Starting from scratch

So once again gentle reader, I find myself in a new location.  I have moved  to Singapore for a minimum term of 3 years.  And with any great relocation comes the usual process of building a new life.  Like everything else, I do it systematically: 

  • Exploring- I gotta get the lay of the land, and while that usually means walking great distances without a map, here that becomes a little tricky thanks to the sweaty sweaty weather, so I'm going neighborhood by neighborhood.
  • Lodging- finding a place that fits once the relo runs out.  It's gotta be reasonably priced, a short commute to the office, near cool stuff, and have space for an extra bed/futon for guests
  • Networking- meeting and building relationships with my professional contacts.  A lot of my contacts here are from a different generation, so the lunches are a bit more advisory in nature, but this has been really helpful in my job so far.  
  • Makin friends (can't actually be systematic here, but it's important to do if I'm gonna live here for a while)- I had a couple friends out here already, but during those first few weeks you get invited around a lot and you actually have a pretty short period to make friends to get the regular invites and start the transition from the FOAF to acquaintance to friend.  The last step often takes at least a year, but can be accelerated with other expats because they're in the same boat socially.
  • Logistics and routine- So there are the basics of  dry cleaner, grocery store, barber etc., but when you move to a different country your habits have to change too. Okay, in SG there are enough westerners that they don't really have to change, but they should a little if you really want to get the full experience.  Also it'll be a nice change to head back to an urban environment.  I love where I was in LA, but it's nice to be in a higher density place again since I don't have kids.
I'm still in the temp housing with a limited kitchen, so most of the time I feel like I'm on an extended business trip.  Aside from starting to make new friends the rest of the stuff here hasn't really come into full effect. 

1 comment:

theGroovy said...

Is there a Yelp equivalent there?