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Filipino American Expat in Singapore

I found an old SD Card tucked away in a camera bag.

Accessing the photos on the SD card was like opening a time capsule. It contained photos of our move from Manila to Singapore back in 2012. I get sentimental when I remember how it all began. The little red dot felt so big back then. So many places to explore. So much free time while waiting for a job interview. So little cash! Mixed veggie rice for lunch. Old Chang Kee fried chicken for dinner. I could go on and on… 😛

It’s rather humbling. In 2012, life was much more simple. I was walking around town with dreams in my pocket.

Here are 30 photos from our first few months in Singapore.

Taken from March 2012. I’ll share more in future Throwback Thursdays.

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One of the first photos of myself in Singapore. Taken from Sentosa when I met an old friend from college.

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Joo Chiat hostel breakfasts!

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How we lived during our first week in Singapore. Hostel living. Laptops open for job hunting.

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I loved collecting these.

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Bau enjoying some local cuisine.

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Our first trip to VivoCity.

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Bau was the first to find employment from the three of us who went to Singapore at the same time.

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Our backpackers’ hostel in Joo Chiat.

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With a former colleague who treated us to Just Acia.

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Moving into a landed property in Eunos.

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Visiting Botanic Gardens for the first time.

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Neil’s birthday. Also after his first job interview.

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Our 2nd hostel in Singapore. We stayed here for about three months.

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Waiting for job interviews here.

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Common bathrooms.

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Backpackers@SG was were we met many travellers and fellow job hunters.

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This place was a short walk from Lavender MRT.

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Seeing shophouses for the first time.

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Lavender Food Hawker Centre. This has closed down and was demolished.

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Clarke Quay.

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Getting silly with Bau and his friend Vero.

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Bau and Vero.

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Going to MacRitchie Reservoir with a guy we met at the hostel.

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Visiting MacRitchie Reservoir.

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Our first little hike in Singapore.

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That memorable day when no one expected to hike that far and for that long.

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I don’t know where this photo was taken.

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🙂

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My favourite MRT station in Singapore.

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Getting silly with my boyfriend at Helix Bridge.

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