One or twice a year I make my way to Singapore. Partially to see my grandma and partially as a hub to Asia and the rest of world. Early in July I headed there to meet my family from Scotland, some of whom I haven't seen in three years. Aside from how touching it was to see them all again, it also reminded me why I want to live in South East Asia and Singapore so passionately.
Having travelled there countless times, and lived there almost a year, I know Singapore is the closest thing to home. Yes, born and bred in Scotland but I never quite belonged there. I doubt I'll ever belong anywhere, but Singapore is pretty damn close. It's a country (or city) that encapsulates most of what I love. Such as the incredible food.
For $3 USD you can grab a bowl of laksa, more wholesome and tasty than most dishes anywhere in the world. Or you can dine at some of the finest, and funkiest eateries like Nox. Try eating in complete dark, savouring mystery food, served by blind waiters. How about Michelin star dim sum?
Singapore has a fantastic contrast of cheap and cheerful to haute cuisine.
Let's not forget my Singaporean friends. I have the utmost respect for them, and it humbles me how determined they are to building their own lives and creating their own happiness. Despite being over 8000 kilometres and four time zones away, we've still kept in touch. Even meeting them months or years later, we pick up immediately were we left off. I'm lucky to call them friends. What else?
I'm a city boy at heart, so Singapore is perfection. Bright lights, countless bars and clubs, restaurants, art, music. Yes, yes and yes. So safe you can walk anywhere at night unconcerned. A climate that is warm all year round and mostly sunny to boot. Prime travel hub to the rest of Asia, with return flights often under $100 USD. Great public transport and cheap taxis. Career driven and hardworking, family orientated culture.
I'm working on getting to Singapore and continuing my career there. Every time I visit, it cements why I want to live there again. It won't be this year, or the next but I'll see you soon Singapore.