""If you want to compete beaches on beaches, forests, lakes, seasides,
you lose. You can't beat Thailand, you can't beat Indonesia and
you can't beat Philippines. But we can
become the Paris in South-east Asia." - MM Lee Kuan Yew, Aug 2006
To transform Pasir Ris into Paris , all we just have to remove 3 letters (Pasir Ris)...... Now I can see why they promised to build a fountain in my area as part of the upgrading package during the recent election. With each election, we will get more upgrading and one day Singapore will have enough fountains to become the Paris of South-east Asia. Nothing to it.
North Korea tried to become the Paris of the communist world by build an imitation of the Arc De Triomphe. The imitation is 3 m taller than the real thing. The N. Korean leaders now consider Pyongyang Paris of the Korean Peninsula. .....notice that Pyongyang also begins with the letter P.
I thought Singapore's aspiration 20 years ago was to be the Switzerland of South East Asia....I guess with time our elite leaders have upgraded those goals. Paris a far more exciting place than Switzerland. With the Crazy Horse (from Paris) and casinos being built, Singaporeans can look forward to a Parisian lifestyle rich in culture, freedom and romance. It is time also for me to throw away my fondue pot and upgrade my dreams. ...time for me to get a Claude Monet reproduction for my living room and got to make sure it is bigger than the original...