Picks of the Month
Spread the National Day Cheers
National Day always brings with it a wave of nostalgia as we reminisce about the country’s history and look towards the future together. Honouring Singapore’s 58th year of independence, we pay tribute with August’s picks, from fun games to illuminating reads related to all things Singapore.
1. Monopoly: Singapore Edition
Looking to shake up the family’s bonding routine? You can’t go wrong with Monopoly, a classic board game where each player vies to gain a monopoly of in-demand properties around the board. The Singapore edition welcomes the Rubber Ducky, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Penguin to the family of tokens, joining the iconic Merlion to provide hours of family fun! With place names specific to Singapore marked out in the game, it’s also a great way to introduce your little ones to local landmarks.
2. Fandi: Honour & Sacrifice
If Singapore was to designate a national sport, football, widely considered the most popular sport here, will presumably take the crown. And of Singapore’s most celebrated footballers, local fans will be familiar with Fandi Ahmad — the national sportsperson who clinched many wins for Singapore on the field from the 70s. This National Day, get to know Fandi Ahmad in his second biography, which details his coming of age as a professional footballer as well as the highs and lows of his career.
3. Tall Order: The Goh Chok Tong Story
At the forefront of Singapore’s Cabinet once stood an imposing figure who catalysed the formation of several key national policies and institutions such as Medisave and Nominated Member of Parliament. Tall Order tells the extraordinary story of Emeritus Senior Minister Gok Chok Tong’s life and career over half a century, revealing how Singapore's second Prime Minister rose through a combination of strength, wit, and a political nous which many, including himself, did not know he had.
4. Fifty Secrets of Singapore’s Success
Evolving from a developing country to a developed one in a matter of a few decades, Singapore’s stunning progress is often the envy of many seeking to emulate its achievements. Edited by Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh, dig into Fifty Secrets of Singapore’s Success, an insightful collection of 50 essays written by well-known leaders and experts in their fields that sheds light on how the small state scored significant success in economics and eight other areas, to find out more.
5. World in Transition: Singapore's Future
If there’s one thing our colonial past taught us, it is to never take our national security and independence for granted. As the globalised world rapidly changes by the day, understanding the international political climate is more important than ever. Follow Professor Chan Heng Chee as she examines the major fault lines today, the ongoing malfunctioning of democracies and capitalist economies, the unravelling of the world order, and Singapore’s place in it.
By Felicia Chua