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What trekking 100km in the rain taught me about life

Being the laggard in a group hike along the Camino de Santiago reminded me of what it is like to be the slow one that others have to accommodate

I recall a class discussion on the Singapore education system years ago, when I was in school. While some classmates lamented how exam-oriented and stressful Singapore's education system was, I defended it, chirping that actually I enjoyed school, and thought the pace and level of study was fine.

I still recall my teacher's reaction. British tutor Keith Wiltshire had spent years teaching the Humanities class and was used to Singapore's ways. He turned to me, shook his head and said with a twinkly smile: "It's people like you who make the Singapore education system stressful for others."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'What trekking 100km in the rain taught me about life'. Print Edition | Subscribe