A Blogger Living in Singapore, Traveling Expat, and Outdoor Enthusiast.
Hello! I’m Sarah (with a smile) your host inviting you to digitally explore with me endless adventures. I’m a blogger chatting about expat living in Singapore. And I’m excited to share travel experiences, expat lifestyle, and (attempts to tap into) foodie insights. My goal is to build a community around sharing stories and experiences in the expat community while simultaneously encouraging your spirit of adventure and curiosity in travel.
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. When I’m in other countries, the first thing I want to do is explore natural environments, and see wildlife.
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. 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. My family toggled back and forth from the West Coast to East Coast. The last state I lived in was California.
How did I get to live Singapore?
Back in October 2017, my husband and I moved from the East Bay of San Francisco, California after he was offered a job position that he could not refuse. Before life abroad, we lived in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Back then, moving and driving across the country to live in a new city, was an amazing adventure in itself. When the prospect of living overseas became an option. The decision was a no brainer (a decision that was made sight unseen, btw – whhhaaaa?).
First few years in Singapore
During my first year in Singapore, I explored 16 countries. Some of them, I visited three times. That first year was a total of 22 weeks of traveling. Since I was basically gone 50% of the time. The other weeks were spent on getting ready for the next trip (lots of laundry, researching places to see, and resting up for the next trip).
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. It’s a fantastic airport to have a layover. For now, it’s a fantastic hub to explore South East Asia.
My second year in Singapore, traveling slowed a little (maybe to 10 countries). I realized it was time to get a better understanding of life in Singapore. To really sink my teeth into my immediate surroundings and learn about my new home.
2020. Covid. Nuff said. Have a read of what life has been like in Singapore during the pandemic.
Moving onto 2021. It’s still early in the year, but I’m a natural optimistic. I’m looking forward to getting the vaccine, to travel again and see my family. It’s already been over 1 year since seeing my parents. And that’s too long enough for me.
I find Singapore to be a small but mighty city-state. The juxtaposition landscape of a biodiverse rainforest to the futuristic concrete city jungle, is incredibly remarkable. The mix of local and expatriate friends are fantastic and there’s so much to experience on this dense island.
So what’s the plan for
2019 2020 2021?
To continue my 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 and go on as many hikes in other countries as I can. And lastly, sustainability. Sustainable tourism and ways of sustainable living to be more specific.
As I approach my countdown towards turning 40 years old. ** I am officially 40. #thisis40 *** I’m over 40+ and let’s just leave it at that.
2019, 2020 good riddance 2020, you are the worst. Here’s to 2021 and to rebounding from a global pandemic.
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