Why is time flying so fast? How come I am still living here? Is Singapore getting more awesome? Is it just me getting pleased with what I have?
Why am I still living in a shared flat?
Because you are not making enough money, basically… Or because you are frugal and smart.
Yup, it somehow sucks to live in the most expensive city in the world. You are making good money, but you still have to clean after your roommate and you probably pay more than USD 1,000 for your room.
Work harder, change jobs or get luckier and you might be able to upgrade your space. Expats, there are HDBs too, and no law forces you to rent in a condo…
Living in Asian urbania is for hard workers, and for people who don’t mind some promiscuity. If you like living in huge homes, well you might wanna consider living somewhere else.
Don’t get me wrong, space is true luxury… I often wish I had an office/workshop to work in the weekend or after work instead of my dining room table… To come back to the previous point, would I feel the same urge to create if I were living in a quietest city? I’m not so sure.
Well, you live in a shared flat but you have a roof over your head, and you live in an exciting place. Stop comparing with others all the time and be content 😉
Will I ever get used to the Heat?
You will probably pay less attention to it, at most, but you will not get used to it.
30 degrees and 70+% of humidity is what it is. Your blood temperature is not too far from that, so even after years here, your blood will still boil under the scorching sun.
Singaporeans don’t also, they have simply, knowingly or not, adapted their routines and hacked living under the equator.
Have you tried cooling drinks such as the 3 legs rhinoceros water, or grass jelly drink?
Will I ever get used to the Hot Spiciness ?
How am I going to tolerate life in another place?
What is there to miss? The “usual” Singapore credentials: efficiency, cleanliness, safety, warmth (of the climate, not the people…), cheap travel opportunities, condominium lifestyle facilities (oh the morning swim…), cheap and delicious street food,…
I believe everyone would be different on this question, but I already feel the comforting sensation of coming back to Singapore after a week in the wilderness of Indonesia, Thailand, and/or most countries surrounding the Lion city…
Am I turning Singaporean?
…and the flip side question: Will I ever Integrate?
Unfortunately many expats leave Singapore after 2 years and conclude that Singapore is “safe, clean, sunny, cosmopolitan, convenient, it has a dynamic economy, low taxes,…” All these adjectives are valid definition, but these opinions could as well come straight from the mouth of tourists that stopped over for 2 days on the island on the way to the beaches of Thailand.
It’s actually quite sad, because there is more to Singapore… Singapore is a country with 50 years of history, and it is still a time for pioneers and adventurers alike, should you be willing to display the right attitude. You get what you give… Although Singapore lifestyle is reputedly quiet, you may feel an energy, and a context that is favorable for blooming and personal reinvention.