How many of you can remember the good old days of guessing the actual location of where the NDP tickets will be given out and queuing up overnight for the tickets with friends – which made a good catch-up session on top of everything else. Well, now that we have gone e-everything, there’s no need to do so – which meant having to look for alternative reasons for some of us to get together.

Well, the NDP tickets are back for grabs now!

If you would like to apply for those much coveted tickets, you may go to the NDP website at http://www.ndp.org.sg and complete the online application form. Alternatively, you may do so at any AXS or SAM stations as well as CitizenConnect centers at community centres and clubs. If you believe that you will not pay additional toll for calling 1900-numbers, you may also call 1900-112-4311 for preview tickets (meaning the parade with all the fake ministers) or 1900-112-4312 for the actual NDP tickets. You may also key in ‘NDP’ and send this SMS to 76868. You will have the option of applying for packs of 2, 4 or 6 tickets.

This is only open to Singapore citizens and PRs, although you can probably expect some to come up in black markets and eBay. Note that selling your tickets online may bar you from future applications of tickets. The deadline for this is 25th May 2008 and successful applications will be notified by phone between 5th June 2008 and 11th June 2008. If you are going to be overseas, please make sure that you are still somewhat contactable.

THE very first day that electronic balloting for tickets to the birthday bash of the year began, demand has already outstripped supply.

There are just 27,000 seats for the National Day Parade on Aug 9, but 43,000 applications for two, four or six tickets each were received between midnight and 5pm yesterday, when the electronic box office opened, said the parade’s organising committee.

Another 15,000 applications were received for the parade preview on Aug 2.

The tickets – which will be given to Singapore citizens and permanent residents – are free.

There is no limit on the number of times people can apply for the tickets, but only the most recent application is taken into consideration.

The total of 58,000 applications – and counting – is comparable to last year’s first-day count of 57,100.

The organisers have promised to send pulses racing at the nation’s 43rd birthday party, themed ‘Celebrating the Singapore Spirit’.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force’s aerobatics team, Black Knights, and Formula 1 powerboats will add to the Marina Bay party buzz.

One hopeful who wants to get in on the action is teacher Charlene Lin, 24, who applied for four tickets through SMS yesterday.

‘My mother loves the pomp and fanfare of the parade, especially the fireworks,’ she said.

The deadline for ticket applications is May 25, and successful applicants will be notified by phone between June 5 and 11.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 18th May 2008 dated 17th May 2008



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