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Dewie: Sweet Life in Singapore
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Singapore, etc.
I’m a stay-at-home mother of 3. We came from the Philippines and we moved here in Singapore about 10 months ago.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I started blogging year 2007, mainly to keep a personal memento, or narrative of my family experiences. I want something to look back when I grow old.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours (please insert URL as well)?
I think it’s unique and shows a side of Singapore that is old and traditional, totally, away from the modern, high technology tourist spots that the country boasts of today.
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?
Not much trouble. I think one can get spoiled in Singapore, in terms, of the order, cleanliness and system that they have in-place all over the country. We come from a developing country like the Philippines, where these things are major challenges. It’s a good change.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Singapore? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Sometimes, I have trouble with Singlish – the unique way Singaporeans speak English. Also, I have to use their words in ordering from restaurants, otherwise, I will either not get my food right or not get it completely.
Just this morning, I ordered for cold milo. I was given a boiling hot Milo. Why? The staff told me I should have said, Iced Milo. That’s the one on the menu!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Singapore?
Be humble. Keep you egos in check. Respect local cultures and ways of doing things.
How is the expat community in Singapore? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
There are many Filipinos here. Lucky for me, I have close friends from the University, who migrated here earlier than we did. They naturally helped us settle down.
How would you summarize your expat life in Singapore in a single, catchy sentence?
Enjoy Life in Singapore, Just be conscious of Big Brother Watching!