Today is the 46th Birthday of Singapore. Wow I am older than my country...lol.
Singapore had been a part of various local empires since it was first inhabited in the second century AD. It hosted a trading post of the East India Company in 1819 with permission from the Sultanate of Johor. The British obtained sovereignty over the island in 1824 and Singapore became one of the British Straits Settlements in 1826. Singapore was occupied by the Japanese in World War II and reverted to British rule after the war. It became internally self-governing in 1959. Singapore united with other former British territories to form Malaysia in 1963 and became a fully-independent state two years later after separation from Malaysia. Read from source for more about Singapore.
So we gain our independence on 9th August 1965.
This morning, I went to Sentosa for a brisk walk with hubby. Saw this very huge flag with a heart shape made of roses on Sentosa Island just infront of the Images of Singapore Building.
We walked to Sentosa from mainland Singapore via the Sentosa Boardwalk which I posted about in my much earlier post in February 2011.
We saw a huge banner of greetings at the boardwalk. Some wrote very nice words and greetings and some drew on the banner. Very beautiful way to celebrate National Day.
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