I’m Sophie the person who has swapped with Kisty on the Big Blog Exchange. I live in London and am very excited to be in Singapore for the first time. My blog http://www.challengesophie.com is all about trying new things, taking on challenges and pushing boundaries. Here’s my story in Singapore so far:
The BBE involves swapping places with Kisty for 10 days - I’m currently on day 4. It took me 2 days to travel to Singapore and so far I’ve enjoyed two brilliant and very different days exploring what Singapore has to offer Challenge Sophie.
Arriving In Singapore
Upon arrival, it was raining but also 30 degrees. I was welcomed at the airport by the lovely Josephine from Hostelling International who had a beautiful bunch of purple orchids for me, an HI t-shirt, a welcome banner and a Singapore flag. Love it. I checked into the hostel and headed up to the roof terrace where I made a few friends and had a beer before bed.
The Little Dröm Store
I’ve heard about this quaint shop located in Ann Siang Hill a long, long time ago. But I had a hard time going there because of school or work. Since I couldn’t spend Easter with my family, I’ve decided to go be a tourist for the day and visit some of the places I’ve been wanting to check out. :)
The Little Dröm Store is a gallery shop that houses one of a kind accessories, pretty books and notebooks, vintage things (in brand new state) and random knick knacks. The store is located two blocks away from Chinatown MRT, along the quaint street of Ann Siang Hill.
Ann Siang Hill, in general, is full of bars and restaurants. A hidden gem for people who likes to have a good time after a long day.
24 Things You’ll Learn While Living Abroad Alone
“So you look at your life, and the two countries that hold it, and realize that you are now two distinct people. As much as your countries represent and fulfill different parts of you and what you enjoy about life, as much as you have formed unbreakable bonds with people you love in both places, as much as you feel truly at home in either one, so you are divided in two. For the rest of your life, or at least it feels this way, you will spend your time in one naggingly longing for the other, and waiting until you can get back for at least a few weeks and dive back into the person you were back there.” — What Happens When You Live Abroad
- Most of your life epiphanies will happen on the bus… or train.
- You’ll learn how to be resourceful: from trivial things to the unconventional way of how to a cook pasta.
- You’ll learn how to cook.
- If you still don’t know how to cook, you won’t starve if you have a microwave and a refrigerator at home.
- You’ll do your own laundry and you’ll soon realize the pros & cons of having too many clothes.
- Don’t buy stuff, unless it’s necessary.
- Save money. Keep a travel fund, an emergency fund, etc.
- You’ll understand and respect the culture of others.
- You will learn to appreciate the comforts of home.
- There are times that you will feel sad and depressed. It’s ok. Cry and sleep it over. You’ll feel better the next day.
- Facetime and Skype will bring you closer to home. But don’t do it too often.
- Complaining won’t make you, or anyone else, better.
- Ask, if you don’t know.
- People are different but we are all the same in the end.
- The way you see the world is going to be different.
- You’ll learn how to say “no”.
- Every once in a while, take the road less traveled.
- Enjoy your own company.
- You’ll learn a lot of things about yourself and the world.
- Living abroad is not as glamorous like what other people think it is. It’s hard to make a new life in a foreign country but…
- The only person you can depend the most is yourself. Have courage.
- It’s alright if haven’t got it all figured out just yet. It’s OK to make mistakes.
- Wake up with a smile. A lot of people wants to live abroad, and you’re one of the lucky ones.
- To live abroad is a great life teacher and a humbling experience. You’ll experience life.
Eat See Sleep Read: Singapore
If you’ve been following me since last year, you know that I’ve posted several entries about Singapore. You can read all of Singapore (mis)adventures and photo diaries here. :)
I believe that when you visit a new country, you must at least accomplish their “tourist to do” list. For example, it’s a must that you see the Forbidden City or Great Wall of China when in Beijing, or get a glimpse of Mt. Fuji and visit an onsen in Japan. Although I’m no expert, I believe that this is Singapore’s Eat, See, Sleep & Read.
by Kisty Mea & Maine Manalansan
I’ve been living in the Philippines most of my life (22 years and 51 weeks to be exact). I grew up in Manila but when someone asks me what to see in my city, my usual answer is “I don’t know”. Heck, I can even give you an itinerary if you planning to visit Singapore, but never Manila. I’m so engrossed in visiting another country, immersing myself in their rich culture and history, that I’ve completely forgotten to appreciate my own land…
When in Manila, you should…