This year Singapore celebrates its 50th birthday. And it's kind of a big deal. We got a four day weekend in honor of it, which you won't hear me complaining about. :) Because of the golden jubilee the National Day parade and celebration were bigger than ever. To make sure it all went off without a hitch they practiced nearly every Saturday for about a month before the big day. Thinking we would beat the crowds, we decided to head down for the last practice and miss the actual event. I'm assuming it is probably busier on the big day, but to be honest that is sort of difficult to imagine. It was pretty packed.
Just hanging out.
The boat coming out for the gun salute.
Some incredibly loud jets flew over, a few at a time. I had no idea Brennan was filming and he caught this lovely moment of me feeling like my eardrum was going to burst. I have a pretty messed up right ear. The eardrum has burst twice and I have lots of weird ear sensitivities from the damage. And apparently these jets were at the right volume and frequency to cause me a lot of pain.
Time to wait for the fireworks. The most expensive fireworks show Singapore has ever done for National Day.
We were so close!
On National Day (August 9th) they sounded a siren in the morning just before they were airing a reading of the Declaration of Independence read by Lee Kwan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore who just passed away earlier this year. We tuned into that, and that night went to a BBQ that some neighbors invited us to. And that pretty much sums up our participation in the Golden Jubilee. Happy Birthday Singapore!