Singapore turns 42 today! She’s young by developed world standards, sometimes breaks my heart, but is otherwise an extraordinary nation, and a place we are glad to call home.
The Pilgrim family loves to watch the National Day Parade. The highlights for us are the heavy machinery (the flypast, the Chinooks with the flag), the Red Lions parachuting down, and of course the fireworks.
This year’s parade will be the first of its kind, held on Marina Bay on the largest performance floating platform in the world. A nod to Singapore’s perennial ingenuity.
I happened to be at the Esplanade for lunch yesterday and here is what I saw:
A light balloon with this year’s parade logo, against the city skyline. View from Esplanade Walk.
The floating platform complete with lighting rigs. Sheares Bridge in the background.
The gallery with the as-yet incomplete Singapore Flyer and Ritz Carlton in the background. Tickets are free and balloted with 1-in-8 odds of success….
The Pilgrim family plans to find a corner somewhere at the edge of town, bring a picnic, and enjoy the view. Like thousands of other families, I’m sure 🙂 Look out for the next post to find out if our plan materialises!