Friday, May 30, 2008

Urban make-over

Just two weeks ago, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has announced plans to transform our tiny island into one giant garden, where Singaporeans can enjoy a seamless and unfettered walk along the whole perimeter of Singapore using the connected park connectors stretching 150 km in all. Kallang and Paya Lebar would also be transformed into an urban hub, offering hosts of commercial, residential and recreational facilities. The many farms located in the north of Singapore would also be undergoing a revamp, to better offer the highly-coveted aspects of rural life to Singaporeans.

Personally, I find Singapore getting too crowded for my comfort. On weekends, it takes discipline to navigate through the thronging maddening crowds in the shopping centres, to wait patiently for that coveted seat in the restaurants, etc.

Crowds also spill from the urban amenities to the natural parks such as East Coast Park and the Changi Village, taking the luster off an outing there.

I do not really fancy the make-over as these places, be it urban or rural amenities, would also be crowded in time to come…….

The only place where I believe I am really able to seek solace, to be alone with nature, to listen to sea breezes, smell the aroma emanating from nature, bask in the charms of nature is to go out of Singapore to the many interesting islands of our neighboring countries.

That is also where natural attraction is (largely) untamed by human.

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