Singapore Expats

Making the Most of Your Singapore Experience

Moving to Singapore, whether permanently or for some brief part of your life, can be an amazing experience that can enrich you in multiple ways. It’s a country with strong values and there’s a lot we can learn from the way the Singapore people live, no matter one’s place of origin. However, it’s important that you take a mindful approach to your life there instead of just living on a day-by-day basis. A little planning can go a long way in ensuring that you get the most out of this part of your life.

Build Lasting Connections

By far one of the biggest mistakes people make when moving to a new place is to completely disregard the locals and the opportunities to connect with them. Having a nice expat community of people from your own home country can be great, but don’t make this the only part of your social circle.

Make sure to explore the way locals live and think, and if you can, build some connections that are going to last a lifetime. Even if you don’t plan on coming back at a later point, keeping in touch with just a few people that remind you of this place can make a huge difference.

Document Your Daily Life

The Internet makes it easier than ever to connect to the world and share your experiences for others to see. Take advantage of that and set something up that tracks your life on a regular basis. You don’t have to post every day, aggregating a few days in a single piece can also work fine, especially if you do vlogging instead of regular text blogging.

Take some time to make your blog or channel stand out though. If you’re on YouTube for example, creating some attractive channel art can make a huge difference in the impression you leave on newcomers to your profile. Having a catchy hook matters more than you might think!

Compare and Contrast

Every country is different, and each one has its downsides and things that its citizens could think harder about. It’s often difficult to see these things without having something to contrast them against though, so make sure that you try to actively analyze your experience in Singapore and think about the way it differs from life in your own country. Do you see certain things that work better here and could be carried over back home? Then act on it, don’t just be a passive observer.

The above applies as well, if not even more, if you’re permanently relocating to Singapore. Sharing your perspective as an expat coming here in search of a new lifestyle could not only be entertaining to watch, it can also be extremely useful for others considering taking the same leap as you. After all, chances are you didn’t decide to do this entirely on your own, you were probably inspired by someone at some point. Give something back to the world and help people realize the importance of exploring as much of it as possible in our short lives.

01 Sep 2018
Singapore Expats