(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.
I met our featured expat for today at the BlogMeetSg get-together. We were enthralled by her bubbly personality and gorgeous locks. I am so happy to introduce to you Habiba, a Moroccan goddess living in Singapore. “
- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you are originally from?
My name is Habiba, I was borned and raised in Rabat, the capital of Morocco and left about 7 years ago to do my MBA in the US where I also worked before moving to Singapore. I am a big passionate about life and an adrenaline junkie. I will always be the first on a scary roller coaster and always up for an adventure. I like simple things in life and I don’t always take myself too seriously . I love sports, outdoor activites, traveling, good laughts and deep meaningful conversations.
- What made you move to Singapore? How long have you been here?
Eight or nine years ago, I watched a French documentary obout Singapore and I told myself that one day I will move there. It was always in the back on my mind, I knew someday I was going to be here when the time is right. So almost 3 years ago, I packed my bags and moved here. I didn’t know a single person and stayed in a hotel, crazy I know. I have always been fascinated by Asia, a continent that I didn’t know well at that time. I knew it was the right place for me to continue traveling, personally grow and start my business in a stable and economically booming region. Singapore is my home now and I love it!
- What do you miss about your home country?
Many many things! My mother on top of the list. My friends who know me for many years. We finish each other’s sentences and understand each other without the need of words.
I miss the exotism of Morocco; The food, we have wonderfull cuisine! Lately I have been craving a bastilla, a kind of pie stuffed with chicken and almond paste. I also, miss the busy colourful streets and the beautiful beaches.
- What are the wonderful discoveries and things you like about in Singapore?
I like that I can have a busy day of meetings in the middle of CBD and 10 mins later I am running at Mc Richie Reservoir. The quick switch between modern business life and complete immersion in nature is wonderful.
I am a big brunch person, I can brunch everyday if I could. I like to discover new places each time and support local businesses. I love Artistry for its artsy vibe and Riders Café for its fresh air. Both have amazing menus.
- What are the 3 tips you can give to expats who plan to move to Morocco?
– Open your heart and soul. Talk to strangers, dine with locals, learn Arabic. It is a country that will teach you to smile often and be generous.
-Keep the “gluten free’, “sugar free”, or any kind of diet for another place and experience our amazing cuisine
– Do something you have never done before! Maybe learn how to kite surf, we have some internationally renowned beaches for that. Sleep in a tent and wake up early to watch the sun rise over the sand dunes in the magical Moroccan Sahara.
- 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?
Are you serious? It is so hard for me to answer his question because I really can’t narrow down what I like into one thing. But, let’s try!
–Favorite travel spot: I love Thailand. The culture and nature are just so rich and fascinating. However, I have been to Mexico for the second time this year and took the time to really learn about the mayan civilization. I urge everyone to visit this country. There is more to Mexico than Tacos and Cancun.
–Current favorite food: It’s all about Vietnamese lately. Next week will probably be something different. Food is such a big part of my life. I don’t trust people who don’t like to eat.
-“Mindfulness at Work” necessarly not my favorite book but a book I am currently reading. As a busy entrepreneur, it is important for me to remember to slow down and enjoy the process or getting things done.
- Where do you get your inspirations? Who or what inspires you?
I am both a people person and a visual person. I get my energy and inspiration from people, travels, and anything that is constantly moving and changing. Peole inspire me through their struggles, their lives, their stories. I am attracted by people who are unconventional and different.
- I love your luxurious hair. Can you give us some tips how to care for our hair and achieve a healthy and bouncy hair like your?
Thank you! Find one product that works for you and stick with it. In my case, it is Ayelli Pure Argan Oil. I apply it every day to keep my hair moisturized, frizz and damage free. Once a week, I use it as a mask on my roots to nurture and feed my scalp. Remember that healthy hair comes from your roots!
Also, learn how to read the labels and avoid commercial products full of mineral oil, sulphates, silicones, and other toxins. Those chemicals act as a band-aid and lead to major health problems on the long run like skin irritation, hair fall and even cancer. Keep your beauty routine simple and effective that’s my advice.
- Tell more of Ayelli Argan Oil and how you started into the business of Argan Oil.
Ayelli Argan Oil is the star product of a line of organic skin and hair care producted based on pure Argan oil and inspired by Moroccan beauty rituals. It is the purest argan oil you can find. Produced with years of experience and a lot of love.
My great grandmother was an argan oil producer so I got exposed to the real Argan oil since I was born and I have been using it since. I have always wanted to start a business in the personal care/health industry and seeing the bad quality of Argan oil and the limit of organic products on the market I decided to do something about it and that’s how Ayelli was born.
- Can you teach us how to spot authentic argan oil and why should we use Argan Oil for our hair & skin?
Good quality pure Argan oil is extremely rare. Due to the increasing number of brands claiming to offer Argan oil. It can be overwhelming to differentiate what s real or fake as not all Argan oil is created equally! Besides, reading the label, looking for organic certifications, making sure it is cold pressed and produced in Morocco the 3 main things to look for are: color, smell and texture. Pure Argan oil has a subtle nutty smell that fades away within seconds. It should be clear and yellowish/golden in color. Most importantly pure Argan oil instantly disappears into skin and hair making them smooth and silky. It shouldn’t leave any slimy, greasy, sticky film.
Ayelli Pure aran oil is a powerfull moistirizing, anti-aging and repairing product for skin and hair. It is a complete product due to its combination of vitamin E, anti oxidents and fatty acids. You can find more information on usage and benefits on: www.ayelli.com.
- Lastly, can you share with what is your inspirational mantra in life?
“Just do it” ! It sounds cheesy (sorry Nike) but it is very powerful. I don’t believe in mistakes and regrets so whatever I want I just go for it. What if it’s a big mistake? Well, what if it’s the best thing ever? I will never know until it’s done. Life is too short to spend it thinking and wishing.
Thank you Habiba for sharing with us stories of Morocco and your adventure here in Singapore. We are also happy to discover Ayelli Argan Oil and learn how to achieve a beautiful healthy hair.
If you are an expat or know any expats who are interested to be featured, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.”