As the jagged array of lush mountains loomed into view, pure contentment pervaded my senses. This was an elusive sensation back in Singapore but a ubiquitous one in this foreign land. Perplexed, I sought to discern the contrast between these two countries.
Bhutan was silently tucked away until it opened its borders merely 50 years ago, enthralling the world with novel ideas of happiness and sustainable living. By contrast, in just 50 years Singapore blossomed into a bustling metropolis, but still falters in terms of prioritising nature over economic progress.
A traditional Bhutanese saying goes: “It is better to have milk and cheese many times, than beef just once.” Bhutan upholds this belief with its no-killing policy. With no...