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In Search For The Best Singapore NDP Theme Videos (2008-1998) – Ever!

August 3rd, 2008 by Wai Loong (5 Comments)

Attention Singaporeans!  Do kindly leave me your comments in support for my work in this compilation!  If you like them, do share this post with all your family and friends!  Thank you so much and may all Singaporeans enjoy greater economic stability and cultural growths for many many years to come!

Just more than 1 year ago, I took on the daunting task to seek out some really great videos fellow Singaporeans have produced.  As a result, I wrote a 10-part series in commemorating the independence of the Republic of Singapore.

I didn’t win any prize though.  And that wasn’t my real intention – really!  What I did was to put together some of what I thought patriotic Singaporeans will share, live and breathe.

This year, I didn’t know what to write about.  I was stuck at home ready for NS mobilization – anytime.  This year has been rather quite and I was quite tuned off to all the celebrations going on around me.  Perhaps, it was the amount of dire financial news that have clouded my mind now.

I thought seriously for a while before penning this article.  Will the headlines be “What Will You Be Doing on 8th August?“.  If you’re Chinese or familiar with the Chinese custom, it’s hard not to realize that 080808 is a really great day to get married.  Furthermore, it coincides with the grand opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics 2008.

For me, it’s pretty hard to write anything about marriage or the Olympics with some solid information on hand.  Sure, it’ll be amazing for Singapore to Win a Gold medal this time at Beijing.  Surely Li Jia Wei will do well by evading the top players from China this time?

After much thinking, I’ve decided to concentrate my theme on Singapore NDP instead.  As always, I’m determined to research well and put up only the best compilations.  You see, most home-made videos found on YouTube (more than 90% of them) are either copycats of others, or are just plain lousy video or sound quality.  There are so few great content out there that I think I deserve the right to put together some of these great videos in memory of their creators.  If there’s any Singapore NDP YouTubers Award, then it should listed here!  🙂

#1. Singapore National Day NDP 2008 Theme Song – Shine for Singapore

The NDP 2008 theme song is “Shine for Singapore”.  The English version was sung by Asia First Idol, Hady Mirza.  My first impression of it was a big no-no.  Not only are 99% of videos out there poor in audio and video quality, they failed badly in their impact to bring out the best of the Singapore National Day spirit!

As I dig deeper, I managed to uncover something decent for you.  This video combines the best of NDP 2008 (The Black Knights) and the beautiful voice of the theme song (by Hady).

Great video and performance!  Special thanks to siva5488 who made and contributed this excellent video on YouTube!

#2. Singapore National Day NDP 2008 Theme Song –
晴空万里 MV By Local Singer Joi Chua 蔡淳佳

No article will be complete without mentioning the other version of the theme song – “晴空万里” by Joi Chua.  Joi has always been one of my favorite local singers.  Stephenie Sun is another which I adore very much.  Both in my opinion fare a lot better when it comes to clean and green.  🙂

Anyway, searching for a decent copy of the “晴空万里” has not been an easy task either.  A lot of them has been duplicated without taking any serious work to improve the audio quality.  Fortunately, I’ve found to my surprise a reasonable one that ranks above all others.  Joi’s voice was loud and clear although there isn’t any much innovation in the video part.  Here it is…

Lyrics: “晴空万里
什么是默契
我们同时仰望夜空的时序
同时被一颗星指引
无论哪里 它陪着我 第一时间回到熟悉

什么是勇气
手握着手笔形成世界新领域
就凭一颗心可以打造奇迹
再高的天也触手可及

*晴空晴万里 满载真心
就算有风雨 我们的力量像恒星

齐心合力 微弱的光芒也能燎亮天际
#晴空行万里 让梦探寻
明天的歌曲 来自每个人的声音
坚定不移 只要紧靠一起

什么是四季
常年彩虹 画出彩色的回忆
在这赤道旁的岛屿 小小面积
没有什么比家更美丽

用我们的勇气 照耀着天际
拥抱晴空万里

Singapore NDP (English) Videos (2007-1998):

Most of these videos have been carefully selected based on my own judgments.  If they look bad, do let me know and kindly suggest replacements whenever possible!  Thank you all and enjoy a most memorable 43rd Singapore National Day!

Singapore NDP 2007 Theme Song –
“There’s No Place I’d Rather Be” By Kit Chan

Composed by singer-composer: Jimmy Ye

Lyrics: “There’s No Place I’d Rather Be”

I’ve walked the streets of Cairo and Bombay
I’ve seen the neon signs on old Broadway
I’ve climbed the Eiffel Tower
The Great Wall in one hour
Experienced sweet and sour but that’s okay

Seen Hollywood, the sunsets in LA
The London Bridge, Big Ben, The Thames, UK
I’ve crossed the River Kwai
Yet still I don’t know why
I think of you each night and every day

Chorus 1:
There’s no place I’d rather be
You’ll always be a part of me
And even though I’ve roamed the world
It’s still my home I long to see

