Tuesday, 9 August 2011

a cheesy national day

Yesterday, August 9 was Singapore's 46th National Day. Being in this country, for just a little over a month, don't expect any pronouncements of patriotism, allegiance or any flag-waving, flag-tattooing-in-the-face from me.

I admire Singapore, in every academic sense of the word. It's efficient, organized, advanced, progressive, provides our livelihood. But Philippines, grips my emotions. Lee Kwan Yew might be the best ruler, but Jose Rizal rules my heart.

Ted and I dropped by Marine Bay, just to see what the fuss is all about. We didn't bring the kids because we never knew what to expect, except there will be kilometer-long walks. Maybe next year na lang, when we have scouted this event. Good thing because the crowd was huge, we barely caught glimpse of what's happening.

Imagine, 4M population, and their stadium only seats only 27,000 people. It's a nightmare how to allocate seats, right?! And the problem of overcrowding. Logistical Nightmare. Well, Singapore government with all their organization prowess, thought of the best solution. E-Balloting the tickets! All citizens, stand a chance at getting a seat by registering their mobiles & emails. Good Luck, if you can seat once, in your lifetime!

It's a beautiful stadium, and it is floating on water!
The world's largest floating stage.

For those Hoi Polloi, like us, we contend to sit around the view decks that surround the whole marina bay, waiting for the fireworks display.

There was a parade, and we caught some lovely floats, passing thru our chosen location.

I honestly can't grip their concepts. Theme was Majulah.. Singapura. Meaning.. Onward Singapore. I see a huge Rafflesia (world's giant flower found in Indonesia named after Stamford Raffles Singapore's founder). I see bees (probably depicting hardwork and socialism). I see huge Gears, probably about continual progress. Ignore my musings. I tend to intellectualize everything. :)

A little past 6pm, some military aircraft flew past.

But the piece the resistance was the Fireworks display...
(my thanks to the owner of the video, Song84)

We didn't stay long. We were too scared of the commute with all these people going home at the same time. Plus, we scheduled a couples' night, with our BFF couple in Singapore, Mitch and Tyrel, They prepared a Raclette tete-a-tete for us in their lovely condo.

For those uninitiated like myself....

Raclette refers to a type of meal whose main food is Raclette Cheese from Switzerland. More than a meal, it's actually a ceremony in itself.

The Cheese is melted, right on the table with a special grill. As soon as it's gooey, it's poured over slices of baked potatoes; and you eat it, while hot, with pickled gerkins, tiny onions, grapes, and/ or salami.

Everything is washed down with your choice of Red or White Wine.

Each serving look tiny (two bites) but the cheese and meat is flavorful. After about 7 servings, we were too full and tipsy to move. For desserts, we brought Ferrero chocolates in 3flavors (dark, milk and white coconut chocolates).

Best experienced with great music, good friends who have lots of interesting conversations.

Till next time !!!

Still a tourist, not yet a National.

This was taken outside the City Gallery along Marina Bay Sands.



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