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"04.12.2016 16:24:22"  At this morning’s @papsingapore Party Conference, we honoured party members who had worked tirelessly for the party, serving Singapore and Singaporeans.
Of our PAP members, Wan Daud Embong has one of the more remarkable stories. In 1956, he was a member
"03.12.2016 05:04:42" ["orchardroad", "jalanjalan"] It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! :) Went for a #jalanjalan along #OrchardRoad last Saturday and saw it transformed into a winter wonderland.
The shopping belt was especially lively. Saw many happy shoppers, while others were taking photos of
"02.12.2016 16:26:57"  Spoke to President-elect @realdonaldtrump on the phone to congratulate him on winning the US presidential elections.
We talked about the close and long-standing friendship between Singapore and US. We cooperate in many areas – economic, defence and
"02.12.2016 04:04:14"  I was pleased to open the Asian Civilisations Museum’s (@acm_sg) new exhibition “Cities and Kings: Ancient Treasures from Myanmar” with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday evening.
Many of the beautiful and historic pieces on display
"30.11.2016 04:03:41"  I have never visited Bhutan, but I have read and heard much about the country described by many as “the last Shangri-la” on earth. I was also struck to read what Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said during a lecture in February, that 72% of its land
"29.11.2016 04:51:50" ["cityofgood", "givingweeksg"] It’s almost December and the season for giving is around the corner. Today is the start of Giving Week. Corporates, non-profits and individuals across Singapore are coming together to donate, volunteer, and raise funds for the causes close to their
"28.11.2016 12:03:53"  Happy to host Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah of Brunei to lunch at the Istana today. He is here for the 4th Singapore-Brunei Young Leaders’ Programme, and to visit our defence facilities. I hear he is going to Coney Island too!
Brunei has been a special
"27.11.2016 04:04:11"  It’s always nice to get a glimpse of the heartlands through other lenses! Audi Khalid shared this pretty evening photo of Bukit Merah with me a few weeks ago. The familiar HDB blocks take on beautiful subtle hues in the sunset.
Bukit Merah (literally,
"25.11.2016 05:06:33"  Happy to host Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (or as he is officially known in the Netherlands, Minister-President Rutte) to lunch at the Istana yesterday.
Singapore’s ties with the Netherlands go back a long way. The Dutch were in Southeast Asia from
"24.11.2016 14:11:07"  Congrats to all students who received PSLE results today! This completes your primary school journey. I hope you will take the next few years in secondary school to discover and nurture your talents and interests, and develop a passion for lifelong
"23.11.2016 06:32:16" ["jalanjalan", "apec2016"] Finally home after a week in Peru for #APEC2016. Still feeling jetlagged because of the 13-hour time difference, so went for a #jalanjalan at the Botanic Gardens with Ho Ching after dinner. The orchids outside the National Orchid Garden looked vibrant,
"21.11.2016 03:55:14" ["apec2016"] It’s a wrap for #APEC2016. Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has been a great host. I met many friendly and warm Peruvians over the past few days, who made my visit so much more enjoyable. Thank you for posing so readily for my camera.
Off to the
"20.11.2016 06:13:21" ["sunset", "apec2016"] Lima's Pacific Ocean coastline is very scenic. For centuries, the ocean has been a great highway linking countries and peoples. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is one way we can strengthen this connection, and build prosperity, security and stability
"19.11.2016 03:29:47" ["jalanjalan"] Buskers made the #jalanjalan at Barranco colourful and lively. Will try and share more pics tomorrow. Stay tuned. :) – LHL (Photo by me)
"19.11.2016 03:24:59" ["jalanjalan", "apec2016"] Found some time amidst the meetings and #APEC2016 preparation to #jalanjalan in the Barranco District – a Peruvian hipster enclave – before dinner with my delegation. The team has been working hard even before the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting started
"17.11.2016 04:04:21" ["apec2016"] Finally landed in @lima, Peru, after a 30-hour journey. I am here for the #APEC2016 meetings. Peru’s openness to trade and its colourful culture – where ancient Inca heritage meets European, African and Asian influences – makes it a fitting host for this
"15.11.2016 16:51:32" ["supermoon"] I missed the peak last night, but came out of my office at 9 tonight after hosting dinner for Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel, to find the #supermoon rising after the rain cleared. Caught this shot from the gardens. – LHL (Photo by me)
"15.11.2016 16:42:29"  When I visited Luxembourg in 2014, PM Xavier Bettel was a most gracious host. He took me and my delegation on an impromptu walking tour of his beautiful and historic capital.
So I was very glad to reciprocate his hospitality during his working visit to
"15.11.2016 05:18:36"  Had a fruitful retreat with President @jokowi (and a go at batik painting) in Semarang yesterday.
I have an ancestral link to this city. A century ago, my maternal grandfather Kwa Siew Tee came to Malaya from Semarang, married, and settled in Singapore.
"14.11.2016 09:42:43" ["supermoon"] “That’s no moon!” If you looked up at the sky last night and thought the moon looked a little larger and a brighter than usual, that was the #supermoon, when the full moon is closest to earth.
Last night wasn’t the peak though – the moon will look its
"13.11.2016 14:47:21"  Just arrived in Semarang, Indonesia for a retreat with President Joko Widodo. It will be our first retreat together, following President Jokowi’s state visit to Singapore last year.
Looking forward to a full day tomorrow, including opening the Kendal
"13.11.2016 09:20:51"  Caught a scenic view of Punggol River and Fernvale after the Ang Mo Kio-Sengkang West Tree Planting Day this morning. The kayakers were taking part in the Celebrate PAYM! Waterway AdvenTour’s Amazing Race. Participants had fun and enjoyed nature while
"13.11.2016 02:48:16"  Singaporeans have diverse tastes, but we all share a love for food! Indeed, the way to many a Singaporean’s heart is through his stomach. :) Teck Ghee’s Active Ageing Committee (AAC) was inspired to organise cooking competitions to show off our seniors’
"12.11.2016 12:18:10"  “In a boat, fully loaded with stinky beans,
Let’s row the boat to the island yonder;
If our teachers are Arif Budiman,
Our future will definitely excel.” Congratulations to the five recipients of this year’s Anugerah Guru Arif Budiman (Malay Language
"12.11.2016 04:26:10"  Snapped a wefie with Shahid and Haikal from @itecollegewest during the @shell 125th anniversary gala dinner last night.
They helped to design and build this car which came in 4th at the recent Shell Eco-Marathon. The marathon is one way Shell is working
"11.11.2016 13:13:15"  Did you know that Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery is Singapore’s oldest Buddhist monastery, more than 100 years old?
Today, I joined the Buddhist community at the official opening of the Dharma Hall, the latest addition to the monastery. The Hall is the
"10.11.2016 15:28:17" ["smartnation", "googlehousewarming"] Tried out the Google Tilt Brush, which lets you paint in 3D in virtual reality. This was one of the new tech I was shown this morning at the launch of Google’s new Asia Pacific headquarters.
@google's APAC office in Singapore has grown from 24 employees
"10.11.2016 04:14:34"  We don’t often see a birthday cake decorated with 20 red chillies!
This pulut kuning cake was served at the 25th anniversary charity dinner of the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP – @amp_singapore) last night. The AMP has played a valuable role
"07.11.2016 12:59:27" ["oneteamsg"] Snapped a quick wefie with boccia athlete Toh Sze Ning and Speaker Halimah Yacob while waiting for the group photo of Paralympians + MPs earlier today. .
This year, @teamsingapore’s Paralympic contingent gave us our best-ever result, with 2 golds and 1
"07.11.2016 04:11:24"  Congratulations to Paralympic medalist Theresa Goh and all other recipients at the National Day Awards Investiture last night!
President Tony Tan presented awards to almost 500 exceptional individuals in recognition of their contributions to Singapore.
"06.11.2016 12:06:44"  Lianhe Zaobao published a brilliant photo of a bat caught with wings fully extended in flight, softly backlit by the radiant nimbus of a street light. The accompanying text is clever too. Here is a poetic English translation (which alas misses the hidden,
"06.11.2016 04:51:24"  It was a triple celebration at the Lee Clan Gala Dinner last night.
It was the annual reunion of Lee clan associations from around the world (this time hosted in Singapore). There were 2,000 Lees in the room, including 1,000 from overseas. Not so many,
"05.11.2016 12:08:51" ["cgs2016"] Planted a Keruing Belimbing at the launch of the Clean and Green Singapore Carnival this morning. It is a native tree that grows up to 50m tall, and I hope it will reach this goal by SG100!
I make it a point to attend this event every year. Our land and
"05.11.2016 04:36:15" ["jalanjalan", "sgriverfest2016"] Took a #jalanjalan around Clarke Quay last night and caught this lyrical tightrope act across the Singapore River by French performance group Underclouds Cie. They are a highlight of the Singapore River Festival (http://www.srf.sg/). Tonight is the last
"03.11.2016 04:04:16"  Congratulations to Hua Yi Secondary School on your 60th Anniversary!