Chorus 2:
This is where my family
And my friends grew up with me
So I’ll cross the skies and sail the seas
To be where I wanna be

Repeat Chorus 1 & 2

‘Cos there’s no place I’d rather be

Singapore NDP 2007 Theme Song – “Will You

Performance by 8 local singers of different music genres:
Janani Sridhar, Asha Edmund, Emma Yong, Lily Anna Rahmat,
Jai Wahab, Shabir Mohammaed, Sebastian Tan and Gani Karim.
Composed by singer-composer: Jimmy Ye

Will you make this island Amazing in all ways?
Surprises every corner, Delightful nights and days.
Will you take this country
And turn it from a place To a home that greets you With smiles on every face?
Will you come on this brave journey?
Will you help to make it real?
Will you write us grand new stories, Songs that everyone will feel?
So… Will you swim the current?
Will you scale new heights?
Will you make it happen, Will you let your dreams take flight?
And… Will you make the difference?

Will you seize the day?
Will you live each moment, Will you dare to find new ways?
Will you take this city And turn it into a place To a home that greets you With smiles on every face?
Will you come on this brave journey?
Will you help to make it real?
Will you write us grand new stories, Songs that everyone will feel?
So… Will you swim the current?
Will you scale new heights?
Will you make it happen, Will you let your dreams take flight?
And… Will you make the difference?
Will you seize the day?
Will you live each moment, Will you dare to find new ways?
Dare to find, dare to find, dare to find new ways!

Singapore NDP 2006 Theme Song – “My Island Home”
By Kaira Gong

Lyrics: “My Island Home”

Verse 1
This is my home, she’s everything to me,
Grace and beauty, in all that you see.
My island home, wherever I may be,
I never will forget her, nor will she forget me,
And I will

Chorus
Sing, a song of home,
A land of peace, where dreams are born everyday,
My home, wherever I may be,
I believe, you will always be a part of me.

Verse 2
My island home, home of my family,
This is my future, where I want to be.
(This is my future, this is my home)
And I will

(Repeat Chorus twice)

My home, wherever I may be,
I believe, you will always be a part of me.

Singapore NDP 2005 Theme Song – “Reach Out For The Skies”
By: Muhammad Taufik Bin Batisah
and Rui En (芮恩)
Theme Song Also Known In Chinese as “勇敢向前飞”

Muhammad Taufik Bin Batisah, (born December 10, 1981) is the winner of the first season of Singapore Idol.

Singapore NDP 2004 Theme Song -“Home”
Version 1:

“Home”
Music & Lyrics: Dick Lee

Whenever I am feeling low
I look around me and I know
There’s a place that will stay within me
Wherever I may choose to go
I will always recall the city
Know every street and shore
Sail down the river which brings us life
Winding through my Singapore

Chorus:
This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me, where that river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won’t be alone, for this is where I know it’s home

When there are troubles to go through
We’ll find a way to start anew
There is comfort in the knowledge
That home’s about its people too
So we’ll build our dreams together
Just like we’ve done before
Just like the river which brings us life
There’ll always be Singapore

( Repeat Chorus )

For this is where I know it’s home
For this is where I know I’m home

Singapore NDP 2004 Theme Song – “Home”
Version 2 By Kit Chan 陈洁仪

Singapore NDP 2003 Theme Song – “One United People”
By Stephenie Sun Yan Zi (孫燕姿)

“One United People”
Verse 1
One Singapore, one people strong and free.
One heart, one voice, we’ll make our history.
We are a rainbow of a thousand colours, lighting up the sky,
We share the Singapore heartbeat,
Together you and I,

Chorus 1
We are one Singapore,
One nation strong and free.
A thousand different voices, sing in harmony.
We will stand together,
Together hand in hand,
As one united people,
For Singapore,

My homeland

Verse 2
My Singapore, our island in the sun,
This is our homeland, it is where my strength is from.
A rainbow of a thousand colours, lighting up the sky,
We’ll build a brighter future,
together you and I,

(repeat Chorus 1)

Chorus 2
One Singapore, one nation strong and free,
A thousand different voices, sing in harmony.
We will stand, together, together hand in hand,
As one united people,
One united people, for Singapore
My homeland.

Singapore NDP 2003 LIVE From National Stadium Channel 5 –
“One United People”
By Stephenie Sun Yan Zi (孫燕姿)

Sing Singapore 2003 Festival – “A Place in My Heart”
By Kevin Quah and Sean Wang

Singapore NDP 2002 Theme Song – “We Will Get There”
By Stephenie Sun Yan Zi (孫燕姿)

We Will Get There
Music & Lyrics: Dick Lee
Produced By: Li Si Song

Remember the days, we set out together with faith?
Remember the times, so fine, when we thought that
Nothing could stand in our way?

