Today Singapore lost its founding father, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, as we lead up to the celebrations of 50 years of independence.
As someone who has only been here three years, its astonishing to see how much Singapore has changed even within a space of 3 years. It’s easy to forget sometimes that Singapore is a young nation, considering all that is has accomplished within this time. Lee Kuan Yew’s vision and tenacity has been the driving force behind this small city-state, propelling it into the international arena and turning it into one of the most prosperous nations in the world. Its not to say that all he has done and his ideas are not met with some controversy, but today I bow down to this man and will mourn with the rest of Singapore.
Random facts about Singapore:
- Singapore has a $1000 note, where the national anthem can be found on the back in microtext
- There are no natural resources in Singapore
- A lot of Singapore has been built on reclaimed land
- Singapore is one of three city-states in the world. The other two being Monaco and the Vatican.
- Singapore is 42km wide and 715 square km, making it one of the 20 smallest countries in the world
- Changi, the airport is amazing! Out of the plane and home within 30-45 minutes.