[About this blog] Inspired by local soccer player Mike Lim during my rookie reporter days at Singapore Polytechnic, I set up this blog in August 2002. I feel that blogging is a novel platform to document interesting facets of my life and my thoughts on certain issues. [Email blogger] ephraim@singnet.com.sg

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

[Happy 46th Birthday Singapore!]
So there you have it - a birthday celebration for the nation.

To mark the nation's 46th birthday, NDP 2011 - a musical in five acts - ended on a colourful note with a pyro-musical.

Earlier the integrated NDP musical reflected the Singapore spirit in the lives of its characters. It also challenges us to embody the Singapore spirit in our daily lives.

Tonight's parade will be one to remember - for President S R Nathan had officiated the last NDP in his term. And it is truly a fitting end to his tenure as Singapore's second elected President.

Even though the parade has come to an end, the memories will remain captured in these photos.

1538 hours - Show hosts Suhaimi Yusof (partly hidden), Belinda Lee, Gurmit Singh and Denise Keller do their sound check.

1544 hours - Fun Packs for guests are checked and placed nicely on each seat.

1547 hours - A Military Policeman stands tall with pride at the President's chair.

1724 hours - Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports MG (NS) Chan Chun Sing arrives. He was the first in the Cabinet to arrive - rightfully so, from a protocol perspective.

1737 hours - Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean arrives and takes some time to mingle with people around him.

1740 hours - Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen makes his way to the holding area after his arrival.

1749 hours - Aljunied GRC Member of Parliament Chen Show Mao arrives and walks to the holding area.

1753 hours - Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew alighting from his car.

1842 hours - Two very young spectators cosy up to a National Serviceman.

1905 hours - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's motorcade driving off after his arrival at the parade.

1856 hours - Men from the Singapore Civil Defence Force march onto the stage for the Parade & Ceremony segment.

1908 hours - Representatives from various Uniformed Groups preparing for the Majulah! Moment as they await the arrival of President Nathan.

1918 hours - The Guard-of-Honour contingents lift their rifles and fire in the air for the feu de joie.

1919 hours - The Presidential Flag is raised beside the state flag.

1951 hours - Floor projections made possible by the Multimedia team.

2024 hours - The city skyline at Marina Bay after the pyro-musical.

2049 hours - NDP ushers revel in the party atmosphere after the parade.

At the end of every parade marks the beginning of another - with more rehearsals for months and weeks and then the cycle repeats and leads up to another parade.

But for now, it is time to wish Singapore a Happy 46th Birthday!

Majulah! The Singapore Spirit!


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