LEFT TO NATIONAL DAY 2016
National Day is right around the corner, and we’re pretty amped about NDP 2016! It will be the first of the next 50 years of our Singapore story. While SG50 was sadly focused on dwelling over our past achievements, NDP is 2016 more forward-looking, and all signs point to it being a blast! We’re ready to live in the now and future! Even the NDP 2016 Theme Song has a lively, contemporary indie feel to it:
NDP 2016 Funpack – What’s In It?
Before we delve into what you need to bring, we’ll have to know what the Funpack has covered. For NDP 2016, the Funpack includes:
- Bottled Water x 2 (Total 750 mL)
- Peanuts x 1 packet
- Hello Panda (yay!) x 1 packet
- Kong Guan Biscuits x 1 packet
- Ninjiom Herbal Candy x 1 packet
- Flip Fan x 1
- Poncho x 1
- Singapore Flag x 1
- LED Wristband x 1
- Souvenir Magazine x 1
- Discount Booklet x 1
- Face Tattoo x 1 sheet
- Wet Tissue x 1
- Litter bag x 1
To be able to attend this year’s NDP 2016 at the new National Stadium would be a blessing, and you’ll want to make sure you make the most of your once-in-a-lifetime experience (ballot tickets are so hard to come by!). Without further ado, here is the kiasu Singaporean’s list of items to prepare for NDP 2016!
4 THINGS TO BRING TO NDP 2016
1. Water & Food
Though the Funpack already has 2 bottles of water (to a total of 750 mL), they may not be enough as it can remain scorching hot even at 5pm in Singapore. In addition, you’ll be doing a whole lot of cheering and shouting for 5 hours on end, so you’ll want to be prepared! If you are going as a family, an extra 1.5L bottle of water should be sufficient for 4.
If you want to reach early around 5 pm to get a good seat, you’ll not have anything substantial to eat until 5 hours later when the parade ends after 10pm. Just for this special occasion, I would pack my favorite sinful McSpicy into my backpack to sustain my maniacal cheering!
2. Portable Fan
The uniquely warm climate of Singapore even permeates evening hours after sundown, and you’ll find yourself with uncomfortable beads of sweat rolling down you necks if you do not bring this. While a flip fan is provided, you’re almost certain to give up and succumb yourself to the heat after 2 hours of constant fanning. You might even wake up with bigger forearms!
Get one of those battery-powered mini-fans if you want your NDP 2016 to be a breeze!
3. Selfie Stick
The National Stadium is massive – we mean MASSIVE. There’s no way you’ll be able to capture the fireworks display and yourself without blocking off 80% of the picture with your fat head. Remember to slip your Selfie Stick into your pocket when you leave to get a great shot of yourself at a rare opportunity to be at NDP 2016.
If you want to take videos of the performance, you’ll need your Selfie Stick as well if you do not want to stick your arm up in the air for hours. If you happen to land kiasu Singaporeans in front of you who stand to capture their videos, you’ll spend the night on your feet too. Simply attach your phone to the Selfie Stick, aim the camera, and rest the stick on your lap!
If you do not have a one yet, you can grab one of our Selfie Sticks at a great discount with free shipping! Use “NDP2016” at checkout for an additional 10% discount when you buy 2 Selfie Sticks or more, limited to the first 51 users!
4. Slippers / Sandals
There is no dress code for NDP 2016, and it is decidedly casual. A poncho is provided in your Funpack, but you’ll still end up with a shoe full of water if you are caught in the rain with sneakers on. Because of the array of container offices set up near the venue for the NS personnel, the grass near the venue would have eroded, adding mud and soil into the mix in the event of rain.
You DO NOT want to wear any closed footwear or footwear with cloth.
BONUS: WHAT NOT TO BRING TO NDP 2016
Security will be tight at the National Stadium, and you’ll find yourself being screened each time you enter and exit the venue. In order to proceed as quickly as possible, take note not to bring any of the following:
- Canned drinks and canned items.
- Keychains and lighters shaped like a gun, pistol, bullet or grenade
- Bags or luggage of dimensions larger than 35cm x 20cm x 30cm
- Toddlers, who will likely disrupt the audience and not remember the parade anyway
Bring Your Love!
Whatever your gripe with CPF, GST and the likes, remember that we are celebrating Singapore, which includes a whole lot more than politics and policies. Remember to bring your love for family, friends, and all the little experiences that make you uniquely yourself that you have acquired in this little island we call, “Home”!