I had fun texting nearly everyone in my phone “hello from 2020!” when Singapore rang in the New Year 13 hours earlier than everyone in Toronto (even longer to the West Coast). I celebrated New Years Eve at my social club, Straits Clan, where they hosted a countdown party.
The beginning of a new year is always a great opportunity to reflect on the past year, and plan for the upcoming one. 2019 was a whirlwind year of change and adventure. I moved to Singapore in February, I traveled to five new countries, starting the year with Switzerland and France (with Claire, Breanne and friends), then heading to Egypt and the UAE for Ahmed and Farah’s wedding (alongside Jolon and Alana) and visited Japan for the first time (also with my 2019 travel buddy Claire). Between these major trips, I also returned to many South East Asian destinations, which was a very different experience as a professional than a student or backpacker. I was grateful to have so many visitors to South East Asia – I met up with Paola in Bangkok and Phnom Penh, Lindsay and Eric in Vietnam and had fun hosting Jessica and Adam in Singapore on their way to Bali. I came back to North America twice… once for training in Chicago and a power weekend in Toronto and second for a longer visit to Canada. I have settled into Singapore life… set up a new apartment (with my new flatmate Jeremy), made some new friends and learned a new role at work.
I am excited about the year ahead. Up first is a trip to India to celebrate Nundini and Patrick’s wedding. Then I am excited to play tour guide to Alex, Andrew, Erica, Mom and Bruce (let me know if you’re planning a trip to South East Asia and I’ll happily send some advice and recommendations). I am not sure what the back half of 2020 will bring… maybe a few other trips (Mount Kinabalu, Taiwan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka are all on my list) and hopefully a visit back to Canada. I am looking forward to checking out more tourist sites and activities in Singapore to explore the city.
One resolution is to try to write in this blog more regularly. I want to cover some of the more “regular” aspects of life in Singapore – things like food, transit, architecture, social life. Is there anything you want to read about? Let me know!