I’m not going to lie; it’s hard to imagine a life outside Singapore. I mean I’ve been living here for nearly 20 years and I have so many amazing memories. Although I’ve lived overseas before in New York (2007), Sydney (2008/2010) and Boston (2015/16) but I keep coming back to Singapore.
Singapore ranked as the fourth place to best Asian destinations to live, work and study. It is the best place to reside because the infrastructure is organized, the economy is strong and stable, excellent quality of education, clean governance, all-year-round summer, and fantastic food!
However, many people dislike living in Singapore due to the expensive housing in the city-state where a standard studio unit in the CBD can cost at $3,500 and a single bedroom service apartment can cost $5,000 – 7,000. Not to mention cars are ridiculously expensive it is because imported cars are prohibitively expensive due to high taxes, gas, and parking fees. Not to mention there is an ERP everywhere where your vehicle will be charged with $1.00-2.00 in certain areas. Plus, you don’t really own a car, honey you will only have a certificate of entitlement which allows an owner to purchase a car up to $43,000 for 10 years.
Most places I’ve visited have some, but not all of the factors that make a place great to expat. In my opinion, Singapore is also one of the safest countries to live, especially for women. It’s clean, safe, and people are open-minded. You can jog at the middle of the night and you are safe. If a couple is mixed they can freely walk in the city, kiss in public and also get married without criticism because Singapore is an island that has a mix of races. The mix racial marriage is an old norm and no one will bother if you are an Asian chic married to a Caucasian, African or Latino.
The city is fantastic and has great nightlife; everyone can speak good English which doesn’t limit your travel opportunity because you can communicate easily.
However, if you are multilingual like me who can understand Chinese, Malay, Tagalog, and a bit of Hindi it is a plus to make friends with the locals. They will love you!
If English is all you can speak, no worries you can still make friends with locals just participate in many aspects of Singaporean culture and be respectful. Never criticize the people, food, government, and culture because you will be in deep trouble. Singapore doesn’t have a room for rebellious and critic visitors. The moment you land in Changi and you have a Singapore immigration stamp on your passport you must love the country by default.
ALL-YEAR ROUND SUMMER
The country has all-year-round summer, there are rainy days but the island never had a typhoon. The weather is lovely so you can always wear your bikini or swimwear at Sentosa or even just by the pool in your condo.
It is not an exaggeration to say women in Singapore are unbothered to wear a mini skirt, shorts, and bikini on the beach.
IN PREPARATION TO LEAVE SINGAPORE
Not many people know my family is Irish (is O’Connor ring a bell to you? Haha!). However, never in a hundred million thoughts, I would imagine moving to Ireland one day. I admit that I didn’t study the history of Ireland and I only know a bit about the culture. #ShamelessIrish lol
However, things changed when I fall in love. It is such an amazing feeling that I never thought I would be in such trouble. Lol The butterflies, the excitement for meetups, the fears of losing him, and fantastic romance – ahhh! The situation is terrifying being vulnerable and open and I rarely talk about my feelings in public. I used to be a woman who keeps my relationship private and only share my personal experience with loved ones. I’m no longer that woman! 😉
After massive planning, discussion and a bit of drama in between I’m finally making preparation to leave Singapore. It takes a lot of courage, boss chic attitude and prayers haha to confirm my decision. However, since my mum raised me to be fiercely independent and strong I am unafraid to relocate and try a new life.
Her influence has without a doubt played a huge role in my life. I have this #GoGetItGirl cheers in my head.
Before my serious relationship, I didn’t look for a date (really!) and I started to enjoy my own company – every night was basically #Netflix and chill after work, body scrub for an hour, facial masks and answering random chats in my WhatsApp group with friends. So when I met J, it was a complete surprise and as cheesy as it sounds – I like his awful, rude, politically incorrect humour plus he is handsome.
After some time I decided to relocate to Dublin. It is a mix of excitement, anxiety, and stress. I started to overthink that what if things won’t work out, what if when I get there I will burn all my cash for nothing and what if I will fail big time within just a few months. I will be fancy homeless for sure! Haha.
Thankfully, as time went on, I learned to trust J and also I trust myself that whatever happens, I can always bounce back.
It’s all about mindset and giving myself a chance to discover what life to offer me out there. So, in my preparation to leave Singapore which just few months from now I’ve done a few lists to enjoy the little things. 🥰
After massive eating during Christmas break, I am back to my strict diet. I made no carbs and more in protein meal-prep. As boring as it looks but it will be my meals for lunch and dinner. I just hope I can keep it up!
It is sad to imagine I will leave my beautiful apartment in a few months but on the bright side, I will have a different kind of life in Dublin. I will definitely miss the pool and golf club views in my morning from the bedroom. I live in sub-urban but just about 10-15 mins drive to the CBD.
You know I’m a tropical chic since birth, hence, I love wearing swimwear and my favourite is bronzer spray to give me a Hawaiian bronze vibe.
Once I leave my chic apartment I won’t have a home in Singapore for a while. Many of my friends have offered their apartment but since I will be carrying a lot of luggage and stuff, I don’t want to take too much of their space (I’m shy? Lol). Plus, I may stay in a temporary residence for 2-3 weeks prior to relocating since I have to make a lot of work and personal arrangements in Singapore. Hence, it is only practical to live in a service apartment.
In my research, I will be comfortable to live in the CBD near my office. The small kitchen will be useful to make my meals instead to takeaway.
This beautiful service apartment will be my temporary home before I relocate to Dublin. I’ve thought to move to Jakarta, Manila or India in two months but it is practical to stay in Singapore since I have work and personal commitments here.
Thank you for reading!