The school’s own hip hop dance club, K-Krew, put up an entertaining and energetic performance for the 3,000 students, teachers, alumni, former staff, and parents at its anniversary
"02.11.2016 11:36:04"  Hosted Malay/Muslim leaders to lunch at the Istana earlier today, to hear their views and discuss issues affecting the community. Happy to know that they are doing well.
Will be attending two Malay/Muslim events next week – AMP’s 25th anniversary and the
"02.11.2016 04:07:31"  Our economy has been in the news recently. Business is slow, redundancies are rising, but unemployment is still low.
I did a dialogue with leaders from the unions and labour movement yesterday. I told them this is unlike the Global Financial Crisis in
"30.10.2016 05:42:33" ["gopurplesg"] The @purpleparadesg is meaningful and fun movement that supports persons with special needs and celebrates their disabilities. I attended the parade last year and found it meaningful and fun.
This year’s parade will take place this Saturday, 5 November,
"29.10.2016 04:06:34" ["jalanjalan"] இனிய தீபாவளி வாழ்த்துகள்! Wishing all who celebrate the Festival of Lights a Happy Deepavali!
Like other traditional holidays that we celebrate – Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa and Christmas – Deepavali is a joyous festival enjoyed with family,
"28.10.2016 12:27:11"  Promoting Ong Ye Kung and Ng Chee Meng to full ministers as of 1 November.
Both will continue to share the Education portfolio. Chee Meng will be Minister for Education (Schools) and concurrently 2nd Minister in the Ministry of Transport, and Ye Kung
"28.10.2016 05:18:32"  Met Mdm Jenny Yim, a bus attendant, and Mdm Norazizah, a trainer, (on my right and left respectively) at the Club-100 @ North West annual dinner last night. Both are pioneer donors of the club since it started 8 years ago.
Based in North West CDC
"25.10.2016 05:28:47"  Young Singaporeans ask: “Will there be a future for us?” My answer is “Yes!” – as long as you are willing to work for it, not just for yourselves, but for each other.
Many young people came to the inaugural Dialogue with SITizens at @SingaporeTech last
"24.10.2016 05:00:56"  Can you identify every MP in the pic? ;) Tamil Murasu asked Indranee Rajah to gather women MPs for something special to celebrate Deepavali. So 16 MPs gamely donned saris in an array of colours for a photoshoot in front of Parliament House. For some, it
"23.10.2016 15:23:01"  Deeply honoured to be welcomed with a traditional ponnaadai ceremony at the Singapore Kadayanallur Muslim League’s (SKML) 75th Anniversary dinner last night. The ceremony involves draping a shawl around a guest’s shoulders. The Indian community has always
"23.10.2016 04:58:58"  Congratulations to the students from PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Teck Ghee on their graduation!
Joined proud parents and teachers at the K2 graduation ceremony yesterday. The students put up a little concert, singing and dancing to songs from their
"22.10.2016 05:24:03"  Had an enjoyable musical evening at the @singaporechineseorchestra’s (SCO) fundraising gala dinner last night.
The SCO has a unique challenge – to both preserve traditional arts, and forge its own distinctive identity. It weaves in elements of Southeast
"21.10.2016 11:55:43"  Have arrived home from Bangkok. I paid my respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace this morning. Also conveyed Singapore’s deepest condolences to the Thai people on their great loss.
His Majesty had a long and benevolent reign. He
"21.10.2016 05:01:31"  One of Bangkok’s many wats (temples) in the golden hour, snapped as my plane was making its final approach to Suvarnabhumi Airport yesterday. Am here to pay my respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. – LHL (Photo by me)
"20.10.2016 15:01:49"  Our public officers work hard to serve the nation. I was proud to present National Day and Civil Service Long Service awards to 44 of them this morning to recognise their contributions.
The award recipients were from agencies and statutory boards under
"20.10.2016 05:08:47"  Last Saturday, I attended the Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School reunion dinner as a guest. Last night I attended my own Trinity College, Cambridge get together!
The occasion was a visit by the Master of the college, Sir Greg Winter, to Singapore.
"18.10.2016 13:07:26" ["guesswhere", "jalanjalan"] #Guesswhere I spotted this odd critter? :) – LHL (Photo by me) ------- Some of you got it right! Spotted this turtle during a #jalanjalan at @gardensbythebay before my trips to India and Australia. (In case you’re wondering, it’s a sculpture and not
"16.10.2016 14:11:06"  I’ve done more travelling than usual this year – 6 countries in the past 3 months, with a couple more trips to come! Happy to reaffirm our strong partnerships with our overseas friends.
Wherever my travels take me, it is always comforting to see the
"16.10.2016 06:01:55"  Ang Mo Kio Community Centre is 40 years old!
Celebrated the CC’s anniversary with Mr Yeo Toon Chia (Ang Mo Kio’s first MP), residents and activists last night. They all have fond memories of the CC and have each contributed to make it the vibrant place
"15.10.2016 13:04:21"  Happy to join students, alumni, and staff of Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School in celebrating their 100th Founder’s Day last night.
PLMGS is one of a handful of schools that have reached their 100th birthday. It has many outstanding alumni, who have
"15.10.2016 06:01:06"  Spotted these kangaroos at Australia’s Government House, the official residence of the Governor-General of Australia. Thanks to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, who drove us around in a buggy to tour the grounds. Glad they weren’t spooked by our
"13.10.2016 20:27:21"  Just got back from Australia, and learnt the sad news of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s passing.
King Bhumibol was was the world's longest-serving monarch, much beloved and revered by his people. He dedicated himself wholly to his country and to
"12.10.2016 15:32:29"  Had some free time to take a walk (and snap some photos) in the Beijing Garden in Canberra, near the Molonglo River. It was a chilly evening and the sun was setting, but I managed to capture the lake and this interesting tree (the photo’s on my Facebook
"12.10.2016 15:28:29"  Singapore and Australia are very different countries. Australia has abundant natural resources and is more than 10,000 times the size of Singapore (in fact, we are smaller than many sheep farms there!). They are traditionally Anglo-Saxon in identity,
"11.10.2016 12:54:23"  Have just arrived in Australia’s capital, Canberra, for an official visit. I will be meeting PM Malcolm Turnbull with his Ministers, and am also very honoured to be invited to address a joint session of the Australian Parliament.
Pictured here is the
"09.10.2016 05:04:59"  Performers from the Down Syndrome Association (DSA) entertained us with this lively dance number at last night’s Mystique X Charity Gala Dinner. The DSA celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
In Singapore, we matter to one another. Every person
"07.10.2016 17:07:44"  Happy Children’s Day to all our kids!
Just arrived home from India this evening. India celebrates Children's Day on 14 November, the birthday of their first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
Mr Nehru was very fond of children, and promoted their
"07.10.2016 04:24:53" ["udaipur"] #Udaipur, Rajasthan, is known as the City of Lakes and Venice of the East. With its picturesque landscape, historical architecture and a young workforce – it has all the right conditions to be tourist haven.
Glad Singapore can support the city’s growing
"06.10.2016 05:36:47"  Tall and imposing ceremonial guards lining the grand State Corridor of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official home of the President of India. It was originally built by the British as the residence for the Viceroy of India. Few official premises can match
"05.10.2016 15:21:18"  Rolling out the red carpet at Delhi Airport.
We had taken off from Delhi for Udaipur, and were just ten minutes from landing when bad weather and poor visibility forced our plane to turn back, and the red carpet to be rolled out (again). Waiting at Delhi
"05.10.2016 06:04:45"  India is famous for its huge variety of different and delicious breads. This giant naan was for our table of 11, including Denise, Lim Thuan Kuan (our High Commissioner) and Mrs Lim. :) (Photo by me)
"05.10.2016 05:55:56"  Delighted to meet PM @narendramodi again yesterday. We picked up from his visit to Singapore last November, and reviewed progress since we signed the Strategic Partnership.
We talked about financial cooperation, air links, and Mr Modi’s “Skill India” and
"04.10.2016 05:33:58"  Namaste from New Delhi, India!
Singapore and India have a long history of relations. We share a colonial heritage, cultural ties, and strategic interests. I will be spending the next few days finding out about developments in India and strengthening our
"02.10.2016 12:50:33" ["jalanjalan", "guesswhere"] Hope you had a good weekend! Snapped this on a #jalanjalan last Saturday before my Japan trip. #Guesswhere? :) – LHL (Photo by me) ---------- Many of you got it right! Took this pic at the @esplanadesingapore as Ho Ching and I walked around Marina Bay. –
"01.10.2016 15:02:21"  This evening, Muslims in Singapore welcomed the Islamic New Year of 1438 Hijrah.
The first month of the Islamic year, Muharram, is one of the four holy months in the Islamic calendar. For Muslims it is a time for prayer and reflection, and to renew their
"01.10.2016 04:46:23"  Rainy days aren’t always gloomy - sometimes they bring happy surprises! A rare double rainbow appeared yesterday evening after the downpour. Ed Cheong was at the Singapore River, and shared this beautiful photo with me. Alas, I wasn’t able to capture a
"30.09.2016 05:07:45" ["sj50"] Am back home!
