HaPpY BiRtHdAy SiNgaPOre! 🙂
Even the tub of margarine is celebrating?!
At some point in our lives, we realise that having a cake is not the most important thing about a birthday. A birthday is time for celebration – and this nation that has defied the odds has much to celebrate. But it is also a time for reflection. For those of us entering the midstream of life – no longer adolescent, nor even youthful, but not yet elderly, somewhat like Singapore – it may be time to face up to our own fragility and mortality.
Life is a gift. Life is fragile. These so-trite-yet-so-wise words are as true of a nation as of a person. On birthdays, we celebrate life. And then we reach beyond celebration to affirm our commitment to cherish and protect the good life. Happy Birthday, Singapore.
— Chua Mui Hoong, Review Editor, The Straits Times