Woke up to the news this morning about the passing of our former Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Lee for his contributions and sacrifices for the past 50 years building Singapore, a country many can call Home. 

23 March 2015 is a special day to Singapore, to the ASEAN region and even to the world. We have lost an influential figure. I have never been through the times where Singapore is a British colony, and neither do I have been through the times where Singapore was separated from Malaysia. When I was born Singapore was no longer a fishing village, but a clean and safe city. 

I heard this (in mandarin): 
"Oh! You are from Singapore? I have never been there, but it looks beautiful!"
"Haha, it is."
"You know you are very lucky to be a Singaporean, you have trustable leader, that comes up with great politics" 

The first time I heard was in Taiwan, Jiufen, from peanut cracker seller. I was actually a little surprised at how others look at Singapore. I know our political system was great, however, I never knew it was that influential that the world knows about it. 

Like many of us, we have endless of complains about the education system, about the bad transportations, about the languages, about our politics, about how we are not a welfare state. But, we are knew that we wouldn't wish for otherwise.

I would count myself a fortunate child, since young I have got the chance to travel across the world. I have come to know that, the cleanliness, the internal security, the transportation, the opportunities, the night life, the food, the NEWater, the skyline and the housing do not come in order of nature. 

So, Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew for everything. May you rest in peace. 


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