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2nd August, 2014
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Singapore Nation Day Songs 2014

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Happy 49th Birthday Singapore. This year there will be no official National Day song, but what that means is that there is an opportunity to do a great one next year (SG50) and for anyone to do one this year. So net net, we might get more songs this year. Here are a few Songs that have surfaced and I’ll add more to this post when I find them. Do comment at the bottom if you find any new ones. Thanks.

HOME (National Day Cover) – The Sam Willows x Josh Wei.

Really nice rendition, very nice feel to it and I think it will be another classic by the Sam Willows. Home by Kit Chan is already an all time favourite by Singaporeans and a new arrangement was done back in 2011 accompanied by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO).

Although I loved Sam Willow’s rendition, it somehow lacked that cliché mass audience touch. Not a bad thing at all as I think they stay true to their style and their fans will love it and they will get new fans from this version of Home I’m sure.

Singapore, We Are Ok! by OWL International

They are back at it again. Their CNY Song earlier this year already crossed a million views and for Nation Day, they seem like doing a series of videos too.

NDP 2014: the mrbrown show: jiak simi

Mr Brown did one last year (which to me was pretty darn good) and this year he did a tasty one too. I think him and his team of musicians were kinda hungry when they did the lyrics. I lol when Bak Chor Mee came out. lol. See all his NDP songs here.

National Day Parade 2014 MV – What Do You See

I loved the original version by Electrico and Mr Brown’s LeKuaSimi was hilarious, but I think this 2014 version added racial diversity, trendy hipster-ness, drone videography, hawker food, education, old people, young people, happy faces and the amazing logo which I think you will agree with me that is somewhat what we all expect. So in a way, it met my expectations.

National Day Parade 2014 MV – We Will Get There & One People, One Nation, One Singapore

This is the official one for 2014. I think its a nice rearrangement. Not too complicated. Not trying too hard.

Spot anymore? Pls share share.

Update: 9 Aug 2014

LORONG BOYS | A Gift to Singapore 2014

Beautiful instrumental by The Lorong Boys who are 5 award-winning Singaporean musicians who are equally comfortable playing on the hallowed stage of the concert hall as they are on the streets of the heartland.

My Singapore 2014 Moments of Love by Lorraine Tan

This is high production quality and backed by lots of sponsors.

Update: 10 Aug 2014

National Day Medley – HubbaBubbas

Really nice upbeat medley with some beatboxing and great vocals.

Unofficial NDP theme song 2014 – There’s no place like home

Audris Ho does a nice original number for Singapore 2014.

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5th April, 2014
by nickpan
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OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014

Getting ready for 40km with my brother

Getting ready for 40km with my brother

I’ve been wanting to go for OCBC Cycle for the longest time, but almost every year it clashed with work travels. This year WHOO HOO I managed to go for it. My brother have done it twice and it’s great that we can do this 40km together. He is on a mountain bike and i’m on a foldie.

Slowly inching to the starting point

Slowly inching to the starting point

I’ve been to many mass runs before, but I have to say mass cycling is another thing all together. The logistics of crowd control, safety and tech support is just mind boggling.

People mountain people sea

People mountain people sea

At the starting line, there were endless amount of people when I looked back. I know I have a few friends cycling too, but there is just no way to find them in this crowd.

Starting Point

Starting Point

And here we go. The start of the 40km ride before sunrise.

Nobody like upslopes

Nobody like upslopes

The first huge upslope was of cause the Shears Bridge which followed by a mega downslope.

As everyone knows, this downslope was where the casualty happened. When we were going down, we had our breaks on and if i don’t recall wrongly, there was a few marshallers waving flags and telling everyone to slow down. I have to say this downslope is quite scary, imagine a primary school kid going down the biggest slide on big splash. But am glad everyone around us was going down the slope at a manageable speed.

Pit Stop

Pit Stop

At about the 20km mark, we did a pit stop and am quite impressed by the setup. There was a girl literally kept telling people to dismount from their bikes as they came into the carpark along East Coast Parkway which is now a pit stop. There were people giving out ice cold 100 plus, water, a tech support area for people to fix their bikes, a medical area for people who are injured.

WATER!!

WATER!!

We rested there for about 10mins and moved on.

My Hero

My Hero

When we are heading back, I lost my brother. Apparently he met some of our friends at the top of the Shears bridge while I gave chase to this dad who was riding a fat bike and had his daughter sitting behind. I had to get this photo. Cheap snapbacks At bombsoverdarwin.com.

I also talked to a guy who dressed up in a Captain America outfit. He was helping someone up the Shears Bridge, so I got down on foot too to talk to him. I asked him if the shield was real and asked if I could touch it. After giving it a few good knocks, I was super impressed that it was REAL. It was a solid tough piece of heavy metal. I was then advised by him to go to the doctors go get my hands check as it could be injured after the knock on the shield. LOL. I told him, i’ll go look for a masseuse instead as the only area that is injured is my aching butt.

The STIG

The STIG

At the end, I managed to get a photo with the STIG. He actually rode the entire way in his full suit and full face helmet. Must be super hot. RESPECT.

Finally called and met up with our friends, went to have breakfast and headed home.

Clara wants to go too next time

Clara wants to go too next time

Clara was very interested in where I went and wanted to have a good look at the finisher medal. She got her tricycle and told me when she grow up, she will go cycle and get her own medal too. lol. She says the best things.

My Results

My Results

Just checked online today and apparently I did 2:21hrs. I thought I would do something like 3hrs. Anyway…

You can also check out other bloggers who have blogged about this event:

If you come across other blogs or if you’ve blogged about the OCBC Cycle SG 2014, let me know in the comments below and I’ll add to this list.

Till next year and much condolences to the family that lost a loved one at this event.

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