I love driving home everyday. Home is a farmhouse in one of the last remaining natural oases in Singapore, a place that has not been blemished by skyscrapers and shopping malls.
I like cruising along the quiet roads that are fringed by vegetable and fish farms on both sides. Here, traffic is scarce and direction signs scarcer. Bus services are non-existent and shops are rare.
I tell the kids “Aren’t we so lucky to live here. Unlike your friends, we have no reason to leave home for a countryside holiday.” They roll their eyes.
The farms in this neck of the woods are arguably the best kept secret of Singapore though lately, day-trippers have been making their way here to experience the countryside charm. Overnight farmstays may be coming up next as the authorities are encouraging farmers to open shops, education centres and restaurants on their premises, as well as to take in staying guests.
Soon, this rustic charm will be gone. We may then have to find our countryside holiday somewhere else, far away.