there’s always a first time for everything in life. For me, my first trip abroad
happened to be to Singapore where our head office is located. Everything about it
excited me – the thought of flying high in the clouds, going to another country,
meeting new people and trying out new things.
Looking out of the plane window as it entered Singapore airspace, I saw a
pleasantly surprising environment of high-rise buildings and greenery. As a
nature lover, it always puts me at ease every time I get to see enclaves of
trees, winding river paths and luscious gardens. Seeing such a green urban
area, now that’s a whole new experience!
Having passed through Immigration, I headed to the taxi stand and started
making my way to the city. The taxi driver was kind enough to answer my
questions about his home country. Those who know me would attest to the fact
that I like to chat, so I was really grateful that the first Singaporean I met
happened to be willing to entertain my curious mind!
As we got closer to the city, again I found myself amazed at just how green
Singapore is. It comes as no surprise that the City in a Garden stood above 16
other cities in the world as home to the highest urban tree density, above
Sydney and Vancouver, according to a study by the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and the World Economic Forum earlier this year.
If there was one thing that I found challenging though, was the fact that
everything costs a lot of money. Food, especially, was very expensive when
compared with prices in Yangon. While I didn’t get to taste a lot of variety of
the world-famous Singaporean food, I did find something delicious, which was the
heavenly crispy fried cereal prawns.
Another observation I made about Singapore in my daily commutes between the
Rice Communications office in Tanjong Pagar and the place I stayed at in Tiong
Bahru was how efficient its public transport system was – highly enviable to us
Yangonites. Alas, I left Singapore with such nice impression of the city-state
and a longing to know more. Thank you Singapore, until next time!