About Me

A traveling expat living in Singapore

Hello! I’m Sarah (with a smile) your host inviting you to digitally explore with me endless adventures.  I’m excited to share travel, expat and (attempts to tap into) foodie insights.  The posts and insights are adventures I have experienced first hand.  I hope to encourage your spirit of adventure and curiosity.

Do you travel like me? 

I’m an outdoor enthusiast who loves to venture into the worlds above and below (hiking, caves & water).  I get super excited about nature.  Call it my meditation.  I also love city life.  The hustle and high energy.  It’s exciting to check out the local cuisine, theater, museums and practicing the art of trying not to look like a tourist while doing touristy things.  Check out my Instagram (Sarah_with_a_Smile) and see for yourself.  

Who am I? 

I’m a Filipina-British American expat living in Singapore who’s sharing travel adventures and how to thrive at the expat traveling lifestyle.  Filipina – British – American? You caught that, huh :).  Born in the Philippines (100% Filipina), raised in England (lost the accent around 6 yrs old), but a big chunk of my life has been lived in the USA.  Toggling back and forth from West Coast to East Coast (CA > VA > CA) then back to the West Coast.  

Back in October 2017, my husband and I moved abroad from the East Bay of San Francisco, California after he was offered a job position that he could not refuse.  Previously, we lived in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.  Back then, moving and driving across country to live in a new city, was an amazing adventure in itself.  When the prospect of living abroad became an option. The decision was a no brainer.

Since being in Singapore, I’ve explored 16 countries (some of them 3x) which equaled to 22 weeks of travel in a year.  In my younger years, traveling was no stranger.  My Mom positioned my brothers and me to #getoutthere.  She literally and figuratively pushed us out the door.  At 15 years old, my Mom encouraged my younger brother and me to explore London & Paris on our own.  We had to figure out all the logistics with no guidance or help (she threw us in the deep end).  #ParentingWin #OldSchoolStyle 

Fast forward to current day.  Moving abroad has rocket launched my traveling lifestyle.  Having access to Singapore’s Changi Airport, is a big benefit.  It is hands down, one of the most efficient airports in the world.  Did you know, three of the many features is a pool, multiple gardens and a movie theater.  The airport could easily be listed as a tourist attraction.  For now, it’s a fantastic hub to explore South East Asia. 

But what I really love about this small and mighty city-state. Is the juxtaposition landscape of a bio diverse rain forest to the futuristic concrete city jungle.  There is so much to experience on this dense island.

So what’s the plan for 2019?

I have 3 goals. The first is to become more food adventuresome. I‘m embarrassed to admit, but I have yet to try durian. **UPDATE I have tried durian.  Read about my durian experience.  ** The infamous fruit is known for its’ overwhelming pungent aroma.  Which has caused it to be banned on many public transportation systems throughout South East Asia.

Besides upping my food game, I aim to visit more UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Did you know there are over 1,000 sites around the World? And lastly, sustainability. Sustainable tourism and ways of sustainable living to be more specific.  There are so many important reasons why … I’m sure I’ll be blogging more on the topic.

My hopes for this site is to generate a community around sustainable tourism, food, living abroad and travel hacks.  I hope this inspires you to join in (one or more areas).  

As I approach my countdown towards turning 40 years old.  ** UPDATE Since mid-June 2019 I am officially 40. I now feel it in my knees when it’s about to rain.  ** My hope is to never let my curiosity and my will to act upon it, fade.  As this blog will get very boring, very quickly :).  Here’s to 2019!

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