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Chasing the Singapore dream: No, I plan to leave

This article first appeared in MyPaper on Sept 27

Published on Sep 29, 2012 1:18 PM
Singapore prides itself on being top in many areas and, with that, societal expectations rise. But I do not believe in keeping up with the Joneses. Instead, I look upon myself as a relatively liberal-thinking woman with alternative views – and Singapore, right now, is not big enough to contain me. -- ST FILE PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

I write at the risk of getting flamed for speaking the truth: I want to settle down abroad, specifically, in Amsterdam.

But don’t get me wrong.

I love Singapore. I love how clean, safe and efficient it has become and, even in recent years, how exciting, glamorous and breathtaking – think Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer, the Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands – it is growing to be.

It is a far cry from what it was just a decade or two ago, when there were fewer options for weekend jaunts.

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