After flaunting her fabulous $10,000+ holiday in Japan, a colleague once asked me, “So where did you go during Christmas?” I told her that I went to the happiest country in Asia Pacific (ranked #1, by the UN), where the life expectancy is one of the highest in the world (ranked #3) thanks in part to the efficient and advanced healthcare system (ranked #2, by the EIU). There, I visited Asia’s Top Amusement Park (ranked #1, by TripAdvisor) and the World’s Best Zoo (ranked #3, by TripAdvisor), then had the world’s most affordable Michelin-star meal. In addition, finding my way around was easy because of the high-speed and reliable internet and WiFi (ranked #1, by Akamai) and the efficient public transport system. This place had it all – world renown theatres, museums, architecture, cuisine, street food, parks, the world’s best airport, and many other attractions… and you never had to worry about traveling alone or getting kidnapped by a cabby. And do you know what the best part is?... you’re already here.
We were all taught at a young age to share with others, yet as we became adults, individual ownership and being self-sufficient were considered more desirable and noteworthy. As a person who lived the American lifestyle, I feel ashamed to have owned items that were only used a few times a year – such as power tools, a sewing machine, a ladder, snowboards, bicycles, and a guest bedroom. These things served more time gathering dust than being put to use. On a per-use basis, not only did I pay an exorbitant price for them, but they added to my carbon footprint and took up valuable resources and storage space. At that time, I didn’t realize how wasteful it was, until I read a statistic that said if everyone in the world lived like an American, we would need more than 4 earths, and that one American consumed as much energy as 31 Indians and 370 Ethiopians. Thankfully, I have changed my ways, and more and more people are coming around to this new paradigm of sharing, which is helping to save money, time, resources, and above all, the environment. (more…)
Early risers who have been enjoying free travel to the 18 designated MRT stations before 7:45am will continue to enjoy free fares for another year (till June 23, 2015). Those who tap out between 7:45am and 8am will also continue to get a 50 cent discount to these 18 stations. And to really help encourage you to shift your morning commute, for the next 3 Fridays (May 16, 23, & 30), Ya Kun Kaya Toast will be giving out free breakfast vouchers worth $4.60 at these designated MRT stations until 7:45: