Just like that, it’s over.
I spent 16% of 2019 abroad.
Singapore has become more than just the place I visited for two months. It became my temporary home. The place I grew. The place I created some of the best memories of my life. The place I laughed until I cried. The place I will never be able to forget.
Singapore has become a part of my identity. It’s the fun fact I’ll share during those annoying ice breakers —“I lived abroad in Singapore for two months.” No matter how hard I try, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop talking about it.
This is shocking.
When I started college, the thought of going to a foreign country would fill me with fear. I was afraid of being miles away from my family. I was afraid of getting lost. I was afraid of the uncertainty.
Adjusting to a college only three hours away was already so difficult. How could I possibly survive in a new country miles away?
Before heading off, I forced myself to be open-minded and enter this experience with no expectations.
I remember people would ask me about the places I wanted to visit in Singapore—and I had no answer because I did not look up any major attractions.
I just knew that Singapore was safe, close to other Asian countries, and provided good opportunities for my career goals.
In a way, I am happy that I went into this experience with a very blank perspective. No expectations, no disappointment.
As I reflect on this experience, I can’t help but smile (and tear up). Singapore was absolutely everything and more, Allhumdullilah.
Sitting in the airport after this two-month adventure is sad, but as I look through pictures, I remember why this experience has been so meaningful for me—the green parks, lively hawker centers, late night adventures, spectacular sites—everything has enriched my life in so many ways. I’ve learned so much more about myself and the world.
10 things I’ll miss the most about my Singaporean adventure.
I will forever be grateful for Singapore, as well as my parents who provided me with the opportunity to explore the Lion City, Allhumdullilah.
Oh, Singapore, thank you giving me some of the best memories of my life.