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S’pore feels less crowded like in the 1990s as 1 million foreigners went back home for CNY

Posted on 20 February 2015

Everything appears so calm and normal these past two days.


Waves of nostalgia has hit Singaporeans from all walks of life these past two days of Chinese New Year celebrations, as many locals said they are experiencing 1990s conditions where there were much lesser people in Singapore.

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This after an estimated 1 million foreigners left Singapore the past week to go back to their home countries to celebrate Chinese New Year, with commerce and businesses grinding to a halt as an eerie calm has overtaken the country.

One Singaporean, Guo Xing Nian, said there is an appreciable change in atmosphere as the streets are less crowded and even the roads have become more empty: “Really feels like the 1990s where there were less people. The whole place seems to have a sense of normality and calm that I’ve not experienced at any other time throughout the year.”

“No feelings of claustrophobia at all.”

Other Singaporeans noted that this decline in the number of people in the country has improved living conditions as there has been a lesser need to fight for available space and the frenetic pace of everyday living has slowed down considerably.

Xiang Tong Nian, another local said he was surprised that this change is so noticeable, even though he has all along been well aware that Singapore has been reliant on foreigners: “This just means that the number of people on an island has severe repercussions on livability.”

“Singapore should really have more Chinese New Year public holidays then. It will be good for everybody as there will be more days of emptiness.”

“We could really use a bit of that.”


This Chinese New Year, there was a lot of fun:

S’porean couples struggle to conceal rope burn marks as CNY reunion dinner cuts too close to 50 Shades V-Day weekend

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  • OldNation

    you have a typo in your first paragraph, it should be less people, not lesser people. :)

    • Gecko

      Wrong… People can be counted hence should say fewer people. Less is for uncountable nouns. Just like you’d say few people know this, rather than less people know this.

      • hooyah

        ehhh.. forget abt the noun, grammar, watsoever… pls..
        let’s move back to the content yah?
        it’s indeed so refreshing that we dont have PRCs talking aka shouting around my area!

    • New Nation

      You came here to read, not understand

  • Sentosa Rox

    I disagree leh. I went to Sentosa and it looked like Indian New Year there. 😀

  • Birds of the same feather

    Should write for TRS. More will appreciate your “sense of humour” there.