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S’porean man volunteers to let govt hold NDP 2016 in his 3-room HDB flat free-of-charge

S’porean man volunteers to let govt hold NDP 2016 in his 3-room HDB flat free-of-charge

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This after talks to hold it at Singapore Sports Hub stalled due to high costs.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who band together and help one another out in times of need, have expressed concern that the National Day Parade organisers have not managed to secure a venue to host Singapore’s 51st birthday celebrations in August 2016.

This after talks to hold it at the Singapore Sports Hub have stalled due to high costs of venue rental.

As a result, at least one Singaporean man has opened his doors and stepped forward to volunteer to let the government use his three-room HDB flat premises free-of-charge as the official NDP venue.

The Singaporean, Da Fang, said he is just wanting to do his part to make sure Singapore would have a place to celebrate: “I am just opening up my place for Singapore to come and at least have a place to cut the birthday cake.”

“I don’t even require any excessive payment as I am a citizen and just giving back to my country.”

“Please feel free to use my place for as long as needed. Although it is a bit small, I’m sure they can fit at least one camera in here to stream the proceedings ‘live’ on television for the rest of the country to watch.”

The man added that his kitchen window is facing an open field and the view is unobstructed from the sixth floor, which would allow the yearly traditional flypast to be seen clearly and caught on camera from his flat, if necessary.

The man’s neighbour, Ai Guo, who heard of his plan, said he is fully supportive and wouldn’t mind the logistics required to set up for Aug. 9, 2016: “I can help to buy the cake, 2kg is enough, right?”

“If there is too many people attending, they all can also come to my house next door.”

“I will provide drinks.”

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans react to President Tony Tan thanking NDP participants for ‘hours of dedication’

S’poreans react to President Tony Tan thanking NDP participants for ‘hours of dedication’

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Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.

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President Tony Tan hosted a thank you reception at the Istana on Aug. 19, 2015, for the organisers and participants of this year’s National Day Parade (NDP).

This year’s parade featured more than 7,000 participants.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “‘Thank you’ is easy for you to say since you were there for only two hours.”
Kam Seah, 43-year-old courtesy campaign organiser

 

sian-half-uncle “If he thinks saying ‘thank you’ to everyone else makes up for the fact his security staff stopped a young boy from shaking hands with him, he’s wrong.”
Mai Cham Xiong, 63-year-old debt collector

 

happy-bird-girl “It is not the several thousand participants who thanked President Tony Tan because he obviously didn’t do anything but show up at the parade and look out of place.”
Mei Ren Ai, 17-year-old idealist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans look forward to anti-climax at the conlusion of SG50 Aug. 9 National Day celebrations

S’poreans look forward to anti-climax at the conlusion of SG50 Aug. 9 National Day celebrations

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What lies at the end of the rainbow? Generally, nothing.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life who are future-proof and like to prepare for things, said they are looking forward to the anti-climax to befall them at the conclusion of the SG50 Aug. 9, 2015 National Day celebrations.

This after they said they can foresee that the year-long SG50 ra-ra-ing so far will end up reverting back to the ho-hum status quo in no time.

One Singaporean, See Baey Xian, said: “I can’t wait for that moment where we will be at the National Day Parade wondering if this is really it. After one full year of foreplay, this is what it has come down to: Same old same old.”

“The look on everybody’s faces will be priceless.”

Other Singaporeans said they will extend their thoughts to fellow Singaporeans when the moment arrives.

Another local, Jiak Hong, said: “I’ll be looking at my fellow Singaporeans in Singapore and we will be wondering what our fellow Singaporeans who are overseas on holiday are doing, if they are having more of a blast than us.”

“I live for the anticipation that the anticipation will be nothing.”

“That is the true blue Singaporean experience to live for.”

 

 

 

 

 









NDP 2015 theme song music video disrespects Lee Kuan Yew by only featuring microsecond footage of him

NDP 2015 theme song music video disrespects Lee Kuan Yew by only featuring microsecond footage of him

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Singaporeans demand more archival footage of founding father to be included.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life who like to pay respects to elders said they are deeply disappointed with the National Day Parade 2015 theme song by Dick Lee, titled Our Singapore.

This after the music video for the song only featured a microsecond footage of Lee Kuan Yew (above picture).

One Singaporean, Mei Li Mao, said the failure to pay tribute to Lee Kuan Yew throughout the music video is equivalent to undermining the leader’s contribution to Singapore: “This is an affront to the hard work Lee Kuan Yew has put in to make Singapore what it is today.”

“If Lee Kuan Yew did not build up Singapore economically, will Dick Lee even be able to write a song about it?”

“I urge the authorities to change the music video by substituting all footage to Lee Kuan Yew’s footage only.”

However, other Singaporeans felt that this move still does not go far enough.

Another Singaporean, Hen Xing Shang, said: “To change all the footage to moving images of Lee Kuan Yew is only paying lip service.”

“What the NDP committee needs to do right now is to change all the lyrics to the song to ‘Lee Kuan Yew’ so that Singaporeans will not sing any other words to distract their mind.”

