August 9 is National Day, celebrates the independence of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965.
Evidence suggests that a significant trading settlement existed in Singapore during the 14th century. In the late 14th century, Singapura was under the rule of Parameswara (the last king of Singapura) until he was expelled by the Majapahit Empire or the Siamese (Thailand). It then came under the Malacca Sultanate and then the Johor Sultanate. Modern Singapore was founded in 1819, when Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles negotiated a treaty whereby Johor allowed the British to found a trading port on the island. During World War II, Singapore was conquered and occupied by the Japanese Empire from 1942 to 1945. When the war ended, Singapore reverted to British control, with increasing levels of self-government being granted, culminating in Singapore’s merger with the Federation of Malaya to form Malaysia in 1963. However, social unrest and disputes between Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party and Malaysia’s Alliance Party resulted in Singapore’s expulsion from Malaysia. Singapore became an independent republic on August 9, 1965.
In commemoration of the day, we introduce you to Singaporean girls who travel around the world by tiny bicycles. They left the country in 2010 and now they seem to be somewhere in the world.
*Click a photo below to see their stories!
“Dream is a treasure box in your heart. Please look inside your heart. There must be a treasure box. Things inside a treasure box that makes you happy, that makes you smile.” – I Believe That Dreams Can Come True, Dream-inspiring-dream project