Wow... so much has changed, especially within town. So many private apartments were torn down to make way for high-rise condos. I think many of these owners have struck 'en-bloc' pot of gold.
What I like about Singapore after one and a half years hiatus:
- Food, glorious food.
From rojak, to peranakan food, to hokkien mee, to just plain hawker centres (no foodcourts please. The food usually sucks!)
Quite impressed with the transport system actually. The digital display of the arrival times is a very good way forward. Also the SMS to find out when your bus is coming. Definitely a plus!
After 9pm the nightlife in Orchard and various hawker centres in the suburbs are still vibrant. Gee, it's usually ghost town in Melbourne and I believe for other parts in Australia.
- Family, relatives and friends.
Of course the usual catching up. Felt like a CEO filled with lunch and dinner appointments nearly everyday.
Hot, humid and wet. What do you expect during monsoon season?
- Crowds and congestions.
Gosh, the jam packed crowds in the trains and buses. Not to mention it was off-peak hour at 2:30pm! Everywhere there are people of all nationalities and races. No wonder Singaporeans have expressed their unhappiness over lack of personal space. I felt stressed even while driving as compared to Melbourne.
- Cost of living.
Way too expensive as compared to the national average wage.
- The Straits Times.
All about damage control, one-sided reports and commentaries. Give me a break! And there is this happiness index by the Newpaper. Total waste of space. Er, who decides what components make a common man on the street happy btw?
Also the papers were abuzz with the latest saga:
Tan Kin Lian is keen to run for presidency. Cool or what?! This threw a curve ball because TKL is not on the same platform as Andrew Kuan. TKL was once the CEO of NTUC, a not-easy to meet criteria in order to run for presidency.
About time someone not handpicked by the government steps forward. And the best thing is - we get to vote!
TKL mentioned that if he can gardner 100,000 petitions, he will truly step up the plate.
Singaporeans have always complained that they don't have a choice. Well now is your chance. Don't hesitate and sign the online petition.