Spoke at the Special Session of the Nikkei International Conference on the Future of Asia yesterday. I talked about China’s growth and emergence, and Japan’s need to strengthen its outward engagement.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
"29.09.2016 04:31:46"  A busy first two days in Tokyo. Was hosted to lunch by Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko; had meetings with PM Shinzo Abe, and Japanese political and business leaders; and attended a belated National Day reception with 400+ overseas
"29.09.2016 04:14:16" ["sj50"] Happy to meet PM Shinzo Abe again. This year is the 50th anniversary of Singapore-Japan diplomatic relations. Our partnership is strong and broad. Besides robust economic and trade links, people-to-people ties are close too. Over 35,000 Japanese work in
"28.09.2016 08:50:34"  Saddened by the passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Mr Peres was the last of the founding generation of Israeli leaders, a visionary who served his country all his life. I last called on him in April, at the Peres Centre of Peace in Tel
"28.09.2016 03:37:25"  A pair of paper cranes, folded and left in my room by hotel staff, a thoughtful and quintessentially Japanese gesture. (Photo by me)
"28.09.2016 03:33:56" ["sj50"] Happy to meet 400+ overseas Singaporeans at a belated National Day reception in Tokyo last night. Everyone was in high spirits, coming together for the shared love of Singaporean food and company.
Thanks to everyone for coming, some from as far away as
"26.09.2016 12:22:11" ["sj50"] Just arrived in Tokyo for an official visit. This year is the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Japan (SJ50). Over the next few days I will be speaking at a Nikkei Conference Special Session and meeting PM Shinzo Abe. Also
"25.09.2016 15:45:06" ["incomeorangeaid"] #IncomeOrangeAid champions empowerment through education for youth in need. We support the cause by standing together in our school uniforms.
Join us by posting an old school photo of yourself in uniform and tag 3 friends to do the same. For every photo
"25.09.2016 05:20:25"  Met Kiran from Anderson Secondary School and many other students at the @mysinda Excellence Awards (SEA) ceremony yesterday afternoon.
Kiran did very well for his PSLE and is currently a student councillor and in the school choir. I asked if he could
"24.09.2016 16:20:26" ["staystrong", "stayunited", "sgsecure", "stayalert"] Tried my hand at tying an emergency tourniquet using an ordinary belt at the official launch of the #SGSecure movement this morning. My thanks to @myscdf officers WO2 Jonathan Wang for his clear instructions, and LCP Iskandar Shah for being my “severely
"24.09.2016 04:46:06" ["guesswho"] #guesswho? It’s yIN Harmony, a multi-racial band that plays ethnic and traditional instruments.
They entertained us at the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s 110th Anniversary Gala Dinner last night. – LHL (Photo by me)
"22.09.2016 05:06:52"  Couldn’t resist trying a delicious macaron when I visited NorthLight School’s Pastry Kitchen yesterday. Besides confectionery, students also learned to prepare tasty edibles like croissants and chicken pie.
I was at NorthLight School’s 10th anniversary
"21.09.2016 15:09:17" ["oneteamsg", "rio2016"] Welcome home to our #Rio2016 Paralympians! Some had already come back earlier, but the main contingent, including double gold medalist @yippinxiu and bronze medalist @wheelie_wonka (Theresa Goh), touched down at Changi early this morning. All of you have
"20.09.2016 13:06:14"  President Tony Tan invited some retired MPs to lunch at the Istana today. I took the opportunity to hijack them for an impromptu tea and chat before their meal. :) Glad to see them staying active, and still tracking what’s going on in Singapore. – LHL
"19.09.2016 04:33:00" ["singaporegp", "rio2016", "teamsg"] Congratulations to @nicorosberg for winning the #SingaporeGP! He put in a commanding performance last night, to edge out Daniel Ricciardo for first place. Nico went by too fast for my camera but I managed to capture his team-mate Lewis Hamilton (who came
"17.09.2016 06:12:13" ["singaporegp"] Have you heard the roar of engines around the City Hall and Marina Bay? The Singapore Grand Prix weekend is upon us again! Was at the top of Fairmont Hotel on Wednesday night, and took this photo of The Esplanade and the brightly lit @f1nightrace track
"16.09.2016 16:04:06"  Celebrated Telok Kurau Primary School’s 90th anniversary yesterday together with students, teachers, parents, and alumni. They performed a musical journey, that told the school’s history through the eyes of a former teacher.
The musical, “My Telok Kurau,
"16.09.2016 06:54:34" ["paralympics", "oneteamsg", "rio2016"] Congratulations to @yippinxiu for winning another gold medal at the #Rio2016 #Paralympics! She powered her way to victory in the 50m backstroke S2 early this morning.
Pin Xiu is the first Singaporean to win multiple gold medals at the Games. Last week,
"15.09.2016 05:05:45"  Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Hope you are enjoying mooncakes, sipping tea and moon-gazing with friends and family.
No Mid-Autumn celebrations would be complete without colourful lanterns. Why not take advantage of the clear night skies to catch the
"14.09.2016 06:30:30"  Took this aerial photo (top) of Linggiu Reservoir in Johor on the way to China two weeks ago. The reservoir is only 25% full, after several dry years of low rainfall. The bottom photo, taken off Google Earth, shows what the reservoir looks like when full.
"13.09.2016 14:01:15" ["rememberingsrnathan"] Met Mrs S R Nathan and her family at Parliament today. They were present as the House paid a special tribute to her husband.
Nine MPs, including Speaker Madam Halimah Yacob, shared personal anecdotes and spoke of Mr Nathan’s long and distinguished
"12.09.2016 07:56:47" ["paralympics", "oneteamsg", "rio2016"] Congratulations to Theresa Goh (@wheelie_wonka) for her bronze medal win at the 100m breaststroke SB4 final at the #Rio2016 #Paralympics! This is the second medal for @teamsingapore at the Games.
Theresa was the first Singapore swimmer to compete at the
"12.09.2016 04:07:12"  Selamat Hari Raya Haji to all our Muslim friends!
This year, 680 of our pilgrims have made the journey to fulfill their hajj. The hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. Every year, millions of Muslims perform this pilgrimage to the holy lands in Saudi
"10.09.2016 13:07:40"  I always admire the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery when I am at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Today I got to see it up close, at the opening of the Buddhist College of Singapore’s (BCS) new campus and its 10th anniversary celebrations.
"10.09.2016 11:29:39" ["paralympics", "oneteamsg", "rio2016"] Congratulations to @yippinxiu for her gold medal finish at the 100m backstroke S2 event at the #Rio2016 #Paralympics! She not only brought home Singapore’s first medal at the Games, but also broke her own world record with a time of 2min 7.09sec.
"09.09.2016 06:07:50" ["asean"] Glad to be back home after a long week away in China and Laos!
The #ASEAN and other summits in Vientiane concluded yesterday. The issues we discussed (terrorism, South China Sea, the Korean Peninsula) are complex, and different countries have quite
"08.09.2016 04:14:47" ["asean"] Another full day, this time at the 29th #ASEAN Summit.
During the retreat session, I spoke on three challenges. First, terrorism. Not a new topic but the situation is getting more serious - more self-radicalisation, Southeast Asian terrorist groups
"07.09.2016 03:53:55" ["asean"] Met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the #ASEAN Summit in Vientiane. With us is Chin Ruisi, a year 4 student at @sotasg. She presented her winning entry for the ASEAN-China Youth Art Competition to Premier Li. The two clasped hands represent
"06.09.2016 05:29:09" ["asean", "g20"] Wrapped up #G20 meetings in Hangzhou yesterday evening. Am now in Vientiane, Laos, for #ASEAN Summits and related summits.
The G20 forum brings together major countries to discuss the world economy. China invited Singapore as a guest to the meeting, to
"05.09.2016 07:11:46"  Happy to meet Canadian PM @justinpjtrudeau for the first time. We have good relations with Canada and can do much more together. - LHL (Photo by Vivian Balakrishnan)
"05.09.2016 03:50:10" ["g20"] The #G20 Summit in Hangzhou kicked off yesterday with formal discussions and ceremonies. After the gala dinner, delegates were treated to a spectacular show produced by Zhang Yimou. He and his team masterfully blended Chinese and Western cultures with
"04.09.2016 07:31:56"  I didn’t manage to finish talking about the changes to the Elected Presidency at my National Day Rally speech two weeks ago. So I sat for a chat with Mediacorp earlier this week to make up for it.
I’ll be explaining our rationale for revising the
"04.09.2016 03:45:32"  Sitting at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, Chongqing is centrally located in China and the fastest growing Chinese city in recent years. This makes it an ideal place for our third government to government project with China - the
"02.09.2016 16:48:44" ["g20"] Happy to meet President Xi Jinping again, this time in Hangzhou, the scenic and historic city hosting the #G20 Summit. Will share more pics over the next few days. In the meantime, here’s a view of the beautiful West Lake (西湖), one of Hangzhou’s most
"02.09.2016 04:01:30" ["teachersday"] Wishing all our dedicated & hardworking educators a very Happy #TeachersDay! – LHL (ST Photo © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)
"01.09.2016 14:27:42" ["zika"] Many of you must be closely following the news on the local #Zika cases. We have been tracking Zika for a while now, and knew it was only a matter of time before it reached Singapore.
