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Hi! My name is Tienny. This is my website. I hope to share things about me and what I do here.

I live in Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, which is often referred to as the Lion City and sometimes the Little Red Dot. Singapore is a sovereign city-state in Southeast Asia. It is the world’s only island city-state. It found just north of the equator and south of the southernmost tip of continental Asia and peninsular Malaysia. Indonesia’s Riau Islands are found to the south.

Singapore’s territory is a diamond-shaped island and a grouping of 62 other islets. Extensive land reclamation, undertaken in the years since independence, has increased its total land mass by 23% (130 km2). Singapore’s greening policy has covered the densely populated island with tropical flora, parks and gardens making it a green jeweled paradise to many.

Colonial Singapore was founded in 1819 by Stamford Raffles as a trading post of the East India Company. After the establishment of the British Raj, the islands were ceded to Britain as a part of the Straits Settlements in 1826. During the Second World War, Singapore was occupied by Japan. It gained independence from the UK in 1963 by federating with other former British territories to form Malaysia, but was expelled two years later over ideological differences.

Singapore became a sovereign nation in 1965. After early years of turbulence, and despite lacking natural resources and a hinterland, the nation developed rapidly as an Asian Tiger economy, based on external trade and its workforce.

Today, Singapore is a global commerce, finance and transport hub. Its standings include: the most “technology-ready” nation (WEF), top International-meetings city (UIA), city with “best investment potential” (BERI), second-most competitive country, third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial centre, third-largest oil refining and trading centre, and the second-busiest container port. The country has also been identified as a tax haven.

Singapore is ranked 11th internationally and first in Asia on the UN Human Development Index. It is ranked highly in education, healthcare, life expectancy, quality of life, personal safety, and housing, but it does not fare well on the Democracy index. Although income inequality is high, 90% of homes are owner-occupied. 38% of Singapore’s 5.6 million residents are permanent residents and other foreign nationals. There are four official languages on the island: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English. English is its common language; most Singaporeans are bilingual.

Singapore is a unitary multiparty parliamentary republic, with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government. The People’s Action Party has won every election since self-government in 1959. One of the five founding members of the ASEAN, Singapore is also the host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat, and a member of the East Asia Summit, Non-Aligned Movement, and the Commonwealth of Nations

For me, Singapore is home and a great, and certainly interesting, place to live.

(Detail source for the above: Wikipedia – the online encyclopedia.)

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