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4 things you can do to get in the mood to re-live declaration of independence

Singaporeans will have the chance to re-live the moment the island learnt it had become a sovereign nation by listening to Mr Lee Kuan Yew's reading of the Proclamation of Independence on the morning of National Day this year.

While the late founding Prime Minister did not read the actual declaration on the morning of Aug 9, 1965 over Radio Singapore, Mr Lee agreed to make a recording of himself reading the Proclamation three years ago.

To commemorate Singapore's 50th year of independence, the recording will be broadcast on Aug 9 at 9am over all local radio and TV channels.

While grassroots organisations will be attempting to bring Singaporeans back in time by leading National Day Observance Ceremonies around the island, here are some pointers that we have for you to get in the spirit to transport yourself to 1965 - right in the comfort of your own home.


1) GET A KOPI GONG



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Forget your fancy espresso machines and shot glasses.

If you really want to get the full experience of a time warp, you've got to make your drinks and drink them - old school style.

Get back to basics and mix up your favourite morning brew (a teh, Milo or Ovaltine will do just fine too) the traditional way and sip the contents from a gong - a recycled condensed milk tin (pictured above) that was used for takeaways.


2) SWITCH OFF THE AC AND TURN ON THE FAN


No matter how hot it might be, ditch your air conditioning and switch on the fan.

Besides, it's a good to sweat it out once in while plus you'll save a little bit off your electric bill.


3) DRESS THE PART


 

 

If you want to feel the part, you're going to have to look it.

Guys, remember to tuck in your shirt and pull your pants up. As for the ladies, feel free to borrow your mum's/grandma's traditional clothes or dig up one of your chic retro dresses from the '60s.

In case you're still not quite sure of what to wear, just watch an episode or two of Growing Up for reference.


4) AUDIO ONLY



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Sure, not everyone owns a radio set these days and the message will be broadcast on TV.

But if you must play the message on TV, we'd like to suggest that you find a way to cover the screen and pretend that it's a radio.

If you're having trouble imagining, print out a photo of an old radio and plaster it over your screen.

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