Changmoh Girl: Changmoh
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Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Singapore, etc.
I am an English girl who lives in, and loves, Singapore. I moved here 5 years ago.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
About a year and a half ago; I wanted to get involved in all aspects of local life here which both locals and expats found entertaining/interesting. It was friends who encouraged me to blog about it.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
I love digging up good shopping or beauty finds; the more obscure, the better. Here’s a beauty secret I am addicted to and visit at least once a month (or try to): The Eve Lom Of Singapore.
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? Because everyone speaks English here, and because I’m English, it was fairly easy to acclimatise, at least culturally. I had quite a few local friends here too, before I moved, which helped enormously and it was nice not to just be categorised as an expat.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Singapore? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Moving country and culture is not something you can really prepare for. You don’t know where you’ll be living, or how big or how tiny your house or apartment will be, you don’t know who you will meet or how you will feel. It’s nice not to plan too much which is what living abroad has taught me; before I liked to have everything nailed down, now I feel much freer and worry less about where we’ll be in five years (here in all likelihood).
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
My nickname here never fails to make people smile. ‘Changmoh’ which is the name of my blog is short for Chinese Angmoh (local speak for Chinese Caucasian) a word that was coined for me by market traders who claimed I was English on the outside and Chinese on the inside.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Singapore?
- Embrace local life
- Be interested
- Be interesting
How is the expat community in Singapore? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
Everyone is, generally, quite kind as they remember a time not too long ago when they had just arrived and felt at sea. It is worth getting in touch with all the random names you are given when you move to a new country. Do, for instance, look up that person whose number your Great Aunt got from someone she sat next door to at a wedding and so on. You never know who you might meet.
How would you summarize your expat life in Singapore in a single, catchy sentence?
Singapore is my home.