It’s time to celebrate again.
The spirit of being Singaporean
~ Lyrics from “We Can Be Heroes” (2008)

Happy 49th Birthday, Singapore!

This year, I would like to share a known fact about Singapore which was often ignored: Singapore is the only nation in modern history that achieved independence against its will.

It’s actually written here in Wikipedia.

There was a time when people said that Singapore won’t make it, but we did
~ Lyrics from ‘We are Singapore” (1987)

Well, we are still here after 49 years. Not an easy feat given the circumstances. After all:

‘Cause in the end it’s only down to people,
Just down to ordinary people
People just like you and me
~ Lyrics from “We Can Be Heroes” (2008)