Singapore is an overbuilt, over-neat, over-airconditioned island city state, with unimaginative chunky housing and office blocks. Even the attempt at constructing something other than a brick leads to hilarious structures such as the double durian domes housing the Esplanade art centre (centre picture, last row).
The top picture shows the Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City mall. It reflects Singaporeans' main concern in life – to accumulate as many Cs as possible: Cash, Credit Cards, Country Club memberships, Cars, Condos, Condoms (for weekend trips to neighbouring Indonesian islands to copulate with cheap prostitutes) and Cholesterol.
However, with selective perspective, framing and cropping, pictures of most of Singapore's ugly places can still look pretty good.
Pictures by Francis Chin, 2003