Moving to Singapore

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit! We wrapped up our time in San Francisco and we are currently sitting in quarantine in Singapore. I’m thankful that we have two adjoining rooms with a balcony overlooking the water. I can hear children laughing and playing in the pool and see people on the beach but for now I’m confined to my room. There will be plenty of time for that later.

San Francisco has been my home for the past 20 years, making it the longest I’ve lived anywhere. My husband is from Singapore and after university he headed to San Francisco to discover “gold” or other riches, like I did. I’m not sure we found much gold but we did manage to find each other so I’ll count that as my treasure.

There were so many factors that went into our decision but spending time with my in-laws while everyone was still healthy and our older daughter’s transition to middle school is what propelled us to make a decision.

Moving to Singapore allows us to:

  • spend more time with family
  • raise our children in a clean, safe city during their teenage years
  • more freedom for me to pursue my dreams

We’ll miss:

  • being close to nature
  • our favorite sports – skiing and kiteboarding
  • access to California Wine Country
  • our current school & friends

Singapore is very close to the equator so it is hot and humid all year round. There is no concept of seasons because the weather is the same year round. It’s like a hot, humid East Coast summer day all year long. People stay indoors because of the heat for the most part. This will definitely be a change from the cool, steady ~ 60F/15C weather we have in San Francisco. The good news is that I’ll be getting a whole new wardrobe!

I’ll be posting about navigating new cultural norms and observations, new foods and what life is like living in Southeast Asia.

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  • Marilyn Adkins

    I am excited to hear about your new adventures. I’ve enjoyed my visits with you over the years. I will miss seeing you when I visit my children.
    Love and prayers,

  • Pat Murphree

    Hi. Julia, i am so happy that you are allowing us to be with you vicariously in Singapore. I look forward to hearing about your adventures!

  • Susan Badger

    I hope you love it. One of my sons lives in Hanoi. I always liked the beauty and order of Singapore. Beats chaos any day. And doing it for family is worth it!

    • Julia

      Thanks Susan. I remembered that your son was there. It’s such a beautiful, quaint city but my husband I always joke that Singapore is Asia-lite whereas Vietnam is more like the “real” Asia. There is such a big extended family here and we are the only one with kids on my father-in-law’s side so there is a lot of excitement. It will be a whole new adventure.

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