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NEST EGG: FOUNDATION FOR THE LONG TERM: (Above) The CPF Building at 79 Robinson Road; CPF is a unique social security system that, although viewed differently by different Singaporeans, is undeniably one of the aspects that defines being a Singaporean; 'to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality' - this line from the Singapore pledge is the basis and foundation of nation building

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NEST EGG: FOUNDATION FOR THE LONG TERM: The CPF Building at 79 Robinson Road; CPF is a unique social security system that, although viewed differently by different Singaporeans, is undeniably one of the aspects that defines being a Singaporean; (above) 'to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality' - this line from the Singapore pledge is the basis and foundation of nation building

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FOUNDING FATHER'S VISION: (Above) Remembering the late Lee Kuan Yew, who made Singapore what it is today; an island with lush greenery and affordable public housing; singing the National Anthem and observing the Pledge is carried out in all Singapore primary and secondary schools

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FOUNDING FATHER'S VISION: Remembering the late Lee Kuan Yew, who made Singapore what it is today; (above) an island with lush greenery and affordable public housing; singing the National Anthem and observing the Pledge is carried out in all Singapore primary and secondary schools

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FOUNDING FATHER'S VISION: Remembering the late Lee Kuan Yew, who made Singapore what it is today; an island with lush greenery and affordable public housing; (above) singing the National Anthem and observing the Pledge is carried out in all Singapore primary and secondary schools

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UNIQUELY S'PORE: (Above) Food and hawker centres are an integral part of the Singapore culture, along with the 'chope-ping' (reserving) of tables with a tissue packet, a name card or even an umbrella; popular mobile ice-cream kiosks on motorbikes or bicycles are a common sight around the city and heartlands, selling cheap ice-cream in bread, wafers or cones

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UNIQUELY S'PORE: Food and hawker centres are an integral part of the Singapore culture, along with the 'chope-ping' (reserving) of tables with a tissue packet, a name card or even an umbrella; (above) popular mobile ice-cream kiosks on motorbikes or bicycles are a common sight around the city and heartlands, selling cheap ice-cream in bread, wafers or cones

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BUILDING ON HARD-WON PEACE AND HARMONY: (Above) A safe and nuturing environment where children of all ages and race can play together and where different faiths can co-exist in harmony; scene of the old and new Singapore - the historic Lau Pa Sat against the new One Shenton building

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BUILDING ON HARD-WON PEACE AND HARMONY: A safe and nuturing environment where children of all ages and race can play together and (above) where different faiths can co-exist in harmony; scene of the old and new Singapore - the historic Lau Pa Sat against the new One Shenton building

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BUILDING ON HARD-WON PEACE AND HARMONY: A safe and nuturing environment where children of all ages and race can play together and where different faiths can co-exist in harmony; (above) scene of the old and new Singapore - the historic Lau Pa Sat against the new One Shenton building

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FLOURISHING ARTS SCENE Living World Series art installation by Ju Ming at CapitaGreen - an ultra-modern 40-storey Grade A office tower at the site of the former Market Street car park

THE fly-bys, the parade, the finale fireworks - these are the events that are synonymous with the once-a-year celebrated National Day Parade.

But what makes us Singaporeans? For the citizens of a 50-year young country, this can be a difficult question to answer.

Is it by merely adding the "lahs" or "lehs" at the end of our sentences? Or chowing down on some favourite dishes with our love ones? How about complaining incessantly about some people or establishment or the government?

On the nation's 50th anniversary, BT photographers Arthur Lee, Yen Meng Jiin and Shawn Teo - each born in a different decade - took to the streets. Through their lenses, they attempt to give the answer to the question: What makes the Singaporean "Singaporean"?

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