The here and now and a bit of way back then

I relived my journey to 40 and found there's so much more to say

Thank you Singapore, you have been amazing!

on July 31, 2017

Did you think I would leave Singapore on a sad note? That is not my style. I am going out with a happy face emoji like this ๐Ÿ˜Š and perhaps with a few of these thrown in too ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ฎ.

I woke up from a good nights sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด at the Shangri La Rasa on Sentosa and no one could wake up unhappy โ˜น๏ธ there. #1’s favourite part of any holiday is unlimited, help yourself breakfast buffet ๐Ÿ˜‹. All the places we have travelled to around South East Asia have done this really well. But without thinking I went for the full English fry up instead of roti prata and soup noodles. ๐Ÿ™„

I’m on my way with #1, 2 and 3 to the UK๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง leaving Husband to fend for himself in Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌfor a while longer. That’s the hardest part of this move๐Ÿ˜ฅ. It would be totes different if we were all starting off this new chapter at the same time but you know, we’ll be ok. I will miss Husband and so will #1, 2 and 3 but we’ll take each day as it comes. 

Hence there’s this slight panic ๐Ÿ˜ต over suddenly parenting three on my own. Especially since we’ve had home help for the last seven years but fear not, I do know how to work the washing machine, I’ll do the ironing whilst watching Netflix and suddenly I’m all for dishwashers even though in my green marital days I told Husband we would never need a dishwasher as that’s just lazy ๐Ÿ˜’ and when we had kids they would do chores around the house like cleaning and stuff. Except I forgot to factor in that they need to weigh more than the vacuum cleaner before they are of much use ๐Ÿ˜•. Though I can already see that #3 has a clear talent for cleaning which will come in handy ๐Ÿค— and #2 is handy with some carpentry and #1 can do laundry sorting.

Among all the advice I’ve been given about parenting the regular way like the rest of the world, these are my new best friends first and foremost…. ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿน๐Ÿน๐Ÿน๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿฅƒ. And in the UK these new friends cost way less than Singapore. Bonus. ๐Ÿค—.

But that aside, I’m packed up ๐ŸŽ’ and ready to start this next new adventure of our own. Thank you for all your kind words of friendship and support these past few weeks. I’m so grateful for friends who have had #1, 2 and 3 over for all day, and I do mean all day, play dates, when the packers were around. Thank you for making the time to fit in last minute catch ups and dinners. Even at the very last hour for one more glass of bubbles.

Of course there’s a part of me that’s still sad ๐Ÿ˜ซ. Like not being in the same time zone as Brilliant New Adventure and having to wait hours for a reply to my photo and ‘what do you think of these?’ messages. But I’m so very glad that nine years ago, fate would put us both together again. โค๏ธ.

Besides some of the more obvious life changing experiences involving travel, parenthood and Gainful Employment in a new country, the biggest and most significant experience I’ve encountered is the network of inspiring women I’ve met. ๐Ÿ’ช. Having reached that 40 PLUS milestone and starting afresh in your 40s, it could seem a bit daunting. Note I say could. But I’m totally nonplussed about that. I’ve been surrounded by strong, independent women all these years who do nothing but support each other in everyday things, sporting achievements and Gainful Employment advancement to have learnt a thing or two about communication and camaraderie. ๐Ÿ‘.
For the past nine years I have had the support of many amazing women to get through all these new challenges. I wouldn’t have wanted to do it without you. I will miss your sound advice and good shoes ๐Ÿ‘ . But I know you’re just one whatsapp away.

Even though I have mentioned on other social media platforms that Twin One has a certain knack of encouraging my running ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธprowess, I would not push myself as far without her watchful eye ๐Ÿ‘€. I’m pretty sure she’ll continue doing so when I’m over there too. And so she should. ๐Ÿ‘. But covering four running routes in this last week whilst residing at Windsor Castle has taken a toll on my knees but filled my heart. 


  
There’s still a lot I’ve not done in Singapore and I keeping hearing of new hidden gems all the time like Mrs Imperturbable’s love of torch ginger and foraging for fresh herbs at Fort Canning.  As I sat there on a sun lounger watching #1, 2 and 3 charge around the poolside, I couldn’t help but feel thankful for all the amazing experiences I’ve had. The opportunity to travel to places I would never imagine I’d make it to and still more that I didn’t get to but feel I must some day.

At this juncture, I have new opportunities ahead and I have additional experiences, expectations and understanding to add to it. That’s quite something to keep in mind. 
Yes, I’ll miss Singapore and Asia. I’ll miss being in a culture that is also partly my own but now I know far better how to integrate that part into the lives of #1, 2 and 3. Lion dancing around the living room. Lantern walking in the garden. Earl grey chiffon cake for afternoon tea ๐ŸŽ‚โ˜•๏ธ.

This Singapore sojourn has been an amazing experience for Husband and I but it’s time for a new chapter. And almost like fate is guiding us towards it, just as I’m walking into the breakfast room this morning I happen to bump into an old friend who made the move to the UK just two and a half years ago. Hearing first hand of how it has been for their family has been so good to hear and we are already looking forward to catching up in the UK.

And don’t think I’m not thinking about all you people in the UK who I can’t wait to see! I just need to find a car ๐Ÿš™ and house๐Ÿ˜ to live in before I’ll be making our first British summer road trip. 

And you know what? I can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜Š

Thank you Singapore. I’ll miss all that is good about you. I’ll miss all these faces and so many more. Let me hug you all again right now. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜

But for now it is time to say Hello again UK! See you tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜.

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