Scientists are still learning about this new disease. But we know that
"31.08.2016 05:13:01"  Delighted to present the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year awards to silat world champion Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau’ddin (in suit and tie) and Senior Assistant Commissioner Zuraidah Abdullah (in mess kit) last night.
Both are trailblazers. Sheik Farhan
"30.08.2016 13:06:20"  Met @unitednations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon today. He completes his second term as UNSG soon, and we are honoured that he is making a farewell visit to Singapore.
@nus_singapore conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters on Mr Ban for his efforts
"29.08.2016 14:06:43"  Had a good meeting with Vietnam President Trần Đại Quang today, before hosting him and his delegation to lunch.
President Quang is here on a three-day State Visit. He will be delivering the Singapore Lecture tomorrow, the first Vietnamese leader to do
"28.08.2016 05:02:40"  Sunrise over the Singapore Harbour. It has been a tough week.
Thank you to all who came to pay respects and to see the late Mr S R Nathan off on his final journey. It has been heartwarming to hear the stories of those whose lives he touched, and to feel
"26.08.2016 17:19:43" ["rememberingsrnathan"] With deep sorrow, today we bade farewell to one of Singapore’s most illustrious sons.
Mr S R Nathan was a man of great personal integrity, commitment and generosity. He lived life fully, and never gave up despite the challenges he faced. He could always
"25.08.2016 16:36:13" ["rememberingsrnathan"] Accompanied Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Mrs Abe to pay respects to the late Mr S R Nathan at Parliament House today. PM Abe was stopping over in Singapore en route to Kenya.
In his condolence letter, PM Abe expressed his respect and gratitude for Mr
"22.08.2016 17:33:34"  Deeply saddened by the passing of Mr SR Nathan today. He passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital, surrounded by family and loved ones, three weeks after suffering a stroke.
Mr Nathan’s life is an inspiration to us all. His was a story of
"22.08.2016 11:25:43"  My heartfelt thanks to all of you for your concern and good wishes. I’m sorry I didn't have the chance to meet you all after the Rally, as I went straight to SGH for a thorough checkup. I’m glad to report that the doctors think I am ok, but they have
"21.08.2016 13:29:46" ["ndrsg"] Hi everyone - greetings from the PMO team! :) PM Lee has arrived at ITE College Central.
Tune in now to PM Lee’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/leehsienloong) or the PMO YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/pmosingapore) to watch the National Day Rally 2016
"21.08.2016 12:40:10" ["ndrsg"] Off to ITE College Central to deliver my National Day Rally speech from 6:40pm.
You can watch it live on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/leehsienloong), on the PMO YouTube channel (click on link in my profile) or on local TV and radio. My team will be
"19.08.2016 13:05:06"  2 days to National Day Rally 2016!
Here’s a short clip on what I’ll be talking about this Sunday.
The Rally will be live streamed on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/leehsienloong), the PMO YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/pmosingapore) and on local
"16.08.2016 15:37:19"  Was happy to host HRH Prince Abdul Malik of Brunei and his wife, Dayangku Raabi'atul 'Adawiyyah at the Istana today. Prince Malik is on his first official visit here. He is the younger brother of Crown Prince Billah, and takes a personal interest in what
"15.08.2016 16:19:02" ["oneteamsg", "rio2016"] Was deeply honoured to welcome @josephschooling and his parents, May and Colin Schooling to Parliament House today, where we formally congratulated him on his gold medal and expressed support for @teamsingapore in #Rio2016.
Joseph’s win signifies much
"15.08.2016 08:41:36"  Met Joseph Schooling and his parents, before the Parliamentary motion. Usually people ask me for selfies, but today I felt so proud to ask Joseph for one! :) - LHL
"15.08.2016 05:02:12"  Welcome home Joseph and May Schooling! Look forward to seeing you later at Parliament, along with dad Colin :). – LHL (MCI 360° Photo by Terence Tan)
"14.08.2016 05:10:07"  Every constituency celebrates National Day in its own way. In Teck Ghee this year, we held a street carnival!
For two hours yesterday, a section of Ang Mo Kio St 31 was closed off and transformed into a huge playground. Residents lined the street,
"13.08.2016 06:38:09" ["oneteamsg", "rio2016"] My heartiest congratulations to @josephschooling for his historic gold medal win, and Olympic record of 50.39 seconds for the 100m butterfly! This is Singapore’s first Olympic gold medal ever, and also our first medal for #Rio2016.
It is an incredible
"12.08.2016 09:38:08" ["oneteamsg", "rio2016"] Congratulations to @josephschooling for his stellar performance in the 100m butterfly semi-finals at #Rio2016 earlier today! His time of 50.83 secs not only beat the national and Asian records, but also qualified first overall for the finals. He has done
"12.08.2016 05:12:46"  Visited the Flower Dome at @gardensbythebay last weekend, and was there again for the National Day Reception two nights ago. The “Orchid Extravaganza” show was a beautiful setting for our nation’s birthday celebrations. The floral displays were
"11.08.2016 05:15:33"  Getting a selfie with performers from the SAF Music and Drama Company, who entertained us with a lively rendition of this year’s NDP song “Tomorrow’s Here Today”. Singapore’s birthday celebrations continued at the National Day Reception at Gardens by the
"10.08.2016 05:29:27" ["ndp2016"] You did not need not be in the Stadium to experience one of the best parts of #NDP2016. Many around the Kallang Basin area were able to catch and take beautiful pics of the fireworks display too!
A big thank the parade organisers, the participants, and
"10.08.2016 05:19:38" ["ndp2016"] Happy 51st Birthday, Singapore!
If you were out catching Pokémons yesterday evening, you would have missed the sight of another rare creature - a glittering unicorn soaring across the National Stadium at #NDP2016!
Besides the unicorn, the parade
"09.08.2016 12:24:08" ["facesofsg", "ndp2016"] Got off to a bright and early start with Teck Ghee residents at our National Day celebrations this morning. Glad to see so many families join the SGCommunityWalk. We were all in high spirits, waving our flags as we walked, and singing along to National
"09.08.2016 05:38:02"  Happy National Day! Took a 360° wefie with the Istana Ceremonial Guard at our National Day Observance Ceremony yesterday morning. Handy for when regular wefies can’t squeeze everyone into the same photo! How are you celebrating National Day today? - LHL
"08.08.2016 16:37:21"  Tomorrow is National Day. We celebrated SG50 last year, and now we are continuing our nation building journey.
In my National Day Message, I talk about three of our challenges, and how we are tackling them: extremist terrorism, our continued prosperity,
"08.08.2016 06:18:11"  Cute students from PCF Sparkletots led us in singing Majulah Singapura and reciting the Pledge at the Ang Mo Kio-Hougang National Day Dinner last night.
Glad to see so many residents taking part, waving flags and singing their favourite National Day
"07.08.2016 13:15:15" ["oneteamsg", "rio2016"] Delighted that Saiyidah Aisyah, Singapore’s first Olympic rower, has qualified for the women’s single sculls quarter-finals at #Rio2016! It’s been an extraordinary journey to the Olympics for this Sport Singapore SPEX Scholar. Her next race will be on
"07.08.2016 06:51:56"  Every year, I look for a good venue to record the National Day Message. For our Golden Jubilee last year, I did it at the historic Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.
This year’s location is Punggol SAFRA. There, you can see and experience the Singapore
"07.08.2016 04:48:45" ["guesswhere"] Good morning :)! Time for a #guesswhere to start up your Sunday. - LHL (Photo by me)
Many of you got it right! Snapped this pic at SAFRA Punggol. No, I was not hunting Pokémon there. ;) I was recording my National Day Message, before my US trip.
"06.08.2016 05:23:32" ["regram", "sgus50"] #Regram from @whitehouse: Over 50 years of diplomatic ties, Singapore and the United States have developed strong partnerships in many areas—defense, trade, education, R&D. Underpinning it all is our close people-to-people ties, and the warm friendship
"05.08.2016 09:24:24" ["sgus50"] Back home!
Thank you to President Obama (and a happy belated birthday!) and First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr Jill Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and the many Americans who met and welcomed us so warmly and hospitably. It
"04.08.2016 11:35:41"  You may have seen the photo of me squatting on the White House lawn taking a photo with my phone. Here was my beautiful model: a cute little girl holding both the US and Singapore flags among the crowd! :) - LHL (Photo by me)
"03.08.2016 16:23:03"  Back in control of my own Instagram account. :) On the way to the State Dinner, which capped off my official visit to the US. Was grateful for the gracious, warm reception from President and Michelle Obama throughout my visit. Beyond the pomp and
"03.08.2016 13:02:03"  We draw strength from our people, two societies built on multiculturalism and on merit. In the United States, we call ourselves a 'melting pot' of different races, religions and creeds. In Singapore, it is rojak—different parts united in a harmonious
"03.08.2016 04:36:19"  Upstairs in the White House State Dining Room, we're setting the tables and the decorations to get ready for the State Dinner. The color yellow symbolizes the friendship between the United States and Singapore. And we're standing up the stage for a
"03.08.2016 04:12:14"  Inside the White House kitchen, our chefs are getting ready to give Prime Minister Lee and Mrs. Lee a dinner that celebrates summer food from across the United States. The prepared meal includes blue crab from Maryland, Asian yams grown in California, and
"03.08.2016 03:28:46"  Hello Singapore! It's the @WhiteHouse taking over Prime Minister @LeeHsienLoong's Instagram. Your Prime Minister took over our account this morning to give you an inside look as he arrived in the U.S., and now we're taking over his account to show you how
"02.08.2016 14:24:52" ["sgus50"] Paying my respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday. The cemetery is the final resting place for many American military men and women who have displayed valour and patriotism. We honour their sacrifice and
"01.08.2016 17:36:29"  A good first day in Washington DC. Checked in at Blair House, the US President’s Guest House, after landing at Dulles Airport. Then to our Embassy for an early National Day celebration with overseas Singaporeans.
