As always, it is different when you are part of it. The flat screen may offer the best view for those controlling the remote, but it never is the same. As the crowd hopped up and down, hoping to catch glimpses of the performances, at least, the atmosphere liven up.
With the playing of the patriotic songs, it is a delight to hear almost EVERYONE voicing out, especially the classic 'Jalur Gemilang'. This year's theme song wasn't as catchy. Who can resist 'Standing in the Eyes of the World' by Ella? Well, I can't! Energetic songs would run me wild, but songs with sentimental lyrics like this touch the heart.
It happens every year, screaming "Merdeka" seven times to arouse the 1957 pantomine that Malaysians consider a tradition of our own. The parade after that sent hoards of people rushing to join in the festive moment, and some, like us, headed back home, wondering if next year would bring us back.