Back in Singapore, given our (very) small size it was easy to get from one place to another. We drove, and when we chose not to, it was convenient to take the bus or train. Going to town for an engagement could be a 3 to 4 hour thing. We could easily fit 3 or 4 engagements on a weekend day.
Here in Chicago, going downtown is a different experience. On weekends, the trains run only every 2 hours. To go downtown for an engagement, we leave the house 2 to 3 hours earlier, and ditto, coming back. End-to-end it easily takes 7 to 8 hours, and we often arrange only 1 or 2 engagements.
Interestingly, even though we were able to get more things done back in Singapore, the total output was not necessarily better. Even though I had more time, I was always in a rush (and often late)! Conversely, although the pace of life here is slower, it feels more intentional. Initially, it took some getting used to. Having been used to such a fast pace of life, you feel unproductive going slow. But as we got used to it, we were able to still get as much out of life for it to be enriching.
Sometimes, life is like that. More or faster is not always better, and less or slower is not always worse :)