Loving The Good, Bad And Ugly
When the infatuation fades away, being in a long-term relationship brings up new issues—MRT breakdowns, annoying keyboard warriors, increasing number of gross pigeons in the hawker centres.
The sustainability of the relationship depends on our ability to find new things to love or even learning to accept each others’ flaws.
Sometimes, we feel the younger generation cannot understand the sacrifice our forefathers put in, so we polled Millennials to see if there are unexpected things they learnt to love about Singapore; compiled below.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways
1. There’s spicy food everywhere. I hate it when I go to a place to eat overseas, order something spicy and then realise it isn’t spicy at all.
2. The multi-functional void decks. One day it can be a wedding, the next, it can be a funeral. Very useful.
3. Singaporeans complain about how Pasir Ris to Jurong is very far, but it is a small distance to travel from one end of a country to another.
4. Our traffic jams are really insignificant compared to other countries, it is really just heavy traffic.
5. Our powerful passport.
6. Singpost staff are trustworthy so I never have to worry that my delivery packages are stolen by the postman.
7. National Service gives our guys a better-than-average body. Some of them are very chiseled! Yum.
8. Low tax-rates. I remember paying about 40% tax in USA and 25-30% tax in Japan.
9. We have a small but globally recognised group of tattoo artists and Singaporeans are increasingly accepting of body art.
10. Our malls are equipped with power plugs to charge your phone; plus they also keep you cool in the hot weather.
11. Our hawker centres are so democratic that even the Prime Minister has to queue up for food.
12. Bubble tea everywhere and lots of different type of toppings too.
13. I met people from all walks of life in NS—gangsters who own parangs to someone who claims to be a good friend of Prime Minister Lee’s son.
14. The diverse CCAs available in schools, such as guzheng, harp, taekwondo, Chinese dance, Indian dance, Sepak Takraw, etc.
15. The prevalence of 4G turns Singapore into a modern day kampong. You can find a lost dog or support for your social cause, just by calling on the internet mob.
16. Shops stay open to a reasonable time every day of the week. No closing at 3.00pm on Sundays like in some European cities.
17. Growing crop of local artistes and musicians. Such as the very talented (and handsome) Charlie Lim.
18. We take our automated clearance at the airport for granted; it is so efficient.
19. Praise the government for all the sun/rain shelters being built.
20. Clean public toilets, with free toilet paper—try finding one in New York City or London. I will also never be able to unsee girls in Beijing doing their business with the cubicle door open.
21. Thank you government for not banning Facebook.
22. Though not legalised, an increasing tolerance and acceptance toward LGBT issues.
23. Our social media savvy ministers (at least they try hard).
24. Making a difference on the world stage via the Trump/Kim summit.
25. We have really accessible sports facilities such as the ActiveSG gyms. Only S$2.50 per entry? Sign me up RN.
26. Lots of people are tech-savvy so it is very possible to find love on Tinder.
27. The ridiculous hot weather feels like heaven when you spend the whole day in an air-conditioned office. Consider this a reverse onsen of sorts.
28. Being able to call anyone Uncle or Auntie; gives a feeling of kinship.
29. Budget airlines like Scoot help take us everywhere for a fraction of the price.
30. Community activities like free Zumba and Tai Chi that bring people of different social status together.
A Special Love Memo To Our Public Transport
One theme that came up often was how much Singaporeans love their public transport. Many enjoyed the comfortable long bus rides, affordable fares and the many MRT lines being built across the island.
It was unexpected that the public transport was being praised, considering how much we hear haters rail about their MRT commute.
We are sure Singapore has a long way to go to become a Utopia, however, it is best to stay happy by counting our blessings.
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