Ed­i­tor’s Note

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Editor’s Note -

Did you ever think you would live away from your home coun­try?

Whether, like me, you’ve never re­ally had a coun­try you call home and are happy to ex­plore new places, or you’re not quite sure how you’re go­ing to cope be­ing thou­sands of miles from the peo­ple you’ve grown up with your whole life, never fear, Ex­pat Liv­ing is here!

In our City Guide, we dive right in to get views and tips from our panel of con­trib­u­tors – other ex­pats who have al­ready taken the leap. We also have a sum­mary of the top fur­ni­ture stores, schools, and wine and dine out­lets – you’ll never go hun­gry with the count­less food op­tions in Sin­ga­pore – plus great walks and other free things to do. (Yes, there are a few!)

I don’t think there’s any ex­cuse to be bored in Sin­ga­pore, whether you’re work­ing or not. There are as­so­ci­a­tions, groups, vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties and char­i­ties to get in­volved in. And new places and shops pop up all the time – even lo­cals read Ex­pat Liv­ing to keep up with the pace.

If you need a change of tem­per­a­ture and scenery, you’re right in the cen­tre of the uni­verse here, and you can be some­where quite dif­fer­ent within just a few hours. Visit one of the many nearby coun­tries and en­joy hik­ing in the moun­tains, div­ing deep in coral reefs or ex­plor­ing jun­gle-cov­ered tem­ples.

There will be chal­lenges, of course – from how to get your hair not to frizz, to mak­ing friends and man­ag­ing new work­ing sit­u­a­tions; and lots of busi­ness travel, in par­tic­u­lar, can be ex­haust­ing.

Just re­mem­ber to stop and breathe and en­joy the jour­ney – and reach out to us when you need it. Sub­scribe to our monthly mag­a­zine, join our work­shops and cof­fee morn­ings, sign up for our on­line news­let­ter, fol­low us on In­sta­gram and Face­book, and con­tact us with any queries at info@ex­patliv­ing.sg.

Ed­i­tor-in-chief RE­BECCA BISSET

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