Angeline Foong Wai Leng, Platinum Author Singapore is still not getting the number of babies needed for the population levels to remain stable without extra measures like ‘importing’ foreign talents to stay in this Garden City.

60,000 babies are NEEDED each year to make this a possibility. In other words, it needs a fertility rate of 2.1 babies per woman so that the population can replace itself naturally.

The number shows 39,935 babies were born in 2008 which is the highest number since 2002, 40,760 babies. The latest number includes the babies from the 1 million foreigners who work and stay in Singapore.

Singapore’s population is only 4.84 million and with the massive new job opportunities popping out from the opening of Marina Bay Sands, more immigrants are expected to make Singapore their home.

Marina Bay Sands would be a place with three cascading hotel towers , retail stores, trendy Celebrity Chef restaurants, endless entertainment at the theatres, the hottest night clubs and a Las Vegas-style casino. Business visitors will also enjoy the extensive Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) facilities featuring state-of-the-art technology, highly flexible exhibition halls, and a convention centre that can host over 45,000 delegates.

While everywhere else is talking about recession and retrenchment, Singapore is offering opportunities to secure your rice bowl, would you come over? I think the attraction is obvious.

Well, the Marina Bay Sands will be up and running late 2009 or maybe early 2010, so we shall see how the new influx of foreigners could help with the number of babies produced.

As I write this, I find it really weird, to be conditioned subconsciously in the mind that with better living standards, babies can be produced ‘more naturally’???

Babies are born because a married couple wants to build a family, irregardless if they are rich or poor, isn’t it? Though money is definitely an issue to consider in sustaining a family’s expenses, it is still not the main consideration, isn’t it?

Anyhow, I will just sit back and see how the impact of this new landmark would have on the number of babies born when they do the count in year 2010.