This trip is short but significant. The
"31.07.2016 15:28:49"  On my way to Washington DC. Saddened to learn while flying about Mr SR Nathan’s stroke and his grave condition. Have been in touch with his family.
Mr Nathan served as our Ambassador to the US in the 1990s, among many contributions in a long career. He
"31.07.2016 04:34:17" ["facesofsg"] Thank you to all who performed and contributed to the Teck Ghee Fundraising Concert last night at the Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay! The $370,000 raised will go a long way to support our needy and underprivileged residents.
The performances were mainly
"30.07.2016 06:30:22"  You are never too old learn new things. These graduates from @pafrenz Senior Academy are the best example of that! The youngest graduate at yesterday’s convocation was “only” 51 years old!
PA launched the Senior Academy last year to encourage seniors to
"27.07.2016 05:41:28" ["invitemetondr"] PM Lee will be speaking at this year’s National Day Rally on Sunday 21 August at ITE College Central. If you would like a chance to attend this event, send us your best response in 50 words or less to the following question: “What would you do if you
"25.07.2016 05:10:17"  A 2-in-1 Instagram post! Iris, Ella and Dylan are from Da Qiao Primary. I met them and their schoolmates at the Jalan Kayu Day yesterday evening. Such events are a great way to bring residents together. But after the carnivals and games are over, it is
"24.07.2016 16:11:56"  Snapped this pic in Teck Ghee before the Ang Mo Kio Town Council Exhibition and Dialogue this morning. It was a beautiful day and the estate was decked in red and white. With less than two and a half weeks to National Day, do fly the National Flag if you
"24.07.2016 05:15:46"  Took a wefie with the exuberant Dikir Barat performers from Yio Chu Kang Community Club last night. They put up an exciting show, at the Hari Raya celebrations for residents young and old of Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West SMC.
Heartened to see
"21.07.2016 04:05:04"  Happy Racial Harmony Day!
Harmony between our different races and religions is a fundamental principle of our nation. We celebrate our diversity, and share each other’s customs and cultures.
Unfortunately, in many countries, we are seeing more cases
"20.07.2016 15:10:08"  Not just for the cinema: Took a virtual look at Changi Airport’s Project Jewel using these 3D spectacles this morning, at the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) new Academic Tower in Bishan.
By ‘building’ a structure ‘virtually’ first, we can
"19.07.2016 15:51:21"  Caught up with @Najib_Razak over an excellent lunch (including durians) before witnessing the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on our High Speed Rail (HSR) in Putrajaya this afternoon.
PM Najib and I agreed to build the HSR between KL and
"19.07.2016 04:55:51"  Delighted that former President SR Nathan was honoured with the Outstanding Member of the South Asian Diaspora (OMSAD) 2016 Award at the South Asian Diaspora Convention (SADC) last night. Mr Nathan was not only an outstanding Singaporean, but contributed
"18.07.2016 13:39:03"  A sentimental wefie. My old CO, LTC Chan Cheow Nam (on my left), was in town, so I had tea with him and his family, and our old artillery comrades. We had a good time reminiscing about the old days - it is more than 40 years since I served under LTC Chan
"17.07.2016 13:06:55" ["asem"] Back home from #ASEM!
Took a drive out of Ulaanbaatar to the Chinggis Khan Statue Complex before heading home. The gleaming 40m-tall stainless steel statue is an imposing and striking sight against the windswept, bare landscape.
Chinggis Khan (or
"16.07.2016 02:09:01" ["asem"] Wefie with Ho Ching and a horse. (Should be called a horse-fie :) )
Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj presented horses to leaders attending the Asia-Europe Meeting (#ASEM) in Ulaanbaatar.
Horses play an important role in the life of Mongols and are
"15.07.2016 01:56:24"  A Mongolian Honour Guard in ceremonial uniform at the Saaral Ordon (Government Palace). I had a busy day there yesterday. Called on Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj and Speaker of Parliament Miyeegombo Enkhbold. Also met PM Jargaltulga Erdenebat and
"14.07.2016 04:17:35"  The largest statue of the Buddha in Mongolia is housed within Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar. The original statue was destroyed by the communists in 1938, but eventually reconstructed with donations by the Mongolian people. Gilded in gold and embedded
"13.07.2016 16:38:54"  Arrived in Ulaanbaatar today. It is the last day of the annual national Nadaam festival and the city is in a festive mood.
Will be meeting with Mongolian leaders tomorrow and thereafter attending the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit. – LHL (MCI Photo by
"12.07.2016 17:02:35"  Was happy to meet Nicola Padfield, Master of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, today. Fitzwilliam College was Mr Lee Kuan Yew's alma mater. When he passed away last year, Fitzwilliam flew the college flag at half-mast, and held a conference on his legacy
"12.07.2016 13:14:37"  Met Swiss President Mr Johann Schneider-Ammann today. Many associate his country with chocolates, Alpine mountains and fine watches. But Switzerland also has a highly skilled workforce and well developed system of vocational training. These are areas
"12.07.2016 05:08:27"  Had lively discussions last night at the Lee Kuan Yew Prize Award Ceremony. This was part of the World Cities Summit and Singapore International Water Week, happening this week.
Was asked a very interesting question at the dialogue: “If God appeared
"10.07.2016 16:13:05"  Enjoyed a ‘Dragon’s Breath Dessert’ at the Sengkang West 10th Anniversary celebrations today. It is infused with liquid nitrogen, so it looks like you are breathing smoke when you eat it! Definitely a cool new treat for our weather, although Lam Pin Min
"10.07.2016 06:39:33"  Happy to meet 117 Pioneer Generation (PG) Ambassadors over dinner last night. This passionate team has reached out to 26,300 - nearly three quarters - of Pioneers living in Ang Mo Kio and Sengkang West.
Being a PG Ambassador takes patience, commitment,
"09.07.2016 17:20:48"  I enjoy cycling - it’s a fun, easy and healthy way to get around or to explore places. Cycling also helps our city become more car-lite and greener.
Many of my residents think so too. This is why I volunteered Ang Mo Kio to pilot ideas for a walking and
"08.07.2016 13:05:13"  FB user Michael Teh sent me this brilliant sunset shot of the city skyline. In photography, timing is crucial. Michael must have waited patiently for the sun to be in just the right position to take this shot. Thanks for the photo, Michael. :) Have a good
"06.07.2016 13:03:18" ["jalanjalan", "facesofsg"] Didn’t get the chance to explore the Ramadan bazaar at Geylang Serai when I went for the Hari Raya Light-Up last month.
So last night on the eve of Raya, I went there for a #jalanjalan. Good to see it bustling with happy shoppers and stall owners! Many
"06.07.2016 04:00:09"  Wishing all Muslims Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! May you enjoy the joyous celebrations with your loved ones after a month of fasting. – LHL (Snapped this pic of the newly renovated Sultan Mosque when I visited earlier this year. / Photo by me)
"04.07.2016 06:07:25"  CHIJ St Joseph's Convent NPCC students gave me a handout on Online Love Scams during a community visit to Punggol East yesterday. They were raising public awareness on the common scams that Singaporeans fall for. This is very useful information!
"03.07.2016 17:11:29"  Happy to catch up with my Teck Ghee volunteers and residents at our community bonding event last night.
Also delighted to present certificates to 82 volunteers for their years of service. Mdm Chee Khun Fong, now 82, has served for 30 years!
"03.07.2016 05:26:11"  Happy Youth Day to all the young and young at heart!
Your dreams today can become your passions tomorrow. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, because that’s the beauty of being young. You can experiment, try things out, and discover what you can be.
"02.07.2016 05:36:34"  Engineering is not always mechanical or electrical works! It can also be seen in projects like the ABC (Active, Beautiful, Clean) Waters at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, where PUB used soil bioengineering techniques to stabilise the river banks and prevent
"01.07.2016 04:24:14" ["safday2016", "hormatsaf"] Defence is not merely an occupation in Singapore, it's also a duty and shared experience.
