Sunday, 17 November 2013
Will we return?
This is one of the more frequently asked questions whenever the topic of our emigration pops up. There are several variants of this question, and sometimes people ask us in one way, when they really meant to ask something different.
Let me try to tackle the various permutations...
1. Will you return just to visit?
NO. It costs time and money. If we have that, I'm sorry, but Singapore doesn't make it to the list of countries we'd consider visiting. 28 years of living here is way more than I'd want to spend. We'd rather spend our vacation time somewhere else.
This does not mean that we will never ever set foot in Singapore again. There are people we hold dear to us, and while we would not be willing return just to visit them in SG, we would for special occasions, such as their weddings. But only for those very close to us.
If for example, a dear friend or family member fell very ill, we would return as well.
Of course, while we are back, we would arrange to meet up with the handful of people who would be interested...
2. Will you ever consider coming back to live in Singapore?
3. Will you miss Singapore?
No. I may occasionally crave for certain aspects of life in Singapore, such as my favorite fish ball mee or char kway teow, but that does not equate to missing Singapore as a whole. I may miss some friends here, but anyone worth my time (and vice versa) will visit us in Australia. Australia is actually a pretty popular destination for Singaporeans, and we would make the effort to meet even if they are visiting another city (perfect excuse for a road trip!!!).
Besides, I'd much rather meet the people I love in a nicer environment. I think most Singaporeans would agree that Australia is a very nice place, even if you would never consider it as a place to emigrate to, or are very happy with living in Singapore.
Life in any particular country is like marriage. You have to live with the complete country/person. For all the wondrous things singapore has to offer, it guarantees stifling humidity, oppressive crowds, and poor air quality (better than most neighboring cities, granted, but still inferior to australian cities). I detest the Government's policies and bemoan the citizens' collective lack of courage to do anything about it. Therefore, I cannot miss this country.
Even places from my childhood I fondly remember have been removed, altered or modernized beyond recognition. I'm sure most people share such sentiments as well. There is simply not much in the way of physical reminders to anchor one's memories to.
4. What if Australia is not the place for you?
We'll decide again after we get Aussie citizenship. New Zealand is very nice too!
5. What if the PAP loses in 2016?
Not gonna happen, and even if it does, what kind of mess do you think the new government would have to mop up?
6. What if the PAP wins in 2016?
See question 2.