The nation turns 44 this week. That’s an inaus­pi­cious num­ber to some, but there’s always a way to turn that around and make it a lit­tle more pos­i­tive. My mother-in-law tells me you could say it’s 4 + 4 = 8, and that, to the super­sti­tious opti­mist, says some­thing to the effect of “die die also prosperous”.

Pros­per­ous or not, you could also say, “every National Day, die die sure have arti­cles on the num­ber of things about Sin­ga­pore based on the num­ber of years of independence”.

So, here it is — 44 things about Sin­ga­pore you may not know about, or didn’t see it that way.

1. We fought inde­pen­dence, and inde­pen­dence won.
If Lee Kuan Yew is to be believed, then we are prob­a­bly the only coun­try that gained nation­hood by not want­ing it. Of course, the other found­ing fel­lows have been quoted as say­ing that leav­ing the Fed­er­a­tion (of Malaysia) was the “best thing that ever hap­pened to Singapore”.…

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  • http://dave-lucas.blogspot.com Dav­eLu­cas­Notes

    The more I think I know the more I real­ize I don’t know any­thing! Any­way, Sin­ga­pore Air­port is beautiful…

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  • http://www.miyagi.sg Mr Miyagi

    It is, isn’t it? I espe­cially love the rus­tic charm of the Bud­get Terminal.

  • http://twitter.com/miyagi/status/3212262064 Ben­jamin Lee

    From miyagi.sg: Arti­cle: 44 things you may not know about Sin­ga­pore http://bit.ly/1HCDrB

  • melv

    Not sure if it’s you or the guys at inS­ing, but the date in #5 should be 1963, not 1953.

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  • http://www.miyagi.sg Mr Miyagi

    Yikes. My bad. I’ll let them know. Thanks for point­ing it out.

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  • BugSy

    Hi, I’m from TP and would like to point out that it’s the other way round; it’s the mel­bourne school’s human wheel bar­row record that we broke last year.

    To date, we still hold the record!=)

  • http://www.miyagi.sg Mr Miyagi

    Thank you BugSy. I’ve informed inS­ing and hope­fully they’ll change the item in the arti­cle. Yay TP human wheel barrow!

  • http://www.miyagi.sg Mr Miyagi

    Thank you BugSy. I’ve informed inS­ing and hope­fully they’ll change the item in the arti­cle. Yay TP human wheel barrow!

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