Sunday, June 28, 2009

11:21 PM

An unlikely twist, NDP 09!

I have something new added to my job description last week. Something that most personnel in 3rd Division will be involved one way or another. Its the National Day Parade 2009!

Without divulging too much, lets just say, I'm involved in a team that broadcasts some live feeds to the platform screens. Its still in experimental stages so whether it will be included on the actual day has yet to be concluded. What I do know is that most of my Saturdays leading up to our nation's birthday will be fully burnt at 16 hours. Of course, I get day offs on Monday heh! Not that I mind.

With this job comes with its additional privileges, I witnessed most of the combined rehearsal yesterday. Displays of Leopard tanks, Broncos, low-flying Chinooks, performances, march in/pass, dances, gun salute on a boat and fireworks, mostly the same. The character stand-ins and saikang party were hilarious! Only those who were can understand what I mean. Look out for the main uniquely-shaped platform screen though and lots of "exotic" dances and "nation-building" videos.

The last time I witnessed the NDP up close was in Primary 5. Many years have passed since then. The feeling was different. Then, I was thrilled by the huge spectacle of carefully choreographed performances. Now, as I am being pulled to become part of the backstage action, I become more in tuned with the difficulties and effort being put into each parade. It makes we wonder is how these resources being allocated for it really justifiled in helping our nation "bond". Justified or not, here is not the right place to state my views,

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