Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

Okay - I'm a bit late, but did not forget.  There is no 4th of July celebration per se (I took Friday off to ensure my own 3-day weekend).  However, in August, Singapore celebrates their National Day.  On 9 August 1965, Singapore gained its independence.  It is so weird to think my new home is so young.

I understand that National Day is heavily celebrated here.  There is a big parade and show near the marina.  In fact, I was out two weekends ago and there was full on practice for the day's events - a month and a half away. 
courtesy of Bryen's blog

I was walking around the Arab Quarter one afternoon and heard helicopters.  I looked up and saw them dangling a giant flag of Singapore (above).  I wondered what the heck I was missing.  I didn't recall hearing about any special events for the weekend.  Bryen's blog above has some insights into what the flag represents.

Then airforce jets flew over, all loud and amazing.  I knew the air show was not going on.  Was there some sort of military drills I was missing??  I continued my way across town to head to another shopping store.  On the way, I cross a major street and could not believe the huge line of military vehicles on the road.  The road was blocked off to regular traffic and the vehicles weren't really moving.  I had my camera with me and snapped a couple pics.  I still had no clue what was going on. 

When I finished shopping, I grabbed a taxi home. It was then that my taxi driver informed me traffic was really bad because of the National Day practice (for the parade and show).  Another practice was scheduled for next weekend too - so he warned me I should stay away from downtown next week as well.  I had no idea that practice was so involved.  I guess I'll have to scope out a spot early for the parade in August :).

1 comment:

  1. Huh! Whatever it was was a serious celebration! I love the skyline in the background of the pictures - beautiful! I can't wait to visit ;)