It’s already August. And guess what does that mean? Yes, National Day is coming to Singapore.
During the period between the end of July to early August, many constituencies around the island (probably in fact, all) will be busing organising National Day Observance Ceremony.
To think about it, I’ve been to quite a number of these observance ceremony since some 8 years ago. I’d remember that olden times (I think I kind of make myself sound old here) observation ceremony is much more memorable, though it’s rather small scaled. I mean, at least I could still remember about wearing my ethnic Chinese clothes, waving the flag and singing the National Anthem back in Primary School.
Ok. Maybe because I was directly being involved in it.
But nevertheless, I still like observance ceremony in the community. It’s like a chance to bond the entire community together.
Let me talk about the one I’ve went to yesterday.
A community event involved AMKSS.
So basically, that’s like a homecoming for me.
But actually, I went back (actually not really sure if that’s considered returning back to AMKSS since it’s not held in the school compound) for this guy here, cos he sibei wuseh (big shot).
In case if no one can recognise this handsome guys at the front of the picture, that’s Brendan Pang.
Yalah. People now big shot already lah, parade commander sial.
That’s really something.
I managed to take these rather close-up shots during their rehearsal.
Guess what. The event was scheduled to start at 8am, my alarm went off at 6am. So I thought it will be way too early for me to head out so… I decided to go back to sleep.
And guess what… The next time I woke up, the hour hand was pointing at 8. It was 8AM sharp.
What to do? Jump out of bed, get dressed and then rushed all the way down to Yio Chu Kang Stadium by 8.20am.
20 minutes. That’s a record okay.
I mean from my house to the train station and from AMK Station to YCK Station and then from YCK Station to YCK Stadium. I swear that amount of time spend to travelling on foot and train being just 20 minutes is just holy.
I didn’t know I am capable of doing that.
Now, let’s get back to the parade. I reached there while they were still doing their rehearsals. Hence, I was able to go forward and take some pictures before having to settle down to witness the entire parade when it’s officially starting.
So they marched in… as I stared at them (sorry for the poor photography because I wasn’t at a really good place for shooting and that my lens can’t shoot THAT far).
When everyone was ready, the real big shot came.
Ya. Ah Long came. With so much reception. HAHAHA.
Of course, everyone stood up and wave at him.
Legitly just that.
He kinds of look older compared to the last time I saw him. PM not easy uh.
Yep. Everyone stood up to take a glimpse at Ah Long.
And I was there trying to take as much close up pictures as possible.
He went to take his seats and the parade resumes.
I shall not go into the exact details of the parade, you know, the normal procedures you see on TV during National Day. The march pass and so on and so forth. I think I will fall asleep explaining all these here. HAHAHA (See, I am a lazy blogger).
Pang asking permission to march off.
NCC Land cadets marching pass.
And not forgetting our Pioneer Generation.
Ang Mo Kio Constituency Merchants Association.
Central Singapore CDC.
Sports Singapore (feat. SEA Games 2015’s mascot Nila)
Ang Mo Kio Family Service Center.
The parade ended after all the contingents marched passed. Well. That required quite some time because there were really quite a number of contingents (apart from those I’ve shown above).
Some of the children came back to their seats and watched the remaining part of the event from the audience area.
Wearing ethnic costumes and (hey, look! Scouts uniform!) uniforms, these primary school kids reminded me of the observance ceremony I’ve attended in Teck Ghee with Townsville Primary School. I think I was involved in a group wearing the ethnic costume and to recite the pledge (I think, too long already for me to remember).
After that, there’s this zumba workout session (in which it was initially awkward because they failed to get the crowd together to do the workout).
I mean… Siao uh. Majority of the people there were either very young children or very old senior citizens (okay, to be fair, some seniors really joined in, but they were the grassroots leaders :’P), zumba a bit too hardcore for them uh.
Yes Yes. I feel sad for them even though I myself didn’t even show a single bit of interest for the workout. I stood up and then sat down. Er… Hello. How do you even expect me to do those dances with my camera on me, I’m sure I’m crying cry after my camera. So er…
As I was still trying to feel sadder for them…
AMKsians started running down from the stands and charged towards the front of the stage where they were doing the zumba workout.
I really appreciate such gestures from these fellow juniors because they made things really less awkward and hyped up the entire scene. Can really see that they really had fun doing the workout together with those on the stage and also with the rest of the community.
Meanwhile, the sun was glaring at me.
Everyone retreated one seat back without even telling me. I looked like one idiot enjoying being scorched by the sun. Of course, when I realised, I retreated back too.
Then, here comes B Pang.
Eh. Don’t play play. People got sword leh (Not sure why but my face looks exceptionally round that day -.-).
Pang damn swag with that uniform on. For once, he looked so smart :’D. And Thank you for posing a photo with me with the sword on. I can now tell people, “Hey, my friend parade commander leh, mai siao siao.”
And yes, someone went to talk to Ah Long and got specially mentioned on his FB page…
Duapai liao lorh.
He got to go off to settle other stuffs so I stayed on for a while before I left.
While I was at the MRT Station, someone messaged me say want take picture. So for her, I walked all the way back to the stadium to find her.
See. This kind of senior where to find? (HAHAHA, you must feel honoured, k!)
Oh ya, forgotten to introduce. She is Tan Ting. My junior from AMKSS Drama Club. She’s also my er… daughter. Ya. Daughter. This one the ex-Vice President of the Drama Club hor (Why that day so many big shots uh? HAHA).
Actually, she also very good lah. Give me one can of drink while I was chatting with her and her friend, Peiren (I didn’t get her name wrong, did I?) They were both from 4/1 this year, which was my class 2 years back! Time flies doesn’t it? Yeah yeah, I am getting old already.
It’s kind of good to have chat with those who are currently still in the school because you can get to know what shit is going on in there. Ok, not really shit, some good things and some not-so-good things.
Yes. We chatted and suan-ed each other before heading home.
I should have a meet-up with my juniors soon.
HAPPY 49TH BIRTHDAY, SINGAPORE!