Singapore forevermore

There is consternation over a government White Paper that Singapore’s population could go up from just over five million to nearly seven million by 2030. The opposition has long called for curbs on foreign workers and now even some ruling People’s Action Party members of parliament have expressed concern. While the debate goes on, I will just celebrate the Singapore I love.

Singapore Flyer, Singapore

Singapore Forevermore

Here’s a little ditty
To a garden city,
A port of call
For one and all,
Foreign workers and tourists,
And businessmen paying visits.
Business or pleasure,
Work or leisure,
Whatever’s sought
Can be got
In Singapore, our Singapore,
Our home forevermore.

The planes land at Changi,
The tourists go to Clarke Quay,
Marvel at the Merlion,
Half-fish, half-lion,
Go up in the air
On the Singapore Flyer,
Then all the way
To Gardens by the Bay,
The Bird Park before dusk,
The Night Safari after dark,
Sentosa is fun
With the sea and the sun,
It’s worth your while
To visit this isle,
Singapore, our Singapore,
Our home forevermore.

On Orchard Road
Both young and old
Can shop
Till they drop,
No one gets bored
On Serangoon Road,
All hustle
And bustle,
With restaurants and stores,
Including, of course,
Mustafa Centre
Right at the centre,
Open 24/7,
Shopaholic heaven.

Moving on,
Let’s saunter along
High Street,
It’s a treat
For gadget freaks,
The same bag of tricks,
Is there, to be fair,
At Sim Lim Square,
Nokia and Nikon,
Sony and Canon,
Samsung and Dell,
All on sale.

But don’t be long,
Move along,
Explore Arab Street
And Bugis Street,
And Queenstown,
Visit East Coast
And West Coast,
Walk along the shore
And hear the muffled roar
At East Coast Park
And Changi Beach Park,

The sea, the restless sea,
As far as the eye can see,
Tossing and turning,
Heaving and churning,
All around Singapore,
Our home forevermore.

It took vision
To build this island nation,
Attract good folk,
Slip off the colonial yoke,
Reclaim land
And expand,
Housing estates in place
Where once was wilderness,
Geylang and Hougang,
Yishun and Serangoon,
Toa Payoh and Ang Mo Kio,
Bishan and Kallang,
Bukit Panjang and Choa Chu Kang,
Sembawang and Sengkang,
Bedok and Bukit Batok,
Bukit Merah and Bukit Timah,
Tampines and Pasir Ris,
Jurong and Punggol,
Marine Parade and Woodlands…

New buildings rising,
The nation still a-building,
As couples pledge their troth
And leave the parental hearth,
Chinese, Malays, Indians and others
Working like their forefathers
Who arrived on these shores
With their customs and mores
To seek a better life.
It is in our genes to strive
For the good life,
A better life,
La Dolce Vita,
Life would be sweeter
If our dreams came true,
Nothing left to rue,
In Singapore, our Singapore,
Our home forevermore.

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