About the Merlion


In Short – I’m a Singaporean Expat living in the Netherlands.

In Long – Here is my story:

I’m a Singaporean Girl leaving my hometown to be with the man I met and fell in love. But I prefer to think that I leave my hometown for work so that I can escape the nasty feeling of guilt, leaving my family and friends in Singapore that I lived with for so many years. Let’s say I am living in denial but the truth is being able to live in a foreign land, learning new things, experiencing new adventure and adapting to a totally new culture is an experience of a lifetime. I am a believer of having a life and living in bricks and walls all my life isn’t life.

I decided to move to Holland when me and the culprit (my man) relationship became too challenging. Being together and not being together physically most time isn’t a life we both wanted. The ultimatum was either he move to Singapore or I moved to Holland. After a full year of being in a long distance relationship and having traveled to Holland 5 times within a year gives me alot of courage to take the plunge. Yes, so I took the leap and jump in for it.

When my decision to move to Holland finalized, I did some research on the internet for more information about living in the Netherlands, the culture, the language etc. The beauty of the world wide web is information with a click! With so much information I have in my head and so many new experiences, I decides that I should start a proper blog that will help remember the many joy, happiness, trials, tribulations, good and bad experience from preparing to move, to the actual move and life after.

For some that does not know Singapore or have not been to this little island called Singapore. I’d like to explain the word “Merlion”. So why Merlion?

The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot of Singapore. Its name combines “mer” meaning the sea and “lion”. The fish body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means “sea town” in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore’s original name — Singapura — meaning “lion city” or “kota singa”. Merlion is a symbol of our Island – Singapore!

I love Singapore, I love my home-town. That explains why I choose to named this blog, Merlion in Holland since I represents Singapore and lives in Holland.

I love writing. I’d like to think I can write quite well but the ugly truth is I don’t. I know but again I prefer to live in denial. So bear with the grammer mistake, the sentences that might not make any sense to you and anything else that didn’t give you a hint. Its just me…

If you bother, you may come with me and share my adventure!

Lotsa Love,

Jess

xoxo

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