During a shift at my previous job, a colleague who had just joined the organisation asked me why I didn’t own a car.

Given my income then, it wasn’t something that was out of reach. Rather, I chose not to.

For context, my workplace was in a far-flung corner of Western Singapore, while I live in the East.

The commute takes me a little over two hours via public transport (yes, there are places in Singapore that are that ulu).

And after that, it’s about a 15 minutes walk from the gate to my office.

The walk was also unsheltered so that means that I had to deal with the elements – rain or shine.

For most of the new-joiners, almost all of them decided to purchase a car after a few days into the job because the long trek to the office was something that nobody in