Singapore:Adjusting to Expat Living

by admin on March 5, 2011

I have to keep reminding myself this (our move to Singapore) was my idea. I pushed for it for a LONG time. My husband has started his new job, leaving Miss C and I home alone in a pretty dreadful apartment, with no TV and a terrible internet connection.  I am a SAHM for the time being and not a very good one at that!

What we’re doing is so incredibly exciting, but I honestly, and perhaps naively, thought it would be easier than this. Then again we’re doing this move with a three year old, who needs constant entertaining, and I’m pregnant (and a teeny bit hormonal).

We’re strangers in a new city with its own rules and a different way of life, trying to make a new life for ourselves. A part of me is lonely – and life is boring (on a day to day basis) when the rain comes and I have no idea what there is to do or where to go to. All I want to do is lie down, but my 3 year old needs my attention. My husband works late every night so I’m on my own more than I’d like to be.

The heat is exhausting and making Miss C tired and crabby. She doesn’t want to walk anywhere, preferring to sit in her buggy (try make her sit in it when were in the UK – not a chance!). She spent an entire taxi journey earlier today telling the driver how “boring” and “disgusting” taxi rides are! I try to be understanding as I know she’s experiencing some massive changes in her life (and is already staying in the 3rd different place in less than a month). How could she possibly understand it’s hard for me too?

I know we made the right decision to come it and I know it will get better. I just need to give it time, it’s only been a week after all 😉

I wrote this post after we’d just arrived in Singapore. I’m glad to say things have got better!


The Dropout March 10, 2011 at 11:23 am

My sympathies. I think Singapore is hard work.

In our case, I was the one who pushed for the move and I’m the one working late, leaving Darling Man at home with the baby. At least he’s not pregnant. At least, I don’t think he is.

We don’t even have a/c at our place!

Keep your chin up.

admin March 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Ah thanks. Lucky him! What do you do? We’ve now been here 2 months and are settling in now, it’s much easier now we have somewhere to live etc. ps you’re better off without a/c- I don’t like it.

Ros July 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Are taxi rides that bad in Singapore? I’m sorry I’ve lost touch. (S’porean living in UK)

admin July 26, 2011 at 7:16 am

Either I’ve got used to them, having been here 6 months, or I just had some unlucky experiences when I first arrived – but no they don’t seem so bad any more!

Ros July 26, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Good to hear that. Hope you’ll enjoy your stay there.

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