22 months have flown by so soon. We are heading back to NOIDA, India after a wonderful stay in Singapore – a country that is so safe and secure, clean, green and pollution-free with a pleasant urban environment. Abundant lush greenery can be seen all along the roadsides and built-up areas. There are numerous parks and nature reserves with very well conserved biodiversity making it easy for people to walk, run, cycle everywhere.
Singapore has transformed itself from being a “Garden City” to “City in a garden”.
As our residence was near the East Coast Park, we had the advantage of going on walks to witness the magnificent sunrises and sunsets with scenic view of the sea and sandy beaches.
Our apartment (on the 20th floor) had a huge balcony facing the open sea from where we could observe the movements of the ships and boats and the changing colours of the sea and sky at different hours of the day. Also fighter jets and other aircrafts flew over our condominium regularly during Air Force exercises. It was like watching an airshow with deafening sounds and various formations of the jets.
For me, it was like a long holiday allowing me to connect with myself, for my creativity to grow and also giving me ample time to explore the place (although I would have loved to see more).
I started my Facebook page – Calming Crafts – while I was here. This page showcases my painting, cookery, knitting, crochet and other arts and crafts.I would encourage you to visit the page facebook.com/calmingcrafts/. I hope to continue creating and posting new projects that I complete.
Learning Tai-Chi, participating in walks and runs, volunteering at Willing Hearts- a charitable organisation were some of the standout activities. But the icing on the cake for me was my participation as a volunteer at WTA Finals 2018. It allowed me to take a look up close at how such a big international event is organised with the added incentive of watching great tennis matches and meeting iconic women tennis players from the past and present. How many people get such opportunities?
Singapore is a great place for various cultural celebrations throughout the year. Deepavali, Christmas, Hari Raya (Eid),etc. are celebrated with as much fervor as Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn festival. Witnessing all these celebrations allows you to learn a lot about this country where people of every religion, race or colour are treated with respect.
People are non-judgemental about what you wear or eat— a place that allows you to adjust and settle in easily.
It was good to stay connected with everyone as family and friends kept visiting us. It was fun to act as a tourist guide taking them around Chinatown, Gardens by the bay, Esplanade, Arab street, Sentosa, etc. I loved to visit the Flower dome with changing floral displays of various exotic flowers and plants throughout the year.
It was a great learning experience to live like an expat for the first time making new friends, seeing new places and above all feeling at ease in a new country ( thanks to all the friends here) and making special memories.
Cannot not mention the pouring rains, brilliant lightening and deafening thunder which made this experience even more fabulous.
All in all a wonderful stay. All good Lah !!
As I leave this ” City in a garden” , I can only say — SINGAPURA — you’ll be missed.