I have been asked this question many times and now I've been here nearly three months I think I can start to answer that a little bit. Although I still have so much to learn myself.
As anyone who knows me well will say moving abroad was never something I'd considered doing and I have always had the greatest admiration for those who did it. Having now done it myself though I've a new found greater respect for anyone who moves from what they know, their family and friends to a completely new country and culture for whatever reason. I moved from just that, a close family, wide circle of friends and a comfortable safe life I guess and I have to admit that even I am proud of how well I've adapted to the changes I've encountered in the past three months. Yes I have found it difficult at times but I'm determined no matter what to enjoy the experience and make the most of the opportunity that presents itself.
One of the things that has really impressed me with Singapore is their tolerance towards a multitude of cultures and religions no doubt coming from the majority of the locals descending from immigrants of one kind or another. Equally like anywhere there are also things that are not so great. One thing that always makes me smile is the way locals manage to worm their way to the front when getting on or off the MRT, despite numerous campaigns attempting to encourage them to show courtesy to one another. I'm sure on the tube many of them would get an ear bashing in one form or another but not here and it always makes me chuckle. The heat is another issue, being a Brit I'm not used to consist hot, humid weather but although I know back home the season is changing to Autumn and I miss the amazing colours of the leaves and trees I think that just maybe I'm getting used to this weather too. Well I say that and tomorrow I'll be as hot and sticky as ever and wishing I could be sent to the Arctic but for now it's OK! Those though are small things and ones that you can cope with without too much difficulty.