Friday, 3 August 2012

Get Your National Night On - I'm Getting Mobilized To Do My Civic Duty

This August 9th, Singapore celebrates it's 47th birthday.



So it's time to get mobilized and do your patriotic duty! The marketing guys at Mentos have provided us with a 'viral video' and message to do just that (to be honest, how the mint making giant associates themselves with Singapore's low birth rate and ageing population by promoting the 'making of babies' is quite beyond me - but what the heck, this video is absolute gold!)

I shared the clever rap called 'National Night' with many friends and colleagues today, but when I got some blank stares from some ang moh mates who didn't get all the humour, it dawned on me that many of the references would probably be lost on them... Aside from the obvious 'making babies' message of course.

The fact that I found it hilarious (along with most of my local buddies), is I believe, attestation to my successful integration as a heartlander and Singaporean PR.



Strangely, this affirmation is enough to make me feel proud and patriotic in my own way... as we do every year, we have our national flag displayed in the window of our HDB loungeroom, the mini flag is waving as we drive with it attached to our car window, and this year, I've even got a Singapore flag as an iPhone 4S cover!!



On another note, for many years now, we have ballotted unsuccessfully for tickets to attend the National Day Parade (or NDP preview) at the bay... but this year it's a different story!! Donning our red and white, we will be heading down tomorrow (4th July) to bask in the glory of the event preview. How exciting, right?



And who knows... once the fireworks are over and the kids are in bed, we may just do our own civic duty and create our own fireworks before the 9th August (if I'm lucky). But to be totally honest - 'putting a bao in the oven' is not on our agenda right now! :)

So sit back and enjoy the video - and for those who don't get all the humour in it, I make no apologies - come and live in Singapore!

Finally, for those who don't know the English meaning of the Malay words of the Singapore National Anthem, 'Majulah Singapura', I found this version online with English translation - goosebump worthy, or not!!?



NB: The logo for this year's NDP, is the 'Orchid Star' and the theme is 'Loving Singapore, Our Home'!

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