Meet The Panel

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Singapore Hacks -

Sin­ga­pore is a bril­liant place to live right now, so if you’ve just landed, we’re cer­tain you’ll make in­cred­i­ble mem­o­ries here. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Meet our eight ex­pat read­ers who make up this year’s Panel. You’ll find their tips, ad­vice and rec­om­men­da­tions dot­ted through­out our Guide! Orig­i­nally from Lon­don, So­phie Bail­lie ar­rived from Lon­don in 2015 with a jar of Mar­mite, her hus­band and a one-month-old baby in tow. Fast for­ward three years and, with an­other baby boy, she now works across the re­gion as a con­sul­tant for fash­ion and life­style brands. So­phie’s ex­cited about liv­ing in this part off the world, and thinks Sin­ga­pore is the per­fect jump­ing off point to ex­plore South­east Asia.

Beth Med­ley moved to Sin­ga­pore in 2008, and spent the fol­low­ing nine years fly­ing around the re­gion in a cor­po­rate role. Now mum to three-year-old twins, Is­abella and Hunter, she’s fol­lowed her pas­sion to start her own eth­i­cal kids la­bel. She loves Sin­ga­pore for its melt­ing pot of cul­ture and vi­brant, in­de­pen­dent de­sign com­mu­nity.

Hail­ing from Nashville,

Dana Glore is a south­ern girl at heart, but also has a sense of ad­ven­ture and a thirst for ex­plor­ing the un­known. A bio­med­i­cal sci­en­tist turned event or­gan­iser and cor­po­rate re­la­tions man­ager, she thrives off try­ing new things – un­less it in­volves iron­ing or cock­roaches! She moved to Sin­ga­pore in 2013 with her cat and bet­ter half; she has gained a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion off the dy­namic, di­verse en­vi­ron­ment here, and en­joys con­nect­ing with new peo­ple.

Sin­ga­pore has been home for

Ankita Singh since 2007, when she moved here from In­dia. Mar­ried to her hand­some col­lege sweet­heart, she is also a mother to two. Her pas­sions in­clude fit­ness, trav­el­ling and whip­ping up am­a­teur Masterchef dishes, and she as­pires to be a mumpreneur in the very near fu­ture. Af­ter 11 years here, she con­sid­ers her­self prac­ti­cally a lo­cal, and she thinks Sin­ga­pore is a model coun­try in terms of ef­fi­ciency, safety and be­ing so wel­com­ing.

Alexan­dra Chris­tensen moved to Sin­ga­pore in 2015 with her fam­ily and is grate­ful for all the friend­ships she’s made, the coun­tries she’s vis­ited in this part of the world and the en­tre­pre­neur­ial op­por­tu­nity it has given her. Her great­est pas­sion is good ser­vice and she has now set up a com­pany where she coaches re­tail staff in im­prov­ing the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence. She loves ex­plor­ing new gems and cor­ners of Sin­ga­pore.

Mel Rice moved to Sin­ga­pore in 2008 with her hus­band on a six­month as­sign­ment. Ten years later, they con­tinue to en­joy Sin­ga­pore and the ease of travel that they can do through­out South­east Asia. Her favourite trip so far has been a two-week break to Lom­bok, where she and her part­ner did an amaz­ing trekking trip on Mount Rin­jani.

Linda Preece re­lo­cated to Sin­ga­pore five years ago from Syd­ney with her daugh­ter and hus­band. Linda loves liv­ing in Sen­tosa, and fol­lows her pas­sion by de­sign­ing artis­tic prints of Sin­ga­pore that cap­ture the beauty of the lit­tle red dot she now calls home. She also runs a group called Cof­fee & Chat, which she set up to help peo­ple meet and make new friends on the is­land.

Lisa Mont­ford left her home­town of Glas­gow to move to Sin­ga­pore in 2015, and hasn’t looked back since. She loves see­ing big ideas be­come re­al­ity and bring­ing peo­ple to­gether to make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of oth­ers. She lives in Sin­ga­pore with her hus­band Ge­off and their lit­tle boy, Otto.

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