National Day Parade 2015 Mobile Column

Credit: NDP 2015 Press Release

NDP Mobile Column, a favourite among military enthusiasts and audience, will be making a return after 5 years in the National Day Parade for our Golden Jubilee NDP 2015. There will be an impressive 177 vehicles from the Singapore Army, Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), Singapore Civil Defence Force and Singapore Police Force.

Here’s sharing a video of the rehearsal at the Padang taken from Ng Eng Hen – Defence Minister Facebook Page.

<< NDP – Mobile Column>><<NDP – Mobile Column>>The Mobile Column for our Golden Jubilee NDP 2015, will be an impressive 177 vehicles from the Army, Navy and Air Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Singapore Police Force. As each vehicle rolls by, it will remind all Singaporeans what we have built together. It will show the commitment and resolve of our security forces to protect our home and keep us safe. Here’s a video of the rehearsal at the Padang.- Ng Eng Hen#NDP2015NDPeeps

Posted by Ng Eng Hen – Defence Minister on Sunday, June 28, 2015

Credit: Ng Eng Hen – Defence Minister Facebook Page

Displaying strength, resilience and vigilance of our defence pillars, the Mobile Column 2015 will be the largest in terms of size and numbers! Featuring 26 platforms new to the Mobile Column with 177 platforms in total and involving 1,500 personnel, we can certainly expect nothing less than ordinary in this year’s Mobile Column display!

Looking at the above video, it reminds me what Singaporeans have built together for the past 50 years. It shows the commitment of our security forces to protect our home and keep us safe.

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I just want to say a big THANK YOU to our Singapore Army, RSN and RSAF, Singapore Civil Defence Force and Singapore Police Force to keep our home country safe so that we can enjoy peaceful nights – every day and every year.  

NDP 2015 Mobile Column InfographicCredit: http://www.ndp.org.sg/

This year, the Mobile Column will feature four distinct segments, giving spectators a glimpse of the capabilities, readiness and vigilance of the SAF, SPF and SCDF in various settings. The theme is “Strength” and there are 4 segments to this year’s theme – Giving Strength to our Nation, Strength in Action, Strength for our Home, and From Strength to Strength.

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Credit: http://www.ndp.org.sg/

After rolling past the Padang, a section of the Mobile Column made up of 28 vehicles will form the Celebrations Trail around Marina Bay. The Celebrations Trail will pass iconic landmarks along the Singapore skyline, such as The Float @ Marina Bay and Marina Bay Sands, before joining Singaporeans on the Esplanade Bridge to recite the Pledge and sing the National Anthem at 2015hrs.

I’m looking forward to SG50 National Day Parade and the Mobile Column!

Please head over to NDP website at http://www.ndp.org.sg/ for more information about SG50 NDP and Mobile Column.

SG50 Family Picnic at the Istana

As all of you are aware, Singapore turns 50 this year. There’s so much to celebrate – all the things that we’ve been through, all the things that make Singapore a unique country, and most importantly, our hopes for a better future.

This year, there will be a lot of exciting events lined up to celebrate SG50. The first event that we attended was the SG50 Family Picnic at the Istana last Saturday. This event was organized by Families for Life. Formerly known as the National Family Council, Families for Life (FFL) is a non-profit organization focused on building strong families.

In order to help Singaporeans make time for their families, FFL has revamped its annual Families for Life Celebrations from a month-long to a year-long program which includes regular picnics held at heartland parks. In fact, the picnics already started in Oct last year. Families can also take part in sand sculpting, popiah wrapping, kite flying and outdoor movie screenings together.

Back to the SG50 Family Picnic @ The Istana – for the first time, the Istana opened its gate for families to come together for a picnic. More than 2,000 Singaporeans spent their first weekend of 2015 enjoying a picnic at the beautiful Istana (are you there too?). I was completely amazed by the huge crowd!

Edison is a big fan of picnic. I love picnic too, but I don’t like to risk getting attacked by red ants on the grass, or having a ball smacked on my head. But this time, the venue was at the Istana, so for sure – it’s super safe. I was praying for good weather and thankfully, the weather was lovely!

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SG50 picnic bag

Families who have pre-registered for the event were entitled to a Families for Life – SG50 picnic bag with some useful items such as picnic mat, first aid kit, rain coats and umbrella, just to name a few.

Food baskets with light snacks are sold at $10 each. All sale proceeds will go to the President’s Charity. We were too lazy to pack our picnic food, so we bought the food basket at the event for convenience.

Upon arrival at the huge Japanese Garden inside the Istana, the boy was jumping with joy when he saw the bouncy castles and play equipments set-up all over the lawn. It was the size of 5 indoor playgrounds combined, as he said. The next minute, he disappeared from my sight.

