Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: USA & Singapore
Ferrari Life Posts: 5,509
Concept of ownership
In Singapore you don't actually own anything. You get a property and lease it from the government for 99 years and they can still relocate you if they want to tear down your house to put up a new building or a road or subway or something.
So I'm sitting in my house in Maine with my Singapore girlfriend and we are watching the ghost stories on TV because that is what they show in October. I've driven her around and shown her the graveyards and all the scary places in New England. She's watching this show and she's scared. She's like, "Why don't they tear those scary places down?" I'm like, "Because they are historic."
Then I tell her that we don't tear down stuff just because we don't like it and the house we are in will be around for at least 300 years. She's like, "How do you know? You just built it lah. You are original owner lah." and I'm like, "That's just the way it is. I can drive you around the corner and show you 5 farmhouses that are 200 years old."
She was like, "So you are telling me that your great-great-grand kids could live in this house and they wouldn't have to pay anything?" I said, "Yes."
She was amazed. The fact that you can actually own something forever. Something that survives you. You still own it even after you are dead.
The concept of true ownership was new to her. It was amazing to see it dawning upon her. She now wants to buy land in Maine. Lakefront property that she can own and no one can ever take away from her.
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