Back on Sept 9, Nuseir Yassin — popularly known from his Facebook travel vlog series Nas Daily — posted a picture of him posing next to Singapore’s own Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Gardens By The Bay. It was the 26-year-old’s celebration for garnering a whopping eight million followers, a journey that started in 2016 that did not have him foresee having “one of the most powerful people in the world” as fans.
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1.5 years ago…I was in Singapore, at this exact location celebrating 100,000 followers alone. I had a feeling it was gonna be my last celebration because it was so hard to get to 100k that I didn’t think it’s possible to reach 200k. It honestly felt impossible. But I kept on making these videos: the good, the bad, the shallow and the average. Day after day after day. It was excruciating, but it was also the most meaningful thing I could imagine doing. And today, here we are at the exact same spot celebrating 8 million followers and meeting the Prime Minister of Singapore – one of the most powerful people in the world who also happens to watch Nas Daily. It’s amazing what obsessive, hard work and luck can get you. 128 days to go to finish this 1,000 day journey. And it’s only gonna get harder. Thank you for the picture and the ride: @projectnightfall
Just a few hours ago, folks found out why he got to meet PM Lee. In his latest video, Nas Daily posted a long-form video (longer than his usual one-minute formats at least) that paints Singapore as an “almost perfect” country, featuring a cameo by the prime minister himself. The homage to the Little Red Dot is pretty much a summation of the things he learned during his stay here — including recycled water, pleasant landfills and cutting traffic congestion.
“It’s the story of the country that impressed me the most out of all the countries I’ve been to,” Nuseir wrote in the description of the video. Singapore left such an impact on the Facebook star that he apparently turned off the ads for the video, wanting nothing more but to spread the message to reach as many people as possible.
“If they can solve so many problems in only 53 years, then why can’t we?” he concluded.
The phenomenally affirmative nature of his love letter to Singapore will no doubt attract accusations that he’s being paid to produce such positive videos — something that he had to defend himself against in yet another video.