RSAF Open House 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016


We live at the north of Singapore and very near a huge army base, so it is very often that the kids get to see chinooks and apaches trawling the skies every day. Dylan loves to see planes and he gets wildly excited when he spots one in the sky, so I thought bringing the three of them to the RSAF Open House would be a great idea since there would be many fighter jets and choppers on display!


The open house was from 10AM to 6PM, so I got the kids to have a full nap and we left home at 3PM, to arrive at Paya Lebar Air Base at about 4.30PM. The sun was less scorching and the weather was pretty windy, so it was a breeze to stroll about!


There were lots of static displays on the ground, from the F15 to F16 to the red-and-white Black Knights... Just look at how happy Dylan was posing with them. ^^


Apart from jets and choppers, there were also offensive weapons on display as well, along with the signal jeeps and everything else that is needed during emergencies.


Dylan as part of the crew!


Dylan in his No. 4 uniform, hahaha


We were stopping for a snack when somebody suddenly exclaimed, "Parachutes!" and all of us looked up. That was me trying to show Dylan the RSAF Parachutes Team jumping off from the plane and dropping down onto the ground. It was a short jump but it was so spectacular!

Talking about snacks, I thought the RSAF Open House was really very well arranged. There were plenty of drinks stalls around, and their prices were very reasonable. I was expecting to pay a hefty amount for drinks and snacks, but it turns out, each canned drink was only $1.50 and bottled water was $1 or so.

Apart from that, there were also a lot of food trucks with a variety of food for us to eat on the go. We went with Old Chang Kee, which was a no-brainer cuz I had to deal with three kids so I don't wanna spend too much time deciding what to eat, and smaller food items meant that we don't need to find somewhere to sit down so that I can feed them.


Personally, I really want to give thanks to the working personnels for the two days of the Open House. The weather was so sweltering hot, it was so crowded, yet all of them were friendly and approachable. Anyone of us could walk up to anyone on duty with any questions and all of them would be happy to assist.

They also had plenty of souvenirs which they gave away generously, much to the delight of many children (in terms of stickers and tattoos) and aunties (fans and pens!).

The Open House was supposed to close by 6pm, but many visitors queued for their chance to sit inside the static displays, many of us were still around even at 6.45pm. No one rushed us to get out; in fact, they were still enthusiastically giving us directions to the shuttle services.

Even when it comes to shuttle buses, there were plenty on rotation, so the waiting time was ZERO. I think all these efficiencies made me bringing 3 kids there very fuss-free. Of course, it wouldn't be as easy if I didn't have my good friend with me too.


Thanks for coming with us, Yo! This is the only picture I have of all of us.. and my hair is hopeless in this one. Hot weather = fringe all stuck to head. Sigh.

Can't wait for the next open house! Hopefully in the next couple of years (the last one was 5 yrs ago I heard!), by then, Dylan, Alexis and K would be old enough to be on board the chopper for a ride!

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17 comments

  1. It looks so fun! I must bring Emma to the next one! You're so courageous to bring 2 on toll to such outdoor massive event! Ashlyn

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  2. I'm sure it's fun. It had been decades since I last went to an airshow. I am just worried my two sons will get very upset by the loud noise from the planes.

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    1. We missed the air show, so I am not sure whether it is very loud or not. But on usual time, it is actually ok! My infant slept through the entire visit, haha!

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  3. We wanted to go but on the day before, a cab driver told me there's a massive jam leading to the army base and we quickly abandoned our plan. Good on you for bracing the hot weather and crowd for a memorable experience with the kids.

    Michelle @ The Chill Mom

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    1. Actually, the trick is to take their shuttle service in! We took a cab to Hougang, and from there, it was a short 5 minutes ride in. It goes all the way into Paya Lebar Camp itself, so walking is pretty minimal from outside in.

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  4. We had wanted to go but heard the first day q was terrible. I admire you for bringing two. It certainly sound interesting. Need to pluck the courage to go next year!

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    1. Hopefully there will be another one next year! Last I heard, this open house was back after a 5 year hiatus.

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  5. The weather and noise is putting me off for a bit more years before I make my first RSAF open house visit. The kid has got to love planes like crazy for me to make this trip although I'd really love to expose them to it!

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    1. The weather was definitely a killer. I was sweating buckets! But I must say that the open house is very well organised, lots of air-conditioned areas where we can escape into whenever it gets too hot for us to handle.

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  6. Have not been to Rsaf open house before as hubby don't want to squeeze with the crowd and under hot sun. :( Not sure when we'll ever get to go.

    phoebe
    bpdgtravels

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    1. Actually the crowd isn't so bad, there were a lot of people, but the place is very spacious and lots of places for us to roam, so we are not all stuck like sardines. There are also a lot of air-conditioned areas for people to seek refuge!

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  7. I didn't visit but next year will surely go. Read loads of good reviews from all and for kids it is going to be quite exciting.

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    1. Not sure if there will be one next year though! Last I heard, this open house had a 5-year hiatus.

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  8. Same with Phoebe, have not been to Rsaf Open house. Looks fun!

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    1. bring the two girlies and go next time! :D

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  9. Similar to the Navy Open House we attended last year, we were also very impressed and proud of the uniformed men (and women) on duty. They went above and beyond their call of duty to interact with the public, young and old, shielding public from the rain with brollies, handling the crowds with a smile from their hearts. I am glad to read from your experience that the wait time for shuttle buses was near to zero. This would encourage more families to visit next year :D

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