This is why I was honoured to meet three former Chiefs of Defence, (from left) LG (Ret) Ng Jui Ping, BG (Ret) Kirpa Ram Vij and LG (Ret) Winston Choo, along with
"28.06.2016 06:19:58"  Hari Raya is a week away. I was glad to attend an Iftar (break fast) with congregants, together with Minister Yaacob Ibrahim and Pasir Ris-Punggol MP Sun Xueling at Masjid Al Islah Punggol yesterday.
Here we are helping to pour out porridge into bowls,
"28.06.2016 05:02:19" ["guesswhere"] #Guesswhere? A bit challenging but the buildings in the background may offer you a clue. :) - LHL (Photo by me). ---------------
A few of you got it right! I was at Al-Islah mosque in Punggol for Iftar yesterday and snapped this photo of the geometric
"27.06.2016 05:05:35"  Took this video of jubilant graduands doing the traditional cap toss after the Officer Cadet Course Commissioning Parade at SAFTI yesterday.
The parade had special significance because we are commemorating SAFTI’s 50th anniversary this year. At the first
"26.06.2016 17:06:00" ["facesofsg"] Glad to see familiar faces as well as new ones at the Teck Ghee Family Day Celebrations this morning. They were among 4,000 residents who spent the day with their families visiting carnival booths and a mini farmers’ market.
Everyone enjoyed themselves
"25.06.2016 17:06:34"  Happy to open four new centres for Ang Mo Kio residents today. Met many staff, volunteers, residents, and also this young artist hard at work :). With the new centres, AMKFSC Community Services now has 18 different touch points all over AMK, Sengkang and
"25.06.2016 07:45:49"  Delighted that Heng Swee Keat has been discharged from TTSH today! He has been working hard on his rehab and is determined to recover fully. I am confident he will, supported by his family and medical team.
I know from personal experience that recovering
"19.06.2016 05:03:14"  Back home in time for Father’s Day! :) Fathers provide for us, support us, inspire us and lead us on the right paths. In many households, they are the head of the family, and carry much on their shoulders. But they also have to share with their spouses
"18.06.2016 09:39:31"  Saw these Daruma dolls at the Daruma Dera Temple in Takasaki while on holiday in Japan this week. When a Japanese makes a wish, he paints the left eye of the doll. When the wish comes true, he paints the other eye in. - LHL
(Photo by me)
"18.06.2016 05:48:54"  I am used to meeting Singaporeans when I travel, but seldom do I encounter a merlion. So when I met this one in Karuizawa city in Japan, I naturally asked how it got there.
It seems that some 35 years ago the owner of the shop used to visit Singapore,
"11.06.2016 04:09:33" ["euro2016", "jalanjalan"] Saturday night in the city. Took this at Chijmes a fortnight ago, on a #jalanjalan with Ho Ching. Happy to see the city lively and vibrant, and lots of people enjoying themselves. Heard that it will be even more bustling in the coming weeks because of
"10.06.2016 05:16:18"  Pleased to see quite a few female students majoring in electrical skills and electronics at the Singapore-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute (SMVTI) in Yangon yesterday.
SMVTI came about when Myanmar leaders asked us to help in skills training. In
"09.06.2016 04:20:57"  Took a wefie with staff and interns of the Myanmar aviation company that manages the airports in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw. All are either current students or graduates of @temasekpoly’s Department of Aviation Management. Glad many of them are having a
"08.06.2016 04:31:26"  Spent a fruitful day in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Called on President U Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Myanmar is an old friend and partner of Singapore. We mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year, but historically
"07.06.2016 09:16:35"  Just arrived in Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw, for an official visit at the invitation of President U Htin Kyaw.
Will be meeting with Myanmar leaders over the next few days and visiting the Singapore-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute (SMVTI) in
"07.06.2016 04:39:04"  During last night’s dinner with attendees of the International Monetary Conference, we were entertained by homegrown a cappella group Vocaluptuous. ‘My Old Hometown, Katong’ was the last of three pieces they performed yesterday. It was written by John Lee
"07.06.2016 04:34:53"  Had dinner and a discussion with attendees of the International Monetary Conference (IMC) last night. The IMC is a forum for the chairmen and CEOs of major financial institutions to meet and exchange ideas.
Singapore has made a name for itself in the
"05.06.2016 13:41:11"  Happy to see so many residents and visitors at the Hari Raya light-up at Geylang Serai yesterday. I last visited the Hari Raya bazaar two years ago. Glad that the bazaar and light-up remain popular with the Malay/Muslim community and many others
"04.06.2016 13:15:19"  Many countries, one shared destiny.
The annual Asia Security Summit, aka The Shangri-La Dialogue, is currently taking place (at the Shangri-La Hotel of course). Defence ministers and senior military officials have flown in from all over the Asia-Pacific
"04.06.2016 05:00:27"  I meet Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha often, but usually at international meetings. He was last here for his introductory visit a year ago. He graciously accepted my invite to speak at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue, and I was glad to host him for tea before
"03.06.2016 06:09:53"  Had lively and open discussions at the Group of Thirty (G30) dinner last night.
The G30 is a consultative group on international economic and monetary affairs that comprises of leaders of the global finance industry and academics. DPM Tharman is a member
"02.06.2016 17:23:29" ["jalanjalan", "singaporebotanicgardens"] This dragonfly joined the audience to enjoy the music by the @pafrenz Youth Chinese Orchestra by Symphony Lake at the #singaporebotanicgardens. Ho Ching and I also caught a bit of their concert when we were there for our evening #jalanjalan last
"01.06.2016 16:29:52"  I talked about developing Mandai as a nature and wildlife destination before. Today, Mandai Safari Park Holdings announced more details. The project will include two new wildlife parks, a nature-themed education centre, and more public spaces for everyone
"31.05.2016 09:03:21"  Visited Heng Swee Keat in the TTSH Neuro ICU at NNI last evening. Delighted to find him recovering well - fully lucid, communicative and cheerful.
Swee Keat wants to thank everyone for their support and good wishes, especially Tampines residents and
"29.05.2016 05:59:00" ["guesswhere"] I enjoy doing #guesswhere photos, but @chiajoel takes it to the next level. Also known as @idroneman, he uses drones to take stunning aerial photos of Singapore.
His subjects are varied: schools, the beach and even the PSA container terminal. He shows us
"28.05.2016 05:04:11"  The June school holidays have begun! We have many beautiful parks and beaches, and the holidays will be a great time to head outdoors for some family fun.
This June, why not bring your family to Pulau Ubin? I visited it on Ubin Day in 2014, and enjoyed
"26.05.2016 05:04:45"  I was happy to host Cuban Vice-President Marino Alberto Murillo Jorge yesterday. He is here on an S R Nathan Fellowship.
Mr Murillo is in charge of Cuba's economic restructuring, transforming its centrally planned economy into a competitive market
"24.05.2016 16:58:54"  The weather has been stormy these few days, with heavy showers and lightning storms. I hope you've been staying dry! Singapore is a lightning capital of the world, but few photos have captured it as strikingly :) as this composite by @darrensohphoto.
"22.05.2016 16:19:26" ["jalanjalan"] Enjoyed a #jalanjalan along Jurong Lake Park before my trip to Russia. In my fisheye lens, the ficus trees made an interesting frame for these blocks of flats across the lake.
Today, we are redeveloping Jurong into a greener, more inviting place for
"21.05.2016 16:44:03" ["aseanrussia20", "\u0440\u043e\u0441\u0441\u0438\u044f\u0430\u0441\u0435\u0430\u043d20"] Took some time off the #ASEANRussia20 Summit to visit our Singapore representatives at the ASEAN-Russia Festival of Cultures held in conjunction with the Summit.
Enjoyed the rousing kompang and percussion performance by @nadisingapura. Also toured the
"21.05.2016 16:18:15" ["hotelview"] A view from my hotel of the Black Sea, with boats parked on the road — not quite where you’d expect to see them!
Sochi has a long Black Sea coastline, which makes it a popular holiday destination. Sadly, we had no time to enjoy the beach.
Had a fruitful
"21.05.2016 14:10:28" ["aseanrussia20", "\u0440\u043e\u0441\u0441\u0438\u044f\u0430\u0441\u0435\u0430\u043d20"] Found out that Indonesian President @jokowi and I were staying on the same floor in our hotel in Russia for the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit, so I decided to drop by for a quick catch up. We talked about our plans and concerns, and the progress of
"21.05.2016 04:03:16"  It's good to be home, and in time for Vesak Day! On this day, Buddhist devotees commemorate the birth, enlightenment and nirvana of Siddharta Gautama Shakyamuni Buddha.
Wishing all Buddhists a happy and peaceful Vesak Day weekend! – LHL
"20.05.2016 09:22:25"  Was offered a loaf of bread and some salt on an embroidered towel when I arrived in Sochi. This traditional bread and salt ceremony (хлеб-соль) is a sign of welcome in many Slavic cultures. In order not to offend the host, you have to break off a piece of
"20.05.2016 08:32:38" ["aseanrussia20", "\u0440\u043e\u0441\u0441\u0438\u044f\u0430\u0441\u0435\u0430\u043d20"] Arrived in Sochi yesterday for the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit.
