Without a doubt, the National Day Parade (NDP) funpack has been a long-time parade staple and come near National Day every year, its design and contents never fail to elicit heightened interest. Especially more so for this year since we will be celebrating our Golden Jubilee and from first impressions, I think this year's funpack is a winner.
And here are 7 reasons why you should get all excited with laying your hands on one:
1. The funpacks come in 50 designs!
Yes, you read that right. FIFTY ingenious designs - and all designed by Singaporeans from all walks of life. The NDP 2015 Funpack Print Design Contest saw more than a hundred entries submitted by people from all walks of life, ranging from children, pioneers, celebrities and professional graphic designers and they submitted designs based on what they thought made Singapore special.
Frankly, they all look so good that I wish there was a way to collect them all!
2. Practical design
Yes, the previous years of NDP funpacks were ultra colourful but to be honest, the haversacks and sling bags did not come in very useful after the parade. This year, the funpacks take the form of a tote bag and for once, they really look like they could be used in our everyday life.
The above 2 funpack designs are my fave of the lot, by the way.
3. Every Singaporean and Permanent Resident (PR) household will receive one SG funpack.
This year, one does not need to be successful in the NDP tickets ballot to receive a funpack. In total, 1.2 million funpacks will be distributed to Singaporean and PR households so that everyone will be able to be part of the celebrations, regardless of whether they could be at the Padang or the Marina Bay area.
Households can expect to receive instructions on the collection of the SG Funpack through mail by July 2015.
All funpacks will include a nostalgic snack and games pack, with items that are reminiscent of our early years, to connect Singaporeans across generations as stories are shared based on snacks that were eaten and games that were played.
Remember the snacks such as Haw Flakes, Lollipops, Murukku and the Chocolate Bangle Candy (shaped like an 8) that we used to much when we were little? Or how about playing simple games like Snap, Donkey, Happy Family or Old Maid, Pick Up Sticks, Paper Ball, Capteh and Country Erasers? Nostalgia overload, I'm sure!
The funpacks will come stocked with random snacks and games mentioned above and for our funpack, we had the Haw Flakes, lollipops, Pick Up Sticks and country erasers. And I think it is safe to say that the boys were overjoyed with them.
5. Singa Lion Collectible
To celebrate our unique Singaporean identity, a commemorative figurine of the Singa Lion will be included in every Funpack as well. The NDP 2015 committee had done an extensive survey to ask Singaporeans which Singapore mascot they remembered most and the common consensus was the Courtesy Lion.
There are a total of 15 different designs and the full set of Singa figurines can be purchased at The Kindness Gallery (140 Hill Street #01- 09 Singapore 179369) from July onwards. They will available for sale individually as well as in a collector’s box set. The proceeds of the sale will go to the Singapore Kindness Movement’s Seed Kindness Fund.
6. The LED Balloon Maraca will be a hit with the kids!
Inflate the maraca by blowing into the tube and deflate by pressing the nozzle - easy peasy! Don't believe? Watch how Ayd did it!
7. You may receive a very special funpack with a very special message.
In an effort to engage specific segments of society, the “A Funpack from Me to You” Project was also launched. This is an initiative that allows Singaporeans to pack a funpack for a fellow Singaporean.
Funpacks that are prepared under this project will contain a card with a message from the packer, and recipients will be encouraged to reciprocate with a message that can be sent to the packer through the organisations they are from. So remember to check if your funpack contains this very special card!
Oh and speaking of cards, keep your eyes peeled for the “Birthday Wish for Singapore” Postcards too. These postcards call for Singaporeans to remember and reflect on what they are thankful for, and to pen their well-wishes for Singapore. The cards will be collected and used to build a birthday cake float structure that will be displayed at the Marina Bay area during the Jubilee Weekend.
The birthday cake float structure will incorporate an EZ-link card donation mechanism, which allows the public to tap their EZ-link card on the structure to make a donation. All proceeds will go towards Community Chest.
Excited much, no?
For the monkies at least, they simply cannot wait for the Golden Jubilee weekend celebrations to arrive!
Remember to collect your SG funpack this July and until then, visit www.ndp.org.sg for more exclusive information.