SG50 – Happy Jubilee Singapore

9th August 1965 was the day of Singapore’s independence from Malaysia. Yesterday was the 50th year of Singapore’s independence (AKA SG50), and hence the Golden Jubilee celebration was a particularly big occasion with public holidays declared both on the Friday before and the Monday after. The whole nation has been abuzz with the anticipation of this milestone in Singapore’s history. In celebration, the government have been giving away packs with memorabilia which people growing up in Singapore in the last few decades can identify with.

Many people are wearing red or some celebratory t-shirts for this big occasion. To celebrate the big 50th birthday of Singapore. As can be seen, many things of note highlighted are actually food items.

SG50 celebratory t-shirt
SG50 celebratory t-shirt

When I first returned to Singapore, I was informed that each school child had been given a commemorative special edition Lego model with a Singapore theme – based on various structures of Singapore. My nephew managed to make the 3 models for me for this thread.

Special edition Lego for Singapore school children
Special edition Lego for Singapore school children
Super trees Lego model
Super trees Lego model
Changi Airport tower Lego model
Changi Airport tower Lego model
Cavenagh Suspension Bridge Lego model
Cavenagh Suspension Bridge Lego model

In the commemorative bag which is given to each Singaporean household, there are many different items of memorabilia, including a Singapore flag. I have included photos of things I am familiar with – 5 stones, the kicking feathery chatek and the blow-up paper ball.

Singapore flag
Singapore flag
Chatek for kicking
Chatek for kicking
Game: 5 stones
Game: 5 stones
Blow-up paper ball (in the shape of a puffer fish)
Blow-up paper ball (in the shape of a puffer fish)

While we were watching the National Day Parade on the television, there were two occasions when the plane formations flew past the parade and across the Singapore skies. I managed to capture a few photos of the planes flying by where we were – and I’ve posted the best of the lot here.

Planes flying past during National Day Parade
Planes (F16, C130)  flying past during National Day Parade

It was very interesting to relive some of the memories from my youth, and see things which we grew up playing being promoted (unlike the current day games – computer games and smartphone apps).

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