BY WHAT metric can a city’s greatness be measured?
The splendour of its buildings, the rigour of its people, or the wisdom of its laws?
Or, is it, in Singapore's case, the tastiness of its food and the frequency of its campaigns?
According to CNNGo, a new lifestyle, insider’s city guide website launched by US news network CNN in six cities on 28 Sep, these are two of the 50 reasons why Singapore can be the greatest city in the world.
According to CNNGo - a new lifestyle, insider’s city guide website - these are
50 reasons why Singapore can be the greatest city in the world. AsiaOne takes a
look in photos the reasons why our island-state is great. Top of the list is
Singapore's status as the "Food capital of the world" - We have no time for the
Kamasutra, but everyone pores over Makansutra. [Photos: ST, BT, TNP, BH]
2. Garden city: Overseas visitors are often most impressed by the rows of trees
that line roads everywhere – from expressways to suburban streets.
3. Greatest living politician, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew: CNNGo's Singapore
city editor Mr Larry Loh submitted this one himself. "I haven't had anyone
disagree with me on that."
4. World-class health care: Our hospitals play host to royals and politicians
from all over the world.
5. Formula One: Not even "Crashgate" has dimmed the shine of the world’s first
and only night race.
6. NEWater: From your toilet to your tap. Our greatest resources is of the
human kind, well, sort of.
7. Chilli crab: It might be love, it might be heartburn. But there’s no doubt
chilli crab is close to many Singaporeans’ bosoms, as evidenced by our uproar
when Malaysia’s Tourism Ministry tried to pass “the most awesome crustacean
dish of all time” as their own.
8. Singlish: Mr Valentino Lacson, 24, civil servant, said: “Well, we do have
our sexy way of inventing our own languages and words. Like boomz.”
9. Super-connected: Mobile subscription rate exceeds the population count.
[Posed photo: ST]
10. "Campaign-craziest place on earth": Be Courteous, Speak Mandarin, Save
Water, Stop Littering, Be Kind. You name it, we probably have a campaign for
it. Pictured here is the "Courtesy Lion" mascot.