(Wikipedia) ‘An Expatriate (often shortened to Expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of their citizenship. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and patria (“country, fatherland”).
This blog aims to discover people who are adventurers like me, venturing out in a new place to call home and creating memories. I have previously lived with my parents and siblings in the Saudi Arabia when I was in high school. I have enjoyed and cherished my memories in the beautiful Sandbox I once called my home. Now, I am in a new adventure with my husband and son here in Singapore.
I am featuring Expats in different countries every two weeks to share their experiences and adventures with you and me.
Today I am excited to be featuring another Filipina in Singapore. Meet Farrah.
- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you are originally from?
I came from the “second city” of the Philippines and known as the oldest Spanish settlement in the country —The City of Cebu. I am currently working full-time as an Engineer.
2. What made you move to Singapore? How long have you been here?
I received an invitation letter from ICA way back 2006, inviting me to stay for 1 year here and find a job. After almost 2 years of thinking, I finally decided to move in 2008.
3. What do you miss about your home country?
I miss everything, especially my family and friends.
4. What are the wonderful discoveries and things you like about in Singapore?
There are so many beautiful things here, but I think on top will be food discoveries and hipster places which I always share in my blog.
I love the peace and order here and the cleanliness of the surroundings.
5. What are the 3 tips you can give to fellow expats in Singapore or those you planning to move here?
a) For someone who is very new, explore Singapore!
Observe around and get familiar with the daily lifestyle and know your company’s culture.
b) gothere.sg is been very helpful to me when I want to go to places that I am not familiar with. But, be careful with instruction like “alight 8 bus stops away”. In some cases, the bus doesn’t always stops in every bus stop. So, Google map can be your backup guide.
c) Don’t get involved in any racial discrimination and never bully anyone, especially in social media. We are all living in one world, breathing the same air so try to be always nice to people at all walks of life.
6. The LITTLE MISS HONEY community gets inspired through travel, food and books. Can you tell us your current FAVORITE TRAVEL SPOT, current FAVORITE FOOD/RESTAURANT DISCOVERIES & current FAVORITE BOOK?
My gosh, a lot! But currently it’s Japan. Aside from obvious reason that I love Japanese food, Japan is simply beautiful.
In Singapore, there are so many nice restaurants but my top five will be 1) Bread Street Kitchen 2) Moon Stone 3) House of Demsey 4) Lantern 5) Makansutra
My all time favorite book is “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to read and apply.
7. Where do you get your inspirations? Who or what inspires you?
My life’s goals, my family and all the people that are closed to my heart.
My blog friends inspire me too, in so many ways. I am just happy when I received emails from them, comments and even likes. It maybe shallow for other people but it really means a lot to me. It’s like having a cyber family.
8. Share with my readers more about your personal blog.
Brace yourself; it’s going to be long heheh! The blog name is a combination of my first name “Farrah” and the word “Paradise”. I consider this lifestyle blog as my very own little happy place online. Hence, I named it “myfarrahdise”.
I started blogging, when I realized that I wanted to “Celebrate each life’s moment”, complex or simple, big or small. I just wanted to share my life’s experiences and discoveries — eating, traveling, and being myself.
I am hopeful that myfarrahdise.com gets to encourage people to find meaning in life and they will learn something from my blog.
9. If you have a friend coming to visit Singapore for the first time and you have the whole day to show her around, which places are you going to take her?
I think Marina Bay area, aside from food around; there are many interesting spots and shopping places. It’s like having almost everything in one place.
10. Lastly, can you share with us what is your inspirational mantra in life?
Farrah: I have a lot of mantras in life. But, I love the one from Steve Jobs.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
Thank you Farrah for sharing with us a glimpse of your ‘farrahdise’, hehe….
Do check out Farrah’s blog: http://myfarrahdise.com. I am in love with blog header and motif.
If you are an expat or know any expats who are interested to be featured, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.”