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29 Sep 2012
I can't believe I've been in Singapore for 4 years already!  I remember the day when my boss called me into his office and told me I was going to need to relocate.  I knew that our company also had an office in California so I thought maybe he was going to send me there.  I was excited.  I asked where they wanted me to go and I remember when he goes "Singapore" in response.

I was like wait... for real?  I thought he was joking.  I mean, Singapore, most people in America don't know anything about that country other than the fact that that one guy got caned there in the 1990's.  Singapore???

It was one of those things where I didn't have to go, but it was "strongly recommended" for my "career development."  So I was like well, this sounds interesting, let me do a little bit of research on the country before I make my decision.  My boss was like ok, that's fine.

So the research began.  I had no idea how small Singapore was, but that's not a bad thing.  I enjoy living downtown and from what I read, Singapore seemed to have a downtown vibe.  It was also a really clean city.  The people that I talked to about it were like "omg, it's so strict there!  You can't even have bubble gum!"  That didn't bother me because I can't stand bubble gum, anyway!  The more I read, the more I thought that the laws weren't necessarily bad... they just encouraged people to be responsible.  Most of them were things that I did already anyway.

I read a bit about the real estate situation there and learned that on residents can own property, but my company was going to be paying for my housing anyway so that didn't matter to me.

Anyway, fast forward 4 years and I'm still living here and loving it.  In fact, I've recently been reading up on the Singapore PR application process because I'd like to be a permanent resident (you get a few more privileges and benefits).  My boss asked me not too long ago if I was ready to be transferred back to the states and I said no.  He laughed and said good, he would keep me here for the foreseeable future.  No problem with that!

It's a nice city.  The weather is a little warmer than I prefer, but I just listened to my friend Jason's advice and ended up buying more shorts and t-shirts and while I haven't quite gotten used to the hot weather yet, I'm more used to it now than I was when I first moved here.


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