It’s been a year since I relocated to Shanghai for work and my assignment is slowly coming to an end. I know its cliche to say it, but it is hard to believe that I’ve been away from the US for so long. Much like when I left, I am anxious about what is to come as there is much uncertainty about where I am going to live as well as what car am I going to get and so forth..
I did manage to sneak in a quick solo trip to Singapore last week. It was the first time since February that I really was able to get away from Shanghai and China and just relax. Unlike Sanya, Singapore was full of all the modern conveniences and I had such a great time. It’s a nice fusion of east and west with lots of malls containing trendy Chinese stores and Western ones as well. And let’s talk about how fast the Internet was. Woo Hoo! Not since my trip to Japan in January have I been able to surf at high speeds. I think I enjoyed it more in Singapore since I was so busy in Japan, I didn’t really need to look at anything. In Singapore I had ample time so I got the most out of it.
While I was in Singapore I managed to see the Botanical Gardens, the famous Marina Bay development, and the Sentosa Island Resort area. In between that I squeezed in some historical buildings and shopping all while walking all around the place. It’s nice and compact so everything was easy to see. I really did need another night so I could have made it to the Gardens by the Bay, but ultimately the heat and humidity did me in and decided to rest and shower before my overnight flight back to Shanghai.
I’ve now got two months left here. There’s a grand opening to attend and some follow up work to be done over that time, but I am still working on whether or not I can squeeze any more travel in before I leave. Right now it’s up in the air, but the fiscal responsible side of me is duking it out with the have fun and travel side of me. We shall see who wins!
I do hope I get motivated to write more about my experiences and post more photos, but between the slow connection to the world and the joy of living the experience it has not been easy!