After living in Singapore for almost 25 years, I returned to the States last October. I gave up my PR and felt that at least for me, a quality retirement was not really possible in Singapore. I rented apartments, since up until my retirement, the place I worked at always provided a hefty housing allowance, so there was never a need to buy.
I now live in Blaine, Washington, right on the border between the US and Canada. I have a Nexus card, which allows me to almost drive through the border crossings with little or no delay. From where I am now, I can be in Vancouver in about 30 minutes.
What do I miss about Singapore? First of all, the food. I had a Food Court addiction, since being single meant it was almost cheaper to eat out every day than to cook at home. I miss that convenience so much. Second, I miss the convenience of not needing a car, and having a simpler lifestyle without a car. Third, I miss the convenience of cheap air travel to most places in Asia. Fourth, I miss the ability to walk to so many different movie theaters. I love a good movie.
What do I like about being back here in the States? First, it's so quiet. I don't hear a sound at night, and little during the day. I have a new house in a new neighborhood. Second, I am learning to cook, and as a result, living a healthier lifestyle. Hawker food in Singapore is convenient, but I'm not sure if it's healthy. Third, I am able to have a dog (English Labrador Retriever pup) and raise him in an environment that allows long hikes and a lot of fetching on open land and mountain trails. Fourth, I have "almost" free health insurance, since I'm over 65 (67). Fifth, I love the small town atmosphere of Blaine, but spend about a third of my time in a nice apartment in Vancouver with a Canadian friend from China. I have the best of both worlds. Sixth, the crowded MRT's, the congested traffic, and the people living on top of each other in HDB's is a memory of the past, and one that I really do not miss. Finally, the area I live in is safe. I look at the police reports for Blaine every week in the newspaper, and have to laugh at the worst thing for last week was an older man racing down the street in his wheelchair. A lot of people leave their doors unlocked.
I still miss Singapore so much, although the good of being back in the States seems to outweigh the bad. I plan on visiting later this year, and also Malaysia. A person does not really need to live overseas to appreciate travel.
Anyway, those are my thoughts.