It’s 10 August 2019 and as per our usual tradition, you know we have to review the National Day Parade.
Nope, we’re not going to talk about the song of the year. You can check our verdict on that here.
Nor are we going to talk about the NDP goody bag. That’s old news.
Instead, we’re going to give you (almost) live coverage on the highlights of the NDP2019, starting with…
Auntie Accidentally Hitting Elderly
Some people think NDP’s a waste of time. Others find it exciting AF. Particularly this auntie who got so excited she accidentally hit a crown of silver hair.
— Iskandar Osman (@Eizziepeazie) August 9, 2019
But hey, you got to admit, the Red Lions deserves that much adulation.
And it’s refreshing how the elderly obachan, instead of getting angry, turned around with a puzzled smile.
Just like any other broadcast event (think Cannes festival), you can bet your ass that people on-screen are going to go all out to top each other in terms of outfits.
And what can be more
blinding outstanding than what the hosts are wearing?
— mrbrown (@mrbrown) August 9, 2019
You’d think they’re hosting the Colour Run.
Back to the future, anybody?
If you were serving in the SAF before, you’d have heard about how our soldiers have to be on-duty every National Day because of our neighbouring countries.
They were said to have the pesky habit of doing joint exercises near us on this special day.
But this year, instead of watching the fireworks from afar, they’ve decided to join in.
NDP 2019 saw the presence of President Jokowi of Indonesia
The Sultan of Brunei
And PM Mahathir from Malaysia
Can we have the KL-SG HSR back on-track, please?
Here’s a picture that DPM Teo Chee Hean sneakily took disguised as a selfie
And it wasn’t only the hosts playing around with their outfits.
Mr Lee Hsien Loong and DPM Heng Swee Keat decided to play matchy by wearing custom-made red white batik shirt.
— Mr Miyagi (@miyagi) August 9, 2019
And speaking of highlights, how can you miss out on our RSAF’s amazing planes?
— Xavier Lur (@xavierlur) August 9, 2019
Bubble Tea Contingent
It’s official. Singaporeans are crazy over bubble tea.
I mean, they’re even in our National Day Parade.
— deadRon (@ChickenMacabre) August 9, 2019
For the previous few years, the marching contingents consists of services essential to Singapore like SingPost, SP, Singtel and more.
And now, with LiHo? You can consider them (and other bubble tea brands by association) to be essential to Singapore’s survival too.
— 文心 🌞 (@ohohoneyy) August 9, 2019
And who could forget the memes?
— Mr Derek Foo (@MrDerekFoo) August 9, 2019
I can get behind that.
PS: Did you know you can get 3D bubble tea nail art in Singapore?
Familiar Theme Songs
The armour vehicles are the highlight of past NDPs.
And this year, it’s made extra special with the accompanying song: Naruto.
10 years down the road imma be like: haha yall remember when they played an anime ost at #NDP2019 during march past
— Kuebiko (@kuehbiko) August 9, 2019
Fitting, considering once we put on camo cream, we’re like kage bunshins.
And Avengers: End Game for the march in.
— Interactive Ira 🦁🇸🇬/TOMORROW (@InteractiveIra) August 9, 2019
Omg Endgame #NDP2019
— Sacred Guardian Singa (@GuardianSinga) August 9, 2019
Tribute To Our Merdeka Generation
There’s a Chinese saying: 饮水思源. Basically, it means to remember where you come from.
This one very touching also can? The merdeka generation people on tanks and the military transport to say hello! #ndp2019
— Sarah Coldheart (@sarahcoldheart) August 9, 2019
And Singapore won’t be the country it is today without these folks.
— yijunian 江毅俊 (@yijunian) August 9, 2019
This time without the fish tail.
In case you’re unfamiliar with him, he’s known as Papa Rock and Malaysia’s King of Rock. He is also one of the founders of Singapore’s rock scene.
So if you love rock, thank him.
— sallovesall (@sallovesall) August 9, 2019
— The Dead Cockroach (@dead_cockroach) August 9, 2019
NDP 2019 wasn’t just about sparks, shine and glitz. Real-life issues were discussed as well in videos.
— yijunian 江毅俊 (@yijunian) August 9, 2019
Educators at heart, Singaporeans are.
Last But Not Least…Fireworks
So Happy Birthday, Singapore! And remember, there are armoured vehicles travelling through the streets of Singapore today.
They’ll be parking at heartland areas for Singaporeans to view and take IG-worthy photos from at the various PA carnivals today.
Closest you can get to Ah Boys To Men 4 movie in real life.
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