July 25, 2013, 4:22 PM

It has stopped raining already, but until now the smell of petrichor fills the air. I waited for Pau [I deemed it necessary to use my good friend’s name to make sure no clerical errors will be made in the filing of this report; just make sure this doesn’t fall into the wrong hands] for two hours, but he was quite early this time. No longer was he fidgeting and stuttering, but there was the still the weary look on his face I saw the last time we met. He’s in the gray shirt provided by the school for the delegation, accompanied by slacks. Tired as he is, Pau tells me how much he’s enjoyed the past few days, and keeps repeating just how much the ten days of the summit aren’t enough. Nevertheless, he relates to me his new experiences over the last two days since we met – the talks with the Minister of Health, the visits to the Esplanade, GIC, LTA, and PUB, and the River Cruise (the details can be obtained from the recording of our conversation). According to him, the trips to these important sectors and departments in Singapore made him realize that the efficiency and progress of Singapore society is no simple feat. It requires the efforts of the transport authority to ensure smooth public land transport, the public utility board to ensure that clean water reaches the places where it’s needed, the investment manages to ensure that the reserves of Singapore grow and aid in its economic growth, and so much more other offices and facilities to make sure Singapore, much like any other system in this world, is sustainable and efficient. The whole is more than the sum of its parts, he says, and the difference between Singapore as a country – the whole – and its individual parts is the life and spirit that the Singaporeans bring through their monuments, art centers – like the Esplanade – and even the efforts they put into cleaning and preserving the beauty of their river. He is really excited to share the new methods and policies he’s learned from the talks and visits – for example, putting priority into public transport, bringing together all the transport companies, and integrating roads into the infrastructure around the area – to his fellow countrymen. I was informed by my fellow agents that he has a habit of asking questions pertinent to his country. For now, I can confidently say that everyone in the delegation, not just Pau, is on the right path that we have predicted; there are still five days to go, and anything can happen. On a lighter note, Pau has made even more friends these past two days, and seems to have a liking for…(at this point, the report is all smudged; by what, the agency decides too scandalous to investigate)

Agent X44
On behalf of Pau Joquiño, from the Philippines 

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