NDP 2009!

The Practice National Day date was finally here! I reached school at about 1:45p.m, but everybody in the Kidzone had to wait for quite a while before we got our Fun Packs and KFC. At about 3:15, 5Initiative finally boarded the bus and we set off for the NDP stadium.

When we reached the stadium, I unpacked some of my heavy things from my bag and settled down. I was seated in the light blue zone, and beside my two good friends Samuel and Moses.

First, there were a few light activities and songs. The MC’s were actors from television. They taught us how to hit the miniature drum too. One of the activities was the Marina Wave. We were supposed to stand up and wave our Singapore flags like a wave washing over. The whole of Primary 5 raced against a motorcycle and a car, and guess what? We won! We also saw the Red Lions (a group of sky divers) skillfully skydive from a helicopter onto the Floating Platform.

When I opened my KFC dinner pack, I found spilled mashed potatoes smothered in the box and on my burger wrapper. And when I opened the mashed potatoes, there were only 20% of the mashed potatoes left! I unwrapped my burger and ate it together with the remaining mashed potatoes.

Next up was the history of Singapore in six chapters, a few other parts in between. The chapters were a combination of facts, jokes, and cool parts. The chapter I enjoyed the most was the one where some “terrorists” tried to plant a bomb, a sea mine and attack Singapore. Army tanks, navy ships, soldiers and bomb removers tried to catch the “terrorists”. At the last part, the navy chased and shot the “terrorists” which were on a jet ski with something like a silent, mini firework.

While we were standing up and singing the song ‘Stand Up For Singapore’, terror struck. It began as a light drizzle, but it worsened to become a heavy downpour in a matter of three minutes. My friends and I started to pack up after the song and we tried to cover our bags with ponchos, but it was too late. Water had gone into our bags. We slowly went down the steps, shivering from the cold. I was thoroughly soaked through. It was like wading through a mini-waterfall. At the last flight of steps, the water was frothing with bubbles.

In the end, we all managed to make it to the bus, all of us soaking wet. Just then, I remembered that my brother’s new handphone was in my bag. I fished it out, only to discover that it was already spoilt.

The next day, I was worried that my brother would scold me for spoiling his new handphone, but instead he just said that it almost could not be prevented, but he also told me that I should bring a ziplock bag and use it to keep the handphone.

It was the most fun excursion I have ever gone for and definitely the most memorable!


samuel 3 August 2009 at 12:49  

Very good alex, i also feel that the NDP is fun and it is the best excursion i had ever gone for. GOOD WORK

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