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.