera back from MF.
Although it was reported all over the news before that there would be an A380 flypast, seeing it in action was still surreal. That’s a freaking Airbus A380 doing a flypast at the National Day Parade for goodness sake! It was so near to us that we could see the SQ and Singapore flag on the bottom.
Bye Bye A380! I wondered if I would live long enough to see such a magnificent sight again.
And here’s a video. So you can hear the excitement of the crowd!
MF took back the camera.
The marching contingents part of the parade had officially began!
We spotted another group of people who found a secret vantage point.
We caught our first glimpse of the helicopters carrying the flag. Everyone stood up to prepare for the national anthem.
Must remember to take photos of the kids with the flag.
And here you can see it in action. And hear MF’s singing faintly in the background.
Majulah Singapura!! Bye bye flag! See you next year!
Caught our first glimpse of the ’50’ formation!
Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!!!
And you got to watch this video. Watch how MF reacted to the ’50’ formation. High to the max.
For once, the fighter planes flypast that followed was not very exciting. Any other year, this would have been the highlight. But not this year.
Oh yes, better not forget. Photo with the kid.
Time for the canons!
MF felt that the canons were too boring. So he took the camera and started to take selfies. Only to be photobombed by me.
The helicopter formation arrived!
Mandatory photo with the kid. Even if the helicopters look like flies in the photo.
With the kid please.
Followed by some stunts by the fighter jets!
MF needs more screen time. Never mind that the fighter jet is just a speck in the photo. I put an arrow in the photo to remind myself that the speck is a fighter jet.
The kids were not tall enough to see the live screening. So they entertained themselves by watching video recordings of the flypasts.
The sky was dark. Time to take some photos of our beautiful skyline. Kept missing photo opportunities of the fireworks that popped up from time to time at the Padang.
Took my first decent photo of fireworks! *achievement unlocked*
And noticed that the Singapore flag was projected on Fullerton Hotel. It wasn’t there earlier!
Couldn’t miss the chance to take a photo of the skyline with the Singapore flag projection.
Was so busy taking photos of those small fireworks that I missed the big ones! Only managed to take photo of the smoke that was left. LOL.
The lighting show on the skyscrapers began! Can you make out the ‘SG50’ logo on the Keppel Building?
Hubby asked me to take photo of the Singapore flag projections on MBS. But the angle from where we were wasn’t too good. And I was too busy watching the lighting show and fireworks to take photo of something I had already taken photo of before. So I shall insert a photo I took the previous day from Gardens by the Bay.
And while I had cast the camera aside to watch all that was going on live, MF took the camera and took a selfie of himself. I didn’t even realize it until I was looking through the photos on the SD card on my computer!
JJ Lin was on! We are reaching the climax!!
Kit Chan is on! Means it’s time for MF’s favourite song, ‘Home’!
Everyone was asked to whip out their phones to illuminate the area with white light. Words cannot describe the beauty and atmosphere at this point, with everyone swinging their phones side to side while singing ‘Home’ in unison.
And the moment we were all waiting for – the grand finale fireworks!! I snapped a quick picture and decided to leave the camera at the side to record it in video. I did not wait 7 hours to watch fireworks through a small camera screen, that’s just dumb. I was watching this LIVE.
With that, we came to a very looooong but enjoyable day, celebrating our nation’s 50th birthday with what seemed like a hundred thousand people surrounding the Marina Bay that evening. I was SO glad neither of the kids decided they needed to poop during the parade! Can’t say the same for the family behind us. *oops*