Oh, Singapore, your people are lovely and considerate.
In the space of 5 minutes this morning I saw or experienced 3 acts of concern or kindness that would happen rarely in Melbourne, especially on public transport.
- Lady stopped me at the stop of the escalator as we were heading to catch a train to tell me that my backpack zip wasn’t closed properly.
- Whilst waiting for the train I noticed a lady slumped on the bench, clearly not feeling well (and not in a “been drinking all night” kind of way!). I was just about to ask her if I could help when an MRT staff member approached (yes, there are staff on the train platforms here. Take note, Melbourne!) and offered her assistance. While the staff member called for help, another commuter offered to sit with the sick lady and comfort her. In Melbourne, I had been doubled over on the train (in work clothes) and then thrown up in the bin at the station without one person stopping to help.
- On the crowded peak hour train a lady immediately offered her seat to Miss 4 and I. This happens about 90% of the time I travel with Miss 4, children are given priority.
So, lovely people of Singapore thank you for your consideration. I hope that when/if we return to Melbourne we will take this kindness with us and share it with others. xx