Singapore like things to be perfect, which goes a long way to explain the efficient public transport system here.
August 9th is National Day in Singapore, which is a little like Australia Day except they actually celebrate the day, as opposed to just having the day off from work and watching cricket on the telly as we do in Australia.
I don’t know if it’s law or not but almost every condo (including ours) has decorated the entrance with Singaporean flags and bunting in the last week in celebration of Singapore’s 46th birthday. I come from a country where we do not display our patriotism.
If you were to hang an Aussie flag off your house you’d be considered a bit odd. The only times it’s really acceptable to be patriotic is at sporting events and even then it’s not the Aussie flag you’ll see, but the sporting one which features a boxing kangaroo. We don’t deck ourselves in red, blue and white which are the colours on our ‘proper’ flag but the green and gold ones of the sporting flag. This may (or may not) hark back to the fact our country was founded on convict labour, so we’ve always liked to thumb our nose at authority.
So, flags have appeared and it’s strange to me given my cultural background. But it’s nice at the same time.
On National Day there’s a big parade. One of the radio stations here was giving away tickets to the parade as a prize. If Aussie radio stations offered that as a prize I’m pretty sure their phones would remain silent. The parade is a BIG DEAL. Such a big deal that they do practice runs for at least 6 weeks prior to National Day. There are soldiers, tanks, cannons, helicopters, navy boats, light shows, songs, and fireworks.
Yes, they run practice fireworks shows.
It must cost a bomb to run 6 weeks of practice fireworks shows, but the benefit is it gives everyone a chance to catch the fireworks. Which given we are heading to Hong Kong when the real parade is on is fortuitous for us!
So last night we headed down to the area near the Merlion. I think this is called One Fullerton, but I’m happy to say we parked ourselves at a bar near the Merlion some spectacular fireworks.
My girls were spellbound. They gaped at the sky with open mouths and oohed and ahhed over the beautiful colours that lit up the night sky. I was captivated by the reflection of the fireworks on all three towers of Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, it was truly beautiful.