Goodbye Toronto, Hello Singapore!

May 29, 2008 / Daily Life, Opinion / 10 Comments

Hello Nanyaters! I meant to update earlier but I’ve been sick, thus bedridden since I arrived at Singapore. Looks like a 20 degree Celsius change is just too much for my body to handle. Anyway, my fever is going down, so I thought I’d blog a little.

Truth be told, I don’t really know what to write about my transitions – from school to work, from sheltered life to a real one, from childhood to womanhood, from North America and back to Asia. All those transitions with one plane ride is honestly too much for my heart to handle; so, I blind it with indifference. If I were a little more honest with my feelings, I’d likely express a pinch of fear, a touch of excitement and a whole tablespoon of uncertainty.

Leaving Toronto, an almost God-sent paradise, has not been as depressing as I thought. Of course, I left behind a whole lot of a friends, a loving boyfriend, streets upon streets of good food and a wonderful society. But somehow, I’m completely happy doing so. Perhaps, it’s because I’m sure that I will someday return. But for now, I must do what I must do.

And that is to keep walking forward.

  • k

    welcome back! and good luck on this new journey.. ^^

    get well soon babe, the world is waiting!

  • sure does sound like a huge transition.

    sorry to hear that you’re a bit sick. hope you feel better real soon. πŸ™‚

  • It’s so good to see you blogging again! I’ve subscribed your blog through Google Reader and I’ve been checking for updates since then πŸ™‚ couldn’t wait to see what you’ll be writing for your first blog post in Singapore.

    Sorry to hear that you’ve fallen it! Well, jet lag, humid weather, high temperatures are indeed a vicious mix! I hope you’re feeling better now, wishing you a really speeeeeedy recovery! I feel your sadness when you said that you’ll have to leave all the good, comfortable and nice stuff behind in Toronto, but I hope Singapore will be an interesting place for you to live in. Most importantly, have fun, and take care!

    The haze season is back again and there will be haze over Singapore and the Malaysian peninsula for the next month or so… so be sure to get lots of water, and wear a mask if necessary.


  • Woah, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been sick! I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better now! Yeah, I’d think a change in the weather would be hard on your body. For my sister, just a 10 degree difference screws up her body and she gets sick.

    *hugs* I’m glad that you feel like you’ve made the right choice. Good luck, Ivy!

  • Time heals everything. Well, almost.

    Hey, is it gonna be a long-distance relationship with your boyfriend?

  • Sorry you’ve been sick!
    I’m glad you’ve been able to adjust to the move mentally at least. It is a huge change. Hopefully, that fear and uncertainty will pass soon *hugs*

  • Actually … your time of arrival in Singapore wasn’t perfect! We’ve been having heatwaves since the beginning of this month. And even the weather as a whole so far this year had been queer. (The temperature fell to 13 degrees celsius sometime in March this year, which is really rare, and we’ve had hailstones falling around parts of Singapore in late March which is even queerer.)


    And I hope you’re assimilating fine to the hot, squirmy, humid weather! πŸ˜›

  • I wouldn’t have been able to leave behind a boyfriend. Well…not really, haha. I’m currently in an LDR and it has its tough moments (especially when you start craving for physical intimacy) but it’s manageable. Good to hear that he’s joining you in a year. And good luck with the life changes!

  • I’m glad that you made it home safely!! It must be tough to have left everything behind. I don’t think I would be able to be as strong as you, to have left behind friends, a boyfriend, a life that you had built on your own. But like you said, you have to get things done, and I hope you do, and that you will be reunited with your boyfriend. Are you still with him? Or is he coming to you? Long distance relationships can be hard, but if you two are still together, I hope it will work out!

    Sorry to hear that you’re sick, must be the drastic climate change… I hope you will feel better soon!!