Poll: Vote for your favourite Singaporean moment of 2016

Top six moments: (clockwise from top left) Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling; Mrs Lee Hsien Loong's dinosaur pouch; Pokemon Go players in Hougang; bak chor mee from Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle; Paralympic swimmers Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu; and singer Nathan Hartono.

SINGAPORE - Unprecedented sporting glory (Joseph Schooling, who else?), a Singaporean in the final of a major singing competition, a mobile app that sparked a nationwide craze, and a $14.80 pouch that went all the way to Washington.

What an eventful and exciting year 2016 has been for Singapore.

While Singapore's new king of the pool Schooling rightly gets the plaudits for winning Singapore's first Olympic gold, let's not forget the inspiring exploits of Paralympic swimmers Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh in Rio de Janeiro.

We're all familiar with the Pokemon Go phenomenon that briefly held Singaporeans young and old in its addictive thrall, and also singer Nathan Hartono's seemingly improbable run - with Jay Chou by his side - to the Sing China! final.

But who would have thought the humble bak chor mee and soya sauce chicken would have made it into the notoriously chi chi Michelin guide?

Also deserving of mention: The dinosaur pouch designed by autistic Pathlight student See Toh Sheng Jie that Mrs Lee Hsien Loong took with her to the White House.

1. Joseph Schooling wins Singapore's first Olympic gold

Olympic champion Joseph Schooling greets the crowd at Marine Terrace during his victory parade. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

2. Mrs Lee Hsien Loong takes Pathlight student's dinosaur pouch to the White House

Pathlight student See Toh Sheng Jie, seen here with his father Jason, holds up his famous dinosaur pouch. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

3. Pokemon Go launches in Singapore, sparking huge crowds

An aerial shot of the crowd of Pokemon Go players at the open space in front of Block 401, Hougang Avenue 10, on Aug 13, 2016. PHOTO: ST FILE

4. Nathan Hartono makes it to Sing! China final

Singer Nathan Hartono performs during the Sing! China final at Beijing's National Stadium in Oct 7, 2016. PHOTO: ZHEJIANG TV SING! CHINA/WEIBO

5. Paralympians Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh make history

Paralympic swimmers Theresa Goh (left) and Yip Pin Xiu are also firm friends outside the pool. PHOTO: ST FILE

6. Two hawker stalls make it into Singapore's maiden Michelin guide

Bak chor mee (left) from Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and soya sauce chicken noodles from Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle. The two stalls earned a Michelin star each. PHOTOS: THE BUSINESS TIMES, ST FILE

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