What originally was supposed to be a one-to-two-year tour of duty was prematurely ended after just 5 months.
I really hate to leave the Capital.
In a word, the place was happening.
I have made more friends in just these 5 months than I have made in South QQland over the last 12 years. I am going to miss them all.
I enjoyed the weekend football games at Paddy's where they serve Kilkenny.
I love the RMB 2.00 (SGD 0.40) ride on the subway to everywhere. There is no need for cars at all. Just need to avoid the human jam during peak periods.
I love the affordability of local food. A breakfast for 3 came up to just RMB 8.50 (SGD 1.70).
The only thing I won't miss is the pollution. The air quality is really bad. The PM 2.5 index in the Capital is around 240 µg/m3 while it's around 60 over here in South QQland. Singapore is about 20.
In a way, I was lucky to escape the harsh winter as I flew back the morning after the Capital's first winter snow.