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Are you settled yet? Singapore relocation 2019.
Anyone who has relocated knows that settling is a process. Beyond finding a job, a home and if you have children, getting them into a school, there is the process of adapting to a new culture, new laws, new supermarkets/stores, new people and a new way of life. Everything is new!!
My family and I recently relocated to Singapore from Barbados for my husband’s work. We have literally traveled to the other side of the world and that alone was an undertaking. A quick pack up of our stuff within 2 weeks and off on this new adventure we went! Two and a half months in and almost all of the major things have been sorted but we are still going through the “process” of settling where some days I miss friends, family and familiarity!
Singapore itself is quite a gorgeous place to live. A soft entry into Asia where thankfully most people speak English (or Singlish as it is called here) and there are many American brands available. One of the things it’s been interesting to find is that there is a large population of expats, who have been through the process of relocation. Thankfully many are ready and willing to provide useful tips on adjusting to life here. More than this, I was soooo grateful to quickly find vibrant church family groups and women’s prayer groups..which have been more than a blessing. Shout out to Grace Covenant Church and Victory International Church!! The women’s groups emphasize the importance of being our sister’s keeper. I have gathered a lot of information about the ins and outs of Singapore and made new friendships among these women. Although there have been some settling pains, Singapore is a lovely island city with so many things to do, great food to eat and lots of interesting people to meet from all over the world, who like us, ended up half way across the globe! I am thankful to God that He is the master and creator of new seasons and can be trusted to provide the grace and all that is necessary in the middle of what may be unsettling circumstances and He will perfect, establish, strengthen and settle us! (1 Peter 5:10)
By Carol Hull-Jackson