If not because of him, I may not come to this country, 11 years ago.
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Well, life is mysterious. Life is unpredictable.
When I was a teenager, I never really expected to study and work overseas. Everything was quite fine in my home country. I had a lot of friends. I had a nice environment. I didn't really have a desire to study in any overseas university. Yes, I have observing some overseas university during education fair in my high school, but that's all. I never put any action because I never really thought of step out my comfort zone.
Why? Language was always my biggest problem. Despite my good grade in mathematics and sciences, I am not that talented in learning and speaking a foreign language. I am not confident in TOEFL, SAT, IELTS, and any other tests. If I really took it, I am pretty sure my language result is not that excellent. I have difficulties expressing my idea in English. If I stay overseas, can I survive? Can I even finish my study? I am normally quite confident in many things but I always have that fear in my life.
And what make it worse. Like a typical of blurry teenager, I didn't really know what I want. I didn't know what course I should take, in which university. I got accepted in some local university without taking tests. But finally I still applied to NTU because of a very simple reason. Many of my friends applied for it also. And to make the story short, I was accepted.
I didn't really know much about NTU and Singapore at that time. I didn't really make a lot of research on it. From what I heard, it was a fine, nice, and neat country as compared to my hometown. And I can receive a good education here. So why not? I decided to take the offer and started my journey.
I started my life as a young, blurr, childish 17 year-old boy in a foreign country. Slowly when I adapt to the culture of this country, I start to know more about this country, how she was started and how she can become this successful in relatively short period of time. How she was transformed from a third world country to be a first world country. How this country can have a clean government, an excellent transport system, comfortable and conducive environment. As compared to... erm, Jakarta.
A lot of value is learnt in my life here. Hardworking, passion, integrity. I need to admit that life in this country is tough. Life is full of competition. Everywhere. In everything. And I believe it was one factor which make this country grow very fast.
When I look back, I really thank God for the opportunity to be here, to learn all those stuff when I am still very young. I have been 11 years here and I love this country. This country is not perfect. No country is. But I have spent 1/3 of my life here and I have no regret about it.
Lee Kuan Yew has given his life and built this country to this great. Singaporeans are very lucky to have him in their country.
I never really met him in person, but I really feel his impact. He is a great person. A great leader. I really wish that my country also have such a strong and dedicated leader like him.
In the end of the day, I want to say, thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew for all your dedication in your life.
Heart Attitude and Motivation - 30 Mar 2015
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