The Ugly Summers of Beautiful Singapore

After discovering that many of the apartments here in Singapore lack air conditioning, or aircon as they like to call it (clever, no?), I decided that I was going to have to find a great aircon servicing vendor in Singapore. As someone who lived most of his life in Canada, suddenly finding myself in the middle of a Singapore summer without an actual air conditioning unit was enough to make me want to flee from the country entirely. I was blown away by how hot it could get here and wth a malfunctioning aircon unit, I was overwhelmed with sweltering heat.

I’d have been much more at home on an ice berg rather than in the middle of a city like Singapore! Don’t get me wrong when I say I don’t feel at home here: this place is great and nothing like I expected it to be. When I thought of Singapore I thought of a country like China and indeed, there are some similarities but the simple fact that they encourage personal and economic freedoms is something to be admired. Whenever we visit China I feel as if I’m being watched or followed wherever I go. Here in Singapore I never feel like that and indeed, I feel like I’m much more at home.

In fact, I feel like I could stay here for quite some time. It’s a shame that our contract is only for a few more months – there’s no doubt that I am going to miss Singapore when I have to leave. I hope that I can return home with good memories of the place, even if the Summers here don’t agree with me. There are plenty of other good features of Singapore that stand out and will no doubt remain with me for years to come.

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