You know you are witnessing the lead-up to the country’s National Day when the island starts turning a particular shade of red and white – largely from the flags fluttering from buildings, houses and even cars.
The Singapore story is well known – how it achieved independence in 1965 amid severe doubt it could survive at all with its tiny size and severe lack of natural resources.
Yet the island succeeded against the odds, deftly navigating its way through stormy waters of domestic turmoil, regional strife and international politics.
It made use of every single advantage it had, emerging on the world stage as a major commercial hub, financial centre and global player – in short, the little country that could.
And in this way, the national narrative has been shaped over the years, a narrative that is retold in varying ways every year during the National Day Parade.
Audience members sit back to enjoy a stunning spectacle of military parades, multi-cultural song-and-dance performances and aerial high jinks capped by a breathtaking firework extravaganza set against the stunning cityscape framed by the Marina Waterfront.
To celebrate the nation’s 50th birthday, 2015’s parade will be held at the spanking new Singapore Sports Hub, built on the site of the old National Stadium.
With the lush displays, rousing songs and pulsating energy creating such an electric atmosphere, why, you’d almost think that you were Singaporean.