7 Mind Blowing Singapore Facts You Never Knew

7 Mind-Blowing Facts About Singapore 

They’ve gotten a lot of flak recently from being ranked the unhappiest and least positive country in 2012 to being ranked the most expensive city to live. But there are these facts about Singapore that will amaze you.

Here’s 7 facts you never knew about Singapore!

1. You can find the national anthem in microtext on the back of the $1000 note. 

You don’t really see these big bucks often but if you manage to get your hands on one, flip it over and see if you can spot the lyrics to the national anthem!

I think it’s a pretty cool idea and I wish they’d do so for every other note. 

2. Singapore has the biggest Yakult bottles in Southeast Asia

Singapore Yakult is only 80ml. But they still top the ranks in Southeast Asia.

Yakult bottles are really small but actually, the Yakult bottles in Singapore are the largest compared to those overseas, and of course the most expensive. You should try Yakult here!

Oh, and it turns out, Hong Kong has the largest Yakult bottle at 100ml. I

3. There were no lions in this Lion City

We all know the story of how Sang Nila Utama, a Srivijayan Prince from Palembang saw a creature he thought was a lion and named the island Singapura which means Lion City in Sanskrit. But truth be told, there were no lions ever in Singapore. It’s possible that the creature he saw was actually a tiger.

Think about it! They could have been called Tiger City. That’s so strange…

4. There’s a ‘Hug Me’ Coca-Cola machine in Singapore

Located at the National University of Singapore, the first ‘Hug Me’ Coca-Cola machine dispenses a bottle of Coke when a person wraps his or her arms around the machine! That’s just so cute!

Money definitely can’t buy love but it can sure get you some Coke to quench your thirst!



5. They have a Singapore version of David Beckham’s family

They don’t have David Beckham but they do have someone who’s pretty much similar to him and a legend in Singapore. So just who is referring to?

Well, it’s none other than Fandi Ahmad of course. He was captain of the Singapore National Football Team from 1993-1997 and was the first Singaporean to play in Europe! His phenomenal achievements have made him so deserving of being a national legend.

He is no David Beckham but boy do they have the genes to boot. Just take a look at their family!

6. Singapore has changed our timezone 6 times since 1905

For 36 years, Singapore was 7.5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). In 1982, the Singapore Standard Time was redefined to be 8 hours ahead of GMT.

The story behind it is that East Malaysia was GMT +8.00 but West Malaysia was GMT +7.50. Malaysia decided to standardise their timing but it’d be awkward for Singapore to be the only one who’s 7.5 hours ahead of GMT. So, they changed it.

But come to think of it, have they being cheated of half an hour our whole lives? Food for thought!

7. They are the fastest walkers on this planet

According to a research by the British Council, Singaporeans have the fastest walking speed. On average, we walk a distance of 18 metres in 10.55 seconds. That’s approximately 6.15km in an hour!

Here’s a fun fact: That’s also how fast bumblebees fly. Guess that’s why they always say Singaporeans are busy bees…lol

Singapore Education System

Primary School Education

A child starts studying at Primary One at the age of six and studies for six years. He/she then sits for the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) before moving on to secondary school for another four or five years. The Primary School Education consists of a 4-year foundation stage from Primary 1 to 4 and a 2-year orientation stage from Primary 5 to 6. The overall aim of primary education is to give students a good grasp of English language, Mother Tongue and Mathematics.

  • 6 years of compulsory education
  • National examination: Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE)
  • Students are encouraged to participate in Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) and Community Involvement Programme (CIP)

Secondary School Education

Secondary School Education places students in the Special, Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) course according to how they perform at the PSLE. The different curricular emphases are designed to match their learning abilities and interests. In secondary school, he/she can choose- based on his/her examination results to enter in the School Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Ordinary’ (GCE ‘O’s) level examinations.

  • 4-5 years of education
  • National examination: GCE ‘O’ Levels (for Special / Express courses) or GCE ‘N’ Levels (for Normal course)
  • All students take part in at least one CCA; CCA performance is considered for admission to JCs, CI, polytechnics and ITE

After the secondary level, it’s a selection whether to go:

  1. Technical (ITE) or commercial institutes (MDIS, MIS, TMC, SIM)
  2. Polytechnics (Nanyang, Temasek, Ngee Ann, Singapore Polytechnic) to pursue diploma courses
  3. Pre-university centres or junior colleges to prepare for the Senior Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Advanced’ (GCE ‘A’) level examinations and later on tertiary education
  4. Centralised institutions

Pre-University Education

The Pre-U Education prepares students for the GCE ‘A’ Level examination at the end of the 2-year junior college or 3-year centralised institute course. Students who completed their pre-university education will receive aSchool Graduation Certificate.

  • 2-3 years of education
  • National examination: GCE ‘A’ Levels
  • All students take part in at least one CCA. CCA performance is considered for university admission

Tertiary Education

For tertiary education, the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) provide a wide choice of courses.


The primary role of ITE is to ensure that its graduates have the technical knowledge and skills that are relevant to industry. ITE is the national authority for the setting of skills standards and the certification of skills in Singapore.


Polytechnics were set up with the mission to train middle-level professionals to support the technological and economic development of Singapore. Reflecting the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of their students, the polytechnics seek to train students with relevant and specific skills for the workplace to give Singapore a competitive edge as we move into a knowledge-based economy.


Singapore’s undergraduate university education aspires to prepare students not only for today’s world but also for a world where there will be jobs that have yet to be invented and challenges not yet foreseen.

Special Schools

Schools tailored for handicapped children are also available and are mainly operated by managed by private schools/ organisations.

How to get a scholarship?

1) Search

To avoid putting pressure on yourself and trying to apply for that scholarship you desperately want at the last minute, start your research early. The more time you can put into your scholarship search, the more options you will have. You will need time to research scholarships, request information and application forms. After this is complete you can contact the host institution directly to apply.

2) I’m a student. Am I eligible?

Another important element you want to consider early on is finding out what scholarships you are actually eligible for – because you won’t be eligible for them all. By doing careful research you’ll be able to find the scholarships most appropriate for you and then you can spend time working on your application for those ones.

3) All required Information

Make sure you have all of the information that the selection panel has requested of you in your application. An application with missing items does not make the best first impression, particularly if these are items they have specifically requested.

4) Last but not least – Provide correct information

Provide the correct information, small details such as your full and correct address, or a new phone number if you’ve lost your mobile, will avoid any unnecessary delays, as well as making you look professional.



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