New Vacation Hot Spot...
(08/11/05)

After much deliberation and considerable gnashing of teeth, we have decided to move our family to Singapore - the land of the black spitting cobra. Greg officially accepted the offer from Dell yesterday. Working overseas in the relatively new printer group will offer him new opportunities for professional growth and experience, and living overseas will expose all four of us to new and different things that we haven't even begun to imagine.

Our current plan is to move shortly after the boys' fall semester ends (December 16), so that they will have plenty of time to acclimate before attending a new school in January. Greg will head over there in early December to get our house ready. We have promised to stay at least two years.

We probably will be living on the north part of the island, in an area called the Woodlands, which is (literally) across the street from the boys' school. We plan to have at least one extra bedroom, so get out your passports and your sunscreen and start thinking about a tropical vacation in the Far East. We welcome (and likely will beg for) lots and lots of visitors. For those of you who are generally paranoid (like me), Singapore is billed as the cleanest and safest place in the world. Rumor has it that the government is a bit oppressive, so you'll have to leave the chewing gum ($2K fine for selling it) and dirty movies at home. :)

We are a little nervous - but very excited - about this new adventure. Thank you to all of you who helped us with this decision - by providing great amounts of information, travel and relocation experiences, contact names, and general support. We are blessed to have such wonderful friends!

Below are a few facts about our new (but temporary!) home. Greg wants to set up an Internet blog (I've got some personal learning to do on that subject), so we can keep all of you updated on our lives once we have left the comfort of North America. Anyone know how to speak Mandarin?

Take care,
Shannon

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Singapore is located in Southeast Asia, at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula, and is approximately 136.8 km north of the equator. Singapore, with a population of about 4.1 million, is a safe, modern, cosmopolitan city. It consists of an island approximately 25 miles in length and 14 miles in breadth with another 58 islets within its territorial waters. The neighboring country of Malaysia lies just across a causeway to the north while the outer islands of Indonesia are just a 20-minute boat ride to the south. The climate of Singapore is tropical with relatively uniform temperatures ranging from 72-90 degrees Fahrenheit, high humidity, and abundant rainfall due to the maritime exposure of the island and its close proximity to the equator.