Is it National Day already?

Until I asked sarah last night,"So what are you doing for National Day?", I hadn't really registered that it was National Day this weekend. I mean, I knew it was coming up. No way can you grow up in Singapore with the annual month-long red-and-white lovefest, without having the date 9 August burned into your brain as Something Significant.

But this year it didn't really loom as a major date on my calendar or my consciousness. Some possible reasons why, when I sat down and thought about it:
  • I don't watch local free-to-air TV channels.
  • I don't read the local papers.
  • I no longer live in a public housing estate, which means that no one bugs me about flying the Singapore flag and I'm not as surrounded by government-sponsored banners with grotesque mugshots of politicians grinning down at me.
  • When mr brown highlighted the un-originality of this year's National Day music video, I was too impatient that day to wait for the videos to load on the page and just took his word for it.
  • The only person I know who was remotely involved in the preparations for the upcoming National Day Parade is a friend who did some traffic duty for his annual National Service reservist requirement.
I'm gonna visit some museums tomorrow, and possibly cap off the day with The Dark Knight, assuming there are any tickets left.

Oh, and I didn't watch today's opening ceremony to the Beijing Olympics either, though I enjoyed the images collected at The Big Picture.



At 8/11/2008 2:09 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

did you use to teach pract crit in 1997/98? if you did, i'm an ex-student and really enjoyed doing pract crit on poetry under you... :)

At 8/11/2008 11:02 am , Blogger Tym said...

Maybe, and maybe. Hard to tell with anonymous commenters :)

At 8/11/2008 9:29 pm , Blogger zilch said...

:) That's a yes. I'm ruth - if you remember, it's okay if you don't.

At 8/12/2008 12:01 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My flag gets hung automatically every year. I'm under the LKY constituency that's why. Every block get uniformly decorated with the flag without fail. :)

For National Day, I made sure at least that the flag was displayed properly and not folded because of the wind.

At 8/15/2008 7:37 am , Blogger Relentless Toil said...

That is the BEST collection of opening ceremony photos you linked to -- thanks so much!


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