10/12/2008

Disneyland or beggars paradise

Orchard Road is the closest we can get to being another Disneyland. The cool and rich shop there and are seen there. The heartlanders will find it quite an expensive place to be. The parking and CBD charges will be enough to burn a hole in their pockets, unless they go there by public transport. You need to pay to be in Singapore's Disneyland. But this Disneyland is in a state of transformation. Other than the foreign workers and maids gathering there to size each other up for a weekend tryst, or for some serious business transactions, there is another big group of people seen regularly at Orchard Road. The beggar sects of all the neighbouring countries have turned Orchard Road into their business district and playground. From buskers to beggars, to monks and conmen, they lined the famous sidewalks of Orchard Road, mingling around and inhaling the expensive perfumery, and the beautiful shops and their gorgeous wares. The Twains have met, in Orchard Road. Both extremes found Orchard Road a paradise in their own ways. The rich and famous, the poor and ragged, are all in Orchard Road. A Disneyland and also a beggars paradise.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't judge a book by its cover. There may be some gems among the dirt. Have you not heard of beggars living in private houses?

The crowds at Hong Lim park yesterday also appeared to be made up of solely old uncles and aunties, simply dressed old souls who, if they wonder into those posh Orchard Road shops might draw dirty looks of disdain or contempt. Those are the real gems.

Matilah_Singapura said...

The city is for everyone. Diversity is what gives the city a glow of character.

Anonymous said...

Soon gamblers of all sorts may joined the crowds in Orchard, when the IR a stone throwed away at Mariner South opened. Main Contributors should comes from Genting Malaysia and Bintang Indonesia.

Anonymous said...

It is only fair that beggars and shoppers share a public place.

Dear redbean; You can't be suggesting that beggars be banned from Orchard Road. And the Claim that there are beggars in Singapore does not stand. One of our Cabinet Member can vouch proudly to the World that there are no beggars in Sg. He certainly does not want to be accused of telling lie.

patriot

Anonymous said...

Patriot is right. Singapore where got beggars.

redbean said...

indeed they are not beggars but professionals. don't be surprise many are foreign talents.

redbean said...

indeed they are not beggars but professionals. don't be surprise many are foreign talents.

Anonymous said...

In other words 'talented foreign beggars'. That's evolution in paradise.

Matilah_Singapura said...

If the beggars stick to PUBLIC space, they have a right to be there. Just like everyone else.

redbean said...

uhh, they may be invited to stay in some freedom homes.