Waving the national flag, camping for fireworks and even dressing up in full red and white are but 3 ways to express your love for Singapore this 9th August. Here are 6 simple ways you can show that we are Singapore, Singaporeans.
Have A Local Feast
Singaporeans’ favourite pastime is undoubtedly to eat as much as we can and even better, trying (or finding) the latest food fads at every corner of the island. I mean, how can we resist slurping on bak chor mee at Bedok 85 Market or chomping down plates of chicken rice at Maxwell Food Centre? In the spirit of #SG52, why not go all out in treating yourself with local fare only our country could offer by having a zi char feast! Whether it’s Commonwealth’s Two Chefs Eating House or Kok Sen Restaurant at Keong Saik, you can’t go wrong stuffing your face silly with SG-infused dishes only a true-blue Singaporean would know how. And if you’re looking for a little something extra, check out our guide to atas hawker food and eateries. Shiok lah!
Wear Homegrown Labels
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If you’d prefer expressing your SG pride more subtly than wearing the annually released red and white collections, opt for the bevy of local brands making their mark on the fashion scene. Upstarts like Love Bonito, Graye Studio and Biro Company offer up chic threads of stylish designs and sleek cuts – a refreshing alternative from commercialised fast-fashion chains. Dress your best this National Day and when someone compliments your outfit, you can proudly tell them it’s locally made!
Play Localised Card Games
Gathering at a friend’s high-rise apartment hoping for a glimpse of the NDP fireworks might be the order of business this National Day, and while waiting for the fiery sparklers to light the sky up, chances are someone will suggest a round of dai di or poker. Do it with a local flair thanks to Protocol’s pack of fifty-two playing cards – each designed with iconic SG landmarks, characters and trinkets to trigger that warm, fuzzy feeling of our homeland.
Celebrate SG TV
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Ahh, there’s nothing quite like kicking back and indulging in a quality local drama. While there are some new series worthy of a watch, it’s older classics that truly resonated with the masses and hit a soft spot close to our hearts. Marathoning Mediacorp favourites like Holland V, Under One Roof and Moulmein High on Toggle will surely reel in those uninitiated and rekindle fond memories of those familiar, just in time to ignite your inner patriot.
Learn About Our Heritage
Singapore celebrates its 52nd birthday this year, but the 52-year-long journey from independence towards the first-world city it is today has been an arduous one, only made possible thanks to our brave forefathers. The National Museum of Singapore honours our deep-rooted history with gallery exhibitions from now till 30th September, giving you an in-depth lesson on the makings of our country. Celebrating National Day is a joyous occasion, but fully understanding the importance of it will give it that much more meaning.
Listen To Local Music
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You have to admit that National Day songs are not every citizen’s cup of tea, but that’s fine. Singapore still boasts many other tremendously talented individuals crafting tunes to excellence. Young acts like R&B siren Sam Rui, pop wunderkind Falling Feathers and gutsy rapper Axel Brizzy have all recently put out new material to positive fanfare, and we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements. Time to curate that #SGPride playlist and crank it up!
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For more local goodness, pick up a copy of our August issue out on newsstands now. It also comes with a freebie!
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