#MyDurian Stories: Stay over at Esplanade!
14 November 2017 - 01 December 2017, 0800-2359
28th Singapore International Film Festival
23 November 2017 - 02 December 2017, 11:00-14:00
Shaw Theatres Lido Hall 4
After months of preparation, NDP 2017 is finally over.
If you’ve missed the parade because
you obviously took the holiday to go somewhere else or if you partied too hard, here’s a recap:
1) Edgar, that scary AF robot
This year saw the presence of a robot host, Edgar, which was created by Nanyang Technological University.
He looks like he is about to murder everyone.
And take over next year’s show.
Be very afraid, Singaporeans.
2) This auntie that nearly blocked the soldiers
Auntie, picture can take later, let this soldier pass first can?
3) The cute duet from the military tattoo
This year, Military Expert 1 Isabelle Wong and Senior Staff Sergeant Audi Hariz Sarman sang We Are One Singapore, which hit the right note with some.
Singapore’s got talent, anyone?
4) This scripted portion of Tony Tan and his wife Mary getting ready for the parade
Awkward, but still quite sweet lah.
5) The scariest “terrorists” and “hacker” you’ve seen on live television
Oh wait, a simulated terrorist attack! Now, this should be getting interesting.
Rehearsed thugs came on the scene to threaten anyone that stands in their path, looking seedy and dangerous.
Well, for a couple of minutes at least.
As part of the simulation, two children were involved in the skit, being supposedly held hostage by their kidnappers.
For some reason, kids this year seem to have the guts to do everything, including picking up ammunition rounds.
In all honesty, though, the kids probably had the most convincing acting skills amongst all the actors involved.
Or at least, better than this guy who managed to delay dying for a few seconds.
And of course, the bad guys lose. Fast.
6) The Mozzie Clap
Because fighting dengue is so important, they made it into a mandatory segment.
And of course, we can’t fight the mosquitoes alone, so they made the entire venue do a funky dance with them.
Every beat counts.
7) Hosts in dresses with faces, telling everyone (and a confused PM Lee) to shout yam seng
While we’re not too sure what the dresses with faces had to do with the water parade, we’re pretty sure PM Lee was a little puzzled too.
8) A Physical Meme
If you browse dank memes a little too much, you’d immediately recognise the following:
In case you don’t get it, it’s featured in a meme called “expanding brain”, where possible responses to a situation are arranged in ascending order of stupidity/ nonsense, where the worst answer is the best answer.
9) The aerial performance which was a metaphor for making babies
Gorgeous people, flying through the air, connecting hands together sweetly, causing a huge bird to appear. It was later confirmed by the narrator to be a stork.
Anddddddd here comes a bun in the oven.
10) The mandatory youngster segment feat. Tosh Rock, Parkour and rap
Winning formula mah.
11) Multi-cultural jam
Lip syncing was a big part of the show, and unfortunately, it was painfully obvious for some, including Brian Richmond.
Otherwise, however, this was a rather sweet part of the show, demonstrating our multicultural roots; singer Rahimah Rahim carried a Chinese song with grace, and her fabulous energy despite being in her 60s made her wonderful to watch.
But of course, we all know the ultimate showstopper, Mary Ho, the 81-year-old grandma who can play a mean guitar like she’s 21.
Boy, did she become the role model for everyone.
Since we have our fair share of bike-sharing drama this year, when Singaporeans saw bikes appear during NDP, it reminded them of some unresolved grudges:
13)The Curry Puff Float
The biggest curry puff we could ever hope to feast on.
14) Joseph Schooling and Yip Pin Xiu on top of the ice mountain
Because the Olympic hype train never stops.
15) And that’s a wrap for this year’s NDP… .which is the last one Tony Tan will attend as President:
And the last time we can speculate what he said during inspection.
And rehash that one joke.
16) Thug life NDP kids
Well, this kid will definitely be thinking about National Day 2017 long after it’s over.
What an NDP.
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Top image adapted via Twitter and Media A’s YouTube Video