Who’d ever thought I’d be writing about my country’s birthday, especially with all that talk about wanting to get out of the country, wanting to go find the heart I left in Paris, wanting to go to so many other places. But hey – I don’t hate this place.
I get that we have a lot of things that vaguely resemble propaganda, and so forth. But it gets annoying when some ugly Singaporeans are talking a lot of trash about the country. – Okay, so why are you still here? Why haven’t you migrated? A string of excuses will then come after. We’re just so pampered and sheltered that we’re never happy, we have so much to complain about but are too lazy to move – which says something, really.
But it’s our birthday today and I’m gonna list some things I do really appreciate about this place.
1) All my childhood memories
This is irreplaceable. I’m sure the memories would be different if I grew up somewhere else. But I’m not gonna complain, I had a pretty awesome childhood here.
I really, really do like walking about not worrying about my safety. This is not even about knowing the place by heart. Should I be venturing into strange ground, it does not worry me that I’ve no idea where I am. I can easily find the bus stop and check up the maps at the bus stops or grab a cab without worrying the cabbie is gonna abduct me, tout, or bury me somewhere alive.
3) Little/lack of racism
This really kicks a lot of places’ asses. Because I look 100% Asian, (I get occasionally mistaken as Korean or Japanese or Taiwanese now and then but that’s still damn Asian) there is no hiding. I can dress like the locals but will always be looked at as an Asian and this can get me a lot of shit elsewhere (COUGHmilanCOUGH). So I’m damn glad I don’t get cigarette butts thrown at me while minding my own business walking down the streets by someone of another race (COUGHmilanCOUGH).
Et voila! There may be a whole lot of things I may not be a fan of here but these are undoubtedly great factors about this place. If I ever migrate in future (which is 50-50 at the moment, to be honest – oops), I will always be back now and then to see what else has been added to our skyline.