Happy Birthday, My Little Red Dot

London. A city where M and I chase our dreams, and perhaps even living other people’s dreams. It is fun and exciting. There’s always something to do. The summers are so irresistible and pretty that they make up for all the crap weather that rain relentlessly on us during other seasons. One smells freedom in the air – there are barely any boundaries to what we can do and where we can go.

Sounds perfect, no? Here’s the newflash – nothing is and ever will be. Despite everything we’ve got going on over here, all the milestones that we’ve crossed, and everything that we’ve achieved, we miss home dearly. We miss Singapore.

Some have fondly christened Singapore ‘The Little Red Dot’, for its incredibly small size, so small that it only appears as a red dot at the tip of the Malaysia Peninsula on the world map. But small it might be next to giants in the neighbourhood, Singapore is a whole lot of everything for us.

Singapore is love. Our family and friends are there. Our parents in particular have supported us in all the tough choices we’ve made, even though it is not easy for them. This year, I lived out one of my worst fears when bad news hailed from home. I’m just thankful to the big man upstairs that everything has blown over, and that home will always be home, with my family smiling back at me whenever they pick me up from the airport. Those smiles, hugs and the tender strokes on my head when I am feeling down, they are so very precious.

Singapore is everything else and beyond. Stability, efficiency, safety, we’ve got it going as perfectly as any other country can even dream of.

Think about all the social unrest in other cities. Right now, I’m thinking of the London riots and I shudder at how a developed city could descend into such chaos. Then my thoughts wander back to Singapore and realise how fortunate we are. As M put it very succinctly in one of our conversations yesterday – in London, we have to look out for places that are safe; in Singapore, we have to look hard for places that aren’t.

Things work as efficiently as they can possibly be in Singapore. Public transport letting you down? Trains not coming on time? The city crippled because of strikes? Trains packed to the point where you have to wait ages to board another one? Try living here. Getting banks/organisations to do what you went there to do – try waiting and people even die here while waiting in hospitals. I was in a horseback riding accident once and guess what, the nurse-led unit said I had to be flown to another city in UK to get an X-ray done. Go figure. (Well come to think of it, at least I could be flown, in other undeveloped countries, people walk for a day to get a checkup and even to give birth.)

My point is, every country has its trophies and skeletons. London offers many opportunities, both for carving out a livelihood and for leisure. It gives us freedom, the room to be creative and to think out of the box. But it is freckled. I’m sure there’s much to complain about Singapore too, seeing the debates that recent elections have sparked off. We don’t have that much freedom, we are controlled, some even say we’re puppeted, but I love The Little Red Dot nonetheless. After all, it is home. We have much to be proud of for a young, miniscule country with no natural resources whatsoever next to global giants. Our forefathers built our country with their very hands and little else. I hope we can go on and do the same for our children. Here’s to 46 years of independence and magnificent strides into the future, and more to come!

Happy Birthday, my Little Red Dot. We’ll be home soon.

[Photos: Palm Sugar and Coconut Salted Butter Caramel Macarons specially made for this occasion, from yours truly to you]

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20 Responses to “Happy Birthday, My Little Red Dot”


  1. 1 Janine August 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Believe it or not, your post brought a little tear to my eye after I was done reading it. A lovely ode to Singapore, and stay safe amidst the chaos plaguing London now!

  2. 3 kelly woolfrey (@kwoolfrey) August 9, 2011 at 11:28 am

    what a sad but heartwarming blog xx every country has there problems but not many highlighted x lovely looking maccrons by the way!!! lol xx

  3. 5 Holly August 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    What fabulous photos – your food photography inspires me!

  4. 7 Jolene August 10, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Singaporeans don’t realise how lucky they are until they’ve lived somewhere else! Anyhoos, lovely macarons! As always.. xo

  5. 9 Kelly August 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    These macarons look absolutely gorgeous!! Love the photography! Love your blog and so glad to be a new follower! xoxo

  6. 11 breadetbutter August 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Lovely photos, and a very sweet tribute to Singapore. Have a fab holiday back home xx

  7. 13 foodwanderings August 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Gorgeous!! & what a wonderful tribute!

  8. 15 Corsage @ A Dollop Of Me August 24, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Love how your peppered this post with photos of your macarons! I love Singapore too, but it was only after stretches of time away that I learnt to love it more.

  9. 17 bookjunkie August 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    loved your heartfelt post and gorgeous pink dot macaron spread. I feel much the same way….especially the part where you share your affection for the place where you grew up and where there’s loads of love. Loads of pride in this lil country too :)

  10. 19 Tash September 1, 2011 at 6:00 am

    This is a steamed bun recipe from another blog. I know you were looking for a recipe before.she makes it seem easy!I hope this works out for you ! http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Q5SpTKazer0/S2bBrnoFROI/AAAAAAAAFgU/8BNhO_eW57A/s1600-h/steam buns 5.JPG


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