Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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My Lion City – Singa-pore

Singapore Esplanade - Creative centre

In a nutshell, I have lived here for 4 decades since 1966 when I first set foot in Singapore after London. I wanted to run off but had to make Singapore my matrimonial home.

Like London which grew on me after one year, Singapore became more livable with the revolutionary changes taking place after gaining independence in 1965; so I am 1 year younger than Spore!

Within 10 years of inspiration (10%) and perspiration (90%), I could not have believed how Singapore without any natural resources except a hard working and educated people, could transform herself into a beautiful clean and green city with good infrastructure and a financial centre.

Now that Singapore has evolved into a first world country, our government finds it is time to inject creative energies into our city to become a mega-city.

Hence, the birth of the Esplanade , where I produced a benefit concert “L’Enfant Sauvage ” in 2004 , with great success.

Singapore to me is my ideal city, with an open mind to keep on improving to attract the talented to come and join us to sustain this amazing city, I now call home.

Sent by Ana Wang from Singapore

12 Responses to “My Lion City – Singa-pore”

  1. Yin Says:

    Pen this date August 9 on your diary for the live telecast of NDP on Channel NewsAsia:


  2. Ana Wang Says:

    Nostalgia : August 9

    August 1, 2008 – 9:14 am
    Dear Fellow Singaporeans & All who know Singapore

    For the first time ever, you will get to view the entire National Day Parade (NDP) LIVE on the Channel NewsAsia (CNA) International on TV!

    This means that you will be able to celebrate this National Day with your family members and fellow Singaporeans in ‘real-time’. Isn’t that great news?! Not only that – almost the entire Asia will get a chance to view how Singaporeans celebrate our National Day as CNA is available in 19 million homes and hotel rooms in 22 countries.

    LIVE Telecast Details
    Date: 9th August 2008, Saturday
    Time: 1745 – 2015 hrs (Singapore time)

    Countries with CNA broadcast
    South Asia East Asia Southeast Asia Others
    Bangladesh China Brunei Australia
    Bhutan Hong Kong Cambodia Papua New Guinea
    India Macau Indonesia UAE
    Maldives Taiwan Malaysia
    Nepal Philippines
    Pakistan Singapore
    Sri Lanka Thailand

    Be sure to watch NDP on CNA International! Click here to find out which are the hotels where you could catch NDP LIVE! on CNA International.

    Can’t find your city on CNA’s list? You can always catch the LIVE webcast of the National Day Parade on http://www.ndp.org.sg.

    Warm regards,

    The Overseas Singaporean Portal Team

    Songs for Singapore:


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  3. Ana aka Idkit Says:

    Meeting of the Minds or Ad Idem @ Via Mar, Esplanade Mall

    What a better place to let our minds meet than at the Esplanade, Singapore’s art and convention centre.

    We have the leading minds of Dr Brett Steenbarger and Ray Barros to pick while Mic and I took in the sea breeze, sipping our drinks , enjoying and sampling Spanish dishes especially paella.

    Mic the comic related some local stories of how hawkers push for their fares – by shooting a picture of a celebrity eating at their stalls. This must have raised Dr Brett’s eye-brows! So we warned him in local dialects not to put off our honoured guest with such stories, which may be true but may not be the done thing. Mic the quick former trader from the Pit is always ready with a repartee: only joking!

    Now it is my turn to relate my ‘diplomatic jokes’, only to break out into giggles before I could tell, which has to be finished by my mentor Ray. It must have struck our guest how stress could have turned us into funny creatures in order to release tensions.

    More at

  4. idkit Says:


    Motor Racing: Alonso wins drama-filled Singapore Grand Prix
    Posted: 28 September 2008 2217 hrs

    Photos 3 of 3

    Renault’s F1 driver Fernando Alonso racing over the landmark Andersen Bridge during the Singapore Grand Prix.

    Sunday Sep 28 2008

    SINGAPORE: Spain’s Fernando Alonso snapped a year-long win drought to take the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, winning a drama-filled first-ever night race as a comical error cost Felipe Massa dearly.

    It was the Renault driver’s first victory since the Italian Grand Prix last year and capped a remarkable weekend that saw him top two of the free practice sessions but start 15th on the grid after a mechanical problem in qualifying.

    He claimed his 20th career triumph by 2.95 seconds over Germany’s Nico Rosberg in a Williams and Britain’s world championship leader Lewis Hamilton who came in third.

    Toyota driver Timo Glock was fourth with Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel following up his win in Italy this month with fifth. BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld took sixth.

    The race was a new experience for every driver on a street circuit under powerful spotlights and it turned out to be one of the most exciting of the season.

    Despite dark clouds lurking, Singapore’s notorious tropical downpours stayed away and the whole race was run in dry, but hot and humid conditions.

