Sunday, August 09, 2009

Happy 44th birthday Singapore

Posted by Dawn at Sunday, August 09, 2009
Today marks the 44th National Day of Singapore since 1965 after Singapore gained independence from Malaysia.

Recently, I was scolding my co-form class about not showing due respect during the pledge taking. As you all know, due to the H1N1 situation, schools have not had morning assemblies at the parade ground. So, students go straight to their classroom and say the pledge in class.

So during pledge taking, I actually scolded them as some of them were giggling away or talking. I told them about how much they should appreciate the country for having such a good and non-corrupt goverment, a country for not having any natural disaster, a country that has given us stability and security. I told them not to take things for granted as there are many people from other parts of the world suffering because of disaster or because of the government. Also shared about how I personally felt when I was oversees for a year, away from home.

Then after that, I recited the pledge together with the class.

I am proud to be a Singaporean and I do hope students will not be so apathetic towards this country.



Whenever I touch down at Changi Airport after a holiday, I would especially be proud of Singapore because of how wonderful our airports are...I am proud of all the accomplishments that Singapore has made over only a span of 44 years! I would then also look forward to indulging myself by driving to a hawker centre and start stuffing my stomach with local food! One of my top favourite hawker food which I will miss when I am overseas will be Hokkien Mee! It's one of the things I will instantly get when I come back!

There was quite a lot of debate to this year's National Day Song. Some felt it was difficult to follow, while others felt it was a nice change from the usual songs that we had in the past. For me, I didnt use to like it because the melody was hard to catch..but I grew to love it and I think the words are very meaningful! Here's the lyrics.

What Do You See lyrics

There’s a jewel on the ocean,
a gem upon the sea
Where the future is an open book
A land of destiny
We could set our sights into the wind and sail the seven seas
or climb the highest mountain top as long as we believe
What do you see? What do you see?

See the moon and the stars, look how far we have come
Look around at our faces, they shine brightly in the sun
With our hopes and dreams, imagine what tomorrow it may bring
What do you see? What do you see?

Now the time has come to reach out,
To open up to see
That we stand together in this land
Cos we are family
As thoughts of reaching to the sky are carried on a dream
With hearts and minds united, our dreams we will achieve
What do you see? What do you see?

See the moon and the stars, look how far we have come
Look around at our faces, they shine brightly in the sun
With our hopes and dreams, imagine what tomorrow it may bring
What do you see

What do you see when life makes you take on a mountain
Youll see that nothings gonna stand in your way
Together we can share
The strength of a million
and the courage of a million more

See the moon and the stars, look how far we have come
Look around at our faces, they shine brightly in the sun
With our hopes and dreams, imagine what tomorrow it may bring
Cos the skys the only limit when youre not afraid to dream
What do you see? What do you see…

I want to wish Singapore a Happy 44th Birthday and I do wish that Singapore will continue to prosper (so that I can get more bonuses.Ha!) and the citizens will come together, stand together and continue to live harmoniously with one another.

I shall leave you with a video on our National Day Parade 2009, with this year's National Day Song as the background music.

Enjoy!

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