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Four Tips from an Overseas Singaporean Mama on How to Survive (and Thrive) as an Expat


Whether you’re new to Singapore and figuring out this expat thing, or preparing to move abroad with your family, this seasoned mama has tips to help you find your tribe

Living away from home often sounds more exciting than it actually is — especially if you are moving to a country without any support system. Feelings of isolation and loneliness can slowly creep in after the excitement of a new location begins to subside. Having lived in different countries throughout my marriage – and now being settled in Pakistan for the past 4 years – I will admit that it is not easy being away from home and my family in Singapore.

syahirah anwar on expat life abroad with her family in pakistanThe author with her husband and daughter in his native Pakistan

However, what I have learnt is that despite the difficulties and challenges, there are ways that you can navigate a life in a new land, to try and make things easier and better for you and your family.

Learn the Language

Now, if you are living in a new country and English is not the main language, it’s a good idea to start trying to pick up the local language as soon as you can. Try to start

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