Saving a Sexier Island: Notes from Old Singapore

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Saving a Sexier Island: Notes from Old Singapore
Publish: 2015
Genre: Humour
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9814634093
Pages: 272
Language: English

Saving a Sexier Island: Notes from Old Singapore

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With Singapore evolving at blistering pace, old Singapore is being left behind, neglected or just plain dying? As a result, active citizenry is taking off like never before with Singaporeans campaigning to save Bukit Brown, Joo Chiat HDB flats, Rochor Centre, with Jalan Besar, Balestier and Tiong Bahru championed for their history/heritage.

Basically, as Singapore becomes more of a global metropolis, the search to save its soul has been taken up like never before. Nostalgia is spreading through the country. Old Singapore has never been more hip, more trendy as Singaporeans cling to the last vestiges of what actually makes them Singaporean. The race is on to save an even sexier island.

So as the nation celebrates its 50th anniversary, Neil Humphreys heads off on a tour of old Singapore to find 50 sights and sounds that are at risk of being overlooked, forgotten or even bulldozed and lost forever. Some are historically significant (like Queenstown or Tiong Bahru). Some are environmentally significant (like Pulau Hantu or Lazarus Island). Some are culturally significant (like Cafe Colbar and Thieves Market). Some are politically significant (like LKY's house!). And some are just quirky and a tad surreal (a remote bus stop, a viewing tower in Upper Seletar, Haw Par Villa and Zouk). But Humphreys tracks them all down in a funny, insightful and unashamedly sentimental search for what's left of Singapore's soul.

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Neil Humphreys is Singapore's best-selling author. His books have consistently ranked No. 1 on The Straits Times Bestsellers list. His book, Return to a Sexy Island: Notes from a New Singapore, was one of the most popular books of 2012. His novels also received critical acclaim in the UK. A devoted father, he hopes to give children brighter, funnier books to read.

Neil Humphreys grew up on the world’s biggest housing estate in East London. On his first day at school, he took all his clothes off and ran around the nursery. From such an inauspicious beginning, Neil went on to become one of Asia’s best-selling authors.

He has written 26 books, including humorous social commentary titles, crime thrillers, a children’s series and illustrated eco-adventures.

The award-winning writer is also a media columnist, radio and TV host, podcaster and emcee. He gives talks, lectures and workshops on the writing and publishing process.

More importantly, he no longer takes off his clothes in public.

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