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My Country

 

Singapore is not only my place of birth but it is my whole life as well, although I must admit that it has only been twelve short years. I have already seen quite a bit of Singapore in that short span of time. I especially love the green parks amidst these tall concrete buildings. The splash of greenery prevents this place from becoming a concrete jungle which in turn, may become unsightly after many years.

Singapore is an island, so we never have to travel far to get to a beach. Others sometimes take days to travel to a seaside in their own country. My non-Singaporean penpals often ask if it is true that the people here are snobbish. I tell them that just as in any other place in the world, there are bound to be some proud people around. However, the majority of us are helpful and friendly on the streets. As I can recall, I once dropped my wallet in the bus and all my coins rolled all over the bus. Instead of keeping the coins for themselves, I was glad that the people on the bus picked and returned the coins to me safely.

The thing that I am most appreciative about Singapore is that we are not a war-torn country. Peace and harmony are things that we work hard to achieve for Singapore and I am glad that so far, we are managing to do just that. I wish that there was no such thing as war because it does nothing but destroy countries and places. Because of my love for this place, I hope to be able to contribute to its growth when I grow older.

     
unsightly   unpleasant
     
snobbish   proud
     
 
 
 

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