Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pleasant Encounters.

A few days ago, I ferried a lovely, friendly and cheerful German lady from Holland Village taxi stand to Boon Lay Avenue. She had just done a bit of shopping and was going home. She told me that she has been living here for the past 4 years and is very happy living in her HDB flat, mixing and mingling with the locals, learning our way of life, because that is the only opportunity she gets to experience and to know what its truly like being Singaporean, and she loves it. She told me that her best friends are in fact Singaporeans and not any from her 'Ang Moh' community. We had a very pleasant journey, chit-chatting and laughing all the way.
Then last night for the first time, I had the pleasure of fetching an Armenian (my first ever) citizen from IMM taxi stand and he wanted to return to his NTU (Nanyang Technological University) campus.You see, he is a Physic's Lecturer based in NTU for the past 2 years. I was indeed very surprised to learn from him that there are at present only 15 Armenians living in Singapore and all of them know each other very well. Their families would always meet together weekly at the Armenian Church near Hill Street every weekend and, laughing a bit, he blushingly told me that he presently sits on the Advisory Board even for such a small community. He went on to tell me some very interesting historical facts (too long to elaborate) about their early inhabitants and existence in Singapore.
Being a taxi driver, I get to observe, learn and receive first hand information from Tourists from all over the world, Expatriates of different nationalities, their behaviours, criticisms, praises, thoughts and views about Singapore and Singaporeans. And finally, I am happy to conclude that the majority or almost all foreign visitors and expatriates that I have personally been in contact with have expressed and shown love and great admiration for our country with many also declaring their intentions and desire to live here permanently.

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