I had a teaching job lined up in Singapore, and I needed to find short term apartment rental in Singapore. The job was a post college thing that I wanted to try for a year or two. I would go to Singapore and teach to young students at an early age. Many of my friends did the same thing in other countries. Some went to Japan, some went to Korea, and some even went to China. The job would pay a monthly stipend to all teachers which would cover basic necessities like food costs and room and board.
I found an apartment complex online that was popular with many foreigners who plan to stay in Singapore for a short while. They had a nice single apartment that was packed with many amenities. It was the perfect apartment for me, so I signed an agreement for it. I then moved to Singapore to do my teaching stint and prepared for whatever would come my way. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the kids. I had never taught students before, but I used to be a student, and having seen what many teachers go through in their lifetime, I had an idea what was going to happen to me.
My teaching experience was much different than what I thought it would be. I expected to have the kids jumping around, shouting, making lots of noise and breaking everything. The students were very quiet and polite. Maybe the behavior I was expecting was typical of the students in my home country, but not in Singapore. The children were pretty happy to be in school and we would have lots of fun in class while playing different games. I considered the kids like my own kids because of how precious they were to me.