'I miss the sense of security in Singapore'

'I miss the sense of security in Singapore'

SINGAPORE - It was living away from Singapore that made Ms Balvinder Sandhu appreciate the things she once took for granted.

Like taking public transport or going home alone after dark.

The 39-year-old moved to Melbourne, Australia, five years ago to live with her Irish husband, who is working there.

"I miss the sense of security (that Singapore offers)," she said.

"Being able to go out with friends and take a taxi home alone after midnight without having to worry about anything happening to you - I could never do that here."

She cited a scary experience when her Melbourne home was burgled in late 2008.

"I was so scared to be alone at home (after that) and made my husband install a burglar alarm as he was travelling a bit for work then."

She has since got over her fear, but she still drives everywhere and very rarely takes public transport.

"You just need to stay vigilant and be cautious and aware of your surroundings," she said.

S'poreans have it good

"I don't think we realise how good we have it (here in Singapore) until we live somewhere else," she added.

Ms Balvinder, who returns to Singapore two or three times a year to visit her family, also misses eating out.

"Apart from missing my family and friends, I miss the prices of food more than the food itself."

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