40 FAM­ILY VA­CA­TION WITH TEENAGERS

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I re­cently re­turned from my very first trip to Singapore. It’s a place I have al­ways wanted to visit and af­ter fi­nally be­ing able to ex­pe­ri­ence this amaz­ing coun­try, it was ev­ery­thing I al­ways thought it would be and I can­not wait to re­turn. Singapore is a place peo­ple of­ten use as a stopover be­tween long flights, and usu­ally only for a night or two, but af­ter vis­it­ing, I can tell you there is no way you can ap­pre­ci­ate this beau­ti­ful coun­try in such a short time. I have al­ways heard that Singapore is very fo­cused on pro­vid­ing the best fam­ily hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence, so trav­el­ing with the fam­ily, we wanted to learn about the Sin­ga­porean cul­ture, and ex­pe­ri­ence all the dif­fer­ent foods and cus­toms that make Singapore unique. I was only in Singapore for a very short time be­fore I re­al­ized there was some­thing miss­ing. You are quickly im­mersed in this pic­ture per­fect, beau­ti­ful city with its lush fo­liage, col­or­ful gar­dens and strik­ing ar­chi­tec­ture with a strong fo­cus on sus­tain­abil­ity and con­nec­tiv­ity. But what you may not no­tice straight­away is that Singapore is a city with­out hate. This is a city of so many con­trasts and di­verse cul­tures and they all come to­gether in unity, tol­er­ance and re­spect. Many coun­tries could learn a les­son from Singapore on how to build a cul­ture of ac­cep­tance of all peo­ple. In Singapore, no one is os­tracised, no racist com­ments or slo­gans are heard or seen any­where, and every­one is friendly and happy to help each other. There is lit­tle to no crime in Singapore, be­cause if you com­mit a crime, pun­ish­ment is swift. It was strange to see hand­bags and mo­bile phones left on ta­bles to save a spot while meals were be­ing pur­chased at hawker cen­ters. When peo­ple re­turned to their ta­bles, their pos­ses­sions were ex­actly where they left them. Be­ing able to see old world hon­esty like that meant a lot to me be­cause I fear this is some­thing we lost in our coun­try decades ago. As a young teenage girl, I am very con­scious of where I go un­ac­com­pa­nied, but I can hon­estly say there was no place in Singapore where I felt un­com­fort­able or un­safe. In fact, I felt like I was a part of a very large fam­ily and I was confident know­ing that if I needed help at any time, some­one would be there for me. Singapore has lim­ited land, so for growth, they re­claim land from the ocean! They build roads so well that it caters for the traf­fic now and into the fu­ture. VivoCity is a shop­ping cen­ter I had heard about. I was sur­prised when I saw it be­cause I thought it would have been much big­ger. How­ever, I re­al­ized there must be four sto­ries un­der­ground! They have sus­tain­able hous­ing op­tions and there is no ap­par­ent home­less­ness. Apart from all these things, there is some­thing else I truly ad­mire about Singapore, they re­vere their el­ders. In Singapore, ag­ing peo­ple are not re­ferred to as se­niors or the elderly, they are called Pi­o­neers. This name is in ref­er­ence to the fact that they are the lead­ers who helped make the coun­try great through sac­ri­fice and hard work.

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