24 Feb 2013
When I was a primary school kid, I used to dream of owning a very, very large house . In fact I actually drew a few plans and it looked like a commercial district with shops, hotels, entertainment centres and of course a very large mansion for myself right in the middle. A small boy can certainly dream big, and I’m sure you did too back then.
And then we all grow up and laugh at these dreams cos it sounds so silly and overblown, like ya know, typical kids always wanting the best of everything. I’m now renting a small pigeon hole in Singapore, which is about a thousand times smaller than that grand district I drew up.
However, there’s this one really lucky man who’s living his grandest, biggest dream – the Sultan of Brunei, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, who was once the richest man on Earth. His palace, Istana Nurul Iman is verified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest, and he even has a personal assortment of Ferraris which could fill up five aeroplane hangars.