First part would be briefly summarizing the past half a year. Then the thoughts about future.
The past half a year, I was doing exchanging programme in KTH(royal institute of technology) in Sweden. It was really a great experience. I previously didn't want to go for SEP as I heard it's money consuming and won't gain practical experience except for traveling. However, I did find it a really very rewarding experience after trying it on my own. I didn't spend that much money and I enjoyed a lot meeting new friends and experiencing different culture. Thanks to Prof.Ben who suggested me to go for SEP while I strongly doubted whether to go for Internship in Singapore or not. I love Sweden. It's a lovely country. Swedish people are so nice. They smiles at people. They are content about things. Moreover, they enjoy following their own interests. If I haven't been to Sweden, I won't show so much love to my future kids as a daddy(Swedish males really love their kids and family); If I haven't been to Sweden, I won't know the difference between live a life and make a living; If I haven't been to Sweden, I won't know how to truly love people. I love nature, I love culture, I love people!
Besides Sweden, I went to many other countries, too. I had no regrets of not getting to some popular countries that I am personally not interested, such as Italy and Greece. I went to the place I would like to go most, like Paris and Vienna. That's enough already. All counting up, I've been to 10 European countries during this SEP including Germany, France and Netherlands. Among which I admire Germany a lot, for their admiration of great technology and the balance between work and living. I enhanced my arts senses while visiting Paris. Though my first choice was to go to ETH, Switzerland which is the home university of Einstein and it is very well known for its academics, I was thankful that I went to Sweden instead, as I head Switzerland is a nice country but twice more expensive.
I did two projects in Sweden. One is an entrepreneurial project in Stockholm School of Economics. It's a language study platform. Another is a Music Information Retrieval project in KTH. It was great to work with different people. I got both As for this two projects:-)
One bad thing about this SEP is that I didn't touch my previous Yunreading Project for half a year. That sounds very irresponsible. I should have done more. Time is so important for everyone. What kind of thing will I enjoy working for my whole lifetime? I listed three of the most important things in another blogger: 1. Start one or more successful companies. 2. Bring my parents abroad for traveling for at least once. 3. Love my wife and kids. Yes, I will make it someday!
Singapore is a good place for work. People strive to work for survival. However, there are not so many great Tech companies/startups in Singapore. The social environment here is a bit inhibited. The elitist society encourages practical skills rather than arts and humanity. That might not be good for a complete human character development. I would love to have the choice to really work in great tech companies in my 20th and 30th and make a tech company afterwards. But really wondering how this gonna be happen if I stuck here in SG for 6 more years. I took a look at the job applicants in Amazon AWS and Google etc, no seats for tech people. That's so bad!
I always think there is some ways to make things work. Yes, there must be!