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Since I arrived to Singapore almost a year ago, I have found myself in the unique position of feeling at home but in unfamiliar territory. Other than the area where I live in, all other places have made me feel like a tourist. Too often, I couldn't find my bearing and didn't know which way to go. I wandered around but didn't get lost. I enjoyed it. Getting lost, I mean.
However, I am slowly beginning to recognise more landmarks and roads. Even now, it's still like being in a foreign land. Well, I am in a foreign land. Having lived all of my life in Kuala Lumpur where I know most of the roads and lanes, it has been a strange feeling to not know where I am and whether I should go left or right. While it was disconcerting at the beginning, I have learnt to embrace this uncertainty.
There is something to be said about being anonymous in a crowd. I know many like to be known and enjoy being famous but going around incognito gives one a feeling of being 'free'. I don't really know how to explain this and maybe there isn't any need to.
Anyway, the one thing that I've appreciated about Singapore is the excellent transport service. With a little map, one can move around without any difficulty.
I live almost in the middle of all the MRT lines, between the Braddell (Red Line) and Caldecott (Yellow Line) Stations. So I have the option to pick whichever will afford me the shortest route.
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Stephen has taught me that getting from one destination to another (via one MRT line) is not necessarily the fastest route. Now I know that it may be faster to go from point A to point B and then to point C. Travel time can be cut in half. Well, he's a seasoned traveller both here and overseas. Me? I've lived almost all my life in one city and I had a car for the last 30 years! I am learning, though.
The advantage of living in the heart of Singapore is the convenience of getting anywhere so easily. Technically, I live in Toa Payoh but physically, I am nearer to the Braddell station. This only means that I am just four stations (8 minutes) away from the hustle and bustle of the famous Orchard Road. If I ever miss the noise and crowd, I can get my fix easily. Actually I don't even have to travel so far because just one station (2 minutes) away and I can get everything I want or need at Toa Payoh.
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I didn't realise that I have enjoyed wandering around. When I first arrived to Singapore, I put it on my bucket list that I would visit each station, at least once, and go do a walkabout. I believe that there are over a hundred stations (MRT and LRT). I haven't yet been to all of them. There is just too much to do and see. It's still on my list of things to finish in 2013.
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Meanwhile, I wander and I wonder.