The swimming prodigy might have made Singapore gush with pride by winning the country's first Olympic gold medal this year, but many ordinary Singaporeans also proved they could also do the nation proud simply by carrying out acts of kindness.
Or in the case of one Pathlight School student, making an unlikely fashion statement.
Created by billionBricks, a local non-profit organisation, the tent provides privacy and protection from extreme weather conditions for the homeless. Co-founder Prasoon Kumar had sketched out of the design of the tent in 2014, which was tested by 12 homeless families in New Delhi.
3. One people, one Singapore
For many, this uplifting tale highlighted Singapore's unique multiracialism. These Hindu devotees might have been dressed in ceremonial attire, but they rushed to the aid of an elderly Chinese man who had collapsed at a petrol station along Serangoon Road.
One of the devotees, Mr U Silvakumar, administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man.Mr Silvakumar later received an award from the Singapore Civil Defence Force for his public spiritedness.
4. No language barrier too far
If there ever was a shining example that it pays to know more than one language, simply look to Ms Nuradillah Zakbah for inspiration.
Long story short: Chinese tourists were saying "na ge" in Mandarin (English for "that"), American man thought they had called him a n***er.
Ms Nuradillah, who speaks both languages, jumped in to clear up the misunderstanding. She even threw in a little French to appease an airport security guard.
5. Hero of Seletar Dam
An act of kindness can save a life - and precious travelling time too.
A driver who helped a tortoise cross the road at Seletar Dam earned praise from netizens, after footage online showed the creature crawling across the three-lane road, holding up traffic as cars tried to change lanes to avoid running over the jaywalker.
6. A golden dream fulfilled
It might have been just a boy's simple wish to pat golden retrievers, but the big-heartedness of many Singaporeans shone through when they turned up in force with their dogs to fulfil just that.
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