Living in Singapore has been a bliss so far. Been here for three years now with my family was more of a bonus for us. Considering the fact that I am a foreigner in this country not until we got our permanent residency permit after eight months of living here. It was a sheer pleasure living in this tiny country. Tiny it may seem base on size but beware this tiny place has tremendous things to offer to the world. Friends and family asked me what’s in it in Singapore. Well, I can sum my riposte with three things, sustainable, elegant structure and competitive.
Sustainable. When I first landed in Singapore I was impressed on how the trees were arranged, landscaped and ordered. From the airport down to the alley of the country you can see trees. You can see trees everywhere. From these you can see how the government gives more attention to nature. Aside from these the government launched a Plant-A-Tree programme to engage citizens to be aware of the usage and importance of trees and its effect to Mother Nature. And undoubtedly they are called garden city. In lieu with these greenery effort and initiatives, the air that Singapore has is definitely clean. Back in the Philippines, my kids has asthma almost every other week I need to use nebuliser for them to ease their breathing-passage-way. Since we are living in Manila (before coming here), the doctors says it’s because of the environment, the pollution so to speak but when we came here kids are perfectly fine. I don’t have any issue on their breathing and absolutely no asthma. Drinking water was an issue for me. Being a mother I want to make sure that my kids drink clean and safe water. Singapore provides safe drinking water; in fact you can drink straight from the faucet without causing any harm. And last in my list when I say sustainable is their transport system. I give this five star rating. Public transport system here is so remarkable, one need not to have their personal vehicle to navigate the country. By merely using the trains, buses and taxis you can commute hassle-free. Yes and speaking of taxi, taxi drivers here are so honest and you will not feel uneasy if you’re a first timer. Just tell the driver where you want to go and you will arrive in your destination safe and sound without worrying if you will be cheated. Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) here is easy to understand, very straight forward. With the use of colour lines it makes it even easier to use. Green Line for East-West line, red line for North-East line, Purple line for North-South line and yellow line for Circle line.
Elegant Structure. Singapore has always make things remarkable. They make it a point they stand-out and the world notices them. Just like the architectural structures that they have, it’s truly world class. Just an example, the Resorts World in Sentosa, where Universal Studios and Resorts World Casino is located. The Marina Bay Sands, three-buildings that looks like a wave with a ship-like structure on top. One must visit Singapore Museum to understand the rich diversity of Singapore. When I came to visit the museum I was impressed with the structure and the content. Fascinating at its best. To add more to the collection of their impressive structure are The Merlion, Raffles Hotel, Old Supreme Court and Esplanade. Esplanade is a durian-like structure that you can see in the Marina Bay area where theatrical performance and the like normally held.
Universal Studios Singapore
Marina Bay Sands
Competitive. As the world goes globalization so as Singapore. The government doesn’t only provide the necessary but they also think of ways how to improve and make the life of its people more competitive to the market. Education system is aggressive and competitive. Here, students are expected to be bilingual meaning aside from English, one need to learn Mandarin, Tamil or Malay as your mother-tongue. As early as pre-school they are introducing this approach and so my kids need to adopt. My husband and I choose Mandarin as their mother-tongue and they are catching-up fairly. Lately, my company assigned me in the fourth university of Singapore, which is Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). This university stands-out because this was created with collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Government gives grants to deserving students and citizen. They really invests in education. Invest in people to make them more competitive and at-par with the rest.
It is true, in Singapore they make things happen. Everything is possible. Singapore is a plethora of innovation, passion and ingenuity.
Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.
~ Jean Luc Picard ~