As National Day is coming, everyone will be wondering how are you going to celebrate this special occasion with your family and friends. Yes, I know it’s like a normal weekend, but hey! It’s National Day, it’s a special day! Here’s a list of 10 things (I wanted to do 49 things but woah, that’s really a lot) you could do during this break! (Hint: Some of them are really sarcastic or ridiculous but that doesn’t mean no one is going to do it. HAHA)
1) HAVE A MEAL WITH YOUR FAMILY
Yes, treat it as a family day for all of you. I mean, how often can you find a day when everyone in the family is on holiday? It’s a good day to get everyone down to have a meal, be it breakfast, lunch and/or even dinner! It will be a bonus if you can have the meal at the comfort of your house with delicious home cooked food (even though some may not really cook but at least, you get to taste the feel of home).
2) GO FOR A PICNIC
Other than having a meal with your family, try heading out for some picnic. Don’t say Singapore got not much place for picnic. From the Marina Barrage to the Chinese Garden to East Coast Park, there are many places for you to picnic at. (If you try to have an evening picnic at the Marina Barrage on the 9th of August, there’ll be a high chance you might get to see the fireworks display from the nearby National Day Parade (NDP.)
3) GO DAISO BUY ALL THE $2 FLAGS AND DISTRIBUTE TO YOUR COMMUNITY
That’s a bit ambitious but as long as you have enough budget, why not try this? Since I think place where the Singapore flag is sold at a lower price is at Daiso, why not try getting like few dozens of them (given if they really have enough stocks) and distribute it in your community. Go door by door to distribute it and you can make use of this time to recognise and talk to your neighbours (esp. those you didn’t even know existed despite staying in the estate for year). Good community service and society bonding.
4) STAY AT HOME AND WATCH CABLE TV
A good suggestions for all your crouch potatoes out there who refused to do anything at all. I think Starhub is offering free cable tv channels for National Day, so you have like basically 300+ channels to watch and few thousands of programmes to catch. If Singtel follow suit, which I think they definitely will, you will really be pampered for choices. Get ready to stock up as many tidbits as possible because you’ll be glued to your television screen.
Here’s one for Singtel’s post-paid data subscribers… SPAM YOUR DATA PLAN LIKE SIAO because the telco finally want to do something good by giving you free unlimited data during National Day itself. So since it’s free and looks like it’s kind of one-in-a-lifetime thing, make full use of it. Start watching your favourite shows on your phone without the usage of wifi like a boss.
But of course, remember to read the terms and conditions here and make sure you ensured that your mobile data is waived before you start spamming your data like mad.
Sorry non-Singtel post-paid customers, do remember to connect to the nearest wifi around you.
6) WATCH NDP ON TV
I know many of us do not have the ticket to the NDP, like as always. Since MediaCorp is broadcasting the parade in the 4 different official languages, might as well stay at home and enjoy. Yes, so don’t keep sticking to your free cable tv channels, remember to tune in for the NDP ‘live’ broadcast, as you usually normally would do. Uhhuh, and you can catch the fireworks in those angles that you can’t possible see it at the venue itself because you can’t fly.
7) VISIT MUSEUMS
The National Heritage Board (NHB) has been encouraging everyone to visit local museums and they even have free admissions for all locals. What’s better than getting to understand the history of your country during National Day? And since it’s free, bring your entire family there, yes, your elderlies and the young ones. It will definitely be a fulfilling trip out. The elder ones can reminisce about the past while the younger ones can get to know more about the heritage and culture.
Well, other than the National Museum of Singapore, there’re also the Asian Civilisation Museum, the Paranakan Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum and the Reflections @ Bukit Chandu. Yes, all are really FREE OF CHARGE for locals!
8) VISIT RURAL PARTS OF SINGAPORE
Going to the town to shop is just too mainstream already. Everyone seems to be doing that, like during every moment of the time.
“Today’s National Day lehh, where you going?”
“Go town to shop lah!”
“Today’s National Day lehh, where you going?”
“Go town watch movie lah!”
I swear that’s like the most common thing said during this time of the year. But… Singapore does not solely make up of the town areas.
Make a trip down to the really ulu parts in Singapore, like the Central Catchment Reserves and even Lim Chu Kang (caution: Do you dare to head there at night). I’ve went to these places before and it’s like a paradise, at least it allows me to really take a break from the busy city life and, also, from humans. Enjoy the nature in Singapore, guys.
The rural and the most natural parts of Singapore can be really pretty right?
9) TURN ON THE RADIO AND LISTEN TO TRUE-BLUE LOCAL HITS
Local Radio station 99.5FM will be playing local music during National Day this year. Means, there’ll chances that Kit Chan’s, Stefanie Sun’s, Tanya Chua’s and er… Sun Ho’s? music will be played on air. Yes, that’ll also mean that JJ’s ‘You Are The One, Singapore’ might get featured too (Remember the Youth Olympics 2010 that ‘Oh yeah, oh yeah hey!’ song?). That’s definitely a great news for those who are really into local music and also for the local showbiz. I mean, it’s really rare for a local radio station to air local songs (See the irony). So enjoy while it last.
10) KEEP CALM AND DO HOMEWORK
For all you losers out there, me alike, with prelims and test and assignments due date around the corner, what is the actual definition of holiday for us? Holiday means time to catch up on your work right?