2 weekends ago, we visited the 2010 Navy Open House. It was rainy in the morning, but we decided to go anyway so our kids could see warships and submarines up close - well, not that we have ever either. It was a fairly long ride from Singapore Expo by chartered bus to a highly secured eastern part of the country.
This warship was the first one that greeted us. It was fortunate that I started snapping away because we never did get a chance to back-track - it was a reminder to me that in life, you need to take every opportunity that's right in front of you or they'll just pass you by.
There were events going on and one of the highlights was a show that the Navy put up on terrorist attack. The gunfires were so loud CH had her ears covered and stayed close to me. With the drizzle and long walks, the kids were happiest at the indoor Family Activity areas.
Although we were allowed to go up the warships, the queues were so long at each of them that we only managed to board one of them. And because it was drizzling, the navy were there to help us, making sure we do not slip on the steps. SW was most disappointed for not being able to board a submarine, which was also what I was looking forward to. However, we did manage to get a close look at a small submarine. There were helpful officers around to provide information when you asked, and photo-taking was permitted.
I found this drawing in SW's school work in creative writing. He included details like how we boarded the sloped stairs while it was raining, missiles we saw on the ship, a small submarine by the side, numbers on the ship, railings, and the sun that was hidden by thick clouds. I don't remember there was a jet plane flying around though...