It's hard to say goodbye

I have called the United States home for the past decade , but can picture myself living in Singapore again

We have a ritual every time we arrive in Singapore on vacation from North Carolina.

No matter how long the journey has been, no matter how short on sleep we are or instantly grimy the second we step out into the heat's cloying embrace, the unspoken agreement is: hawker centre first for breakfast (or some prata/nasi lemak joint for supper, if we've arrived at midnight) before even going home to my parents' to unpack.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 01, 2018, with the headline 'It's hard to say goodbye'. Print Edition | Subscribe