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Sep. 29th, 2012

Life in Singapore

I just got back from lunch with my friend Cathy and had some of the best Indian food I've ever had.  Now here's the thing.  Up until a few years ago, I had never had Indian food before.  I had had pretty much every other type of food... American (obviously, lol), Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Greek, etc., but for whatever reason, I had never gotten around to trying Indian food.  Alright, so fast forward a few years and I end up moving to Singapore for work.  There are a lot of foreigners here, but I still had some culture shock.  However, I decided that I was going to treat it as an exciting opportunity, so the first thing I did was scout out all the restaurants in my area.  I found an Indian place not too far away and decided to try it one of my first nights here because I figured since I was in a new country I might as well try some new food, right?

Delicious.  I had no idea what to expect, but holy cow, Indian food is really good!  Especially these things called samosas that are like little pastries stuffed with potatoes and peas and spices.

I probably eat Indian food about once per week, now.

In addition to the delicious food, I've also become quite fond of Singapore.  For the last two years I've been taking Chinese classes a few nights a week and I must say, I'm getting pretty good (for someone in their 30s, I mean).  The project that I am working on here in Singapore just got extended for another five years, but that's no problem with me as I'm enjoying my time here.  In fact, I recently applied to become a permanent resident.  It's a good option for people who are going to live here for a while; it gives you some tax benefits, entitles you to a retirement account, lets you buy certain types of property (although my company has been paying my rent while I'm here so I don't know if I'm going to be buying anytime soon), etc.  Plus, if I happen to lose my job, as a permanent resident I won't be kicked out of the country if I don't find another job soon like I would be if I was just on a normal work visa.  If you want to learn more you can read about it here: http://singaporeprapplication.com/

The process takes up to six months typically so I doubt I'll hear anything for a while, but I hope I get accepted.

Anyway, I'm off to take a walk.  It's almost October and it's still 84 degrees F here (or 29 in Celsius, which is what they use here).  That's still crazy to me!

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