Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to New York, etc.
I left home (Singapore) more than 10 years ago to learn the language of the Gauls and Romans, enjoy the morsels of the Belge and Bolognese, shiver in the Swiss winters and finally, eight years ago, to roam in Michael Bloomberg’s stomping grounds.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
In the winter of 2009, I decided to embark on a writing experiment that aims to lend a voice to the millions of Asians around the world who have left their native countries to live their lives in a different place, for whatever the reasons may be.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
Here are some of my favorites:
- Rojak Timeout: A Tribute to Ah Gong
- Una Ragazza on Play: Of Jews and Asian Jews
- Una Ragazza on Love: School on Saturday
Tell us about the ways your new life in New York differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Having lived in a couple of other places before moving to New York, I will say that New York is so cosmopolitan that it really feels like the closest thing to home, strange as it might sound.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in New York? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
New York is such a livable city. I had no issues in terms of the expatriation experience.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Buying an apartment was an interesting experience. Here’s the link to the blog posting on this topic: Una Ragazza on Shop: If the Shoe Box Fits
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in New York?
- Come with an open mind.
- Try everything. At least once.
- Come with an appetite!
How is the expat community in New York? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
New York is the real-life United Nations in action. You can easily find 20 different nationalities living on one street. Food, culture and entertainment for multiple ethnicities are quite easily available.
How would you summarize your expat life in New York in a single, catchy sentence?
Ten years ago, I did not want to make the move to New York. Now, I cannot imagine myself living anywhere else. At least for a while.