    Ferrari’s Massa started from pole but a disastrous mistake cost him the race and valuable points in his push for the world title.

    His 13th place finish means he is now seven points behind Hamilton in the championship hunt with just three Grand Prix left at Japan, China and Brazil.

    The Brazilian was in the pits on lap 15 when he was given the green light and drove off with the fuel hose still attached to his car, leaving one of the pit crew floored and subsequently carted off in a neck brace.

    Massa ended up sitting in his Ferrari at the end of the pit lane as the crew ran after him and managed to pull the hose free, but it ruined his chances. He was given a drive through penalty and rejoined in 18th place.

    It was a miserable night for Ferrari with defending world champion Kimi Raikkonen ramming his car into the barriers with just four laps to go, ending his race.

    The Massa drama occurred after the cars came in when Nelson Piquet careered into the wall on the exit from turn 17, bouncing into the barriers on the other side of the track, causing massive damage to his Renault.

    He climbed out unscathed but the safety car was deployed.

    Massa was leading at the time with Hamilton second but at the restart, Rosberg was in front followed by Jarno Trulli and Giancarlo Fisichella, with Robert Kubica fourth and Alonso fifth.

    Hamilton was ninth, but Rosberg and Kubica were subsequently slapped with a 10-second stop penalty for coming into the pits after the Piquet crash before it had opened.

    The complicated scenario saw Toyota’s Trulli in the lead on lap 28 but without having pitted with Alonso second, Rosberg third and Hamilton charging in sixth.

    With Trulli taking his first pit stop soon after Alonso, who started from 15th on the grid, amazingly found himself in front just after the halfway mark with a 4.9 second lead over Rosberg.

    Alonso came in for his second pit stop on lap 41 and came out still in the lead, marginally ahead of David Coulthard and Hamilton.

    Remarkably, when Coulthard pitted soon after he too drove off with the fuel pipe attached, knocking over a mechanic who was stretchered off with an injured ankle, dropping the Scotsman to ninth.

    There was more action to come.

    Alonso was cruising with a 23 second lead when Adrian Sutil shunted his Force India into the wall, bringing the safety car out again and wiping out the Spaniard’s advantage.

    When they restarted with seven laps left it was a sprint to the finish and two-time world champion Alonso made no mistake, writing his name in the record books as the first winner of a Formula One night race.

    Have your say on the Singapore F1 here.


    1. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Renault) 1 hour 57 minutes 16.304 seconds
    2. Nico Rosberg (GER/Williams) at 2.957
    3. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/McLaren) at 5.917
    4. Timo Glock (GER/Toyota) at 8.155
    5. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Toro Rosso) at 10.268
    6. Nick Heidfeld (GER/BMW Sauber) at 11.101
    7. David Coulthard (GBR/Red Bull) at 16.387
    8. Kazuki Nakajima (JPN/Williams) at 18.489
    9. Jenson Button (GBR/Honda) at 19.885
    10. Heikki Kovalainen (FIN/McLaren) at 26.902
    11. Robert Kubica (POL/BMW Sauber) at 27.975
    12. Sebastien Bourdais (FRA/Toro Rosso) at 29.432
    13. Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari) at 35.107
    14. Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA/Force India) at 43.571
    15. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) at 4 laps

  5. idkit Says:


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  6. Idkit Says:

    New post at Idkit:


  7. Idkit Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to my friends especially in the US:


  8. Idkit aka Ana Says:

    Sharing this uniquely Singapore tradition of Yu Sheng – Everybody’s birthday on the 7th lunar new year day.


  9. Pattaya Noodles Says:

    SF Cinema City limits is the actual leading cinema house in Pattaya. Functional in different parts of Thailand, SF Cinema City limits is of the second-largest theater chain in Thailand after a look at the combined operations of Major Cineplex and to the EGV chain. S.F.

  10. Time Pattaya Says:

    The city has high mountains to the south and plain on the coast. Eastern region slopes down towards the sea on the west. Coastal Pattaya can be segregated into five sub-districts – North Pattaya (Pattaya Nua), South Pattaya (Pattaya Tai), Central Pattaya (Pattaya Klang), Buddha Hill (between South Pattaya and Jomtien Beach) and Naklua (just north of North Pattaya).

  11. Couples Pattaya Says:

    Pattaya region has the best golf courses in Thailand. Golfers from all through the world visit Pattaya for happening vacations and when they tour, they never forget to have some good games in the golf clubs of Pattaya.

  12. Pattaya Mp3 Says:

    Pattaya could be very widespread as a fishing destination. November is the best time in 12 months for the activity. Freshwater fishing in Pattaya is a lucrative experience. Native lakes and ponds are brimming with a few species.

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