“Or else, we cannot focus on Lee Kuan Yew only.”

 

You can catch Lee Kuan Yew for only a split second at the 40 second mark, so don’t sneeze:

 

Other reasons to be upset:

S’poreans upset Dick Lee’s 2015 NDP song ‘Our Singapore’ sounds nothing like 1998’s ‘Home’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





NDP 2014 performance showcases S’pore’s culture of flipping political prata

NDP 2014 performance showcases S’pore’s culture of flipping political prata

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It is all fun and nice until the prata falls on your head.

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In a rare moment of honesty, Singapore’s National Day Parade 2014 on Aug. 9 at the Floating Platform at Marina Bay dedicated a portion of the performance to showcasing what it means to flip political prata in Singapore.

One segment in particular featured a man tossing a giant prata above his head to symbolise how policy makers, such as Cabinet ministers and politicians, look like when they say one thing and then say something later to correct that thing they just said.

Yin Du Bing, a local, said: “This is how politicians look like when they say one thing and mean another.”

“This is also how policy makers look like when they are rolling out a new policy and trying to convince everybody it looks good and taste palatable.”

“The way the prata is being flipped is supposed to impress people and inspire awe. But the prata flipper will look stupid when the prata falls on his head and he cannot extract himself from under it.”

“Act normal some more.”

Catch the prata-flipping action live with music some more:

 

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S’poreans applaud new NDP song

S’poreans applaud new NDP song

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“There is a mixture of different voices, like what you would hear during an exorcism.”

Those who can sing, are in the SAF Music & Drama Company. True story.

This year’s National Day Parade song is premiering to rave reviews around the island.

Called A Nation’s March, it is the marching-in anthem at this year’s National Day Parade.

The song, with its snaring military beats and Mao-era horns, will be sung by the marching contingents from the Military, Home Team, Uniformed Youth Organisations and civilian contingents with patriotism in their chests.

An early release of the song making waves online is recorded by soldiers who have taken one too many IPPTs in this lifetime that it has affected their ability to recognise melody.

However, feedback gathered has been encouraging. Listeners’ emotions have ranged from appreciative to patriotic.

Wo Ai Guo, a 30-year-old patriot, said: “Hopefully we can outdo North Korea this time. And the Malaysians will have nothing on us. Not to mention the Burmese.”

One other listener, Prick Lee, a music composer who wrote the award-winning song French Fries Paradise, could not control his emotions as he listened to the song, said: “I feel like vomiting.”

As an experience, though, it is unlike anything anyone has ever gone through.

Kuah Tio Qwee, a fan of heavy metal music, said this year’s NDP song is different: “There is a mixture of different voices, like what you would hear during an exorcism. When played forward or backward, the song sounds exactly the same, tuneless, but diabolical.”

A Nation’s March is expected to beat The Fun Pack Song as the most popular NDP song of all time.

The Fun Pack Song premiered to rave reviews all over the world last year, and put Singapore on the world map for our ability to be creative – not.

Lady Gaga song butchered in celebration of nationhood

Lady Gaga song butchered in celebration of nationhood

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In a preview of Singapore’s national day celebrations, badly-mangled version of “Bad Romance” makes its debut.

SINGAPORE — On YouTube, Lady Gaga’s songs are probably amongst the most covered and the most parodied of all current pop stars. Add another one to the list — a new rendition of “Bad Romance”, which has recently started going viral, surpassing 47,000 views and 2,300 dislikes (with 85 likes) as of 10.25am on 6 July.

But nobody in the video was laughing; they look painfully bored. Pity the celebrity hosts who tried to sell the song (they should just quit).

Here’s the bad news: This is no parody, but a rather serious attempt by the national day parade organisers to get spectators involved. It’s called the “Funpack Song”, and like the song says, it’s supposed to encourage Singaporeans to open up their ‘fun packs’.

If this was meant to welcome Lady Gaga to Singapore, who’s due for an impending concert in the city, it failed.

From what we’ve seen so far, netizens don’t quite know whether to laugh or cry at this one. Some reactions:

Jaki Teo: “How about ‘fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun pack’ to Pokerface instead.”

Kuik KianWei: “Please do not have any live telecast over the Internet this year. Don’t let any foreigners watch this. I’m ashamed. Oh wait, it’s already on YouTube. Damn.”

Shaiful Rizal: “Lady Gaga will commit suicide. Twice.”

Can’t believe how horrible it is? Check out the lyrics:

Oh o o o o o o o o
Time for the fun pack song
Oh o o o o o o o o
We like the fun pack song

Let’s start with the bag
That’s righ, grab your bag
It’s the fun pack bag
Attack the fun pack

Let’s start with the bag
That’s right, grab your bag
It’s the fun pack bag
Attack the fun pack

Hold up your flag, don’t you forget
You can wave it, if you feel like it.
Let’s wave the flag….

The lyrics feel as inane as Rebecca Black’s Friday. We wonder if they share the same songwriter.