Had a good meeting with President Владимир Путин (Vladimir Putin), who is hosting the event. We welcomed the progress made by the High-level Russia-Singapore Intergovernmental
"19.05.2016 17:20:32"  Had productive discussions with PM Дмитрий Медведев (@damedvedev) today. We took stock of our good relations and discussed how to do more together.
My father believed that Russia would play a major role in world affairs. He first visited in 1970 and
"19.05.2016 09:15:00"  Took a walk through Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery for a moment of serenity in a busy day of meetings.
The Convent is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while many famous Russians are buried in the Cemetery, including writer Anton Chekhov, Soviet leader
"18.05.2016 08:05:33"  Spent a good first day in Moscow. Caught up with the small but growing Singaporean community and some exchange students in Moscow. Also met the Singapore Business Federation delegation who came with me, as well as senior representatives of Singapore
"17.05.2016 09:58:31" ["hotelview"] Just arrived in Moscow (or Москва in Russian) for a working visit. Look forward to meeting PM Medvedev, government officials and Russian business executives before heading to Sochi (a Black Sea resort city) on Thursday for the ASEAN-Russia Summit. More
"16.05.2016 06:10:47"  How has Singapore managed to stay clean and incorrupt? PM David Cameron asked me to contribute an essay on Singapore’s experience, for a book launched at the Anti-Corruption Summit last week in London.
My essay cited specific stories and events in our
"15.05.2016 16:02:12" ["\u6211\u4eec\u7684\u6545\u4e8b", "longlongtimeago"] Spent the afternoon watching Jack Neo’s Long Long Time Ago 2 (我们的故事2) with grassroots leaders from Ang Mo Kio. The movie takes us back to our early years of nationhood. It showed how tough life was in the kampungs, but also how wrenching it was for people
"15.05.2016 06:07:10"  Went to @pafrenz (PA) Headquarters yesterday for a board meeting, and to meet grassroots leaders.
The PA Headquarters at King George’s Avenue occupies a historic building. Many Singaporeans have fond memories of this place - it was home to Victoria
"12.05.2016 06:03:38"  Took a wefie with some wives of foreign Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Honorary Consuls-General at the President's Annual Diplomatic Reception last night.
Being married to a diplomat often means having to leave home and family to follow their
"10.05.2016 06:05:36" ["bukitbatok"] Success is sweeter when shared. Families and friends are often the ones offering quiet support when we pursue careers or personal goals. They are the reason why we strive hard and are our biggest cheerleaders when we succeed.
Glad Murali Pillai’s family
"09.05.2016 06:05:44"  Tried out the Dragon Boat Simulator with a friendly challenge against Darryl David yesterday. :) We were with AMK-Hougang residents at the newly renovated Ci Yuan Sports Park and Family Sports Carnival.
The Sports Park has many facilities: beach
"08.05.2016 06:27:47" ["mothersday"] Happy Mother’s Day to all mums and mums-to-be!
Joined Yio Chu Kang residents old and young at their Mother’s Day Celebration yesterday. Kids from PCF Kindergarten, My First Skool, and Jamiyah Kindergarten performed songs and dances dedicated to their
"07.05.2016 18:33:47" ["sgbyelection"] Congratulations to Murali Pillai on his win! Thank you, Bukit Batok voters, for your strong support. You have chosen an MP who is committed, trustworthy, and will go the extra mile for you. Murali and his team have campaigned hard, but now their real work
"07.05.2016 06:03:50" ["funchal2016"] Congratulations to our swimmers @yippinxiu and @wheelie_wonka for breaking records at the International Paralympic Committee Swimming European Open Championships in Funchal, Portugal!
Last December, Pin Xiu set a new world record at the ASEAN Para Games.
"05.05.2016 06:05:39"  Singapore is a bustling city, but there is always room for green spaces. Esther Chang sent me this lovely photo of sunrise over Sengkang Riverside Park, taken from her HDB flat in Fernvale.
The park, together with Punggol Waterway, provides a beautiful
"03.05.2016 06:02:18" ["smartnation", "jalanjalan"] Building a #smartnation is a bit like cultivating bonsai. We need the right conditions, and the skill and patience to gently nudge young shoots in the right direction. :) This is why I donated some money to MOE, to set up the “Lee Hsien Loong Interactive
"02.05.2016 07:04:26" ["justforfun", "upsidedownphoto"] Many of you guessed right - this is a reservoir, but which one? It looks rather like MacRitchie, but actually it is Lower Peirce Reservoir, and I made it an #upsidedownphoto #justforfun. A clear reflection indeed! :) Here’s another one from my walk
"02.05.2016 05:37:15" ["guesswhere"] #guesswhere I was yesterday? Notice anything interesting about this photo? :) – LHL (Photo by me)
"01.05.2016 15:24:32" ["carefairgrow", "mdrsg"] Spoke at the May Day Rally this morning.
We are celebrating May Day in a cautious mood. The global economy is slowing down, and many workers are worried and anxious. This is an issue for Singapore too. Our workforce is changing rapidly, with the
"01.05.2016 04:05:39" ["carefairgrow", "mdrsg"] Happy May Day! On my way to Downtown East to do my May Day Rally speech. Watch it live on the PMO YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/pmosingapore (click on the link in my profile). – LHL (PMO Photo by Chiez How)
"30.04.2016 17:03:33" ["carefairgrow", "mdrsg"] Speaking at the May Day Rally tomorrow morning. But before the event, countless hours of work goes on behind the scenes. The organisers have been setting up equipment, readying the venue, and rehearsing at D'Marquee at Downtown East, plus co-ordinating
"30.04.2016 11:00:24" ["bukitbatok", "facesofsg"] Joined the @papsingapore team for a walkabout in #bukitbatok this morning to show support for Murali Pillai. Met this newspaper vendor who displayed Murali’s flyer nicely with her newspapers and magazines. She was showing her support too! :) Murali, or Ah
"30.04.2016 06:35:51"  I receive many visitors, but yesterday’s visitor gave me special pleasure - Minister-President of Saxony Stanislaw Tillich. In February last year I visited Dresden, the state capital of Saxony. Mr Tillich was a most gracious host, and we got on very well.
"29.04.2016 06:07:30" ["jalanjalan"] Like many others, Ho Ching and I look forward to the annual Tulipmania floral display at @gardensbythebay. So I was glad we were able to do a #jalanjalan there last Sunday. It was nice to see so many families and visitors enjoying the beautiful
"27.04.2016 06:10:39"  Took a wefie with DPM Teo and the Permanent Secretaries at yesterday’s Administrative Service dinner and promotion ceremony (apologies to PS Tee How and PS Benny who got cut off at the edge :) ). Both good politics and good policies are needed for the
"26.04.2016 06:04:22"  Marking my 4th anniversary on Facebook and Twitter slightly belatedly this year since I was away last week, but I would be remiss if I did not say thank you for your comments, photos, and yes, selfies! I’m still surprised and touched by your warm
"25.04.2016 06:03:38"  Met 9-month-old Oliver, and many more cute babies and children, at the the annual Teck Ghee Baby Show yesterday. This year saw the biggest turnout yet, with 247 entrants participating in 3 different contests (but only 145 different babies :) ). More than
"24.04.2016 13:08:08"  Good to be home again!
Joined Cheng San - Seletar residents at the Safer Roads@AMK Begins With Me event this morning. At the road safety circuit, young Jayden Quek demonstrated the “kerb drill” before taking me across the zebra crossing. I hope that you
"22.04.2016 06:47:24"  Ended my visit to the Middle East with a tour of the Jaffa Old City. The distinctive steeple of St. Peter’s Church is a prominent landmark in Jaffa. For many pilgrims arriving in the Holy Land, the steeple would be one of the first things they see.
"21.04.2016 16:00:22"  The Dome of the Rock, seen from within the Al-Aqsa Mosque at Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. Temple Mount has special significance for many — it is a holy site for Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. I was honoured to visit a place which means so
"20.04.2016 07:29:25"  Was deeply moved by my visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum yesterday. The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem is a memorial to the Jews killed by the Nazis. On the dome are the photographs of 600 victims, just a fraction of the 6 million killed. "Never
"19.04.2016 08:20:58"  Met Jamie Shear, deep in concentration scribing a Torah scroll in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. He later told me that the Torah must be hand-written, which means no printing or photocopying! - LHL (Photo by me)
"19.04.2016 08:18:37"  Jerusalem contains holy sites of the three Abrahamic faiths — the Western Wall and Temple Mount for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians, and for Muslims Al-Aqsa Mosque (in the photo) and the Dome of the Rock, both on Temple Mount. - LHL
"18.04.2016 07:26:56"  Had a fascinating trek through Petra, “a rose red city half as old as time”. At the Treasury, we were greeted by these men dressed as Nabataean soldiers. The Treasury is likely the most iconic image of Petra. It is so called as people believed (wrongly)
"18.04.2016 07:03:19"  Met Singaporeans living in Jordan on Saturday. Many are students here for religious studies, and I was happy to hear they are doing well and enjoying their time here. - LHL (MCI Photo by Chwee)
"16.04.2016 06:47:03" ["hotelview"] Arrived in Amman yesterday evening. On the first leg of my Middle East trip - Jordan, Israel, and the Palestine Authority.