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“Yay! I play with my girlfriend!”

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Then, I found myself a shady spot under the tree to lay my picnic mat, relax and soak in the sunlight. The Hubby was busy playing his paparazzi role to take pictures of the President.

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It was a fun-filled evening with plenty of activities for families that include terrarium making and performances from local bands. President Tony Tan also joined the families in the terrarium making.

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We had great fun at the event, and certainly look forward to another exciting event from Families for Life.

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The beautiful Istana

Useful Info:

  1. FFL Monthly Picnic Venues and Dates: free admission, but registration is required.

Experience a Touch of Disney Magic at Changi Airport

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I seldom attend media invites nowadays, but when I received this invitation from Changi Airport, I knew I couldn’t miss it. Even though I couldn’t make it on the actual day, I’m glad that they arranged a separate session for me. (Thanks, Kally!)

There are many reasons why I love Changi Airport. One of the reasons is that the airport always has something special to delight my kid during the school holidays. Together with its annual year-end celebrations, Changi Aiport once again brings happiness to all its visitors with the company of Mickey Mouse and Friends!

From 14 November 2014 to 5 January 2015, Changi Airport transforms into a magical holiday wonderland with an elaborate Disney-themed set-up. Visitors will also be treated to fun-filled activities, festive performances, captivating decorations as well as dazzling displays.

Three-storey Interactive Neuschwanstein Castle

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This castle is an inspiration for the original Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty Castles that are featured in Disney theme parks and movies. Changi Airport tops it off with a magical touch – by making it snow within the terminal.

Yes, its snow! The kids were bustling with laughter and excitement the moment they experienced snowing in the airport.

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T3 Departure Check-In Hall
Event operating hours: 10am – 10pm
Show time on weekdays: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm
Show time on weekends, PHs & Eve of PHs: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm

Mickey Mouse House Bouncy Playground

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The festive cheers continue at the Mickey Mouse House Bouncy Playground. It’s located at Terminal 3 Departure Hall. Let’s have fun cruising down the three-metre high slide, bouncing off sticky Velcro walls and diving into the colourful ball pit.

The bouncy playground opens daily from 12pm to 10pm. To enter, simply present any same-day receipt with a minimum spend of $30 (for a single entry). There are also stage performances on weekends from 6:30pm to 7pm.

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Bouncy Playground
T3 Departure Hall, Check-in Row 11
12pm – 10pm daily

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Meet-and-Greet Session

Now, we can capture memorable moments with Mickey and Minnie Mouse during this meet-and-greet session at Changi Airport. Children will certainly be entertained by the interactive storytelling and stage performances too.

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T3 Departure Hall, Check-in Row 11
Dates: 19, 20 & 21 Dec 2014 at 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm and 7pm

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Visit Changi Airport website at www.changiairport.com/christmas2014 for more details.

Meet Minions, The Latest Meet-and-Greet Characters at Universal Studios Singapore

I’m sure all of you know Minions. These cute little yellow Twinkie-shaped minions are a great hit from Steve Carell’s new cartoon Despicable Me. It’s amazing how these Minions are able to seize the heart of many children. Over the months, I’ve seen so many friends throwing parties for their children with the Minions theme. In the other words, parents are head over heels in love with these Minions too.

If you’re a fan of these Minions, now I have great news for you. Universal Studios Singapore will soon be introducing Minions as their latest Meet-and-Greet characters from 1 Dec 2013.

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Who can resist a photo-taking opportunity with these Minions?

Besides photo-taking, there are various exclusive merchandises available at the Universal Studios Store. Just in time for your festive giving!

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There is a huge selection of merchandises from T-shirts, cups, magnets, bags, water bottles, hats, key-rings and toys, to cute plush toys in assorted shapes and sizes. There is something that you’ll surely love.

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Special thanks to RWS for inviting us to this special preview, and be the first to take pictures with these lovely Minion characters.

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Event Alert: Parents World Exhibition 2013

Hi Readers, heads up! You are invited to the fun-filled Parents World Exhibition 2013 where you can spend your day exploring the booths or participating in their exciting programmes. For the shoppers, do check out their daily massive bargains.

Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 6A
Date: 30 Aug – 1 Sep 2013
Time: 11am – 9pm
Admission is free

Breastfeeding mums can also get involved in the Biggest Breastfeeding Challenge on 31 Aug 2013. First 250 mums who register will receive a free goodie bag (worth up to $100). Let’s set a new national record together at this exciting event!

Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 6A
Date: 31 August 2013
Time: 1pm

Do remember to mark this event on your calendar, and I’ll see you at the Parents World Exhibition 2013. More details are available on their website at www.parentsworld.com.sg OR like their Facebook page to receive updates.

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