Pretty NDP spectator is from China, hopes to settle down in S'pore

SINGAPORE - The identity of the pretty female spectator who appeared on camera at least five times during the broadcast of last Sunday's National Day Parade (NDP) has been revealed.

The woman, who was among the spectators at the Padang and clad in a red outfit with a white pearl necklace, has been identified as Ms Emma Lee.

According to Shin Min Daily News, Ms Lee, 29, is from Chengdu, in China's Sichuan province, and first came to Singapore four years ago to get her Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

She then joined local metal fabrication company SinMetal International Pte Ltd after graduating.

When interviewed, Ms Lee told Shin Min that her father had initially wanted her to go to the United Kingdom, but she has developed a sense of affection for Singapore and hoped to settle down here.

The Chinese beauty admitted that she hoped to stay in Singapore and find a Singaporean partner, but said that she knew that such matters could not be forced. She also added that she was preparing to apply for permanent residence (PR) status here.

Ms Lee also revealed that she had received numerous friend requests and letters on Facebook and Weibo after her identity was revealed, and that she had shut down her Weibo account over privacy concerns.

When asked what she loved most about Singapore, she said that she most appreciated how safe it is here, and also named chicken rice and laksa as her favourite local dishes.

"During Chinese New Year, I no longer return to Chengdu. Instead, my family comes over. On weekends, I am comfortable enough to dress simply in shorts and flip-flops. My friends all say that I am becoming more and more Singaporean," she said.