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The Transition

Updated: Sep 26, 2019

Living in Singapore has been quite the experience and not very similar to what I remember at all (which makes sense since it's been over 15 years). Besides the heat, the hardest part of transitioning to Singapore has been the conversations for me. Although most everyone speaks english here, it is a spoken a little differently. Everyone speaks VERY fast and they use a lot of abbreviations and slang that which my brain a second to get used to, and even now I have to stop and let me brain comprehend what was said before I can respond.

Here's a quick little video explaining some of the most common Singlish phrases.

Other than the language, Singapore has been fairly easy to adjust to. It is strange living quite literally on the other side of the world from your friends and family, but Singapore is the perfect mix of various asians cultures with a lot of british and western influences. My diet has also changed a lot since being here. Our program found us housing at a extended stay hotel which is very close to downtown and has spectacular views, but doesn't have an area to cook, so my friends I have pretty much have to eat for every meal. Thankfully the food here is cheap and delicious! You can find any kind of asian cuisine here, which means LOTS of rice and chicken. I don't think there has been a single I have without either chicken or rice. Rice and meats are a huge part of singaporean cuisine so if you don't like either of those you may need look a little harder to find places to eat.

Overall the first few weeks of my trip have been great. Singapore is a very clean and safe city and everyone at least understanding English has made the culture shock very mangable. It's still crazy to me how much this city has changed in the last 15 years and I'm very excited to keep exploring the city and getting familiarly with the culture and customs on this small island.

View From My Apartment Window

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