kicking off august with a bang

Been crazy busy at work last week with the setting up of our magazine community, so here’s a quick update of what August has been like so far:

 Saw the derp lord, who was in town promoting his new movie:

Dove headlong into a book sale:

Met up with old friends:

 Got into the mood for the nation’s 50th anniversary: 

Then joined 200,000 people around the bay area to watch the National Day Parade:

The weather was breezy and cool – perfect for a parade.

 

The grounds were hella muddy where we were, but who cared really?

     

The Black Knights – or, as my friend Melissa put it, the lead guitarists of the Singapore Armed Forces.
The crowd was definitely left gaping in awe.

What’s a parade without some fireworks to top it off?

It was one of those you-had-to-be-there kind of moments. Having so many people around you singing along to the National Day songs you learned (way back) in school, the camaraderie and feeling of togetherness was so palpable I couldn’t help but tear up. I had already gotten emotional at this video tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew earlier on:

But when everyone sang along to the NDP classic, Home, in unison the floodgates broke loose. I sang with tears streaming down my face, and found that I wasn’t the only one. This girl my age next to me was in the same state. It’s funny how emotional you become, standing in the midst of such an outpouring of love and pride and gratitude for a country.

How has YOUR August been so far? :0)

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