It’s time to start preparing to leave the superb, inspirational Lion City, Singapore which has been my home for over 5 years.
I’m sad but excited. It’s time for another gutsy move. A new opportunity awaits me. I have made the decision to move to the Big Smoke, London (did you know it was named this due to the air pollution smog from the 1950s?!) and the best of it is…wait for it…New York is winking at me too! I am almost jumping in my seat as I type this. Ok ok breathe…but how superb…even though the UK is home, I have never lived in London so it’s a fresh experience, let the exploring begin (my blog may burst!).
As you can imagine, I have heaps to do in packing up my life to relocate. I am all over the place in all honesty and I have lists…everywhere! I am hoping this is where my organizational skills really do come in to play! Instead of having bits of paper everywhere I need to put everything in one place so I can keep track of it. Oh dear, the Business Manager side of me appears to be taking over. I am seeing actions, timelines, project plans and a rag status appearing. The problem is, the only action owner this time is ME! Yikes!
So how do I feel about leaving? Well, the fact I will be getting my flip flops out once a year instead of once a day is going to take some getting used to! That reminds me, where are my socks, my jeans, my coats?! I am going to need a whole new wardrobe! A winter one…oh how gorgeous! I digress. In all seriousness I am feeling much better than I thought. Maybe it’s as a result of the leaving dos I have attended already? I have been in the midst of big change for some time now, it surely must play with your head a little without you realizing. Or maybe it’s because I have new and stretching career prospects? I don’t know but maybe if you ask me on my final evening here, I may be melancholy but new opportunities await. Bring it on.
I reckon the fact I will be 7-8 hours away from New York instead of 24 I think adds a bit of excitement too…I won’t lie!
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got!”
Even though I am moving forward and thinking about the future, I am not going to forget the present. I don’t want to be so engrossed in the lists that I miss my final weeks of enjoying endless sunshine, blazing heat, my incredible friends, lying by the pool or going for runs late at night where it is safe to do so! I want to enjoy my remaining time here and do things I have always said I wanted to do. So in order to finish off my Singapore life in true Nicci style, I am going to make yet another list! This time, of things I haven’t yet seen or done over the past 5 years…my very own Singapore Bucket List.
As you can imagine, the list is already huge, so let me present to you my top eight:
- iFly – indoor skydiving
- Day trip cycling in Pulau Ubin – an island north east of Singapore, one of the last rural areas here
- Dinner at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle (one of two Hawker Stalls recently awarded a Michelin star!)
- Dinner at Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodles – (the other Hawker Stall recently awarded a Michelin star!)
- Haw Par Villa – apparently a gruesome journey through Chinese mythology & folklore
- Megazip – speaks for itself although I don’t like heights…hmm
- Day trip to Lazarus Island – an island south of Singapore
- Dinner at Waku Ghin – modern European and Japanese cuisine by Tetsuya Wakuda
I don’t have any regrets. I certainly don’t regret moving here, it is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I have grown both professionally and personally. I now understand true love and the importance of real friends. I have worked very hard to carve out a great career, I have launched my blog and discovered my dream. How very awesome. My recommendation to anyone who is considering moving abroad…GO FOR IT, embrace it and keep moving forward!