Pallavi: My Singapore Diary
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Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Singapore, etc.
Hello. My name is Pallavi and I am an Indian living and working in Singapore. I first set foot on this sunny island in 2011. I had just quit my job at British Airways, got married to the love of my life and found myself living the dream. Today Singapore is a place I call home. This city has given me so much... a job I love, friends I cherish, two dogs that I adore, my own house and above all a sense of belonging. So, that is a short summary about me. It’s been two years since I moved here and everyday has been a beautiful experience.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I consciously took a break from work for the first year of my wedded life. I wanted to experience the domestic bliss, learn cooking, sleep in, watch marathon segments of my favorite shows and explore the new country I was in. Towards the middle of the year, I felt a need to document my experiences and hence my blog was born.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
My Favorite blog entry is – ‘Snapshots of Singapore – My favorite places’ . I love going for walks in the evening with my dogs (I have two). During the past few months, I chanced upon some hidden places that were off the beaten track. I saw gorgeous awe inspiring sunsets, beautiful landscapes and varied flora. These are some of my favorite places in Singapore.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Singapore differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Life here is definitely more convenient and safer than back home. Women get a lot of respect here and I feel very comfortable even if I am walking alone at 02 am in the night. I didn’t really face any culture shock as Singapore has so many cultures living in perfect harmony. I learnt quite a bit about the local culture and had many positive experiences during my interactions. For example, people actually offered me their umbrella when I was caught in a downpour, strangers helped me to carry my grocery bags etc.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Singapore? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Moving to a new country does bring some bring some challenges along the way. Since I moved from one Asian country to another, adjusting was the easy part. The only thing I wasn’t prepared for was the weather. It can be hot and humid during the day. We live in a tropical country after all.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Read my blog to find out more :)
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Singapore?
Bring lots of summer clothes and sunscreen. (Will come in handy for the holidays. We are close to some very exotic beaches in south east Asia).
Come with an open mind to experience the culture and cuisines that Singapore has to offer.
How is the expat community in Singapore? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
I made friends at the condo that I was staying in and later at the workplace. You can also join various organizations like Internations and expat blogs to find friends.
How would you summarize your expat life in Singapore in a single, catchy sentence?
Summer all year long! Loving it :)