Both my parents had passed away, and I missed them. I love to browse through the physical photo albums, reminiscing fondly about our lives, our memories, and our time together. Looking through the precious black-and-white family album took at the Esplanade, it brought back beautiful moments. The Singapore River has witnessed the history of modern state Singapore from colonial outpost to an independent country. In fact, Singapore had just celebrated its 56th birthday! The atmosphere was muted as it is the 2nd year into the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time, the government postponed the National Day Parade to 21 Aug because of the Heightened Alert.
I am always proud of the Singapore National Day. I felt an intense sense of identity and belonging. It is an occasion of special significance to celebrate. I like to register the Singapore spirit, #SGUnited to mark our resilience as a nation. This inspired me to take a tour around the Singapore River to capture pictures and video footages.
What is more wonderful than creating a music video based on the song ‘Where I belong’ to express my love for my country( NDP 2001 Theme Song: Where I Belong by Tanya Chua)? The music video is a wonderful way to express such feelings. If one enjoys music and visual arts, it is a brilliant combination to blend the two worlds (See my blog Thank you for the Music). One thing led to another and I created a fun and animated music video based on the song Singapore Town (Singapore Town song on YouTube). The above collage shows some of the design layout I had used in my music video.
Technology has made it possible to produce nostalgic music videos relatively easily using the smartphone (See my blog Let the Adventure Begin – Create your own Recreation Slideshow). I am grateful and I am reminded of how blessed we are to live in this country. Through music and visual appreciation, let’s celebrate as one people, one nation, and one Singapore! Happy 56th Birthday, Singapore!