A Colourful Week but TGIF, Nonetheless

TGIF, but this week has been an interesting one for us in Singapore. The Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park served some purpose yesterday when some Singaporeans bonded together to voice their displeasure against the lax immigration policy that made it easier for foreigners to find jobs here than locals.

There was some personal fun as well during the week. We went to the Resorts World side of Sentosa on Sunday. It was an accidental visit as we had not planned it. After service at St Andrew’s Cathedral and lunch at Nalan we went to Vivocity to check out the Curved UHD TV roadshow there.

When we went out for a waterside view, we found a new Sentosa boardwalk that leads to the Universal Studio and Resorts World on the island. Luckily the weather was conducive and was not very sunny and the views were tantalising. So we decided to go on an exploratory walk and were simply bowled over by it.

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Urbanisation Not Always Thoughtless: Then on May Day-eve, I got to visit the Gardens by the Bay for the first time, thanks to the dinner with a few of my colleagues at the SuperTree IndoChine restaurant. And what a splendorous evening it turned out to be, thanks to a delightful visual journey we experienced there. The manmade wonders on view were a demonstration that urbanisation need not always be thoughtless.

The pictures I took using my iPhone 5 are being posted here to show my friends outside of Singapore what they are missing.

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Perhaps a part of the beauty of Singapore is the constant stream of surprises residents can look forward to. They spring up even without we realizing it, thanks to an efficient government quietly delivering value for the country!

Of course, there are issues that incense me – calculated overpopulation, Singaporeans being shortchanged in terms of education and employment, etc. But beyond that there is little doubt that the country has been in good hands. With greater participation from people in governance and a little more listening to their grievances, Singapore can get even better!

G Joslin Vethakumar

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