August 9 – Singapore's National Day

Posted on August 9, 2015

Same old, same old, right? Celebrating a patriotic holiday with parades and fireworks and speeches...Yawn!

Actually, I almost never find parades and fireworks boring – and certainly not Singapore's gorgeous displays!

The Republic of Singapore is a modern city-state that is celebrating its 1965 independence from Malaysia.

Singapore is a city-state located
at the southern tip of Malaysia.
Singapore is one of the world's busiest trade centers and port cities. It is also one of the richest nations in the world, and it has some of the best rankings in healthcare, education, and standard of living.

Check out these cool landmarks in Singapore:

Gardens by the Bay is a park in Singapore; it is built on reclaimed land. Its development is part of a plan to change Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden.”

Singapore has all the sorts of things modern cities have to lure visitors, including zoos, botanic gardens, an oceanarium called Underwater World (pictured here), and even Universal Studios.

Sentosa is a popular island resorts that features a sheltered beach, two gold courses, 14 hotels, and a theme park. (The name of the island used to be Malay for “Island of Death from Behind.” The name Sentosa means “Peace and Tranquility.”)

At the top of Southeast Asia's tallest hotel, the 72nd floor, the floor actually tips downwards 20 degrees so you can see out of the gigantic windows. 


The Esplanade Theaters look a bit like fly eyes!


Here are some interesting things about Singapore:

At the National University of Singapore, there is a “Hug Me” Coca-cola machine.

There are ad-campaigns for everything: Be Courteous, Speak English, Speak Mandarin, Stop Prattling, Say “Please,” Save Water, Stop Littering, Be Kind, Don't Spit, Wash Your Hands, and many, many, many more!

Even a Campaign Against Long Unkempt Hair Among Males!

There is a street (Haji Lane) that has one of the best collections of street art in the world. Plus lots of cute little boutiques and shops.

One of the nicknames of Singapore is the “Little Red Dot,” because it's hard to show the nation's location on a world map, and once a mapmaker used a red dot to show where it is, it turned into a cute nickname.

In the map of Southeast Asia,
Singapore looks 
like a red dot.

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