Today we celebrate Singapore’s 45th National Day. We may bitch, whine and complain all the time about Singapore, but at the deepest level, we know that we are in one of the safest and systematic countries in the world. And although we seldom show our patriotism (well, we would if we can qualify for the World Cup!), it is often shown with pride and felt greatly on National Day.
I’ve only gone to a National Day Parade twice. Once was a rehearsal three years ago, and the other was the actual Parade – more than 10 years back. The atmosphere at the National Stadium was indescribable and just bloody awesome. It’s emotional and the feeling of togetherness made all of us forget any differences and unhappiness.
Don’t get me started when everybody says the pledge together. In the event of National Day, it will always be One People, One Nation, One Singapore.
One of my favourite National Day Songs is Home, originally sung by Kit Chan. We have all yearned at one point about getting out of Singapore and living abroad. But deep in our hearts, we know that Singapore will always be Home.
Don’t believe me? Then just take a short trip anywhere. The feeling when you land and walk through Changi Airport is, “I’m home” – and because Singapore Changi Airport is the best in the world, you’d also feel a sense of pride.
Even when you are returning from Malaysia, you will feel the atmosphere is just different after you’ve gotten thru the checkpoints.
Still don’t believe me, then try living in another country for awhile. Even if you don’t miss the ERP Systems or hikes in bus fare or the crazy heat, you will still miss the FOOD.
So come on, admit it. Singapore will always be Home. Am I right, or am I right?