Besides being a landmark anniversary of sorts, this National Day will also see me away from home in California, where I have been staying for the last month on duty travel. This is not my first time away from home on National Day, but it is especially whimsicial because I am on a cross-roads of sorts in my life. My job requires me to be stationed physically in California and it is highly likely that I may move over as early as January next year.
I am equal parts excited and extra parts torn over my situation. There are so many things to be excited about - a promotion, a new enviroment, not the mention that US is definitely a great place for shopping, both offline and online!! It will definitely be good exposure and I feel that I have grown so much since graduation from college. Travelling to the US constantly has made me more indepedent, mature and I have honed my fashion sense a lot more by all the constant trips to LA! On a more personal level, my boyfriend will also need to move to California for work, so this is really a beneficial, not to mention timely, situation for the both of us.
However this state of affairs also presents a dilemma for me as I will be leaving my family behind, not to mention a way of life that I have been used to for twenty-plus years. However, some things will always be bittersweet and who said change was ever easy? But I also believe that it is also through change that we will better ourselves and I am really to take on the challenges of starting another phase of life in a new place.
When Singapore celebrated its 35th anniversary 5 years ago, I was still a naive undergraduate. Who would have thought that 5 years later, I will be making plans to move overseas? This is definitely an exciting plan for me and one in which I am curious as to how this journey will turn out.
Happy 40th birthday, Singapore. Leaving my home does not mean I will forget, it means that I will cherish you more.
A view of the Singapore business district by night