1. Where are you originally from (country and city)?
I’m from a little island called Singapore. We are an island, a country, a city and a state —All round into one.
2. Do you currently live in the same place where you were born?
Yes! I was in London for 4.5 years but moved back to Singapore in 2016
3. What do you do for a living?
I’m in the business of storytelling and specialise in Marketing and Communications.
4. What kind of traveler do you think you are?
I think I am the kind of traveller who can be classified as an upscale flashpacker. I am always on the lookout for authentic experiences but also attracted to the unexpected. I am not the kind of traveller who likes staying in massive hotel chains but prefers staying in unique ‘airbnb’ like locations with a story or with personal touches. I’m adventurous and love meeting people so I actively seek unique experiences over popular destinations. Loving a mix of culture, history, excitement and relaxation — I am one who loves getting lost in a new city/town and just exploring. Also, I love food and I believe the best way to discover a culture or a new country is to eat local with locals.
5. What is important for you while traveling and why are you traveling?
As I do travel alone sometimes, comfort and safety are very important to me as a solo female traveller. A close second would be having freedom. I don’t like strict schedules or itineraries and enjoy having the opportunity to open myself to unexpected experiences and spontaneity. Travelling to me is about opening one’s mind and being able to discover the cultures of others. I believe when we investing in travelling and travel experiences, we invest in growing ourselves and expanding the way you think.
6. What kind of travel advice would you give others?
Always be prepared for the worst but expect the best! Be open to new experiences, make it a point to hide some spare cash in a secret place and always remember that a smile can open closed doors.
7. What is your next mission/trip?
I travel frequently for work but I have a couple of personal short trips planned – Penang, Bali and Borneo. On my next big trip, I would love to spend time in Nepal and Mongolia!
8. What is the best place you visited so far?
I have to say that I was really blown away during my recent trip to Sri Lanka. The diversity and beauty of this country has left a deep impression in my mind and heart — I will be back soon! A close second would be Malacca as it is my mother’s hometown and has a very special place in my heart.
9. What is a place you want to visit in the future?
The top on my list is – Nepal, Mongolia & Cuba
10. What is your favorite place in your home country that you would recommend to others?
I have two — 1. Haji Lane/Arab Street for the street art, great nightlife and good food (it’s the mini Shoreditch of Singapore). 2. An offshore island called Pulau Ubin for nature, exploration, cycling and camping. Many people think that Singapore may just be another soulless urban city but here is a space where the biodiversity of Singapore can be discovered and you can imagine what Singapore would be like if the British never colonised us. Contact me if you want to find out more (:
11. (If answer to Q2 is “No”) What is your favorite place in your current country that you would recommend to others?
12. Do you have any other tips or tricks based on your experience that you wish to share?
When travelling, be sure to listen to your body and have enough rest. Don’t just be blind sighted by a checklist coupled with the need to fulfil everything on that list. Also, if you’re a reader like me, investing in a Kindle is really worth it. it’s compact, lightweight and lets you bring all the books you need on a trip.
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