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Five things that I will always remember from last week …

Well, the week is now over, but the memories and emotions will remain with us for a long time (forever!?).

Here are 5 of mine …

1. Singaporeans at their best (united, helpful, appreciative, responsive, orderly … )

– the volunteers who distributed drinks, food, tissue, umbrellas, flowers (the florists who gave them out for free), the tributes and words of appreciation Singaporeans penned in fb and at tribute sites, the ushers everywhere who guided the crowd,

Ang Mo Kio Central on 25 March 2015, Wednesday

Ang Mo Kio Central on 26 March 2015, Thursday

Tribute at Hong Lim Park, 28 March, with Ministers and MPs placing flowers on stage at the end ...

Tribute at Hong Lim Park, 28 March, with Ministers and MPs and the public placing flowers on stage at the end …

Tributes from students ...

Tributes from students …

the orderly queues everywhere and everyday (even when the wait was 8 hours!),

Queue stretched to S. Bridge Road on Day 1 after 12 noon (Elgin Bridge, Supreme Court, and Swissotel in background)

Queue stretched to S. Bridge Road on Day 1 after 12 noon (Elgin Bridge, Supreme Court UFO roof, and Swissotel in background)

the improvement of the queueing system after Day 1 (my belief that someone would do something quickly about the queuing system was right 🙂

was pretty sure someone "in charge" would do something about the queue system ...

was pretty sure someone “in charge” would do something about the queue system …

Day 2 new queue system, at the Padang

Day 2 Quick response to improve queue system at the Padang, instead of snaking queues around Raffles Place and Coleman St area on Day 1.

2.  The spontaneous snaking queues and how orderly it was on Day 1 even without the railings for crowd control, how long the queues were on all the other days (even in the wee hours: the girls thought of going early Friday morning but wait time was 8 hours at 3 am!), and the patience that everyone showed while in the queue (on Day 1, when SY and me joined it at 1015 am just after coming out of the Raffles Place MRT exit, it did not move at all for 30 min; then when it moved, we advanced like 5 steps …, which led to me going on a walkabout to “study” what was happening; turns out to be a bottleneck as two queues merged into one near the Cavenagh Bridge, that crosses over to Parliament House side. Everywhere I went, noticed that people waited patiently, and were in good spirits even though it was under the noon sun).

From Raffles Place side, queue snakes around all over the little streets, Fullerton Hotel, Circular Road, all the way to S. Bridge Road when I went to walk about while SY stayed in the queue ...

From Raffles Place side, queue snakes around all over the little streets, Fullerton Hotel, Circular Road, all the way to S. Bridge Road when I went to walk about while SY stayed in the queue …

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Bottleneck as queue from Fullerton Hotel and rest of the Raffles Place queue converge near to Cavenagh Bridge, before snaking down the walkway (pass the Botero Bird) and u-turning around before it crossed the bridge to the Parliament House side …

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Supreme Court Lane, where I joined another queue (having left the earlier one at Raffles Place, as it was simply not moving)…am on the Supreme Court side to the right of the picture, looking at the “silly” u-turn that had formed on the other side of the road. Parliament House is actually right across this lane if you follow it (from image bottom left to middle right…)

Even at 7 pm, one hour before the closing time for joining the queue to enter Parliament House, the queues were still so "thick" ...

Even at 7 pm, one hour before the closing time for joining the queue to enter Parliament House on 28 March Saturday, the queues were still so “thick” …

3.  The best National Education one can ever get!

I think that not only students learnt so much about Singapore’s recent history last week, but all Singaporeans (myself included) received a  much better understanding of the events pre and post-1965. For one thing, I believed the interest shown by my girls is indicative that this would be a very special moment in the collective memory of all Singaporeans, young and old (and middle aged): how from “mudflats”, we now have the modern city of today, and that it was the result of visionary leadership, hard work, courage, and commitment to make Singapore extraordinary. We must never ever take for granted that the Singapore of today is the natural order of things!

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4.  Standing in the pouring rain at Shenton Way on the day of the state funeral with fellow Singaporeans, and with my own family … everyone was wet even with umbrellas, but there was no grumbling heard as we braved the weather together to pay our final respects as the cortege pass the Singapore Conference Hall and AXA Tower (where we were standing on the steps) …

Singapore Conference Hall across where we were standing ...

Singapore Conference Hall across where we were standing …

AXA Tower Steps, which offered a higher vantage point, as the crowd was already a few umbrellas thick when we arrived ...

AXA Tower Steps, which offered a higher vantage point, as the crowd was already a few umbrellas thick when we arrived …

Men in Blue braving the pouring rain ...

Men in Blue braving the pouring rain …

and finally,

5. How totally awesome LKY was as a visionary, global statesman, intellectual, mentor, father, husband, leader, … A GREAT MAN!!

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RIP, Mr and Mrs Lee …

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