SINGAPORE – Popular video blogger Nuseir Yassin, better known as the maker of Nas Daily, said goodbye to Singaporean fans a few days earlier on Sunday afternoon (September 1).
Approximately 400 people showed up for a farewell meeting in Mediacorp & # 39; s MES theater near One-North for the 26-year-old, famous for the one-minute travel videos he produces on his Facebook -channel.
After the two-hour meeting, Mr. Yassin told The Straits Times that the word he would use to describe Singapore is fun & # 39; is, adding that the country gave him the feeling that he could stay here and belong.
"I was initially nervous to come to Singapore because I thought I had no more ideas … I was a stupid tourist, only knew that it was a financial center and knew nothing about the local population spirit," he said.
He added that he had no regrets and was proud of the work he had done in Singapore, and stated that not just a television channel or tourist could have done it.
"To capture what's important for the Singaporeans, for us, for people outside and to reflect the local reality to people who do not live here, that's a difficult task, which is why I like what we do."
The vlogger called in the help of the audience during the Sunday meeting to pitch new ideas for another video about Singapore. Ideas raised by the public include the use of Singlish, ministerial reward and gay rights.
Since his arrival, Mr Yassin has produced several videos about Singapore, including those with his waste management system and the life of ordinary Singaporeans ("Crazy Poor Asians"). His videos about the city state have collected a total of more than 40 million views since the first was posted on Facebook on 23 August and was widely shared by both locals and international followers.
Mr. Yassin revealed to fans that the following video would be about NEWater, the brand of recycled water from Singapore, and joked on stage that he should be paid for it.
ST reported Friday that some netizens had accused him of being sponsored by the authorities here because of the largely positive content of his videos. Yassin later said on Facebook that his videos were not sponsored and added that he felt discouraged that his works were being discredited because of "unfounded accusations".
On Sunday, Yassin told ST that not many people expect someone to be positive without being paid.
"But this reflects badly on them, rather than on me. If you do not think that something worthwhile is worth celebrating just because of your political orientation, then it reflects badly for you, because you can not look beyond politics, "he added.
Although the event was a farewell on Sunday, Mr. Yassin said he would actually stay in Singapore for another three or four days. His visa application to Indonesia, the next planned destination, was rejected.
"It's too sensitive to allow an Israeli now, and I'm not just a normal tourist, I'm a video blogger … I can see how my presence would be politicized."
He said he hopes that his Singaporean fans will continue to watch the videos, even if they are not about their country.
"I hope they will still watch, even if it is a place 10 thousand kilometers away, because as good as Singapore, it could be even better, and that's what Nas Daily is about – finding of the best in the world, "he said.