Singapore Fling

by admin on November 22, 2010

I’ve got itchy feet, let’s face it, I always have had. I’ve been following with envy Victoria from It’s A Small World Afterall and her plans to travel around the world for a year with her family. Now they’re actually doing it! I admit, I am more than a teeny bit jealous. They sound like they are having so much fun.

For many years, in fact since I came back from an 18-month around-the-world backpacking trip, when I was 23, it’s been my ambition to go away again. I’ve lived in Paris and Sydney and now London, but I’ve wanted to escape the UK for a long time. I feel like I have been stuck in this city unable to get out, despite knowing there’s so much more to the world. I’ve been desperate for a new adventure but it’s hard when you’ve got a family. Just the thought of doing new things and meeting new people gets me excited. I get a feeling, a sense of anticipation, and of being really and truly alive. I don’t get it with anything else. That’s probably why I’ve worked in the travel industry and am now a travel journalist (among other things).

I first went to Singapore as part of my backpacking trip. My first experience of it left a distinct impression on me, and memories I will never forget. It was clean and litter-free. We went to Sentosa Island, where my friend lost her bikini bottoms as she slid down a giant waterslide. We went the night safari, that was just like being in Jurassic Park. We stood outside Raffles – looking very scruffy! What sealed my love of the city was going out one evening with a few friends to Boat Quay. We were on a budget of $10 for the night each – this equated to 2 beers. We started chatting to a guy next to us. He had just won a multi-million pound deal and was celebrating. He ended up paying for all our drinks for the rest of the evening! I remember thinking then that I wanted to come back as an expat one day. It’s funny because my mother lived there with my grandmother, when she was young, and my other grandmother lived there too.

15 years later (wow, I feel old), it’s happening. We’re moving to Singapore. I’ve wanted, fought for this in fact, for a long time and I can’t believe we’re going. After a huge amount of hard work and determination over the past couple of years (and I’m sorry to say a whole lot of nagging from me), my husband has managed to land himself a fantastic job over there and I’m so proud of him.

So now it’s my turn to live the expat lifestyle. We’re heading to the warm weather, a clean and safe city, that’s great for families. Instead of going to Surrey or Berkshire or even Amsterdam for the weekend, we’ll be heading to Bali or Borneo or Hong Kong. Now that is seriously cool!

I’m happy, excited but scared and nervous too. It’s a pretty big thing we’re doing. I don’t even know where to start and I’m trying not to think about leaving family (the Grandparent’s are devasted we’re taking their Granddaughter away from them) and friends behind.

This is the start of a new adventure that my husband, 3 year old and I will be sharing together. Bring it on!

(There’s one more very exciting thing happening in my life, all will be revealed soon!)

{ 2 comments }

Hayley November 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm

WOW! What amazing news! Good on you!
I would love to move away one day but I dont know that I ever would, I’m too much of a home bunny! If I could take my family and friends with me I would lol! Cant wait to follow your journey on your blog!!

Hayley November 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm

WOW! What amazing news! Good on you!
I would love to move away one day but I dont know that I ever would, I’m too much of a home bunny! If I could take my family and friends with me I would lol! Cant wait to follow your journey on your blog!!

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