8 Aug 2009


Singapore's going to celebrate her 44th year of independence tommorow. I don't call it a birthday because she existed a few hundred years ago, and didn't just suddenly materialise out of thin air in 1965! Still, our progress was rapid, and we didn't give up.

Want to know a little more about Singapore?(especially foreigners) Here's some essential knowledge about Singapore, which might come in handy when you come to this island:

  • Official name: Republic of Singapore
  • Near Southern tip of Malaysia (not going to explain where Malaysia is
  • Also called Temasek, and then Singapura(lion city)
  • Modern Singapore founded by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in 1819; established as trading port
  • Occupied by Japanese Soldiers during WWII, renamed Syonan-to during the 3-year-plus period
  • Became independent from Britain in August 1963, joined many other states to form the Federation of Malaysia
  • Due to racial tension, Singapore became independent from Malaysia on 9 August 1965, which is the date we are celebrating now
This small nation really has achieved a lot within nearly 200 years. And we've not shown signs of slowing down or stopping either; in fact, with the addition of the integrated resort later on, as well as the F1 night races held here, we'll probably get another big boost!

Want to know what's happening in Singapore, or what key places to visit? You can go to this site!