National day is just around the corner but how many of us remember the story of our little island’s birth? Celebrated on the 9th of August every year, National Day commemorates our independence from Malaysia in 1965, 2 years after the British left their sovereignty over it.

Singapore has since grown into a multi-cultural commerce, finance and transport hub, yet is also known for its greenery, as a Garden City. Did you know that in 2017, Singapore was awarded the city with the highest amount of greenery out of a list of 17 cities including, Sydney, Vancouver and Miami? Despite being a concrete jungle, our Botanic Gardens clinched the UNESCO Heritage Site status.

Singapore has also won numerous awards in architecture, art and entrepreneurship.

We house the world’s first Night Safari and came up with the idea of the world’s first night F1 races. We have a lot of “world firsts”. The world’s first Zika antibody was developed right here in a Singaporean company and earlier this year, a Singaporean team was the first international team to take home a gold medal for FIFA eSports! Our country is definitely one of many varied talents and surprises.

From a tiny lowly “third world” island with barely any resources, Singapore has grown to become one of the richest countries in the world. Together, with mutual respect, self-reliance and hard work, Singapore has seen many happy and successful developments and we can only aspire to achieve more. With constant innovation and a go-getter attitude, we have been able to market ourselves to become world renown. This little red dot is anything but tiny in reputation.

This melting pot of languages, industries, cultures and beautiful vegetation turns 53 this year and we at Distinction Tutorial School would like to wish our country a very happy birthday!