I have stepped into Singapore as well
Yes, Last March I went to Singapore as first time in my life. Actually it was transit, while going to the Brunei. It is marvelous city, but I hate is speedy life style. Salaries are higher than the Sri Lanka and expenses also very higher than the Sri Lanka.
All the facilities were near to hands except non busyness. If you going there visit Jurong East Bird park and Merlion.
There was a island called Sentosa,I'm not recommending you to visit there, because they only collecting dollars, there not having big fun according to the payments. Underwater world, 4D film theater, Dolphin show and sky ride were fine but very expensive.
I did lot of activities in Thailand wonderland which cheaper than here.
According to the china town museum, The first records of settlement in Singapore are from the 2nd century AD.
This picture was taken by Steffen Röhner early 1970's.
The island was an outpost of the Sumatran Srivijaya empire and originally had the Javanese name Temasek ('sea town'). Temasek rapidly became a significant trading settlement, but declined in the late 14th century. There are few remnants of old Temasek in Singapore, but archaeologists in Singapore have uncovered artifacts of that and other settlements. Between the 16th and early 19th centuries, Singapore island was part of the Sultanate of Johor. During the Malay-Portugal wars in 1613, the settlement was set ablaze by Portuguese troops. The Portuguese subsequently held control in that century and the Dutch in the 17th, but throughout most of this time the island's population consisted mainly of fishermen.
On 29 January 1819, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles landed on the main island. Spotting its potential as a strategic geographical trading post in Southeast Asia, Raffles signed a treaty with Sultan Hussein Shah on behalf of the British East India Company to develop Singapore as a British trading post and settlement, marking the start of the island's modern era. Raffles's deputy, William Farquhar, oversaw a period of growth and ethnic migration, which was largely spurred by a no-restriction immigration policy. The British India office governed the island from 1858, but Singapore was made a British crown colony in 1867, answerable directly to the Crown. By 1869, 100,000 lived on the island.
Singapore has no big history like Sri lanka, I think that was the reason behind the success of Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew was first Prime Minister in independent Singapore, I think he is the creative and most successive man in the entire world among 19th century.
Some of the historical details from wikipedia.org