Saturday, 30 July 2005

NDP preview

Whoppee~ Back from NDP preview (with a real weird looking bag) ^^ the last one b4 the actual NDP... Was in the green section, so Adrian Pang and Vernatta Lopez were part of the pre-parade ra-ra crew for us... Boon happened to be in the yellow section just opp, and we were exchanging some SMSes ^^ Apparently Wesley and Zim were there too....

In between having my sis wave her flag (almost) into my face, I pretty much enjoyed myself ^^ There were cheesy moments like how Gurmit Singh *just* had to repeat that we're on TV and being satellite-telecasted to the heartlands when it was kinda obvious that the only pple at the heartlands were the poor motivators (aka cheerleaders) and the TCS hosts.... JE looked esp sad w just the yelow and blue pple there on a nice field with patches that were sorely lacking grass... When the motivators were teaching us the "dance steps" for this yr's theme song, it reminded me of the gd ol' sec sch days when we had weekly practices just to get our mass dances down pat...

Was kinda worried for the Red Lions were parachuting in, since it had been raining more or less the whole day, and the canvas covering the Padang looked real slippery. Good thing that nothing happened to anyone of them, and those cool stunts were executed nicely ^^ Plus I got really nice views since the wind kinda blew them more or less just above my section!!

The usual march-in of the armed forces plus uniformed groups etc. occurred, but some time during the National anthem, one of the officers bearing an armed forces color fainted..... Kinda a shock to see one of them just lying face down.... A stretcher was brought quickly and he was carried away, and another officer came to carry that unfortunate color... Do hope that that poor fella is OK now.... Good news was that the rest of the preview went on without any more noticeable "dramas".

One other thing that made this pretty memorable (other than the parade being back at the Padang after goodness knows how many years) is the whole bunch of tanks, amphibian tanks etc etc that were being paraded out for us one after another.... Kinda scary how the armed forces were basically [proudly] parading out [wat felt like] quite a bit of our arsenal.... We saw tanks, tansk, and more tanks, various aircrafts, some boats being towed.... Wat was missing were the larger naval vessels and submarines... For quite a few minutes, I felt like I was being transported into Sagara Sousuke's private fantasy!!! (minus all those Armed Slaves, of course!!) For those who dun understand wat I am talking abt, go watch the NDP after u haf watched Full Metal Panic or Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu or Full Metal Panic: the Secons Raid.... Boon's comments were "Wahlau. The only thing they didn't pull out was the parking ticket auntie lor" and that really just puts the whole thing in a nutshell....

Really love the fireworks!!! Wanna go and live in Japan so that I can just experience fireworks in Summer during their matsuris!!! So pretty!!! The less explosive ones w little swirly patterns were just so awesome ^^ Gonna dream of nice fireworks tonite ^^

p/s. the customs style scanning of bags did do sth good for me.... after I chucked the security check sticker (that was pasted on my bag) into one of the side pockets, I retrieved a pendant (that I am pretty sure I lost years ago) along w the sticker when I was clearing junk on the way home ^^

1 comment:

boonleong said...

wesley was there, along with other psc scholars like fengqian, etc. zim was excused because he had duty on the real day. i didn't see the colour guy faint. (and i notice you use american spelling! how unbecoming!) was very impressed by the planes weaving between all the tall buildings - westin and the "fingers" of suntec city.