Looking forward to the visit. We have warm and friendly ties with all three. King Abdullah of Jordan has visited Singapore often -
"14.04.2016 04:04:48"  புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்! Today is the Tamil New Year. It’s a day of celebrations and fresh beginnings for many Indians around the world. Glad to have these unique and colourful traditions in our multi-racial society.
I wish all my Indian friends a Happy
"13.04.2016 14:38:57"  Was happy to meet Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg today.
Norway and Singapore enjoy good economic relations, especially in the maritime sector. Our ties go back more than a century. Norway established an honorary consulate here in 1906, soon after
"11.04.2016 06:11:52" ["thesongswesang"] I enjoy Xinyao (新谣) songs like 细水长流 and 小人物的心声, but I did not know much about the history of the Xinyao movement. So when I heard about the movie @thesongswesang, I decided to go.
Ho Ching and I watched the movie yesterday. It told the story of Xinyao,
"10.04.2016 06:06:35" ["montfort100"] Took a wefie with these budding musicians at the 100th anniversary of the Montfort Schools last night.
They are the Montfort Junior School String Ensemble, and were raring to go when I met them backstage before their performance. They brought back
"09.04.2016 05:34:35" ["guesswhere"] Hope you are having a splendid Saturday! #Guesswhere? :) - LHL (Photo by me)
"07.04.2016 16:10:35"  Wefie with Traffic Police officers Staff Sergeant Abdul Hakim (left) and Staff Sergeant Fadli Shaifuddin. They were offered but rejected bribes. I met them today, among 43 public officers and private individuals, to commend and congratulate them for their
"04.04.2016 06:05:02"  Glad to be home! Can’t help but notice the heat immediately. While many of us can escape indoors, others have to brave the heat and work outdoors, like this traffic warden. Grateful to them for working tirelessly in their own ways to keep our country
"02.04.2016 17:03:53" ["nss2016"] Attended the final Nuclear Security Summit yesterday.
The NSS was created to address the threat of nuclear terrorism. Singapore has no nuclear materials or facilities. But we take our responsibilities seriously, and contribute to the international
"01.04.2016 06:06:55"  It was my first full day in Washington. Went for a short walk after lunch, and caught these bright pink cherry blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial (in the background). The blooming period will soon be over, so I was lucky to catch the blossoms. – LHL
"31.03.2016 06:30:21"  Caught up with Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of NYC, today. We discussed the US election, and also the mood in the US and prospects for the Trans-Pacific Partnership FTA.
Now in Washington DC. Looking forward to the Nuclear Security Summit starting
"31.03.2016 06:05:35"  Reflections at the golden hour, taken out of the bus window along Sixth Avenue. (Photo by me)
"30.03.2016 05:45:50"  Visited the Oculus yesterday. It is beautifully designed, and is the centrepiece of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, built to replace the rail station destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. This was taken from the inside of the Oculus.
The hub connects
"29.03.2016 06:58:37"  Terrorism has taken many lives, and we must remain resolute in countering it.
Today, I visited the @911memorial, built in remembrance of the nearly 3000 people who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, and in the earlier World Trade Center bombing on 26
"28.03.2016 07:58:21"  I always look forward to meeting Singaporeans when I visit a city, as it is a good opportunity to find out how they are doing. So I was happy to meet 300 Singaporeans – students, working professionals and families – at our UN mission in NYC today. Happy
"28.03.2016 07:56:42"  Walked the @highlinenyc today. It is a public park built on 2.3 km of elevated railway track. It used to transport goods between the factories on Manhattan island and the docks on the Hudson River. Now the High Line integrates spaces for art displays and
"27.03.2016 04:02:46"  Stopped over in Frankfurt on my way to NYC. The sun suddenly came out from behind the clouds, bathing us in brilliant light. Spotted this cross formed by the blinds. Wishing all Christians a blessed and joyful Easter Sunday! – LHL (Photo by me)
"27.03.2016 04:01:48"  Arrived safely in New York! Thanks for all your good wishes.
Here is a modern version of Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous photo of a sailor kissing a lady in a white dress in New York’s Times Square. :) – LHL (MCI Photo by Terence Tan)
"26.03.2016 07:29:04"  Ho Ching and I hosted the Sultan of Brunei and Raja Isteri to dinner at the Botanic Gardens last night. They were in Singapore for a private visit. Our ties with Brunei are excellent, and it was good to catch up with the Sultan and his wife again.
"25.03.2016 16:00:33" ["sgbudget2016"] Starting right means starting young. When I was in Secondary 4, aged 15, I attended the @outwardboundsg (OBS) course on Pulau Ubin. For 17 days my coursemates and I were stretched to our limits, learnt to work together, and mastered new skills like
"25.03.2016 03:03:47"  Today is Good Friday, a holy day for Christians. The day marks the Passion, or suffering, of Christ; his crucifixion; and his resurrection three days later. Many Christians spend the day in prayer, reflection and repentance.
I wish all those who observe
"24.03.2016 06:06:02"  A single stalk of the Aranda Lee Kuan Yew resting on my father’s old seat at our first Parliament House. Thank you to everyone for making yesterday a special day. – LHL (MCI Photo by Terence Tan)
"24.03.2016 05:54:33"  I joined past and current MPs, as well as former Parliament staff yesterday for a simple and moving remembrance ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of my father’s passing.
The ceremony was held in the Chamber of the old Parliament House (now known
"23.03.2016 03:03:34" ["rememberinglky", "rememberingleekuanyew"] A year ago today, Mr Lee Kuan Yew left us. Tens of thousands queued for hours to pay their last respects at Parliament House, where his body lay in state. As he made his final journey past the Padang, a 21-gun salute was fired. This is one of the
"21.03.2016 05:05:01"  Took this pic at the Chinese Gardens two years ago. It is a beautiful place to visit, and an example of what the ABC (Active, Beautiful, Clean) Waters Programme aims to achieve. PUB has worked hard to create clean streams and rivers, and beautiful
"20.03.2016 03:08:30"  These brightly decorated pebbles carry messages of support from residents and well wishers for the core values championed by our Founding Fathers. This was one of the thoughtful tributes at the #RememberingLeeKuanYew event I attended at Bishan-Ang Mo
"19.03.2016 05:07:28" ["blossombeats"] Stepped into a wonderland of beautiful blossoms at @gardensbythebay last night. The flowers at the #BlossomBeats Floral Display are not native to tropical countries, but kudos to Gardens by the Bay for making it happen in the Flower Dome. The blossoms are
"18.03.2016 12:00:55" ["jalanjalan"] A sunset shot last Saturday from @GardensbytheBay’s Bay East Garden. Ho Ching and I were there for a #jalanjalan.
Bay East Garden is the preferred site recommended by the Founders’ Memorial Committee for the Memorial, so we went to take a look.
"17.03.2016 03:06:20" ["rememberinglky", "rememberingleekuanyew"] A year ago our nation came together to bid Mr Lee Kuan Yew a last farewell. The week of national mourning and the State Funeral that followed were an intense and emotional experience for us all.
During the State Funeral Procession, gunners from the 21st
"16.03.2016 05:06:11" ["rememberinglky", "rememberingleekuanyew"] I took this photo of the Aranda Lee Kuan Yew orchid in my office soon after the week of national mourning. A year has passed quickly, and next week we will be marking the first anniversary of my father’s death. - LHL (Photo by me)
"13.03.2016 04:06:49" ["solareclipse", "singaporebotanicgardens"] Although I missed getting a good shot of the #SolarEclipse at the #singaporebotanicgardens on Wednesday morning, I enjoyed my walk in the Garden’s morning calm.
Definitely worth a visit if you are looking for something to do with your kids this March
"11.03.2016 14:38:37"  Learning to cut and staple an intestine (actually a plastic tube) using a powered surgical stapler. This was in a hands-on laparoscopy (key-hole surgery) workshop for doctors. I was visiting the SingHealth Procedural Skills Lab in the Academia building at
"10.03.2016 05:03:52"  Jeffrey Tan sent me this charming photo of his neighbourhood in Jalan Riang. It looks like a quiet residential area, but true to its name, Jalan Riang is also home to a lively string of cafes and eateries. ('Riang' means 'vibrant' in Malay.) Thank you for
"09.03.2016 05:29:16" ["solareclipse"] Made my way to the Botanic Gardens early this morning to catch the solar eclipse.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good shot. My staff Chiez How managed to get this. :) What about you? - LHL (PMO Photo by Chiez How, captured at 8.17am through darkened
"07.03.2016 13:05:11" ["ilightmarinabay"] There’s something magical about the carousel after dark! Snapped this at the #iLightMarinaBay festival last Saturday. This year, more than half the artworks were created by Singaporean artists. The rest came from countries like Japan, Norway and the
"06.03.2016 03:02:54" ["guesswhere"] A #guesswhere to kickstart your Sunday. :) – LHL (Photo by me) ========== Snapped this last week at Orchard Central’s roof garden. The sculpture is by Victor Tan, a blind Singaporean sculptor who makes amazing artworks out of wire. This one is titled “The