I love being on a constant learning curve about Singapore and there's no better way to do this than by opening your ears over coffee and random chat with a friend.
Probably most of you living in Singapore already know about the "Five Cs of Singapore". But it was only today I knew such a thing existed. Silly Ang Mo girl.
I actually thought this was a joke at first! I don't know why I was so surprised that such a phrase existed but there you go.
For my readers outside Singapore/who don't know what the 5 Cs are, here's a quick run down for you....
No explanation needed here.
High taxation on the import and ownership of motor vehicles (191% on new vehicles, an annual road tax based on engine size, and high pump prices) and a vehicle quota system known as the Certificate of Entitlement has not put off 1 in 10 of the population making the car the ultimate status symbol.
Luxury on your lap. Who doesn't want to come home to somewhere feeling like you're on holiday 24/7 with swimming pool, tennis courts, landscaped gardens, clubhouse and air-conditioned gym?
WTF!? This one made me chuckle. The country club - of course how silly of me! A necessary luxury. Pah!
Last year, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong called on Singaporeans to recast their own Singapore dream and live it. A dream which is spelled out with 5 very different Cs - career, comfort, children, consideration and charity.
Actually there are very many people in Singapore for who not only are the original 5 Cs getting increasingly out of reach and also by some people's standards - out of control, but whose way of life quite frankly couldn't be any further removed from.
So will the original 5 Cs be replaced in people's minds by a more realistic vision and lifestyle? Or perhaps you have another idea of what the 5 Cs of Singapore should be? If you do, leave a comment with your suggestions. :)