One Year ago today, we arrived in Singapore.
Hard to believe we arrived 1 year ago. Just a few weeks prior to April last year we had been in Singapore doing interviews. So far, it’s been everything we hoped and more. A few bumps in the road (I’m looking at you first job!) a lot of travel (Inner Mongolia, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Cambodia, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Bali, India) and much fun along the way.
We’ve started making some friends at the local level and getting further and further in the routine of daily life here.
Paul and I talked about moving here for a couple of years, off and on, before finally making it a New Year’s resolution in 2011. I started blurting it out to people, before we even came to interview, so that I could get myself motivated. No turning back now, I would think, I’ve told too many people. It proved to be good motivation.
I’m amazed at how far we have come and yet how comfortable Singapore is. It’s like any major city in many ways. For me the biggest joy is the safety. Can I take a moment to speak from my liberal left-wing heart and tell you that there are no hand guns on the island. And it’s wonderful. No drive by shootings, no Monday morning wraps up of X number of people shot over the weekend unlike DC. There is some crime, but it’s blessedly low. Sublimely low. Praise Jesus Low. We walk this town at all hours, and all over, and as of yet we have not found our selves in a ‘bad neighbourhood’.
Follow that up with all the travel, and it’s been just amazing.
The downside… the heat. It’s as hot as it is safe. Perhaps it’s too hot to commit a crime, maybe that’s the secret. In any event, I do miss cooler weather. Not the snow (though I do like snow) but just a nice cool breeze. But in the meantime, there’s the wonderful condo pool, excellent AC at every turn, and many, many more places to explore.
Upcoming on the list, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and swimming with Whale Sharks in the Philippines, to name a few.
A big thank you to friends, families, and co-workers for all the support and well wishes that helped get us here.
We landed a couple of hapless Americans, and in the 12 months since we have been here have become slightly less hapless. There is still joy in discovering the unknown here, still lots to learn and lots to explore. People asked us when we were moving here how long we planned to stay. My response was always “As long as we are having fun” We just got back from a 3 day weekend in Thailand, that’s a 2.5 hour flight away, and stayed at the amazing Mandarin Oriental there. I think it’s safe to say we are still having fun…..