Nine National Day Parades (NDPs) - that is how many freelance designer Mohammed Shahrizam Mohamed Shariff has been a part of since Aug 9 in 2003.
Arguably the NDP's biggest fan, the 25-year-old has either performed on the field or cheered from the stands as a spectator.
This year, Mr Mohammed Shahrizam has made it a perfect 10, with his artwork being printed on the National Day goodie bags that will go to every Singaporean and permanent resident household.
About 1.2 million SG Funpacks will be distributed from next month.
Mr Mohammed Shahrizam's two designs of a 1965 logo with motifs and of Singapore's iconic features are among 50 chosen from more than 100 entries.
"I feel proud and happy that I get to leave a mark in the NDP, especially this significant one as it is SG50," he said.
Each tote bag will contain memorabilia straight out of a Singapore childhood of yesteryear, including games such as country erasers and capteh, and snacks such as muruku and haw flakes.
There will also be keepsakes like a commemorative figurine of the Singa Lion, the iconic mascot of the Singapore Kindness Movement, specially made for the NDP.
Said Frederick Choo, the NDP's chairman of engagement, celebrations and mobile column committee: "We wanted to put in memories of the games that we played, the snacks that we took when we were young children, as well as...the icons we grew up with."
Each funpack cost about $8 to produce and assemble. Paradegoers will receive a different funpack on the day.
Said architect Colin Seah, 43, who contributed to two designs for the bags: "What I do for a living is to create landmarks in the city. But I'm creating something in someone's home now for the country's birthday, so it's really special."
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