I have been living abroad for many years since I was 20 years old. I believe it was the best decision that one could have possibly made. What better way to live life to the fullest than living abroad in the world of uncertainty and facing new challenges each and every day. The experiences I had certainly translate into valuable memories, which are worth remembering for many years to come.
Singapore has been my home for six years. I didn’t really have much of an opinion of Singapore beforehand. I was told that Singapore is a safe and clean city. And surely it is. We can walk alone at night with little concern for being robbed. Compared to some cities, we can buy products and services with little concern for being ripped off as there is no such thing as locals or tourists price.
However, I do feel that it is expensive to live in Singapore. The cost of apartment rental, car and alcohol were outrageous although certain things like food (hawker center) and public transport are cheap. As long as we don’t take taxis every day, and depending on how much we need to get around town, the transport budget is anywhere from $80 – $200 per month.
What I like most about Singapore is the mix of so many Asian cultures with their own religion, ideas, culture, and cuisines. I have been to various places from Little India, China Town, Geylang Serai, and Arab Street. I have celebrated Hari Raya, Deepavali, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Thaipusam, and Chingay. I have eaten a wide variety of Singapore dishes like Hainanese Chicken Rice, Chilli Crab, Nasi Lemak and Roti Prata. I mixed with all group of people of different culture and background.
Surely, I miss the friends I made in Singapore. I was so used to being around very expressive people. We joke, we laugh, we became frustrated, we shouted at each other (I’m not one of them, I’m a cool Italian), and then we joke again. Although Singaporean tend to be a bit conservative, they can be very friendly, hospitable and warm. So, I am a bit puzzled with the international survey that declared Singaporeans to be the least emotional nation.
To be honest, I am very sad to leave Singapore. But I have no choice. I leave my heart here and hope to live in this amazing country again one day.