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An expat's love letter to Singapore: It's the little things make this place feel like home

I paused to assess if the old man had understood me. "But my mum is from Singapore," I continued. While I have lived in Singapore for only the past three years, I take great pleasure in telling people I have been coming here since before the MRT was built (in 1987). Back in those days, buses ran without air-conditioning and things were cheap. I'm proud to say my five aunties and three uncles know I can tell my mee pok from my kway teow. Being able to switch seamlessly between a cut-glass English accent and a Singlish lilt that would impress Phua Chu Kang offers endless amusement for local and expatriate friends. I have also taken to doing a solid rendition of the Chinese opera performances that are held in my Tiong Bahru neighbourhood from time to time, despite not being able to speak any Mandarin. I had always wanted to live in Singapore since visiting as a child. I loved...

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