Then things weren’t the same, the life that we knew had to change
We’ve struggled through, the darkest storms
We thought we couldn’t tame

Together we’ve tried, as we stood side by side
I knew we’d build a new world
A world of hope for ever after

Chorus:
Deep in my heart I just know
Right from the start, we will grow
Look where we are, we’ve come so far
And there’s still a long, long way to go

With all of my heart, I will care
I’ll play my part, I will share
With family and friends, together we’ll stand
And in the end, hand in hand
We will get there

So now we begin, working together to win
Believing in trust, it must
Be possible to overcome anything

There’s so much to do, there’s so much we can contribute
By sharing just a little love
We will start again anew

So why don’t we try? If we stand side by side
I know we’ll build a new world
A world of hope for ever after

( Repeat Chorus )

Singapore NDP 2001 Theme Song – “Where I Belong”
Music & Lyrics: Tanya Chua (蔡健雅)

“Where I Belong”
Music & Lyrics: Tanya Chua
(蔡健雅)

Morning comes around and I
Can’t wait to see my sunny island
In its glorious greenery, whether rain or shine, it’s still beautiful
Bright lights shine on the streets at night
Guiding me closer to home
To a place where I’ll be safe and warm, where I belong

Friends and families by my side
Seeing me through as I grow and learn
Everyday’s experience, bitter sweet or sour
They’re still wonderful
As they become precious memories
They’ll be kept close to my heart
And no matter where I am I will always know, where I belong

Chorus:
Where I belong, where I keep my heart and soul
Where dreams come true for us
Where we walk together hand in hand towards a future so bright
Where I belong, where I keep my heart and soul
Where we’re one big family
I want the whole world to know, I want to shout it out loud
That this is where I know I belong

Singapore NDP 2000 Theme Song – “Shine On Me”

The moment when I was born
Into this world, into my home
I recall when I was young
Stars and Crescent shine on me

In my heart lies my homeland
I share this joy with my families and friends
Let our strength build on and on
Reaching out to the world

Chorus:
Stars and crescent shine on me
Make us more than what we can be
All our dreams come true
As we all grow stronger

Stars and Crescent shine on me
Turning our hopes, into reality
For we will always be
Shining as one

Let our hopes lead us afar
Into the world, to be the best
There’s so much to reach out for
Stars and Crescent shining on

In my heart lies my homeland
I share this joy with my families and friends
Stepping out into a New World
As we make our choices

Singapore NDP 1999 Theme Song – “Together” (“心连心”)
By Evelyn Tan and Dreamz FM (陈毓云 & 梦飞船)

“Together”
Music & Lyrics: Ken Lim

Let us be together aspire to achieve
No matter what, no matter when, working hand in hand
Let us go the distance, reach for goals that shine
Creating our future, with everyone in mind

Chorus:
Together we make a difference, one voice, one destiny
We remain undivided, our hearts in harmony
Together we make a difference, our friends, our families
We will share a special dream, together we feel the Singapore heartbeat

Let us find in our strides, new strength to go on by
Nothing is ever easy, we have to hold on and strive
Let us never be afraid, if we have to change our ways
Through the years, we’ll always stay, one in every way

( Repeat Chorus )

We will share a special dream
Together we feel the Singapore heartbeat
Singapore heartbeat

The Official Singapore NDP 1999 Theme Song – “Together”:

Singapore NDP 1998 Theme Song – “Home”
By Kit Chan 陈洁仪
Music & Lyrics: Dick Lee

(See Singapore NDP 2004 Theme Song – Yes, it’s the same, this is Not a mistake!)

That’s it!  This is one of my most complete, full 10 years NDP Theme Song compilation (English Edition) ever made!  Do keep an eye on this blog for the full Mandarin edition, to be release later this week (or latest by 9th August 2008).

Stay hungry, stay foolish and live a life with passion!

Resources:

  1. The Official Singapore NDP Website
  2. Singapore NDP Songs on Geo Mashup
  3. List of Singaporean Patriotic Songs
  4. National Day Parade
  5. Sing Singapore
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5 Responses:

1
. on August 4th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

ur info was wrong.. reach out for the skies was a duet by Taufik and Rui En.. her name is not “Joanna Teo (Rui En) 张芮恩”.. Joanna’s another ruien from the Campus superstar series.. a different girl altogether.. Rui En is simply known as Rui En..

2
Amoy on August 4th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Hady’s singing gave me goosebumps! He emote feelings and i’m mesmerised!
The chinese version is slightly on lower key, and i like the music arrangement.

3
Wai Loong on August 5th, 2008 at 11:47 am

Thanks a lot for pointing that out! It has been corrected. I didn’t realize it’s a different Rui En. 🙂

4
edmund on August 6th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Hi, do u happen to have the video in which Kit Chan sang Home live with a chior in the NDP 1998 in National Stadium. I have been searching it over in youtube and cant seems to find it. do let me know if u have a copy or knows where i can locate it. thank you very much.

5
Wai Loong on August 9th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Hello Edmund,

You can check out the following video, perhaps one of the best National Song sang by Kit Chan, Entitled ‘Home’.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfMvsiidO8Y

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