Water, water everywhere
Our young readers have a splashing time in a water city.
IN City On Water, all buildings are surrounded by water. Everyone knows how to swim and the little ones have to take swimming lessons at an early age. Life goes by quite blissfully.
Instead of roads, there are waterways. So, there are no traffic jams during rush hour.
Let’s read what Starchild readers have to say about City On Water:
Noor Elisha Zulkifli, 10, says: “I can’t believe that I have arrived at this famous city, which is a group of islands, inter-linked by colourful bridges. Each island is unique and promises tourists a refreshing experience.”
Mermaid Bay has a statue of a mermaid and a beautiful beach. It is heaven to those who want to bask in the warm sunshine or play in the water.
Water City also offers first-class accommodation at its five-star hotel.
Tourists and city-dwellers can enjoy funfilled activities such as windsurfing, sunbathing, whale-watching and even para-gliding.
Hawkers and vegetable sellers operate from their sampans, much like the floating market in Bangkok, writes Noor Elisha.
Jasmine Lim Sim Min, nine, likes this water city because you can live close to the fishes and be in contact with the sea just like Ariel, the Mermaid.
“There are great restaurants, fun fairs and people selling fruits and vegetables on boats. A pink dolphin will send us to school every day. This city uses less energy and is environment-friendly. I love this city and hope to live here.”
Jacqueline Sow, nine, says that buildings in her Water City are made of sparkling jewels, corals and sea shells. In the centre of the city is Crystal Palace, a building with diamonds. It is guarded by sea horses.
“There is a bright chandelier dangling in the middle of the palace, soft green corals surrounding the palace, a carpet of bright red moss and cute yellow lanterns glimmering at every corner of the palace.
“There are four mermaids who play mesmerising music in the palace.
“Starlicious Restaurant serves sweet roasted jellybeans, honey marshmallows, pink pies, rainbow biscuits and hot blue cupcakes. Bunny Cake is a must-try,” writes Jacqueline.
You can snap your fingers and Tinki Bus or Twinkle Taxi will be at your service.
Night time is magical. The gleaming moonlight on the water is one of the most breathtaking sights in the city. And when you sink your teeth into the Bunny Cake and listen to mermaids playing their music, all your worries will melt away.
Cyberland is the concept city on water that Lim Xiwei, seven, has designed.
Cars and buses are specially modified to travel on water and you can even take a water taxi.
“This city has the most efficient transport system in the world. All modes of transport run on air,” writes Xiwei, adding that people don’t have to rely on petrol anymore.
There are mobile food and fruit stalls to cater to the hungry. Vehicles can stop by an air refill station if the need arises. “It is a nice place to live because there is no air pollution and it is an environment-friendly city.”
Venice in Italy is an example of a City On Water, writes Lauryn Tan Zi Yi, five.
“This city has many canals (which are like roads) and brick bridges that connect one part of the city to another. People travel in special boats called gondolas.
“Gondolas which are used to carry tourists are beautifully decorated and some of the gondoliers are talented musicians,” she writes. They sing as they row the boats and some even play the accordian to entertain tourists.
From the gondolas, tourists can view palaces, churches and other famous buildings.
Instead of the school bus, the children go to school by ferry in City On Water, says Carmen Wong Xue Men, nine. “It is a very exciting place because it is surrounded by water and it is Noor Elisha Zulkifli, 10
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