I want to show my love for Singapore, says Taiwanese man who made video showing 60 local landmarks

I want to show my love for Singapore, says Taiwanese man who made video showing 60 local landmarks

A Taiwanese man who lives in Singapore has produced a clip of his visits to more than 60 local landmarks and said he did it out of love for his adopted home.

Mr Liu Kuan Ting, 30, spent three months putting together the 15-minute montage, which features his excursions across Singapore starting from 2012.

The video, which the self-taught Mr Liu said he made himself, has been shared more than 1,000 times on Facebook since it was first posted on March 29.

Having worked in Singapore for nearly four years, the web programmer decided just before the National Day Parade in August 2015 to create his own visual ode to the island's unique sights and sounds.

"I thought there was no better way to show my friends and family in Taiwan why Singapore is so special and has many places worth exploring - words alone are not enough," Mr Liu, who lives by himself in a Choa Chu Kang rental flat, told The Straits Times on Tuesday (April 12).

"I had no idea how to make a video before, so I learnt some new editing skills along the way too. It may not look professional, but I hope my love for Singapore shows through."

Mr Liu, a graduate of the Ming Chuan University in Taipei, said he did all his own filming and editing, adding in background music from the likes of Coldplay to "suit the scenery".

On his days off from work, he made it a point to visit attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park. He also took in last year's Formula One night race, the Singapore Night Festival and the Golden Jubilee celebrations at Marina Bay.

Uniquely Singaporean stuff such as $1 ice cream vendors, the Dragon Playground and brightly coloured HDB buildings were also on his itinerary.

His video has earned many positive reviews.

"You probably went (to) more places (and) participated in more events than a typical S'porean. Everytime I thought, hmm, maybe he hasn't been to this place, the image of the place will appear. Very impressive," Facebook user Maggie Chow posted on Mr Liu's page.

Alison Lee added: "Singapore Tourism Board (STB) should seriously consider using your clip, thank you for showing us the beauty of Singapore that we often (take) for granted."

The Straits Times has contacted STB for a comment.

Buoyed by the responses, Mr Liu is already planning his next project.

"I want to show the best of Singapore food, from hawker centres to restaurants to food courts. I just hope I don't eat too much along the way," he quipped.


This article was first published on April 12, 2016.
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