Singapore’s National Day falls on Aug 9. This year, being 10,000 miles away from home, and having a 12-hour time difference, we got up early in the morning to catch the live telecast of the National Day Parade. Coincidentally the Singapore Armed Forces celebrates their 50th year in service this year. There was an elaborate display of our country’s air, sea and land defence capabilities. See1 was awestruck and got really excited when he realised that he will be serving the Armed Forces in time.
Apart from the National Day Parade, we were also looking forward to meeting and gathering with other overseas Singaporeans at the Consulate of Singapore, Washington D.C. The event was held on Aug 11. We travelled over 3 hours to get to the dinner, but it was definitely worthwhile.
We recently visited the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (founded in 1812) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and we loved it! We were awestruck by the many larger than life dinosaur fossils on display. The museum is home to more than 30 species of dinosaurs, and about half of them are full skeletal mounts. There were also a record number of dioramas (37!) that we could see up close. And we even got to pretend that we were archeologists digging for fossils.
Memorial Day falls on the last Monday in May and this year, it was on May 29. We had arranged to meet up with another Singaporean family who lives in Virginia just to hang out with them. They are a family we know from our church in Singapore. Being out here and so far away from our families, any Singaporean (and even Malaysian) we meet is like family.