Experiences in Singapore
By Dai Yixiao
Singapore, a lively and beautiful garden city, is beyond description. It’s famous for its hi-technology, green gardens and advanced education.
We reached the Changi Airport on 3rd, August. I was surprised to find that the whole airport was filled with the artificial intelligence. It seems that Singapore has entered the AI age. I got on the bus and looked out of the window to see the environment. Almost every place except the buildings and streets is covered with green plants. Now I really knew the origin of the name “Garden City ”. From the local guide’s words, I knew the tap water here could be drunk directly.
After a good night, I started my trip. The first scenic spot was a park with a big merlion. The merlion is beside the lake, which is the symbol of Singapore and you can often see it in this country. The merlion looks like a fish’s body with a lion’s head. I also bought some souvenirs for this.
The Singapore Science Center is the most interesting place, I think. Thanks to my good command of English, I could understand the scientific knowledge easily. There are 650 exhibition rooms in it and we only visited a few of them. I saw butterflies in the butterfly house, and learnt the work system of human’s brain. I also played physical games, started the travel to universe with the spacecraft and experienced the wonder of optics. Reflection on the mirrors, over and over again, the mirrors maze puzzled me. I think I was younger than before in this interesting museum.
The Outram Secondary School left the deepest impression on me. That morning, we reached there to meet our Singaporean friends. Every Chinese student could have one or even more Singaporean friends. My foreign partner is an outgoing and sunny boy named Bi Yuanrui, who comes from Malay actually. From his words, I gradually got to know the Outram Secondary School and the Outramians. In fact, the history of this school is even longer than this country. The first day here, I got to know Bi and we became sworn brothers. I taught him a Tang poem named “The Dawn of Spring ”. He learnt fast, and he told me he could speak Chinese well because he loves Chinese culture. But to be honest, Bi learnt Chinese well while I couldn’t understand what their English teacher said! The next day, we took three special lessons: home economics, art class and rock-climbing class. I had fun having these three classes—they were not really class but a way for us to learn something new. I made some salty eggs cookies in home economics, drew pictures for bookmarks in art class and exercised my arm muscles in rock-climbing class. That day, I harvested a lot. The last day in Outram Secondary School, we had to say goodbye. We attended their flag-raising ceremony, and sang a song named “Childhood ”for the Outramians. But the reality was cruel, which made us apart without mercy. Then I could only say: our paths will cross.
Saying goodbye to anything in Singapore was the last task. During these days, I learnt a lot from the Singaporean. The vertical planting, the environmental protection concept, the creative engineering …Oh, so much for this, the characteristics of Singapore.
Flying home at night, I often thought of something. I just left my unforgettable memories in Singapore, and when I become older, I will come again to Singapore, the Garden City.
—Goodbye and Happy Birthday!
August, 10th, 2018
翌日，我们一行人来到了令人神往的大学——NUS and 南洋理工。
我在心里默念:“Bye !Singapore!I will miss you. I will come to visit you again!”