Another National Day Parade Draws to a Close

Yes, I cannot over-emphasise this enough.

I AM A HUGE NDP FAN.

Possibly the biggest NDP fan there is. Ok, except for this old uncle who has gone to every single parade since 1965.

And yes, I've watched this years show 4 times. Broke my past years records of 3. Really need to thank God for the tickets. I've never actually won tickets through the balloting system before though. I have to spend hours asking people to ballot, or entering random contests to win tickets, or if im lucky, people give them to me as a surprise.
Ticket stubs 

The fourth time I went to watch NDP 2013 was on the actual day, with Ethan, Chi Khay and Sarah. Cloudy weather, which forced the committee to cancel the red lions display. But I've watch it countless times before, and three times I've seen shirley, the first female red lion, jump down from the helicopter.
Apex gang

I have to say that this year's show was very refreshing, as compared to previous years' where the mood was very sombre and serious. I guess the variety show concept did work. It was also very 'musical-ish', probably because the creative director is the fabulous Selena Tan. She is one of the dim-sum dollies for those that don't know her.

I thought it was a rather interesting breakaway from the traditional parade, since it did not start with the ever cliche multi-racial dance items, but rather, it started with a story telling session, flanked by a huge human LED display by SOKA. Shoutout to Shaun So, who was one of the 800 pixels that formed the screen.

Then it moved on to the Build, Reinvent and Free segments. Love love love this segment especially the Build segment. The soundtrack was sooooooo good. I think what was nice was that it showcased ordinary singaporeans with their names and job titles, but it didnt show on the tv broadcast, so some meaning might have been lost to the home viewers.
Fireworks for Build, Reinvent and Free

The segment that had all the songs of the different places in singapore was also really good. With my favourite (EXTRA EXTRA FAVOURITE) acapella group Vocaluptuous. Very ingenious way of weaving in the usual multi-racial segment into the places of singapore. Listening to Sebastian's voice is super sexy la. His voice is so smooth and all. Hope his red eye gets better though. Siti's rap also so sedappp la. Totally love rapping along to the jurong west rap. Rani's Kutty India song was just so catchy and addictive. And I finally got the words to one part of the song right.

Serangoon, Race course, Syed Alwi, Kerbau, Dunlop, Veerasamy. Roads of different ethnicity, here they're linked in unity.

Represent was cool too. My favourite part was when Laurentia came on her horse onto the parade grounds. I think she has proved to many that despite her circumstances, she is still able to achieve so much. And the bright smile on her face was like a symbol of hope for me. SHE WAS SO FREAKING HAPPY OMG :D Very good use of the digital projection, making the three-dimensional courts. Oh and the merlion was also really cute.
Fireworks to conclude Represent

Ramesh was also really cool, miming on stage. Important to note that he is deaf, so for him to mime perfectly to the video and multimedia projections is really incredible. Thumbs up man.

And finally, the Sing-a-nation part. There is alot of controversy over the whole song, that it sounds cheesy and kiddish, but you know what, I LIKE IT. Its so much more upbeat. And it features so many singaporeans from all walks from life, and no they are not acting, the things they are doing in the video is what they do in real life. So many people want to keep reusing Home every year, but NO, it gets really boring and depressing. Anyway, the whole item got even better when the fireworks exploded, and I mean EXPLODED during the last part of the song.
A magical burst of fireworks to accompany the Sing-a-Nation Choir

I thought the national anthem sung by Rani and Vocaluptuous was really heart-warming. I noticed that the slower pace and the addition of a marching band sound got much more people to sing. Every time I sing it, it makes me feel proud to be a singaporean.

Heres the best part of the day actually.

After the whole show, I decided to look for the creative director Ms Selena Tan. So Chi Khay and I went on a wild goose chase and searched the entire seating gallery, but no one knew where she had gone to. I was on the verge of giving up already, and I felt really bad to keep my friends waiting for over an hour. As we got our bags and walked down the gallery and waited, it just so happened that the show chairman was on stage and the camera was on him, and the camera panned to the left, AND WE SAW HER ON THE BIG LED SCREEN. omg, I literally freaked out. After she gave a speech and the video was played, I saw her walk down the 'grand' steps and I was like "No no no, dont walk awayyy!!!".

So along with my friends, we rushed down to the stage and we split into two groups. Ethan ran up the stage while Chi Khay, Sarah and I search the left ramp area.

AND THEN WE SPOTTED HER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STEPS

At that point I just lost it, and I didnt give a damn and just ran on the stage. Eh we got stopped by the personnel though. But I pleaded with them and they let me walk around the 'cordoned' area. And there she was, taking photos with a few people and talking to Rani.

She asked me if I could help her take a photo, and I did.

When I talked to her, I literally broke down in tears. Four weeks of searching had finally paid off. She was so nice :)))))))))))))

I wont say what we talked about, but it was just such a magical moment omg. No words to describe
Ms Selena Tan and I

Really, best day ever omg.

Thank you Ms Selena! If you ever read this, I just want you to know that you have made my day/month/year!! :') *cries*

Happy 48th Birthday Singapore! Till we meet again next year.

 ps/ Ive yet to meet Ivan Heng, though im friends with him on facebook. hehe, in the future perhaps.
ps/s/ Really hope I get to work with Selena or Ivan or even Glen in the future *wish wish wish*


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