Today is Singapore’s 42nd birthday. This year, the national day celebrations will be at the floating platform of the Marina Bay area – a first in Singapore. Culture lovers can pop by any of the NHB museums as they will be open to the public for free. There will also be lots of other celebrations and parties going on in the many households here I am sure.
What does National Day mean to you? Is it just another public holiday or does it stir something deep within you?
For me, I find that national day is a good time to quieten one’s heart a little and celebrate the things which makes life worth living here in Singapore. We have fabulous food, an efficient public transport system, relatively clean streets, high levels of security, and a soaring employment rate. If you think you have it bad, just look at the environmental disasters, acts of terrorism, abject poverty, stark hunger, political turmoil and rampant inflation happening around us.
Of course, our country isn’t perfect. There are still lots that we can do to make it better. However, maybe just for this one day in the year, let us look at the positives rather than the negatives shall we?
About a month ago, in a sudden whimsical flight of fancy, we decided to follow the flock and make our way to the Jurong Bird Park. Part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Jurong Bird Park is a multi-award winning attraction. It is famed for having the world’s largest aviary and manmade waterfall. Unfortunately due to the deadly avian flu scare, it has lost some of its lustre with the locals.
If you enjoy tropical getaways, you will love Krabi. Located along the coast of the Andaman Sea, it is one of the more rustic and less commercialised beach getaways in Thailand. Almost everything a beach bum wants – sparkling crystalline seas teeming with colourful fishes, white sandy beaches, great seafood – can be found there. The icing on the cake is that great Thai hospitality which always makes experiences extra special.
Here’s a photo essay of a our recent holiday there. Enjoy.
One of Singapore’s hidden little treasure is this beautiful boutique attraction called the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Tucked away at Coleman Street just below the National Archives of Singapore and Registry of Marriages, the museum is probably one of the few indoor places where you can bring a young child and be entertained for hours.
We recently brought Ethan to Sentosa’s Siloso Beach to have fun frolicking in the water while building sand castles. By now, you probably would have guessed that we prefer the great outdoors to spending time shopping in artificially controlled environments. Here’s a short clip of Ethan with Tina building a sand castle.
When was the last time you built sand castles? Or castles in the sky for that matter?
About two months back (yeah this post is long overdue), I brought my family to the Singapore Zoo. This is one of our favourite hang outs for many reasons, some of which I have blogged about here. Attracting close to a million visitors a year, the Singapore Zoo has attained pinnacle position in the Singapore Tourism Awards for many years running. It is also a media darling, generating publicity for anything from animal births, conservation championing, escaping cats to goring elephants.
Last night, I brought Ethan and Tina to catch Oceanskies and her fellow double bass players performing at a free event called Basso Bravo! This is a half-hour special aimed at getting members of the public to better appreciate classical music.
Belonging to the ensemble d’Bassists, the quartet were playing at the Esplanade’s Concourse as part of the Singapore Art Festival. d’Bassists is actually part of the National University of Singapore Symphony Orchestra, which is based in NUS Centre for the Arts.