National Day, Stomp style
AS SINGAPORE celebrates its 48th birthday today, many of us would recall the theme song Home.
The 1998 version, sung by home-grown artist Kit Chan, has proved to be Stompers' top National Day Parade (NDP) theme song of all time.
All the NDP theme songs, past and present, had been put up for public voting on citizen-journalism site Stomp's Facebook page on July 24.
Home trumped the runner-up - Reach Out For The Skies - by over twice the number of votes, with 114 and 43 votes, respectively.
The leading song's popularity was backed up by its 2004 reprise, which came in at No. 4 with 19 votes, while Where I Belong (2001) claimed third spot with two votes more.
This year's NDP theme song, One Singapore, emerged 10th out of the 22 songs.
It has received flak from some quarters despite its catchy and upbeat tune.
Based on the results, there needs to be more love for Song For Singapore (2010), Shine For Singapore (2008) and What Do You See? (2009). These songs received two votes each, while Shine On Me (2000) and City For The World (1998) were at the bottom with no votes.
For the full results, head to Stomp's NDP song-voting app on Facebook or go to http://on.fb.me/12hSODA
Rousing songs aside, Stompers are also showing their patriotism through their contributions on the site.
Whenever National Day draws near, a steady stream of stories about flags being hung wrongly and mishandled will surely make their way to the hyperlocal website. This year is no different.
Stomper WWS snapped a photo of a Singapore flag hung right beside a rubbish chute in Beach Road, while other Stompers were quick to point out flags hung on their reverse side, or with undergarments and other laundry hung over them.
Stomper Jonan criticised a $5 made-in-China flag, bought from a petrol station, that was poorly made. He said that, despite the flag being approved for sale, the stitching was "crude" and it was "out of shape".
Another Stomper was upset to see a rigging supervisor stepping on an enormous 30m by 20m flag - meant to be flown from a Chinook helicopter as part of the National Day celebrations - while the flag was being prepared.
Another recurring trend every year is the flurry of e-mail, website entries, and iPhone and Android mobile-app submissions whenever NDP tickets are sold on the online black market.
Some crafty sellers even came up with a code name, "ballpoint pen", to refer to the tickets.
Misdemeanours and complaints aside, Stompers are also eager to point out the light-hearted side of the nationalistic fervour.
A girl's tongue became famous after a photo of it sporting a temporary Singapore-flag tattoo made its rounds on social media and found its way to Stomp.
"Patriotic but kiasu?" questioned a Stomper.
To be fair, being kiasu - or scared to lose - has long been deemed a very Singaporean trait.
Another over-the-top and unique display of national affection was shown on a BMW.
The owner had spruced up his car with a timely paint job - a Singapore flag on its bonnet, which complemented the white body of the vehicle perfectly.
It certainly looks like we are passionate about our country, from NDP theme songs to looking out for flags that have been improperly hung, and showing our love in the most creative ways.
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