This year 2015, is a special year for Singapore as she is marking 50 years of independence. We have come so far as a nation from a small unknown place to a bustling economic hub today. There are many activities lined up leading up to the Jubilee weekend (7th to 9th August). This year celebration is also coined as SG50 celebrations.
One of the special things that will happen this year leading up to our nation’s celebrations is the SG Funpack. On top of the normal NDP Funpack (for those who are at the national parade), Every Singaporean and Permanent Resident household will receive a special SG Funpack. Each funpack will be in a form of a tote bag and it will come in 50 unique designs. The bags were designed by Singaporeans from all walks of life. We were glad to receive the SG Funpack. Our funpack was designed by Yong Jie, a 17 year old student. When I first saw the funpack design, I could identify with everything on it. These terms like “Chilli Crab”, “MRT”, “Steady La”, “Hot and Humid”, “Pasar Malam” and many others. This terms makes Singapore unique and only Singaporeans will understand it. I love what the slogan says, “It’s the little things that make us big”. It’s really the small things that were being done that make Singapore where it is today.
Check out the picture of the SG funpack below.
We were excited to check out the contents of our funpack. We immediately took out all the items that were inside and mind you, there were quite a lot of interesting stuff inside.
Below is the picture of the items in our NDP Funpack
In the NDP Funpack, there were food and drinks, a Singapore SG50 shawl, a Singapore minature flag, cap, face tattoos, LED balloon Maracas, Singa courtesy lion figurine and a set of nostalgic items. The nostalgic items brought back many childhood memories.
For the SG Funpack, apart from the usual items like face tattoos and LED balloon macara, there will be household items such as instant cereal and detergent, as well as a replica of the proclamation of Singapore postcard and an NDP Poster depicting the programmes taking place over the Jubilee weekend. And like the NDP Funpack, the SG Funpack will also contain a set of nostalgic snacks and games pack and a Singa lion figurine.
For nostalgic snacks, there will be haw flakes, lollipop, murukku and chocolate bangle candy. For the nostalgic games, there will be various card games, pick up sticks, paper ball, capteh and country erasers. Each funpack will have two nostalgic snacks and two nostalgic games.
For the nostalgic games, we received a pack of Happy Family cards and 2 pieces of country erasers. You might be wondering how could erasers be nostalgic. Let me share something with you guys. When I was young, we often played this eraser game in school. The erasers that most of us used were country flags erasers. I had a box of 50 different countries erasers. So how do we play the eraser game? It is a turn based game and the objective of the game is to use your hand to flick the eraser until you land on top of your opponent’s eraser. We were so serious in the game that we actually modified our erasers by reshaping them so that it can flip even higher. If you land on top of your opponent eraser, you are considered the winner and you get to keep your opponent’s eraser.
Happy family card games was a norm whenever we had class chalets. Maybe chalets are not the in thing now for primary school kids but back then during my growing up years, chalets were common. We would play various card games and one of them was Happy Family.
For the nostalgic snacks, we received haw flakes as well as a lollipop. These were snacks that I had when I was growing up. These were considered treats from my parents to me whenever I did well in my studies.
Check out the Singa Lion figurine that we received. The Singa lion is an icon of kindness and graciousness that I grew up with. There were many courtesy campaigns that were introduced. There are a total of 15 different designs and if you want to purchase the full set of figurines, you can do it at the Kindness Gallery@140 Hill Street #01- 09 from July onwards. They can be purchased individually or as a collector’s item set. All proceeds of the sale will go to the Singapore Kindness Movement Seed Kindness fund.
So what do I think of the SG Funpack? It brought a smile on my face and even though the items are not expensive stuff, it really makes me feel so close to home. Singapore will never be able to survive 50 years without it’s people especially the pioneers of Singapore.
One of the key initiatives this year is the “A Funpack from Me to You”. This initiative allows Singaporeans to pack a funpack for a fellow Singaporean. A number of voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) have come forward to participate in this project. These VWOs include the Association for Persons with Special Needs, Down Syndrome Association, Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore, Singapore Association for Mental Health and Bizlink1. Students from Temasek Junior College (as part of the SAF-Schools Partnership Programme with 3rd Battalion Singapore Guards) and volunteers from the Singapore Soka Association will also be participating.
All 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. The purpose of it is to connect Singaporeans to one another through knowledge that the funpack received was packed by a another Singaporean.
Another event that will be happening is the “Birthday wish for Singapore” postcards. The purpose of these post cards are for Singaporeans to remember and reflect on what they are thankful for, and to pen their well-wishes for Singapore. In partnership with the Ministry of Education, the cards have been distributed to all Primary 5 students in Singapore. Collected cards will then be used by students from the National University of Singapore 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.
Reflection is a very important part of our journey in life. Being thankful for everything that we have now and not taking anything for granted is something lacking in many of us. Even for me, I take many things for granted such as the security of the nation. Being able to walk back safely to our homes in the wee hours of the morning should not be something we should take for granted.
In conclusion, there will be many events leading up the Jubilee weekend this year. Do constantly check out the SG50 website at https://www.singapore50.sg for more information.
*Note: We were given the SG Funpack much earlier for the purpose of this review. All opinions as usual are ours!