I am still reading Tiziano Terzani’s “A fortune teller told me” book right now – and had just completed his take on Singapore.
This is a man who was clearly not a fan of Singapore and its progress.
His few chapters on Singapore clearly showed his irritations on how materialistic Singaporeans had become and how stifling their society was with their rules and regulations.
He repeatedly said that the people of this island state no longer know how to “think”.
He mocked at how Sentosa Island which he called a “copy of tropical paradise” was transformed into a tourist destination – complete with “old British blockhouses” rebuilt from stratch “to be admired by unsuspecting tourists as mementoes of the Second World War”.
Obviously, not someone who would be interested in the Resort World Sentosa or pay premium rates for the Universal Singapore tickets (or even the Universal Orlando tickets, for that matter).
Singaporeans in the mood to be annoyed should definitely read his account.
* Picture : Raffles Avenue facing Singapore Flyer, behind Singapore F1 Bay Grandstand*