For the international readers, in case you haven't heard, Singapore won her first ever Olympic gold medal on Saturday! Congratulations Joseph Schooling, you have done us all proud by winning the 100m butterfly event at Rio 2016, beating American great Michael Phelps! I guess this makes a great gift as the nation celebrates her 51st Birthday! Happy Birthday, Singapore!
Joseph Schooling Meeting His Idol, Michel Phelps - 8 Years Ago and Now
I am usually not into sports, but this is a historical event that's too good not to share as the nation rejoices! Butterfly specialist Joseph Schooling, clinched his first Olympic Gold medal at the 100m butterfly event on Aug 13 by setting a new Olympic record of 50.39 seconds! It is also the first ever gold medal by a Southeast Asian male swimmer!
Changi Airport Announcing the Arrival of Singapore's First Olympic Gold Medal.
Sorry folks, there will be no public holiday on Monday; school as usual!
If you are wondering if Joseph Schooling is a foreign talent, not at all; he is a true blue Singaporean! For the international followers here, if you are still confused with the term Singaporean................ Singapore is a multi-racial society and made up of Chinese, Malays, Indians and others such as Eurasions like our national hero, Joseph Schooling! Singapore has four official languages - English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil, and Malay is the ceremonial national language of the country. Majulah Singapura!
English is our first language, which is the language of instruction in all public schools. Singaporeans speak English from young, so there is no language barrier among the different races. The word " Foreign Talent " is a sensitive issue due to the large import of foreigners mainly from China, and because of the cultural differences between the two countries and also their lack of ability to communicate in English.
For the past decade, Singapore has been the only Asian country with the top AAA sovereign rating from all major credit rating agencies, including S&P, Moody's and Fitch. According to the Corruption Perceptions Index, Singapore is consistently ranked as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, along with New Zealand and the Scandinavian countries. Singapore also has one of the lowest rates of drug use in the world.
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