Have you ever been to Singapore? I have! I’ve been here for the last 3 months. This is absolutely crazy for me! The only other country I’ve ever been to is Canada and that doesn’t even really count cuz it’s not too different from America. But here I am in Singapore, and after a little bit of culture shock (which wasn’t too bad… it was more exciting), I’m having a good time here.
The first thing I noticed is that Singapore has 4 official languages, but you can pretty much get around wherever you want using just English. The 4 official ones are English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. Still, I’ve managed to pick up a few slang terms in other languages that have made their way into the dialect here. The natives here will change between languages in the middle of a sentence. I’ve picked up a few slang words already but I definitely have trouble understanding “Singlish,” as they call it. Fortunately, people seem to also be able to speak regular English and they speak that way to me.
So this project that I’m on for work is for one year and then there might be an extension if it goes well and I want to stay here. As of right now I could see being happy with that. I’m having a good time. I think if I end up staying here for years though I will want to apply to become a Singapore permanent resident . It basically gives you the ability to own a certain type of property and get a retirement account at work. The laws in Singapore favor the natives and citizens, but being a permanent resident seems like a pretty decent deal.
The food here is good, too. There are pretty much all varieties of Asian food here. Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Filipino, and I love them all. It’s pretty different from the Asian restaurants we have back in America. I guess it’s more “authentic,” but I was expecting the American style. Don’t get me wrong, I was pleasantly surprised. There are a lot of good restaurants and I definitely eat out more than I used to. Well anyway I should be finishing this up. I’m supposed to go meet my friend Pat for lunch in a little bit. I’m getting pretty hungry, and all this talking about food isn’t helping any. So I’m gonna head out to the Indian place where we’re meeting now.